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

Developments in the training of external examiners

Developments in the training of external examiners

This post provides an update on the live project run by the Higher Education Academy (HEA) to develop a training course for external examiners. It follows-on from a previous blog post in July 2015 that described the proposals to develop such a course as part of HEFCE’s consultation on future approaches to quality assessment. As … Continue reading

A new model for TNE review

A new model for TNE review

In February 2017 QAA published its handbook for Transnational Education (TNE) Review, which is one part of the new quality assessment framework conceived by HEFCE with QAA winning the tender to undertake this particular area of work. TNE Review is ‘the review process through which QAA, on behalf of the funding bodies and the sector … Continue reading

PSRBs and the new quality arrangements

PSRBs and the new quality arrangements

This post provides an explanation of PSRBs’ interactions with the UK higher education system in respect of quality and standards, and their role in the new quality assurance arrangements from 2016/17 onwards. ‘PSRB’ stands for Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Body; a catch-all term for organisations that accredit or recognise higher education courses against set criteria, … Continue reading

No progress on course transfer

No progress on course transfer

On 20th December 2016 the Department for Education (DfE) published its ‘Findings from the Call for Evidence on Accelerated Courses and Switching University or Degree’, following a call for evidence between May and July 2016, which looked at both the flexibility for students to switch courses and institutions, and flexibility in provision, such as accelerated degrees. … Continue reading