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HE in FE Practitioner Group Meeting

This meeting featured presentations from Arti Saraswat and Nick Davy from the AoC, Michelle Craddock from Pearson and a question and answer session led by Liz Kebby-Jones and Lenka Niederschuh from HEFCE and Andrew Jones, Linking London, offered insight on the current higher and degree apprenticeships vacancy landscape in Greater London.

The third and last HE in FE Practitioner Group Meeting of the academic year was held on 13 June and was well attended, with 20 partner representatives present. After a warm welcome from Sue Betts, Director of Linking London, delegates received an update on the current Higher and Degree Apprenticeship developments in London from Andrew Jones.

The meeting then opened with a question and answer session, led by Liz Kebby-Jones and Lenka Niederschuh from HEFCE. They informed the group about the postponement of the TEF results due to the recent general election, but despite this they welcomed questions from delegates. Discussion included the benefits of joining TEF, the influence of award badges on students’ decisions, how mergers will be accounted for and HEFCE’s holistic metric system.

Following this, Arti Saraswat, Senior Policy Manager at AoC, then presented to the group on a roundup of the year for education in 2016/17 and what we can expect for next year. Arti started with a review of the year for college HE and the changing profile of the education landscape including the new mergers, the changing student demographic, the Higher Education and Research Act, and the changing of provision: degree awarding powers and Higher and Degree Apprenticeships.

After a short break, Nick Davy, AoC, informed the group of the AoC’s Scholarship Project. The Scholarship Project is funded by HEFCE’s Catalyst Fund and aims to support colleges with the development and embedding of a distinct college higher education scholarly ethos across the sector. There are 15 lead/31 partner colleges – regional/size/position on journey – and there is only one London college currently involved in the Scholarship Project. Please click here to find out more about this project.

A roundtable partner update then followed, where partners discussed and shared higher education in further education related news and plans for mergers.

The group then heard from Michelle Craddock, Marketing Manager at Pearson, who discussed the current plans for the BTEC Higher National qualifications and how to market these courses to students. There are 6 new Higher National titles for first teaching from September 2017: Engineering; Aeronautical Engineering; Nuclear Engineering; Art & Design; Construction and the Built Environment; and Computing, and 11 new HNs being developed for first teaching from September 2018. Pearson are currently in the process of developing lots of new IAG resources and toolkits for college staff on how to market HNs based on research conducted with students.

The meeting closed with delegates discussing ideas for the next HE in FE meeting.

The first meeting of the next academic year will take place in November – provisional date of 8 November 2017, times and room TBA.

Presentations and meeting note

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