The two year degree: A model for the future?

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Who this event is for

  • Everyone

Location

The Kennedy Room (JHB3.08), John Henry Brookes Building, Headington Campus, Gipsy Lane site

Details

Speakers:

  • Pearl Lewis, Quality Assurance Manager, University of Buckingham
  • Nick Allen, Executive Officer, The University of Northampton

With increased fees and a growing focus on employability, a number of universities are looking at offering two year degrees to capture a new market of students. The University of Buckingham has been offering its two year degrees since it opened in 1976, and feedback shows it is still one of the main attractions for prospective students. In 2005, as part of the HEFCE Pathfinder Project, the University of Northampton was funded to evaluate flexible modes of delivery including two-year accelerated honours degrees.

But what challenges does a two year degree present to an institution, its academic and administrative staff, and to the students themselves? Do the benefits of completing a degree in an accelerated period outweigh the negatives? What does the future hold for the two year degree in the rapidly changing higher education sector?

This event will attempt to answer some of these questions through presentations and group discussions. AUA Members will have the opportunity to think about how their job and institution is or might be impacted by a two year degree structure, and consider which of the AUA professional behaviours are most important in such an environment.