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Pared down and diminished: the new UK Quality Code

Pared down and diminished: the new UK Quality Code

The revised UK Quality Code for Higher Education is taking shape, with the Code’s Expectations and practices now published (link opens in a new window) following a period of consultation, and the overall impression is of a diminished role for this framework. Losing its voice The new Code has been developed by the Quality Assurance … 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

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

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