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BAC Newsletter

October 2015
A message from Paul Fear,
 BAC Chief Executive

 
September, traditionally a quiet time for the British Accreditation Council has been extraordinarily busy. Our Head Office has moved to a building in Devonshire Square in the heart of London. The move means we have more room for our staff and significantly better facilities for hosting meetings and workshops.

We have also created a new staff position within BAC.  Rosie Fairfax will be our first Accreditation and Quality Enhancement Manager.  Rosie has been working with HCUK on the QTS and PGCE programs and is joining BAC with a wide remit but with specific responsibility oversight and development of our Accreditation and Inspection activities.
 
I would also like to take this opportunity to remind you of our workshops. Our first workshop is on the 15th October so if you haven’t looked at the list of workshops please do so or the one you want may have already have passed!
The British Accreditation Council (BAC) launched its new Independent Higher Education Scheme (IHE) on Monday 14th September.
The scheme is available to any Higher Education Institution in the UK and Overseas which wishes to gain BAC accreditation.The scheme complies with the ENQA (European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education) guidelines and draws on 30 years of BAC’s experience of providing accreditation and quality assurance.The scheme provides a mechanism to offer transparency and quality assurance for all stakeholders in higher education. Crucially, it includes the quality of the teaching experience for students – an aspect of accreditation that has is now taking centre stage in the UK’s own review of Higher Education quality assurance processes.
BAC Workshops - October 2015
 
A reminder of the workshop that BAC is running in October:
  • Managing Short Term Study Visa - 15 October 2015. Please Book here.
If you are a BAC accredited institution please do contact us to get your discount code.
Opportunities for students to become involved in BAC’s work
 
BAC is still looking for students to get involved in  BAC's work.
We are looking for applications from current students who are studying at a private HE institution which is not, at present, accredited by BAC. Our committee work is voluntary but the inspection work is remunerated.
Could you please pass on this information to your students and ask them to spread the word? Anyone interested should contact Carole (carole.regnier@the-bac.org) for further information and an application form.
 
BAC Newly accredited Institutions
Transnational Education Africa: Transnational offers a University Foundation Programme at the Lancaster University Ghana (LUG) campus in Accra. This programme is validated by Lancaster University. The one-year Foundation Programme is designed to prepare students for direct entry into Lancaster University's undergraduate degrees. For more information please go to the Transnational Education website.
CL Global Group: The CL Global Cambridge Summer Programme trains students to have a better understanding and skill in finance, real estate, and business practices. It also offers students opportunities to experience Cambridge and gain different perspectives of thinking and learning. For more information please go to the CL Global Group website.
Elegant International College: EIC specialises in providing a wide range of English & Higher Education courses. The college is based in a purposely built modern site at the heart of Wandsworth Borough.  For more information please go to the Elegant International College website.

GOVERNMENT AND POLICY NEWS

"Ofqual has today has launched on 1 October 2015 the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) as the single framework for describing all regulated qualifications in England and vocational qualifications in Northern Ireland." (Source: OFQUAL; 1 Octover 2015). Please go to the Government website for more info.
"Twenty one general FE colleges and 13 sixth form colleges (SFCs) will be involved in three extra post-16 education and training area reviews announced by the government." (Source: FE week; 29 September 2015). Please read more from the FE week website.

"Further 4 experts have been appointed to support vital work to boost the quality of initial teacher training (ITT) courses across England and ensure all trainees learn essential skills such as classroom management and assessment, Schools Minister Nick Gibb announced on 24 September 2015. Read more from the Government website

"Further education providers have been invited, along with businesses and tech entrepreneurs, to share their views on what action the UK government should take to ensure the workforce has the skills to support a digital economy." (Source: TES; 23 September 2015). Please go to the TES website for more details.

"Teachers and training providers are being invited to give their views and contribute to the development of a new professional standard for teachers’ continuing professional development." Please go to the Government website fore more details.(Source: The DFE, 7 September 2015) Responses accepted by 16th October 2015.

The Government has updated its guide for training organisations on submitting a vacancy on the apprenticeship vacancies. For more info please go to the Government website.

"Jo Johnson and China’s Minister of Education Yuan Guiren have signed a framework agreement on education collaboration.Both countries announced their commitment to expanding collaboration across higher, vocational and school education, and to work closely together in sports education." For more details please go to the Government website. (Source: BIS; 17 September 2015)

Prevent Duty Guidance. "The updated Prevent duty guidance, scheduled to come into force at all UK higher and further education institutions by 21 September, requires establishments to ensure they have proper risk assessment processes for speakers and ensure those espousing extremist views do not go unchallenged. The guidance also sets out that institutions must ensure that they have appropriate IT policies, staff training and student welfare programmes in place to recognise and respond to the signs of radicalisation." (Source: Home Office; 18 September 2015). Please click go to the Government website to view the guidance.
UK INDUSTRY NEWS
"Nearly 87,000 previously low-attaining young people progressed into higher education because of the opportunities provided by further education, according to a new report published by BIS." (Source: TES; 1 September 2015). For more information please go to the TES website.
If you have international students arriving at your institution soon QAA has published a document called "A guide for Higher Education providers" which aims to support and enhance the experience of international students. (Please click here to view the document).
"Enrolments at UK universities have climbed to a record high, UCAS figures show, with students holding vocational qualifications driving a significant portion of that growth." (Source: THE, 24 September 2015). Please read more from the THE website. More statistics can be found on the UCAS website
"Chancellor George Osborne has announced a £10 million boost to Mandarin teaching in UK schools, with the aim of having 5,000 more pupils learning the language by 2020." (Source: TES; 23 September 2015). Please read more from the THE website.

