NEWS: Altain to attend the HESPA/WonkHE/EY conference: Developing university strategies, London Dec 1st

“Strategic planners have a unique opportunity to position themselves as essential partners, advisors and facilitators in the process of change as institutions seek to compete, collaborate and develop from different national contexts. While the future is necessarily uncertain, establishing a more thorough, professional approach to institutional strategy development will be essential if the journey ahead is to be navigated successfully.”

– John Pritchard (2017) in Strike (ed.) Higher Education Strategy and Planning: A Professional Guide

HESPA and Wonkhe are hosting an engaging one-day conference to explore key issues for strategic planning in higher education. The event will build on the work of HESPA’s Strategy Interest Group and the recently-published professional guide to Higher Education Strategy and Planning.

With expert input from a range of perspectives, the programme will cover strategic thinking, and managing strategically. There will be opportunity for engagement between delegates to work on practical ways of overcoming barriers to effective strategy in institutions.

COMING UP: Altain attending Westminster forum event, next steps for technical education – ‘T levels’

Altain will be attending the forthcoming Westminster Higher education forum event considering ‘T-Levels’ and other next steps for technical education on Monday 3rd of July. This conference will examine proposed reforms to technical education in England and implementation of the Post-16 Skills Plan.

It follows the commitment to implement the recommendations of Lord Sainsbury’s Independent Review of Technical Education including:

  • The introduction of T-levels and a framework of 15 routes for technical education from 2019;
  • Increasing the number of hours for students on technical routes to over 900 per year on average; and
  • An additional £500 million in funding each year for technical education from 2019-20.

Sessions will focus on key issues in the roll-out of the proposed T-levels and 15 routes into technical education – including the design of individual employer-led qualifications, how to ensure the content of each route is sufficiently demanding, and the impact of the possible move to a single awarding body per qualification. Further sessions will consider future involvement of schools and priorities for the proposed new Institutes of Technology in creating effective progression routes to higher level qualifications.

Delegates will assess the sustainability of technical education and the resourcing to support reforms, following the announcement of additional funding in the Spring Budget and considering Area Review findings.

The implications of technical education reforms on teacher supply and college leadership in the view of concerns over whether some colleges can adapt to a rapidly changing environment will also be discussed.

We hope to see you there.

NEWS: Altain to speak at the forthcoming Westminster Higher Education Forum event on securing University admissions targets in face of exams reforms.

Geoff Hurst, Managing Director, of Altain education will be presenting and contributing to a panel discussion on exams reform and university admissions targets as part of conference on next steps for widening participation policy and practice

A summary of the programme and other speakers are below with full details here.We hope to see you there.

With the Government having set two widening participation targets – doubling the number of students from disadvantaged backgrounds from 14% to 28%, and to increase by 20% the numbers of students from BME backgrounds, both by 2020 – this seminar will be a timely opportunity to assess existing best practice, remaining practical challenges and next steps for policy in order achieve these goals.

The seminar also comes as HEFCE prepares to oversee the launch of a new Collaborative Outreach Program which will see consortia of universities and other groups leading efforts to realise the Government’s targets and with considerable change planned to post-16 vocational qualifications.

Delegates will discuss the impact of the reform of post-16 technical education and the opportunities presented by Degree Apprenticeships for widening participation, the distinct challenges for improving participation among students who are mature, BAME, disabled or from disadvantaged communities, and evidence of what works in outreach and how lessons might be drawn from this to inform policy and practice more widely.

The role of the admissions system in widening participation will also be discussed, including the proposal for UCAS applications to be ‘name-blind’ which is currently being trialled and consulted upon, as well the likely impact of new requirements for universities to report admissions data, the growing use of contextual data to inform offers and the merits of wider reform of the system such as moving to a Post-Qualification Application model.