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Friday, 4 May 2012


EVENT - HEA Scholarly Activity & Research skills workshop
Coleg Gwent's City of Newport Campus, Wales
7 June 2012

This is an extra workshop in the series. This event will provide HE in FE professionals with an introduction to the knowledge and skills associated with research and scholarly activity. Through a series of practical activities, guest speakers and case studies which, collectively, consider the contribution research can make to the college environment, particularly in terms of enhancing practice and policy in the following areas: Developing funding applications; Research design; Research impact; Dissemination.
EVENTS - UK Quality Code for Higher Education, Chapter B3: Learning and teaching - Consultation events
Belfast - 8 June 2012
Edinburgh - 15 June 2012
Cardiff  - 21 June 2012
Birmingham - 11 July 2012

QAA is currently consulting on the content of Chapter B3: Learning and teaching of the UK Quality Code for Higher Education (the Quality Code). This new Chapter addresses the management of flexible and distributed learning provision, and work-based or placement learning. These events will bring together representatives from across the UK to share their thoughts on the content of the Chapter, and provide feedback on the draft text. Delegates will also have the opportunity to hear about innovations and share practice in learning and teaching, whilst learning more about further developments in the Quality Code.
CALLS – for papers SRHE conference
Celtic Manor Resort, Newport, Wales
1    What is Higher Education For? Shared and contested ambitions – Newer Researcher Perspectives
11 December 2012

Deadline for papers: 15 July 2012

This year, echoing the theme of the SRHE Annual Research Conference, (see below) the organisers invite contributitions to the critical discussion “What is Higher Education for?” from the perspective of the Newer Researcher.

2   SRHE Annual Research Conference - What is Higher Education For? Shared and contested ambitions 
12-14 December 2012

Deadline for papers: 29 July 2012

The Society for Research into Higher Education invites contributions to this international conference which will examine many perspectives about what higher education is for, explore ways in which research into higher education can support and strengthen shared ambitions and by taking a broad and multi-faceted view of the nature and purpose of higher education discussions will illuminate disputed ambitions.
NEWS - QAA has recently published Part C of the UK Quality Code: Information about higher education provision
Part C is concerned with the quality of the information about higher education provision in terms of whether it is fit for purpose, accessible and trustworthy. The Quality Code is the definitive reference point for all those involved in delivering higher education which leads to an award from or is validated by a UK higher education provider. It makes clear what institutions are required to do, what they can expect of each other, and what the general public can expect of all higher education providers.
NEWS - New Higher Education Academy Handbook for External Examining
The HEA has collated the outputs from their research and development work on ‘enhancing the support for external examining' into a handbook which seeks to provide guidance, advice and general information on external examining. The handbook primarily concerns external examining of taught programmes at foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
For more information
NEWS - Regional profiles of higher education 2009-10

HEFCE has published the 11th edition of its 'Regional profiles of higher education'. It sets out a range of data on the pattern of higher education (HE) in each of the nine regions in England. Information for each region includes: a map of all the universities and colleges providing HE courses; a profile of students’ study methods and counts of students by institution; characteristics of students: age, gender and ethnicity, origin, subjects studied, full-time or part-time, undergraduate or postgraduate, the annual income and funding of each higher education institution (HEI), employment on graduation and more.

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