Conference 2014

Higher Education, Professional and Higher Level Vocational Learning

27th November 2014

Park Inn Hotel, York

Thanks to all who attended and presented at the conference.

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Conor Moss from Sheffield Hallam University, who is also a member of the UVAC journal editorial board, live blogged and tweeted from the conference.  You can read Conor’s thoughts on the presentations on his blog.

Keynote presentations

Skills and Employability – Why this agenda is of critical importance to the HE sector

Andrew Battarbee, Deputy Director for Vocational Education, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

Priorities and policies for Higher Education and higher level vocational learning – the differences and similarities between the three main Westminster political parties

Employers as Customers of Higher Education – Designing and Delivering What the Customer Wants

Higher Apprenticeship Standards – Opportunities and Challenges for HE

Adrian Anderson, Chief Executive, UVAC and Natasha Chopra, Assistant Director, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

Workshop presentations

Higher Apprenticeships in the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Training Centre (AMRC-TC)

Louise Woodcock (Head of Academic & Learning Services), Stephen Beck (Head of Head of Multidisciplinary Education in Engineering), Kerry Featherstone (Head of Operations AMRC-Training Centre),  Andrea Bath (Learning & Teaching Development Manager), University of Sheffield

Validating continuing professional development in a community care trust

Claire Thurgate (Director Centre Work-based Learning and Continuing Development, Canterbury Christ Church University) and Helen Hatter (Head of Clinical Education, Kent Community NHS Trust)


Developing employability skills in the Accounting and Finance sector: a collaborative project with the Financial and Legal Skills Partnership

Dr Julie Haddock-Millar (Senior Lecturer and Teaching Fellow, Middlesex University) and Chris Rigby (Senior Lecturer, Middlesex University)

Growing the skill pool:  The word on the street is employability

Jan Woodruff, Account Director and Tom Ashcroft, Account Manager, Prospect Research

Higher education for people in work – What’s the problem?

Debi Hayes (Deputy Provost, GSM London) and Hugh Joslin (Project Leader, ESRC Higher Vocational Education Project, University of Greenwich)

A model for the development of work-based progression routes: and employer, FE College and University partnership

Sandra Perks (Training Centre Facilitator, ZF Lemforder (UK) Ltd)





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