UVAC Conference 2011

Work-Based Learning and Higher Education Policy and Practice: The New Political and Financial Environment

17th and 18th November 2011
Royal York Hotel, York

The 2011 UVAC Conference was attended by approximately 100 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.

Conor Moss receives his prize from Carol Durham of Emerald Publishing

This year, for the first time, an award was presented  by Emerald Publishing for the Best Workshop Proposal.  The winner was a joint submission by Conor Moss, Head of Learning Solutions, University of Derby Corporate and Keith Hackett, Showsec International Academy Manager. Conor and Keith received framed certificates and a £100 prize. Our congratulations to Conor and Keith. Their presentation, and the others from the conference, are below.

The conference also marked the first birthday of the UVAC journal – Higher Education Skills and Work Based Learning. To commemorate the occasion, a special cake was commissioned and shared by delegates. Click here to see the photographs.

A copy of the conference programme is available here UVAC Conference Programme 2011

The Skills Commission Report on Technicians and Progression – the impact upon policy, implementation and in the context of the HE White Paper
Professor Alison Halstead, Chair of the Skills Commission Inquiry into Technician and Higher Level Skills and Pro-Vice Chancellor for Learning, Teaching & Innovation, Aston University

The role of awarding organisations in the development of the skills of the workforce at levels 4-8, in the context of the HE White Paper, partnerships with HE and FE and individual and employer need.
Simon Witts, Director, City and Guilds for Business (delivered by Sarah Gracey, Policy Manager, City and Guilds).

Panel session – Innovation on Delivery Approaches
University of Winchester and Logica
James Collins, Graduate Practice Manager, Logica and Stella McKnight, Head of Employer Engagement, Programme Leader, Winchester Business School,  University of Winchester
University of Derby Corporate and Citibank
Tony Atherton, Head of Talent and Culture for the UK Consumer Business, Citibank and Ann Minton, Workforce Development Fellow, University of Derby Corporate

International Approaches to the Development and Delivery of Higher Level Skills
Professor Paul Gibbs, Institute for Work Based Learning, Middlesex University

CETLs their Impact and Potential Legacy for the Delivery of Higher Level Skills
Dr Pauline Armsby, Director of Research, Westminster Exchange, University of Westminster

Funding Higher Level Work-Based Learning
David Sweeney, Director – Research, Innovation and Skills, HEFCE

Colleges and the Policy Experiment in Higher Education
Professor Gareth Parry, School of Education, University of Sheffield

Higher Level Apprenticeship – National Developments
Clare Bonson,Head of Apprenticeships – Business Development and Support, National Apprenticeship Service

Workshop presentations

Developing a nationally recognised Higher Apprenticeship in Construction – a transferable case study demonstrating how to do it!
Dr Darryll Bravenboer, Institute of Work Based Learning, Middlesex University and Jill Ward, Chair National Lifelong Learning Network  2009 – 2011

Marketing the HLS Offer in a Changing Environment: Challenges and Solutions
Shona Paul, Higher Level Skills Brokerage project in the North East region, Universities for the NE

Engaged with the employer and wedded to the student?  Strategies for the sustainable recruitment of work-based learners
Tom Taylor, Jan Skene and Tony Howard, Higher Skills @Work, Anglia Ruskin University

Professionalising the Events Industry- A work based solution for Showsec International (this presentation uses Prezi)
Conor Moss, Head of Learning Solutions, University of Derby Corporate and Keith Hackett, Showsec International Academy Manager

Supporting Work Based Learners:  Transitioning from training to facilitating learning
Ann Minton ,Work Force Development Fellow and David Young, Professor of  Work Based Learning, both University of Derby Corporate

“Is there a Doctor in the house? – Then take me to your leader.” Engaging medical and clinical staff in Post Graduate accredited work based leadership development
Jan Metcalfe, Senior Learning Facilitator, CETAD, Lancaster University

The Potential for Practice-led Professional Doctorates in Providing Higher Level CPD
Mike Nicholls, School of Education, University of Greenwich

Customers don’t buy products they buy people: gaining results and relationships in higher education (this presentation uses Prezi)
Sarah Tudor and Anne Longbottom, Staffordshire University

Equipping the learning, training and development professional for work– lessons from two countries
Dr. John van der Merwe, Faculty of Education, North-West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa and Professor Martyn Sloman, Kingston Business School, Kingston University
Additional information relating to this workshop

Building on Competency
Mike Nicholls and Jane Barnard, School of Education and Andy Gould, Centre for Work Based Learning, all University of Greenwich

Progression into Higher Education of Advanced Level Apprentices – Findings of a national research project tracking apprentices into higher education in colleges and universities
Sharon Smith and Hugh Joslin, Apprentice Progression Tracking Research Project, Centre for Work Based Learning, University of Greenwich

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