UVAC Conference 2010

11-12th November 2010, Royal York Hotel

The 2010 UVAC Conference was attended by approximately 150 delegates, who enjoyed a blend of plenary, keynote sessions and discussion-based workshops on both days. The conference dinner, held at the Royal York Hotel, was well attended and provided fantastic networking opportunities in a social setting.

A copy of the conference programme is available hereUVAC Conference Programme 2010 FINAL

Keynote presentations

The Big Picture: Higher level skills, the economy, business and the workforce need. What’s the role of HE?
Professor John Coyne, Vice Chancellor, University of Derby.

Launch of a Promotion and Co-ordination Service for the Future Delivery of Higher Apprenticeship:  An LLN initiated service delivered in partnership with UVAC
Jill Ward, Chair of the National LLN Director’s Forum and Adrian Anderson, Chief Executive of UVAC
Jill Ward’s presentation
Adrian Anderson’s presentation

Where next?  An independent perspective on the role of government in workforce development
James Kewin, Managing Director, CFE

The Sell Message: How to sell the right HE service to employers and employees
Steve Alcott, Operations Manager, Intelligent Career Development Limited (i-CD Ltd), University of Wolverhampton

Funding Workforce Development: Variable fees, employer co-funding and how the HE funding system supports workforce development.
David Sweeney, Director of Research, Innovation and Skills, HEFCE

Business Need: What do businesses and employees want HE to deliver?
Dr David Docherty, Chief Executive, Council for Industry and Education

Workshop presentations

Policy Developments and National Innovation sessions

How do we know which qualifications are fit for progression to HE?
Richard Spencer, Policy Executive, UCAS

The Higher Level Skills Agenda and Opportunities for Apprenticeships
Dr John Chudley, Apprenticeship Director, National Apprenticeship Service

BTEC Higher Nationals, Further Education and Vocational Degrees – Provided and sponsored by Edexcel
John Davies, Head of HE Programme Development, Edexcel

Work-based learning and the potential development of the English Community College: from Dream to Reality?
John Widdowson, Principal and Chief Executive, New College Durham and Chair of the Mixed Economy Group of Colleges

Foundation degrees – an update on policy and good practice
Charles Pickford, Director of Employer Partnerships (Private Sector) fdf and Susan Hayday, Director of Workplace Learning Srategy, fdf

Theme 1 – Marketing and selling to employers
Business Partnership Developing Accredited Higher Level Skills in and for the Workplace – From ‘Chalk Face to Workplace’ – Are we speaking the same language?
Gary Hargreaves, EIAT Consultancy/QAA; Maldwyn Buckland LLLN/QAA; Stephen Gibson Newcastle College; Antony Crerar, Development Director, The R&B Group                       

UVAC Journal workshopDevelopments with, and writing for, the UVAC journal Higher Education, Skills and Work-Based Learning
Professor Paul Gibbs, UVAC Journal Editor with Rob Edwards, Emerald Group Publishing

Theme 2 – Defining and agreeing employer/employee skills need and recognising and delivering provision
Leadership and Management Development
Dr. Barrie Kennard, Cardiff University

Theme 2 – Defining  and agreeing employer/employee skills need and recognising and delivering provision
Taking stock of the market for flexible postgraduate accredited CPD
Professor Stephen Gomez, Mel Joyner, Rebekah Southern, Valeria Arzenton and Melanie Strickland, University of Plymouth

Theme 2 – Defining and agreeing employer/employee skills need and recognising and delivering provision
The Big Picture: Higher level skills, the economy, business and the workforce need. What’s the role of HE? – Higher Level Skills needs in the Tees Valley
Dr Ruth Helyer, Head of Workforce Development – Research & Policy and Dionne Lee,VCE Policy Officer – Teesside University

Theme 3 – Delivering what employers and learners want and flexibility in delivery
Responding to the ‘Big Society’; Flexible Curriculum and Delivery for the Community Sector
Dr Sofia Vougioukalou, Senior Lecturer, Canterbury Christ Church  University; Sharon Perera, Workforce Development Manager, Kent & Medway Lifelong Learning Network; Sari Sirkia-Weaver, Manager of Homestart Canterbury & Coastal, Canterbury District Community Alliance; Nicola Van Der Vilt, Postnatal Depression Peer Supporter, Canterbury SureStart and Family Action); Phillip Moore (Community Engagement Manager, Avante Partnership)

Theme 3 – Delivering what employers and learners want and flexibility in delivery
Delivering a Foundation Degree to develop managers across an East of England family business
Jill Baldwin – Senior Lecturer Work Based Learning, Ashcroft International Business School, Anglia Ruskin University and Tom Taylor – Business Development Manager, Higher Skills at Work, Anglia Ruskin University

Theme 3 – Delivering what employers and learners want and flexibility in delivery
The Integrated Vocational Route: An employer-driven learning programme in health and social care practice at the FE/HE interface
Phil Coleman – Staff Tutor, Faculty of Health and Social Care, The Open University in the North and Felicity Mendelson MBE, Senior Learning & Development Officer (TU), Corporate Learning and Development, Newcastle City Council

Theme 3 – Delivering what employers and learners want and flexibility in delivery
Perceptions of Flexible Provision
Lesley Faulconbridge and Peter Tunnicliffe, University of Derby

Theme 3 – Delivering what employers and learners want and flexibility in delivery
Learning from the Work Place for the Work Place
Julie Haddock-Millar, Lecturer, Human Resource Development, Middlesex University Business School

Theme 4 – Innovation in curricula design and flexible approaches to validation
Stretching level 3 Diploma transition and progression: working collaboratively to enhance 14-19 learner progression opportunities
Stella Jones-Devitt (Sheffield Hallam University) Andy Leach (York College and Learning City York) Jill Wickham (York St John University) and Hilary Wyles (Skills for Health)

Theme 4 – Innovation in curricula design and flexible approaches to validation
Flexible curricula for employer engagement: A family of approaches.
Lydia Arnold, Harper Adams University College

 

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