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UK Quality Code for Higher Education Part C: Information about higher education provision Part C consultation events 18 January – 8 February 2012 The Quality.

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1 UK Quality Code for Higher Education Part C: Information about higher education provision Part C consultation events 18 January – 8 February 2012 The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education. Registered charity numbers and SC037786

2 Todays consultation event Aims: To answer your questions about the proposed Part C To facilitate and support your responses to our consultation Reminder: Consultation closes on 24 February 2012 Responses please to

3 Part C and the Quality Code Setting and maintaining threshold academic standards Part A Assuring and enhancing academic quality Part B Information about higher education provision Part C Expectations: What higher education providers expect of themselves and each other and what the general public can therefore expect of all them all of sound practice Replace precepts Indicators

4 Why have a Part C? Changes to the Academic Infrastructure: final report (QAA June 2011) Policy developments across the UK : Who needs what information, in what form, for what purposes? Who provides what information, in what form, for what purposes?

5 Environment for Part C England Understanding the information needs of users of public information about higher education (HEFCE August 2010) Enhancing and developing the National Student Survey (HEFCE Aug 2010) Outcomes of consultation and next steps (HEFCE/UUK/GuildHE June 2011) White Paper on higher education: Students at the heart of the system (BIS June 2011) Wales Provision of information for students on costs of study (HEFCW March 2011) Key information sets: Outcomes of consultation and next steps (HEFCW June 2011) Guidance on the development of student charters (HEFCW Sept 2011) Consultation about amendments to the Institutional Review Wales (IRW) (HEFCW June 2011) Scotland Building a smarter future: towards a sustainable Scottish solution for the future of higher education (Scottish Government Dec 2010) Consultation report (Scottish Government March 2011) Northern Ireland KIS IRENI

6 Challenges! 1 Quality Code Part C – 4 countries? Public relations, or public information? Information, or communication? Student life cycle, audience, purpose, or availability? Course, programme, subject, school, or institution? Expectation, or prescription?

7 Part C is... the reference point for Information about higher education provision applicable to all UK higher education providers Expectation: UK higher education providers produce information about the higher education experience they offer that is valid, reliable, useful and accessible. Indicators: examples of sound practice to meet Expectation

8 Part C is NOT......about public information about higher education...about how to communicate information...about the means to convey information...a manual to pass reviews

9 Part C is structured around... Purposes of information present the provider communicate values of HE enable choices maximise experience confirm achievements quality assurance, enhancement Audiences the public prospective students current students graduates, employers sector bodies, the public Student life cycle

10 Part C and reviews Judgements on information about higher education provision in: IRENI (from 2012/13) REO (immediate) IRW (from 2013/14, to align with IRENI)


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