Monday, 1 September 2014

FW: Degree classification and accreditation - conference with Professor Sir Bob Burgess and the HEA: Westminster Higher Education Forum, Thursday, 23rd October 2014

 

The future of degree classification and accreditation - Higher Education Achievement Reports latest and findings from the GPA pilot

 

with

Professor Sir Robert Burgess, Vice-Chancellor, University of Leicester and Professor Philippa Levy, Deputy Chief Executive (Academic), Higher Education Academy

and

Matthew Andrews, Oxford Brookes University; Jane Clark, Barclays; Robert Dowling, University of Nottingham; Sara Fernandez, Student Hubs; Stephen Isherwood, Association of Graduate Recruiters; Laura Jackson, NUS; Professor Vivien Jones, University of Leeds; Lauren McKay, University of Stirling Students’ Union; Dr Kathleen Paul, Florida State University; Professor Nick Petford, University of Northampton and Professor John Thornes, University of Birmingham

 

Chaired by:

Baroness Garden of Frognal, former Government Spokesperson for Higher Education and Skills and Viscount Hanworth

 

Timing: Morning, Thursday, 23rd October 2014

Venue: Central London

This event is CPD certified

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Dear Mr Andrew

 

I am writing to remind you about the above seminar. Please note there is a charge for most delegates, although concessionary and complimentary places are available (subject to terms and conditions - see below).

 

The focus:

The way forward for degree classification and accreditation.

 

Context:

Comes at a time when universities are increasingly considering alternative degree classification systems, such as:

·         The Grade Point Average (GPA) system, recently piloted by the Higher Education Academy and due for implementation by some universities from September 2014; and

·         Continued use and expanding the scope of Higher Education Achievement Reports (HEAR).

 

Key discussion points:

  • The impact so far of the HEAR, and challenges for continuing and expanding its use across the sector;
  • The potential for a GPA system, and lessons from the pilot; and
  • Options for alternative degree classifications that could provide more detailed accounts of students’ achievements.

 

Speakers:

Keynotes: Professor Sir Robert Burgess, Vice-Chancellor, University of Leicester and Professor Philippa Levy, Deputy Chief Executive (Academic), Higher Education Academy.

 

Further confirmed speakers: Matthew Andrews, Academic Registrar and Deputy Director of ASA, Oxford Brookes University; Jane Clark, Head of Campus Recruiting Europe, Middle East and Asia, Barclays; Robert Dowling, Director of Academic Services, University of Nottingham; Sara Fernandez, Executive Director, Student Hubs; Stephen Isherwood, Chief Executive, Association of Graduate Recruiters; Laura Jackson, President, York St John Students’ Union and Member, Higher Education Committee, NUS; Professor Vivien Jones, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Student Education), University of Leeds; Lauren McKay, Vice-President Education, University of Stirling Students’ Union; Dr Kathleen Paul, Director, London Study Centre, Florida State University; Professor Nick Petford, Vice-Chancellor, University of Northampton and Professor John Thornes, Professor of Applied Meteorology, University of Birmingham.

 

Chairs: Baroness Garden of Frognal, former Government Spokesperson for Higher Education and Skills and Viscount Hanworth.

 

Networking:

Places have been reserved by parliamentary pass-holders from both Houses of Parliament and officials from BIS. Also due to attend are representatives from Abertay University; Accenture; Aston University; Bath Spa University; Birmingham City University; Bournemouth University; Brunel University; Cardiff Metropolitan University; Cardiff University; Chartered Institute of Environmental Health; City University London; Clifford Chance; Crossfields Institute; De Montfort University; Graduate Solutions; HEFCE; Higher Education Academy; Institute of Physics; Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET); Keele University; Keystone Employment Group; King’s College London; Leeds Trinity University; Liverpool John Moores University; Loughborough University; Middlesex University; Norwich University of the Arts; Nottingham Trent University; Nottingham University; NUS; QAA; Regent’s University London; Richmond The American International University in London; Sheffield Students’ Union; SOAS, University of London; Society of Biology; Staffordshire University; Student Hubs; Swansea University; The Open University; University College London; University of Bradford; University of Bristol; University of Derby; University of East London; University of Edinburgh; University of Essex; University of Exeter; University of Greenwich; University of Hertfordshire; University of Huddersfield; University of Leicester; University of Liverpool; University of London; University of Northampton; University of Reading; University of Southampton; University of St Mark & St John; University of the West of Scotland; University of Ulster; University of Westminster; Wirral Metropolitan College, Merseyside; Work Group; Writtle College, Essex and York St John University.

 

A press pass has been reserved by a representative from The Daily Telegraph.

 

Agenda:

See below my signature, or click here any time to download the latest version.

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Booking arrangements

 

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  • Places at The future of degree classification and accreditation - Higher Education Achievement Reports latest and findings from the GPA pilot (including refreshments and a complete PDF copy of the transcripts) are £210 plus VAT;
  • Concessionary rate places (see conditions): £80 plus VAT. Please be sure to apply for this at the time of booking.