Growing numbers of British school leavers are shunning higher education at home in favour of universities in the EU, forced out by sky-high tuition fees and attracted by degree courses taught entirely in English. (Source: The Guardian; 5 September). For more information please go to the Guardian website.
INTERNATIONAL NEWS
"The top problem facing Russian higher education is commercialisation in the form of growing paid-for educational services that are filling the gap where pubic funding fails to meet increasing demand for education." According to most experts key priorities for The Russian Education system are an increase in staff salaries (top of the list with 74%), raising standards among teaching staff (68%), professional development (65%), guaranteed quality of professional educational programmes corresponding with the needs of Russian society (59%) and the development higher education (also 59% votes).  (Source: University World News, 25 September 2015). For more information please go to the University World News website.
Universities in Vietnam will be ranked in three tiers on quality.The top tier will be designated ‘research’ universities, the second tier ‘applied’ and the lowest tier ‘professional and vocational’. (Source: University World News; 26 September 2015). Please read more on the University World News website

"The UK higher education sector remains more international than Germany’s, but Germany is moving forwards while the UK risks moving backwards, according to a paper released by the Higher Education Policy Institute, or HEPI." For more details please go to the University World News website.

OPPORTUNITIES

Call for UK institution to establish partnership with Jiangsu Maritime Institute.
 
Jiangsu Maritime Institute (JMI) is looking for partners to establish:
1. A teacher exchange programme with UK universities or vocational colleges. Chinese teachers would spend from six months to one year in the UK and vice versa.
2. A training base in the UK. JMI have already established a training base in Canada. They would now like to establish a teacher training base with a British university or college to meet the specific needs of Jiangsu Maritime Institute.
3. A student exchange programme. The priority subject areas are Art, Business Administration and Shipping Logistics. The suggested format would be for study tours up to 1 month in length or participation in summer or winter camps.
Please visit the British Council website for more information.
Call for UK institutions to join Virtual Exhibition 2015
 
The British Council China is delighted to invite UK institutions to join the Virtual Exhibition 2015 on UK arts and creative design courses, which will run from 2 to 27 November, 2015.
It will provide UK institutions with a promotional channel to reach an audience of prospective students in China.
Please go to the British Council website for more information.
UK-China Partnership Innovation Challenge Fund
 
The fund offers seed-funding of between £50,000 and £80,000 to support joint UK-China projects in developing innovative ideas that will contribute to the public good and create opportunities for individuals. Priority will be given to projects in the fields of language and cultural studies, art and design, health and social care, sports, and media.
Deadline: 16 October 2015
Please visit the British Council website for more information.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Transnational Education

Wednesday 7 October 2015, 9:30am-4:30pm
Woburn House Conference Centre, 20 Tavistock Square, London, WC1H 9HQ

 

This conference aims to explore the strategic vision(s) for TNE and UK higher education - what are the key issues for the sector and for your institution to enhance your international impact through TNE?  This conference is run in partnership between Universities UK and the UK HE International Unit. 

To view the full programme and book please click here.

Using digital innovation to enhance university marketing and communications 
13 October 2015
9.30am - 4.30pm
Woburn House Conference Centre, London, WC1H 9HQ 
 
The conference will bring together leaders in marketing, communications, external affairs, digital, public relations and student recruitment from across a wide range of higher education institutions.
Please click here to view the programme and book.
Partnership conference 2015
26 October 2015 2015
9.00am - 4.00pm
Bishop Grosseteste University, LN1 3DY Lincoln

 
There will be working sessions on a variety of topics, including partnerships between HE and FE; private providers; internationals; schools and many other collaborations.
Please see go to the
AUA website for the full programme.
Services for International Education Marketing Conference (SIEM) 2015
10 December 2015 - 11 December 2015
Edinburgh International Conference Centre.

 
Register before 30 October 2015 to take advantage of the early bird offer – attend both days of the Conference, plus the networking dinner, for only £500. Please go to the British Council website to book.

Abu Dhabi – 21st October 2015 – Supported by Dubai International Academic City
Dubai – 22nd & 23rd October 2015 – Supported by Dubai International Academic City
Qatar, Doha – 27th & 28th October 2015 – Supported by the Supreme Education Council
Kuwait City – 30th & 31st October 2015 – Supported by the Ministry of Higher Education
Please note in Qatar & Kuwait, you must be on the approved Qatar & Kuwait international institution list to participate in the fairs.
Please see more details
here.
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