• Melinda Drowley, Head of Standards, Quality and Enhancement, QAA
  • Gareth Parry, Professor of Education, University of Sheffield
  • Ann Minton, Senior Workforce Development Fellow, University of Derby
  • Roger Woods, Assistant Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Internationalisation & former Provost of Ningbo campus, University of Nottingham
  • Colin Raban, Emeritus Professor, University of Derby & Director, Academic Quality Management Ltd (Chair)

The Context and Issues:
With universities operating in an environment characterised by heightened student expectations and international expansion, collaborative provision of higher education is coming under serious regulatory scrutiny. What more can HEIs do to ensure existing and prospective partnerships safeguard academic standards, are governed appropriately and dovetail with key institutional objectives?
By attending this Policy and Practice Briefing you will learn about:

  • Strategy: ensuring partnerships serve institutional objectives
  • Key responsibilities: upholding academic standards & the quality of learning
  • Funding: adapting to changes to student number controls & funding
  • Partners: working effectively with private providers & employers
  • Planning: examining business cases, due diligence & risk assessment
  • Fair admissions: recruiting with integrity in an increasingly competitive sector
  • Public knowledge: making information accurate, readily available & appropriate
  • Overseas partners: selecting partners, achieving objectives & avoiding pitfalls
  • Establishing a partnership: how to respond to challenges likely to arise?
  • Private sector involvement: how can universities take advantage of new trends?

Objectives and Outcomes:
Develop your understanding of current and future policy
. The morning session will provide a chance to discuss the latest policy developments affecting collaborative provision of HE.
Learn from organisations that are successfully putting policy into practice. Taking part in the afternoon session will allow you to examine case studies of successful initiatives in detail.
Who Should Attend?
Delegates will be drawn from stakeholders including: universities, colleges, alternative providers, employers, relevant central Government departments and agencies.
Sponsorship and Exhibition Opportunities:
This Westminster Briefing offers your organisation a platform to profile its services to your target audience and key decision makers. There are a number of packages available, from aligning your organisation alongside the conference as a sponsor to exhibiting at the event. Please contact for details or download a booking form.