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HE in FE Practitioner Group Meeting

This meeting featured presentations from Ben Potter, Pearson, on the Higher Nationals Quality Assurance, Liz Kebby-Jones, HEFCE, on the future of HE – the Office for Students (OfS) and TEF, Sue Betts and Naomi Smith, Linking London, on the current picture of College based HE in London and the higher and degree apprenticeships vacancy landscape.

The first HE in FE Practitioner Group Meeting of the academic year was held on 8 November and was well attended, with 20 partner representatives present. After a warm welcome from Sue Betts, Director of Linking London, delegates received a presentation from Ben Potter, Higher Education Quality Assurance Manager, on the Pearson Quality Assurance Model and the Annual Programme Monitoring Report. This was followed by a question and answer session on topics such as: the new RQF, feedback on APMRs and the Pearson student survey.

A roundtable partner update followed, where partners discussed and shared higher education in further education related news, mergers and student recruitment.

Liz Kebby-Jones, Higher Education Policy Adviser at HEFCE, then updated the group on the plans for the OfS and discussed the proposed changes to the TEF for Year 3, including the lessons learned. The DfE consultation for OfS closes on 22 December and Liz encouraged the group to read this and respond – there are 9 documents altogether. The consultation has changes for the sector and those who work for HEFCE as it stands too. Liz informed delegates that there will be changes to the TEF metrics too: NSS weighting halved, Longitudinal Educational Outcomes (LEO) data will be considered alongside provider submissions, very high and low absolute values are highlighted and there will be a grade inflation metric to look at patterns and trends in awards.

Following this, delegates heard from Sue Betts, Director at Linking London, who presented to the group on the findings of the Education & Training Foundation’s report on college based higher education (CBHE). Key statistics include: There were 151,360 learners in 2015-16 (a slight decline over the last three years), 10% HE students study their HE course in a FE college, more than a fifth of the total full-time cohort came from ‘cold spot’ areas as identified by POLAR data, and over the past three years STEM recruitment at both HEIs and FECs has been growing.

Naomi Smith, Graduate Intern Support Officer at Linking London, then presented to the group on the latest HE in FE mapping analysis for London and the current research on Higher and Degree Apprenticeships. At Linking London, we have been mapping the HE (level 4 and above) offer in colleges annually and Naomi informed the group on the findings of the second set of data produced for the academic year 2017/18. More details about the findings of this mapping and the mapping document itself can be found on the partners’ area. Naomi shared the fifth set of research on the Higher and Degree Apprenticeship vacancies in London and provided key insights: there were a total of 42 vacancies available on 2 November – 41 higher apprenticeships and 1 degree apprenticeship, IT and Business (including Accounting & Finance) sectors continue to dominate and the number of vacancies is down 40% from the September mapping exercise.

The meeting closed with delegates discussing ideas for the next HE in FE meeting. The second meeting of the academic year will take place on 28 February at Birkbeck, University of London.

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, then please email info@linkinglondon.ac.uk.

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