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Digital Technologies in Teaching and Learning

Published on October 24, 2013
...still need to learn and retain hard information when so much of it is now available at the touch of a button? And does this matter? If everyone from school children to government officials is getting their headline information from Google, as we know many of them are, how do we ensure that people are learning effectively? In light of these questions, there has been a lot of attention given recently to the use of digital technologies in teaching a... Read more »

Budget 2012: harnessing universities to help build a stronger economy for the future

Published on March 8, 2012
...versities, research funders and business to establish a boundary-scanning capability with intelligent brokering to facilitate innovation.[6] [1] The January 2012 Grant Letter to HEFCE confirmed that 10,000 modernisation fund student numbers will not be consolidated and that an additional 5,000 student numbers will be removed to reduce the risk of over spend resulting in 15,000 fewer HE places. Of the 20,000 Core and Margin numbers top sliced from... Read more »

Submission to the Independent Review of Higher Education Funding and Student Finance – Second call for evidence

Published on April 8, 2010
...stem of degree classifications and are mostly self-regulating through the QAA with HEFCE operating as a financial regulator in relation to use of public funding. The ‘UK HE’ brand as a whole is based on quality and, therefore, the drivers for high quality provision and self- regulation on standards are very strong. Given the nature of academic culture, these have always been innate within the system with few exceptions. The autonomy of institution... Read more »

University Alliance responds to DfE’s Initial Teacher Training Market Review consultation

Published on August 24, 2021
...ITT) should and must evolve in order to maintain and sustain educational standards for current and future generations of pupils – but there have been fundamental problems with the approach taken in the government’s ITT market review so far, argues University Alliance, the voice of technical and professional universities. Responding to the Department for Education’s consultation on their Initial Teacher Training market review, University Alliance h... Read more »

Public believes HE will be important to UK’s recovery from Covid

Published on June 10, 2020, should be educated at university, and that more funding should be made available to ramp up the number of places. The survey also asked about the support universities have been giving to the NHS, and the public see a clear link between the work of universities and the increased services that the NHS has delivered during the crisis. Voters identified contributing to research around a vaccine (71%), sharing laboratories and other facilities (56%... Read more »

University Alliance submission to OFS quality and standards consultation

Published on January 26, 2021
...r study – are too narrow and wholly metrics-based. We do not believe that data alone is ever sufficient to measure higher education quality. Furthermore, we strongly disagree with the principle of absolute minimum baselines. The process of setting these is fraught with difficulty and is likely to have a wide range of unintended consequences. Student outcomes are very unevenly distributed across different groups of students, courses and employment... Read more »

UA response to the Post-18 & Funding Review call for evidence

Published on May 2, 2018
...encourage more innovation in provision, and provide greater local opportunities for students. The provision of flexible funding to students: through mechanisms such as Individual Learning Accounts and/or the expansion of Advanced Learner Loans, which may incentivise providers to offer a wider range of provision that would allow students to upskill and reskill through various forms and modes of post-18 education, based on their needs.... Read more »

Response to subject-level TEF consultation

Published on May 23, 2018
...University Alliance has published its response to the consultation on the development of Teaching Excellence Framework at subject level. To read UA’s response in full, follow this link. An accompanying alternative subject-level TEF model design is online here.        ... Read more »

What Do We Mean By Social Mobility?

Published on March 14, 2014
...and support students to succeed.   Case study – Sophie Cousens Sophie, an AAA student, battled with her teachers to apply for a place on the world leading course of Marine Biology at Plymouth University. Plymouth has won prizes for its world-class marine and maritime research, teaching and training, and boasts excellent resources including its own Marine Diving Centre. Sophie said, “I had a bit of a battle on my hands…but it was absolutely the ri... Read more »

How do we ensure quality in an expanding HE system?

Published on May 21, 2014
...all HE providers in England, commissioning the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) to undertake quality assurance across the system. The risk-based quality assurance system is yet to be fully implemented, and a lot is resting on it. It needs to be monitored carefully to ensure that risks are being correctly identified and addressed. The sector and regulatory bodies need to look at where the risks might be, for example: collaborative arrangements, chan... Read more »