Linking London | News | 10 February 2016: Event Report - HE in FE Practitioner Group Meeting

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HE in FE Practitioner Group Meeting

Linking London held its first HE in FE meeting of the Spring Term on 10th February 2016.

This well attended meeting began with a presentation from Matthew Cott (QAA) on degree awarding powers. Matthew provided an introduction and explanation of the application process, as well as offering advice for prospective applicants. A question and answer session followed the presentation, where degree awarding powers were discussed with reference to the Green Paper, Area Reviews and college mergers.

Attendees then heard from Sue Betts (Director) and Hannah Cooper (Support Officer) of Linking London, who provided a presentation on the London Area Reviews with information supplied by Michael Heanue of the GLA. The London approach to the reviews was summarised, and a group discussion followed on the purpose and processes of Area Reviews. The presentation closed with a summary of the LEP Skills and Employment Briefing.

After a short break for refreshments, attendees heard from Jane Barker, who provided an update on Pearson’s new BTEC Higher Nationals Qualifications. Details on the new programmes were discussed, and their level of completion noted. Jane concluded with Pearson’s proposed timeline for the Higher Nationals, and information on their Student Survey.

A round table partner’s update then took place, with all attendees reporting on current issues they are facing as Institutions, providing updated student numbers and course information, announcing outreach events and discussing current educational affairs.

Emily Harber (NNCO Project Officer, Linking London) gave the final presentation of the meeting, providing an update on Linking London’s FE and HE mapping project, and announcing the launch date for the NNCO Higher Education College Advisers in London (HECAIL) website. A short partner feedback session followed, allowing Emily to collate suggestions from attendees.

Sue Betts provided closing comments and set the date for the next meeting as May 26th 2016.

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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