HE News, strategy and updates March-April 2011 (+the odd blast from the past)


The last month just galloped away… here’s a roundup that’s as long as a snake, but unlike a snake you can please yourself which bit you look at.

*Policy Watch – HE contemplates the future – fees, access agreements, HE numbers.  See The Pearson Centre for Policy and Learning – April page

*David Willetts (13th April, 2011)  announced the student support package for 2012/13 for new and  continuing students, including those at alternative providers

*University Tuition Fees – see the BBC news site for the latest
*The Association of Colleges (AoC) has conducted ‘research which highlights that the majority of further education colleges teaching higher education expect to charge 2012 tuition fees under the threshold requiring access agreements’. See the LSIS Policy update  (1st – 15th April, 2011) for more information.

*Interested in reading David Willett’s speech at the Association of Colleges’ annual HE in FE conference?  A taste of what’s to come.

* And maybe Vince Cable’s speech at the HEFCE conference too?

*Plan to expand University Technical Colleges from 12 to 24 – see the post budget BBC News page.

*Latest hot topics: Studies on flexible and innovative provision – HEFCE publications and comments; and Costing study on Accelerated Honours Degree

*Want a bit more than just the headlines?  Try The Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) site for seminar papers on:
University governance (and read into this for yourself what you see as the implications for HE in FE)
Widening Participation and fair access
The Financing of Higher Education
And more…

*The QAA announce a new method of institutional review for HEIs that will be launched in Sept. 2011.  This will ripple with the HE in FE Integrated Quality Enhancement Review (IQER) – more on that to come.
For now – see the findings from IQER summative reviews so far.

*March 31st sees the end of LLUK read about ‘the transfer of footprint responsibilities’ to LSIS and ‘three other important responsibilities’ to the IfL (Institute for Learning)

*First Year students’ attitudes towards, and skills in, sustainable development:  report from a HEA funded project. There are implications tucked in here.

*Overseas students less satisfied than domestic students, an analysis (March) of the National Student Survey (NSS) reveals,

* Equality in Education:  17th March saw the publication of a commentary by the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and the Equality Challenge Unit to provide ideas and examples on how to support black and minority ethnic students to achieve a better degree classification.
The Equality Challenge Unit web site is stuffed full of information and reports – well worth a browse

*£180 million bursary scheme replaces the EMAsee the BBC News page

*‘Graduates need right attitude rather than good degree to attract employers’:  Christopher Snowden (Universities UK Employability, Business and Industry Network) at the Graduate Employability conference – view the recording of his keynote presentation.

*Review of Vocational Education – the Wolf Report – March 2011.
Read it here

*Collaborations and mergers afoot in the Northwest: (with thanks to Chrissie T. for the links 🙂)
Reaseheath College
Newton Rigg 
The Manchester College 

*This ‘Survey of the landscape of performing arts higher education in further education‘ published last year is still worth a read, whether or not this is your area.  As the author notes, ‘in order to understand the present it is often necessary to understand the past’ – a well researched publication from Palatine (the HEA subject centre for Dance, Drama and Music)

* There’s a report out by the Academic Integrity Service  (31st March 2011) to help the review and development of policies relating to student plagiarism

*Thanks to ESCalate for flagging up this Higher Education Network site (run by The Guardian)

* You’ll probably be familiar with HEFCE’s funding plans for 2011-2012?  Well all the same, I’m including it here handy for ready reference

*Get yourself an Impact Calculator!  See the JISC InfoNet pages


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