Who holds the whip hand? – Student protection plans

Who holds the whip hand? – Student protection plans

Higher Education’s new regulator, the Office for Students (OfS), published a number of conditions for institutions to join its Register of Approved Providers and one of the items of evidence required (for Condition C3) is a student protection plan. Prior to the OfS, student protection plans were voluntary. The Higher Education and Research Act brought … Continue reading

The herald of a golden age

The herald of a golden age

Today (Wednesday 28th February, 2018), the incoming regulator for the sector, the Office for Students (OfS), published the regulatory framework under which the higher education sector in England will operate from 1st April onwards. In the Foreword to the document, Sir Michael Barber claims that the reforms will create the conditions under which an excellent education may … Continue reading

Degree apprenticeships: put a new badge on it?

Degree apprenticeships: put a new badge on it?

The UK Government’s aim to have 3 million people starting apprenticeships by 2020 has led to the availability of new streams of funding and a consequent focus on this area in the higher education sector. With no course fees charged to apprentices, who earn whilst studying towards a qualification, there are obvious attractions; however, the … Continue reading

Finding a new chapter and verse

Finding a new chapter and verse

On 11th October 2017 a consultation on the future of the UK Quality Code was published by the UK Standing Committee for Quality Assessment (UKSCQA) – a new committee made-up of the UK funding bodies, UUK and GuildHE with a remit to review the baseline regulatory requirements – with a deadline for responses of 13th … Continue reading

Update on the degree algorithm project

Update on the degree algorithm project

Two blog posts for the price of one Academic Registrars’ Council (ARC) Quality group event (see also Developments in the training of external examiners): – this update concerns Universities UK (UUK)’s project with GuildHE researching the algorithms used by the higher education sector to calculate degree classifications. The project was initiated by HEFCE via the … Continue reading