Latest reports/strategies [BIS, QAA, HEFCE, UUK, HECSU, NUS, HEA, JISC TechDis…]

[Just how many acronyms can you fit into a title?]

*‘Progressive plans for higher education’
The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) outlines plans to reform Higher Educational and student financing.

*There’s a new HEFCE (Higher Education Funding Council) project that will ‘consider the lessons learned from collaborations, alliances and mergers in higher education…’  More on  the HEFCE pages

*Part-time study could grow:  Universities UK Report  ‘Supply of Part Time Higher Education‘  launched on 26th October.

*Report produced by the NUS (National Union of Students) sponsored by HEFCE on students’ expectations of technology in Higher Education.  An interesting and straightforward read!

*HEFCE funding for Foundation Degree Forward to end – does that feel like old news?  … have a look at the HEFCE news pages for 28th October to see the latest, including how there will be transitional funds to ensure an ‘orderly conclusion’.

*29th Oct: Press release from the Quality Assurance Agency
IQER (Integrated Quality Enhancement Review) report  on assessment and feedback in HE in FE Colleges:  The findings from IQER demonstrate that most colleges reviewed so far communicate clearly and constructively about course assessment methods and in giving feedback

*What do graduates do?  The Higher Education Careers Services Unit (HECSU) presents it’s report of the ‘destinations of UK-domiciled first degree and Foundation degree graduates’ from 2008/9. 
Or, as Personnel Today put it (1st Nov), ‘Graduate unemployment hits 17-year high’

*In April the Government passed the Equality Act 2010, this came into force in Oct in higher and further education… See the JISC TechDis web site to download their leaflet on the Single (or Disability) Equality Duty  – Harnessing ‘the opportunity to take a fresh and sustainable approach to current practice…’


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