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Oxford Brookes University hosted the sixth Associate College Partnership Conference on Thursday 7 January 2016. The theme was 'Employability: what are our students’ needs?'. Over 125 delegates attended.
Plenary: Continued enhancement - Professor Julie McLeod
Engaging employers - Stuart Leonard
Using NSS results - Alison Honour
Achieving student potential - Fiona Hutchison
Where next for your HE in FE offer? - Martin Underwood
Minute taking - Sarah Johnson
Admissions - Laura Kishore
Careers - Pete Smillie
Embedding employability - Doug Cole
Supporting practitioners as teachers - Neil Currant and George Roberts
Registration and coffee
Welcome: Professor Alistair Fitt, Vice Chancellor, Oxford Brookes University
Plenary: Continued Enhancement: student satisfaction and employability in the HE sector
Professor Julie McLeod, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Student Experience), Oxford Brookes University
Workshops - select your first and second choice from the options below
Foundation Degrees are intended to provide graduates equipped with the specific skills needed by employers. In this workshop, colleagues will share their experiences of meeting student recruitment targets by building networks with local employers. The session will include case studies, and an opportunity to share best practice.
Stuart Leonard, Programme Lead for Sport, Activate Learning
Where next for your HE in FE offer? (Fully booked)
Join the HEFCE team to explore the vast amount of invaluable data and information sources available on HE, Student Mobility, Participation rates, SMEs, and Research. This workshop will support colleagues in developing their HE strategy and offer a sound evidence base as you look to your future in meeting local demand. The session will signpost some of the main datasets and information sources available and explore the opportunities and challenges for HE in FE utilising mini case studies.
Martin Underwood, Higher Education Policy Adviser, HEFCE
Using NSS results to enhance the student experience and deliver teaching excellence
NSS results are likely to be one of the metrics used by the new Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) which aims to recognise and reward high quality teaching. This session will provide good practice examples of how to respond to NSS results with an aim to enhance student experience and deliver teaching excellence through targeted action plans and innovative approaches to learning teaching and assessment.
Alison Honour, Associate Dean Student Experience, Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment, Oxford Brookes University
Achieving student potential
A workshop to explore ways to support students with specific learning difficulties, disabilities and other additional needs through inclusive practices, individual adjustments and specialist support.
Fiona Hutchison, Dyslexia and Specific Learning Difficulties Team Manager, Oxford Brookes University and Chrissy Robertson, Group HE Support Services /Oxford Access Centre Manager, Activate
Sessions – select one from the choices below:
Embedding employability in Higher Education
This interactive workshop will introduce you to the four stage process that is central to the Higher Education Academy’s Employability framework. The framework, launched in 2013, is designed to support institutions in developing a more comprehensive, cohesive and consistent approach to employability. The workshop will give you the opportunity to reflect on your current provision and ways to improve using the framework.
Doug Cole, Head of Academic Practice, Higher Education Academy
Informing applicants: course information in light of CPL
A discussion forum on HE providers' responsibilities under Consumer Protection Law with a focus on creating course entry profiles.
Helen Hall, Head of UK Partnerships, Oxford Brookes University
Supporting practitioners as teachers
Student experience and academic practice can be enhanced through the contributions of industry experts. In this workshop, Oxford Centre for Learning and Staff Development share strategies for supporting the transition of professional practitioners into higher level teaching, and colleagues from Bridgwater College offer reflections on their Advanced Practitioner scheme.
Neil Currant and George Roberts, Oxford Centre for Learning and Staff Development, Oxford Brookes University and colleagues from Bridgwater College
OFFA and Widening Participation
From 2016 entry, ACP foundation degrees will charge higher fees, and will fall under the scope of the University's OFFA agreement. In this session you will receive an introduction to our OFFA agreement and the current WP landscape.
Alice Wilby, Director of UK Recruitment and Partnerships , Oxford Brookes University
A student panel discussion
Your chance to hear directly from students what they think of the Brookes experience and where improvements might be made.
Coffee break - along with an opportunity to network and share learning from the day.