Linking London | News | 23 November 2016: Event Report - HE in FE Practitioner Group Meeting

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HE in FE Practitioner Group Meeting

The first HE in FE Practitioner Group Meeting of the Academic Year was held on the 23 November 2016 and was well attended, with well over 20 partner representatives present.


After a welcome from Sue Betts, Director of Linking London, delegates heard from John Lea, from the Association of Colleges, on the HE Scholarship Project. This is a national project funded for £2.75m and involving around 50 English FE colleges which deliver HE courses. The focus of the project is to explore how various forms of scholarly activity can enhance student learning.

This was followed up with an update on HND/Cs from Jane Baker, Rebecca Vaughan-Williams and Deirdre Nugent, Pearson UK. Pearson will be releasing a new suite of HND/C qualifications over the next 3 years. These qualifications will improve progression, provide clear assessment for all levels of the qualification (Pass/Merit/Distinction) and have increased exemptions where possible with professional qualifications.

Next was the partner roundtable update, with the main topics of discussion including potential college mergers, mergers already underway, current HE provision in colleges and courses planned for the near future. HEIs in attendance also used the session to find out more about students from BTEC backgrounds and their progression to their institution.

Andrew Jones, Linking London, gave a short presentation on the EMSI Labour Market Intelligence (LMI) forecasting tool that Linking London have recently purchased. Andrew outlined the kind of information that the tool could produce and asked partners to contact him with any LMI investigation and questions they might have. Emily Harber, Linking London NCO, spoke about the recent mapping that had been undertaken on HE in FE provision in London.

Finally, Sue Betts closed the meeting talking about her recent attendance at the UVAC conference and informed the group of evolving interest of HEIs in Higher Apprenticeships. She also thanked Liz for her HEFCE update and presentation which will be taken in detail at the next meeting.

Presentations and meeting note

To view the presentations and meeting note from the day please click here. This link will take you to the partners' area of the website. You must be a Linking London member to access this section of the website and you will need your login name and password. If you do not know your login name and password please email


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