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Next steps for improving quality and standards in HE - new regulation, implementation, course development, funding, assessment, and qualifications

Morning, Monday, 21st February 2022


This conference will look at priorities for regulation, the development of higher education courses going forward - and the adaptation of assessment and qualifications to boost standards and quality across the UK higher education sector.


With the OfS still considering its response to its consultation on quality and standards in higher education, the conference will be a timely opportunity to consider proposals such as allowing the regulator greater power to intervene in universities and colleges with sub-par performance, and measures for assessments and qualifications aimed at ensuring effectiveness and credibility.


The agenda also looks ahead to the anticipated OfS consultation on minimum requirements for student outcomes and the best approach for regulating them.


Additional areas for discussion include priorities for higher education in the context of the ongoing pandemic and what has been learned from developments that have been made in response to it, including increased use of digital technology and online provision for driving up standards into the future.


We are pleased to be able to include keynote contributions from: Professor Andrew Wathey, Chair, UK Standing Committee for Quality Assessment; and Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive, Northumbria University; Alex Bols, Deputy CEO, GuildHE; Dr Ailsa Crum, Director of Membership, Quality Enhancement and Standards, QAA; and Dr Charlotte Snelling, Policy Manager, Universities UK.



Keynote Speakers

Dr Charlotte Snelling

Policy Manager, Universities UK

Professor Andrew Wathey

Chair, UK Standing Committee for Quality Assessment, and Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive, Northumbria University

Alex Bols

Deputy CEO, GuildHE

Dr Ailsa Crum

Director of Membership, Quality Enhancement and Standards, QAA

Keynote Speakers

Dr Ailsa Crum

Director of Membership, Quality Enhancement and Standards, QAA

Dr Charlotte Snelling

Policy Manager, Universities UK

Professor Andrew Wathey

Chair, UK Standing Committee for Quality Assessment, and Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive, Northumbria University

Alex Bols

Deputy CEO, GuildHE

Chair

Baroness Hooper

Vice Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Education Technology

Speakers

Sally Burtonshaw

Senior Policy and Advocacy Officer, London Higher

Dr Joe Marshall

Chief Executive, National Centre for Universities and Business

Sarah Knight

Head of Learning and Teaching Transformation, Jisc

Carmai Pestell

Registrar, TEDI-London

Dr Jill Barber

Reader in Pharmacy and National Teaching Fellow, The University of Manchester

Professor Michael Draper

Dean, Regulations and Student Cases, Swansea University; Member for Academic Integrity, QAA Advisory Committee; and Consultant Expert, Education Unit, Council of Europe

Talia Adams

Vice President Education, University of Lincoln Students' Union

Professor Christopher Young

Head of the School of Arts and Humanities, Director of the Cambridge AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership, Professor of Modern and Medieval German Studies, University of Cambridge

Livia Scott

Education Officer, Newcastle University Student’s Union

Smita Jamdar

Partner, Head of Education Team, Shakespeare Martineau