Events Archive

Higher Apprenticeship event

This UVAC member event is designed to update members on Higher Apprenticeship developments and aims to answer the following questions:

  • What is Higher Apprenticeship (HA)?
  • Why should Higher Education (HE) be involved in HA?
  •  How can HE (with Further Education partners) be involved?
  •  How does HA work in the context of HEFCE and SFA funding?

The event will also profile the work on Higher Apprenticeship (following successful bids to the Higher Apprenticeship Fund) being undertaken by UVAC members Middlesex University and the University of Derby.

To book  a place at the event please email Caroline McKevitt with your name, organisation and phone number.

You can find out more about the Middlesex project here

You can find out more about the Derby project here

Planet Edu – A Potential Partnership Opportunity to Recruit International Students to UK Vocational Degree Programmes

Planet Edu are working on a diploma to allow overseas students access to year 2 of UK undergraduate programmes and are in discussions with a number of individual HEIs who understandably are keen to boost the number of overseas students.  Demand for Higher Education in South Asia outstrips supply and their economy is booming.  Planet EDU are interested in working with UVAC and UVAC members including FECs (particularly those willing to work collectively) to develop potential vocational progression routes to the second year/final year of undergraduate programmes.  A potential method of this association could be for UVAC members to look at granting equivalency to the diploma programmes which are developed at Level 4 and 5 of the QCF, with 120 credits at each level and progression to year 2 or 3 of an HE programme in the UK.  Subject areas in which they are interested would be Business, IT, Law, Hospitality & Tourism, Fashion Design and possibly Engineering.  Planet EDU also offer international teaching diplomas. The potential benefit to UVAC members would be the possibility of increasing the intake of international students who may otherwise not be able to afford higher education in the UK (and therefore revenue from international student recruitment).

The event is being held to allow UVAC members to find out more about Planet Edu and their Chief Executive Sanjay Malaviya will be attending. To book to attend the event please email Caroline McKevitt with your name, organisation and phone number.

About Planet EDU

Planet EDU are one of the largest authorised centres for University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations for India, Nepal and Bangladesh. They are also involved with the administration and management of the IELTS test and are also associated with other prestigious examinations such as Law School Admissions Test (LSAT, USA), the Occupational English Test (OET, Australia), the Australian Pharmacy Council examinations etc.  In the field of higher education, they are associated with the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA), Scotland’s national awarding and accrediting organisation, Edexcel, IAM (Institute of Administrative Management (IAM, UK)), Qualifications and Assessments International (QAI, UK) and Cardiff Metropolitan University. With a network of over 1,000 training institutes, education services providers, higher education institutions, universities and schools, Planet EDU services over 150,000 students/learners each year. Planet EDU has also been associated with IDP Education, Australia to expand their student recruitment activities in India on a Build-Operate-Transfer model and have helped some international educational organisations to set-up their business activities in India. They have some proprietary web enabled solutions for the educational organisations, such as the Learner Management System (LMS) with ePortfolio, Awarding body management system, Students academic registry management, Student and Admissions management system for international student recruitment, Examination management system etc.  Planet EDU has over 850 full time/part time professionals working with them that includes academics (from different sectors), Examiners, Internal Verifiers, Assessors, Trainers and the business team. They have a fully equipped secure data centre. The organisation’s operations and activities are ISO 9001:2008 certified through DNV, the Netherlands and are also associated with the Government of India as the All India Assessors in the area of Soft Skills.

More information on Planet Edu can be found on their website.

University Technical Colleges – UVAC briefing events in September 2011

Following the UVAC UTC briefing event held in the spring, and at the request of several of our members, we held two further briefing events in collaboration with the Baker Dearing Educational Trust and with representation from the University of Wolverhampton.  These events were focused on the following:

  • Overall progress with the development of University Technical Colleges
  • Review of HEI and FEC involvement in the development of University Technical Colleges
  • Issues and lessons arising from applications to establish and the actual development of University Technical Colleges
  • Enabling HEIs and FECs to share their experiences in the development of University Technical Colleges.

The events were hosted by:

  • University of Hertfordshire – 23rd September
  • University of Derby – 28th September

We are grateful to both Universities for their support and hospitality.

The Baker Dearing Trust’s presentation can be found here.

The University of Wolverhampton presentation is here. More information about the Black Country UTC curriculum can be found on its website.

Skills Commission – Inquiry into Technician and Higher Level Skills

UVAC Consultation Event -12th May 2011

UVAC, with the support of the University of Winchester, held a consultation event to support the Skills Commission inquiry examining provision for technician and higher level skills.

Around twenty people attended and participated in the event, which was hosted by the University of Winchester.  Attendees were drawn from Universities, Lifelong Learning Networks, Sector Skills Councils and University and College representative organisations, providing good, trans-sectoral representation for the consultation event.  Following a welcome from Professor Joy Carter, Vice Chancellor of the University of Winchester and Chair of UVAC, Chris Hall, Research & Project Manager of the Skills Commission outlined the background to the Inquiry.  This was followed by a chaired debate from which UVAC has produced a response to the Inquiry,  reflecting the key issues emerging from the debate.

Implementing the Concept of Higher Apprenticeship

A UVAC project on behalf of Middlesex University

UVAC is working with Middlesex University to define how the concept of Higher Apprenticeship can be made operational through HE/FE partnerships and to demonstrate, champion and promote its potential.  As part of this project we are holding a networking event as follows:

Date:     23rd May 2011

Time:    13.00 – 16.00 (including lunch)

Place:    Middlesex University Trent Park Campus

More information on the event is available on the project webpage.

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