University holds fifth UK Partnerships Forum

Tuesday 7th March 2017

Date posted: 27 March 2017

The University of Derby held its fifth UK Partnerships Forum on Tuesday 7th March 2017. Around fifty staff from the University and its partner institutions attended the event along with representatives of the University of Derby Students’ Union.

Carleen Osborne, Head of UK Academic Partnerships, welcomed guests and gave an overview of the developing forum and the range of opportunities available to staff at partner institutions, such as staff development support and opportunities for networking. Colleagues were invited to suggest themes for future Partnership Forum events and to contribute to the Partnerships e-newsletter.

There followed some interesting and informative presentations, which included:

  • The current Higher Education landscape (Sarah Hamilton and Garford Moore, Market Intelligence Managers)
  • Review of Continuous Monitoring feedback session (Andrea Robertson-Begg, Quality Enhancement Manager)
  • The Student Experience Framework an update (Fiona Shelton, Head of Student Experience)
  • The Registry an update on Regulations (Helen Dobbins, Assessment and Awards Manager and Lynne Broster, Deputy Administrative Officer)

The following workshops concluded the day:

  • Capturing and sharing good practice an interactive session (Mark Mabey, Principal, The London College and  Carleen Osborne, Head of UK Academic Partnerships)
  • Higher and Degree Apprenticeships working with the University of Derby to deliver the Apprenticeship strategy (Jane Lowe, Acting Head of Apprenticeships)

Feedback from partners

“Attending these events gives me a real flavour of what is happening with our partner university. Current concerns, changes to policy and information sharing opportunities are informative and beneficial.”

“Interesting topics discussed and a chance to integrate with colleagues … Very informative and enjoyable.”

“Good to catch up with University of Derby staff and talk to other partners about their experience.”

“I think a statement I heard yesterday regarding University of Derby putting "people at the heart" of all learning, development and collaboration summarises the ethos of University of Derby beautifully. Events such as this only reinforces the good work and positivity to deliver quality academic programmes and encourage each student to realise (and achieve) their potential.”