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  • Study UK Annual Conference 2015 - 14 October The Study UK Annual Conference 2015 will be held on Wednesday 14 October at the Grand Connaught Rooms in London. The Study UK Annual Conference is the only conference specifically tailored to the interests of independent further and higher education providers.  This year will see delegates engage in panel discussions with leading experts exploring the future of quality assurance in HE and the ongoing debate surrounding immigration control in international education (see below for session summaries). There will be an essential briefing on the new Counter-Terrorism Prevent Duty, as well as the following in-depth elective sessions: Keeping up with the Immigration Rules: Tier 4 in 2015 Public data and performance pools: changes to HE designation for alternative providers Digital pioneers: What we discovered from teaching 3,011,753 learners online An international marketing masterclass  Confirmed speakers include: Graham Able, Chairman of Exporting Education UK Sam Bowman, Deputy Director of the Adam Smith Institute Perrin Carey, Director of Eunomiasolutions Nichola Carter, Principal Solicitor at Carter Thomas Solicitors Ian Coates, Deputy Director for Alternative Providers at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) Nick Hillman, Director of the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) Dr Neil Kemp OBE, Director of Neil Kemp Education Ian Kimber, Director of Quality Development at QAA Mark Leach, Director and Editor in Chief of Wonkhe Justin Spooner, Consultant at FutureLearn Rob Stroud, Head of Alternative Provider Engagement at HEFCE James Taylor, Chief Executive of ICMP Online Additional speakers will be added to the programme as they are confirmed. Early bird booking is available until 14 September, so book now to confirm your place at the reduced rate of £130. The conference includes an exhibition, drinks reception and refreshments during the day. Sponsorship Opportunities Through advertising, exhibiting, sponsorship or as an attendee, the Study UK Annual Conference is an excellent opportunity to promote your brand, products and services to decision makers within the independent education sector. Click here for more information about sponsorship opportunities  Date and location Wednesday 14 October 2015 Grand Connaught Rooms, 61-65 Great Queen Street, London, England, WC2B 5D Booking information Early bird price (available until 14 September 2015): Study UK members: £130. Non-members: £165. Full ticket price:  Study UK members: £160. Non-members: £195. (Exempt from VAT. 20% discount available when booking more than one delegate.) Click here to book online via or contact the events team: T: 020 7608 7090 | E: Plenary session summaries: Teaching, Quality and the Excellence Adventure: Higher Education in flux2015 has been a year of seismic shifts in the quality landscape for higher education. 2016 promises new roles for existing bodies and a renewed focus on the classroom experience. The combined forces of widening participation, quality assessment and teaching excellence will put pressure on the reputation and status of new and established providers in the marketplace. Our expert panel explores what the next year has in store for academics, HE wonks and regulators alike. The Brightest, the Best and the Bogus? Addressing immigration concerns in educationInternational education has suffered from successive governments’ drives to shape the immigration narrative, and the new Conservative administration claims a mandate for more. In this plenary debate we hear from the Home Office about their goals for immigration control within a global education market. A panel of sector experts and political analysts consider whether the government has the balance right and what future the UK has in international education.
  • Study UK launches manifesto of recommendations to the next Government Study UK, the leading association of independent education providers of further and higher education, has launched its Manifesto 2015 (recommendations to the next Government) with a reception in the House of Commons. The Study UK Manifesto 2015 presents ten key policy recommendations to support the development of an efficient and innovative education sector, where the positive contribution of independent providers to student choice, employability, value and quality is acknowledged and properly supported. The recommendations outlined in the manifesto emphasise the need: To drive quality and innovation in higher education, by encouraging healthy competition within the sector To challenge the traditional UK model of a three-year, single discipline university degree, by supporting a modern mix of well-funded and valued qualifications To support the UK's strong position as the global home of education, with an attractive and globally competitive policy on international students The Study UK Manifesto 2015 also calls for a Higher Education Bill to be passed by 2017. Study UK believes that legislation is urgently required to establish the effective regulation of an increasingly diverse and dynamic sector and to enhance quality and value for both students and the taxpayer. Independent providers have long played an important part in the UK's education sector. Thanks to their unique subject focus, invaluable proximity to particular vocations, and an unparalleled commitment to the student experience, independent providers are proving overwhelmingly to be a catalyst for positive change in the sector. Alex Proudfoot, Chief Executive, Study UK said: “Independent providers play a vital role in equipping students with the knowledge and skills needed to meet the challenges of the 21st century. It is important that these providers are encouraged to grow and to thrive over the next five years and beyond. The current patchwork of regulation in higher education offers too much uncertainty for both students and providers, and it places a heavy administrative burden on the institutions Study UK represents. The Study UK Manifesto 2015 therefore calls for a new legislative framework to be established, with fairness, access and equitable treatment at its core. This framework should provide a clear route for new providers to enter the sector, should encourage innovation while protecting our reputation for quality, and should empower students to choose where and what to study with confidence.”
  • New rules for independent providers announced by Greg Clark MP Study UK responded to the announcement by Greg Clark, the Universities and Science Minister, of new rules for alternative higher education providers designated for student support. The measures include greater consistency in quality assurance, stronger admissions processes, and new data collection and publication requirements. He also confirmed that student numbers on degree courses at alternative providers would be allowed to increase by 20% in 2015-16, with further growth in 2016-17 to be based on performance. Alex Proudfoot, Chief Executive of Study UK, said: “These are thoughtful proposals which will help strengthen the UK’s already world-class higher education sector. Greg Clark rightly recognises the exceptionally high levels of student satisfaction and graduate employability in many independent providers, and their success in these areas will be amply demonstrated by the collection of new public information announced today. It is also great news that independent providers will be able to welcome more students onto their degree programmes this autumn. Study UK will work closely with the Minister's team on the implementation of these changes, and we look forward to helping prospective students choose confidently from the growing range of fantastic courses available in the UK." Study UK will be meeting with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) to explore some of the changes in more detail and discuss the timetable for implementation. We will also ask for clarification of the proposed annual renewal of designation, and will seek assurances that prospective students will not be disadvantaged by any strengthening of the existing annual monitoring process. It is of course essential that any student making their choice of undergraduate programme according to the standard UCAS timetable can feel confident in the availability of loans funding for the start of their course the followng year. 
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