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

TEF and the government’s PGT blind spot

TEF and the government’s PGT blind spot

The Higher Education Green Paper, Fulfilling our Potential: Teaching Excellence, Social Mobility and Student Choice (Link) has received a significant amount of coverage and I would refer readers to the Wonkhe site for an excellent range of articles. What has struck me about the Green Paper the most is how the thinking outlined in the paper, … Continue reading

Any flavour as long as it’s vanilla

Any flavour as long as it’s vanilla

October will bring the Competition & Markets Authority (CMA)’s long-awaited compliance audit looking at how universities have taken account of their guidance on consumer protection law, published in March 2015. This publication was welcomed by the NUS: ‘This has the potential to make a huge positive impact on students, protecting them against unfair practices that … Continue reading