Fourth UK Partnerships Forum discusses key education issues

UK Partnerships Forum December 2016 External Affairs held its fourth UK Partnerships Forum on Tuesday 6 December 2016 to discuss key education issues

Date posted: 19 December 2016

The University's External Affairs team held its fourth UK Partnerships Forum on Tuesday 6 December 2016. Around fifty staff from partners and the university attended the event along with representatives of the University of Derby Students’ Union.

Judith Lamie, Pro Vice-Chancellor of the University, welcomed colleagues to the event. Judith provided an overview of the value of partnerships to the University. There was a sense of the strength of the partnership network and the value of partners working collaboratively with each other. There followed a lively and interactive session on the Student Experience led by Fiona Shelton, Head of Student Experience. Fiona outlined the opportunities for partners to engage in consultation on the University’s emerging Student Experience Framework.

The following workshops continued in the afternoon:

  1. Engaging with the Teaching Excellence Framework and the HEFCE revised operating model for quality assessment.  Mark Wainman, Head of Quality, Christopher Wilson, Learning Experience Manager and Robin Webber-Jones, Head of Higher Education, Business and Engineering, Derby College.
  2. Changes to NSS questions on learning & teaching – a threat or an opportunity for colleges? Anne Clifford, Scholarship Development Manager & Eleanor Taylor, Head of Higher Education & International, Vision West Nottinghamshire College.
  3. The changing face of Apprenticeships. Jane Lowe, Apprenticeships Manager, University of Derby.


Partners that attended the forum commented:

"The three presenters did a great job of explaining the current status and implications of the move to TEF from both an HE and FE Partner perspective and kept the audience engaged."

"The event was well planned and supported by a range of professionals both from University of Derby and partner colleges. Each of the different elements of the day were supported by learned colleagues with space for discussion. I look forward to the next event.”

The next Partnerships Forum will be held on 7 March 12.30-4.30pm.

Carleen Osborne, Head of UK Academic Partnerships, 19 December 2016