Associate College Partnership conference 2016

  • 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

    Morning Workshops

    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

    Afternoon Workshops

    Embedding employability - Doug Cole

    Supporting practitioners as teachers - Neil Currant and George Roberts


    Time What's on
    9 - 10am

    Registration and coffee

    10 - 10.15am

    Welcome: Professor Alistair Fitt, Vice Chancellor, Oxford Brookes University

    10.10 - 10.40am

    Plenary: Continued Enhancement: student satisfaction and employability in the HE sector

    Professor Julie McLeod, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Student Experience), Oxford Brookes University

    10.40 - 11.40am

    Workshops - select your first and second choice from the options below

    Engaging employers

    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

    11.40 - 12pm

    Coffee break

    12 - 1pm

    Sessions – select one from the choices below:

    • Professional network hubs
      • Administration - an overview of committee servicing: improve your minute taking skills for exam boards and programme committees
      • Admissions – overview of changes to post-16 curricula, UCAS Tariff and other upcoming changes in UCAS
      • Careers - a round table discussion on Careers work from an ACP perspective, graduate recruitment trends, including an introduction to Oxford Brookes Careers and an optional tour
      • Disability - discussion and sharing of experiences / good practice in providing support for students with dyslexia/SpLD and disabilities
      • IT services - a round table discussion on how we can best support ACP students
      • Library - learn more about our new library web site re-design, including resource search options and meet your Brookes Academic Liaison Librarians
      • Marketing - a round table discussion for marketing professionals focusing on the challenges of an increasingly competitive sector
    • Faculty network hubs – an opportunity to network with academic colleagues in your subject area and share updates with your faculty
      • Business
      • TDE
      • HSS
      • HLS
    1 - 2pm


    2 - 3pm

    Workshops - select your first and second choice from the options 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.

    3 - 4pm

    Coffee break - along with an opportunity to network and share learning from the day.