 

Can’t attend?

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If you find the charge for places a barrier to attending, please let me know as concessionary and complimentary places are made available in certain circumstances (but do be advised that this typically applies to individual service users or carers or the like who are not supported by or part of an organisation, full-time students, people between jobs or who are fully retired with no paid work, and representatives of small charities - not businesses, individuals funded by an organisation, or larger charities/not-for-profit companies). Please note terms and conditions below (including cancellation charges).

 

I hope that you will be able to take part in what promises to be a most useful morning.

 

Kind regards,

 

Jonny Roberts

 

Jonny Roberts

Associate Editor, Westminster Higher Education Forum

 

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Westminster Higher Education Forum Keynote Seminar: The future of degree classification and accreditation -

Higher Education Achievement Reports latest and findings from the GPA pilot

Timing: Morning, Thursday, 23rd October 2014

Venue: Central London

 

Draft agenda subject to change

 

8.30 - 9.00

Registration and coffee

 

 

9.00 - 9.05

Chair’s opening remarks

Viscount Hanworth

 

 

9.05 - 9.30

Higher Education Achievement Reports (HEAR) - impact so far and next steps

Professor Sir Robert Burgess, Vice-Chancellor, University of Leicester

Questions and comments from the floor

 

 

9.30 - 10.20

Implementing HEAR: awareness, accreditation and engaging with employers

To what extent has the HEA’s ‘HEAR Academy’ support scheme helped to address key organisational and financial issues of implementing the HEAR? How should the accreditation of extra-curricular activities that count towards students’ degrees be regulated; is there a need for a standardised list of activities that can be included in section 6:1 of the HEAR? How has the HEAR affected student demand for Year in Industry placements, overseas study, employability modules and other such course content? Is there any evidence that the HEAR has encouraged more students to take part in extra-curricular activities; what steps can universities, students’ unions and other groups take to raise awareness of the HEAR among students in order to boost participation in such activities? How can suppliers of accredited activities take advantage of the HEAR to attract more members and volunteers? What can be done to raise awareness of the HEAR amongst employers, particularly SMEs, and encourage them to utilise it as part of their recruitment process? Where graduate recruiters aren’t using the HEAR, what are the reasons and how could the HEAR be changed to reflect employers’ needs? How has the introduction of the HEAR affected appetite for wider reform of the classification system?

Jane Clark, Head of Campus Recruiting Europe, Middle East and Asia, Barclays

Sara Fernandez, Executive Director, Student Hubs

Robert Dowling, Director of Academic Services, University of Nottingham

Professor Nick Petford, Vice-Chancellor, University of Northampton

Lauren McKay, Vice-President Education, University of Stirling Students’ Union

Questions and comments from the floor

 

 

10.20 - 10.25

Chair’s closing remarks

Viscount Hanworth

 

 

10.25 - 10.50

Coffee

 

 

10.50 - 10.55

Chair’s opening remarks

Baroness Garden of Frognal, former Government Spokesperson for Higher Education and Skills

 

 

10.55 - 11.25

Degree classification - where to go next?

Professor Philippa Levy, Deputy Chief Executive (Academic), Higher Education Academy

Questions and comments from the floor

 

 

11.25 - 12.05

Case studies from the Grade Point Average (GPA) pilot

Matthew Andrews, Academic Registrar and Deputy Director of ASA, Oxford Brookes University

Professor Vivien Jones, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Student Education), University of Leeds

Questions and comments from the floor

 

 

12.05 - 12.55

The future of the degree classification system - GPA and other alternatives

What lessons can be derived from the implementation of the HEAR for the introduction of a GPA or other alternative classification systems? Would widespread implementation of a GPA system enable the HEAR to be reduced in size, to focus more on extra-curricular activities rather than a modular breakdown of academic achievement? What are the advantages and disadvantages of the current degree honours system used in the UK; would the implementation of a GPA system address concerns about grade inflation? What are the key conclusions to be drawn from the HEA-led pilots of a GPA system; what challenges arose and how might these be addressed? Has a standard version of the GPA system emerged which could be rolled-out universally across the sector? Would universal adoption of a GPA system be appropriate for all universities courses? If an alternative classification were to be adopted, is GPA the best system to introduce; what other alternative systems exist that could be implemented?

Stephen Isherwood, Chief Executive, Association of Graduate Recruiters

Dr Kathleen Paul, Director, London Study Centre, Florida State University

Professor John Thornes, Professor of Applied Meteorology, University of Birmingham

Laura Jackson, President, York St John Students’ Union and Member, Higher Education Committee, NUS

Questions and comments from the floor

 

 

12.55 - 13.00

Chair’s and Westminster Higher Education Forum closing remarks

Baroness Garden of Frognal, former Government Spokesperson for Higher Education and Skills

Jonny Roberts, Associate Editor, Westminster Higher Education Forum

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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