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1 Higher Education Advisers’ Conference 9 July 2014

2 “All Change? What are the changes in the HE sector?” To cover: Policy context: changes in the HE landscape How are universities [like UOG] responding

3 HE fees and funding 2006: increase in fees to £3,000 Concern about impact on participation and access 2008: start of economic recession 2009: Browne review established 2010: Browne report Autumn 2012: implementation of fees at £9,000

4 HE as a competitive market Presumption in favour of markets Removal of caps on student numbers: –2012: AAB+ –2013: ABB+ –2014: ABB+ and 30,000 extra places –2015: removal of student number controls Encouragement of private providers, able to access SLC funding Publication of NSS, KIS and league tables All driving competition in recruitment








12 Entry rates in 2013 for UK 18 year olds by region and county



15 Funding effects Most universities went straight to £9,000 RAB charge rising from c33% to c45%? Debate about: –sustainability of student finance system –when will fees be allowed to rise –should the cap on fees be removed altogether –what will appear in manifestoes Prioritisation of STEM/research funding

16 How are universities responding?

17 Focus on teaching and learning National Student Survey: –Course teaching –Assessment and feedback –Academic support –Organisation and management –Learning resources –Personal development –Overall satisfaction Main driver of league tables (with research) Cycle of analysis and response to annual NSS results All focused on improving teaching and learning

18 We Stand For… giving students outstanding support to learn in a community which values them as individuals Our core purpose is helping our students to learn Our staff are passionate, expert and enthusiastic about their subjects More of our staff are recognised for their professional skill and excellence as teachers than elsewhere Our size allows more personal relationships between staff and students, with a strong sense of belonging and community, and staff who are approachable and available to help Through our personal tutors, we provide individual support and guidance for our students We have a tradition of innovative, high-quality teaching We offer more contact time and small group sizes than elsewhere

19 Learning and Teaching Strategy Academic Portfolio Review Curriculum Framework Review Research Strategy Reflection on Academic and Professional Practice

20 Estates developments


22 What we stand for at the University of Gloucestershire: Giving students outstanding support to learn in a community which values them as individuals A breadth and richness of experience which prepares students for rewarding lives and successful careers

23 Employment indicator for full time first degree leavers

24 Unemployment rates, all leavers


26 Not just employability - personal development and growth Digital literacy, information literacy, and study skills all within Enhanced Student year Success of sports teams (All Golds, Women’s Futsal etc), with opportunities for coaching and outreach JOLT and new festival of theatre in Gloucester SU Fifty Shades of Green programme Festival Fortnight to celebrate every form of achievement


28 Our promise to students – to guarantee them support to create their own personal Future Plan.

29 So in summary Cost is higher and clearer Recruitment is more competitive Lots of information available on Unistats, websites, league tables Applicants should: –Go to open and applicant days –Ask about the teaching –Ask about graduate prospects –Ask about the whole experience …and ask “what is right for me?”

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