By Samantha Johnston on 09 Jun 2017
On Wednesday 7th June, as part of our successful Higher Education Quality series of seminars, we hosted a breakfast roundtable on Changes in Quality. This particular forum was held to give Higher Education Quality Managers and Academic Registrars the opportunity to network, share best practice and find solutions to prevailing problems.
We were delighted to be joined by Karen Harris, Head of Quality at the London Business School, who also chaired the meeting. Karen opened the discussion with the new QA reporting requirements, sharing experiences in terms of processes, followed by an open discussion on respective challenges and different approaches for the second year. Another pressing topic covered was the future role of QAA: How will this change/be impacted by the introduction of the Office of Students in April 2018.
Points raised during the meeting were:
- Challenges around moving Quality into operational teams within HE;
- Larger resources needed to cope with rising appeals – detracting from more strategic outlook on Quality;
- Uncertainty around regulatory sphere and direction;
- HEFCE pilots;
- Quality Code (as it stands) not equipped to deal with accelerated degrees;
- Rise in Legal Professionals involvement in appeals;
- General feeling is more emphasis needs to be on programme analysis and institutions utilising External Examiner reports, and having greater involvement in Programme meetings.
A note from Sean Brinkley, HE Consultant at TPP Recruitment:
“It was great to see Quality professionals discussing emerging trends and issues they’re coming across. It seems there’s a great deal of uncertainty in the regulatory arena, so these events are really insightful as they bring together like-minded professionals to share ideas and discuss how they’re coping in the current climate.”
Everyone in attendance said they would love to join us for the next forum – date tbc. If you would like to come along and share industry insights with your peers, please confirm your interest by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Places are extremely limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis only. If you require further information on our forums, call the team on 020 7198 6090.
TPP Recruitment have an excellent track record in recruiting permanent and temporary professionals for the Higher and Further Education sector across the UK. If you’re looking to recruit and build your team, please don’t hesitate to call Samantha Johnston or Sean Brinkley on 020 7198 6090.