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  • HE White Paper to modernise sector and help UK stay world class Study UK, the leading association of independent providers of further and higher education, welcomes the plans for the English higher education sector outlined today in the Government's White Paper 'Success as a Knowledge Economy: Teaching Excellence, Social Mobility and Student Choice'. The new proposals recognise the vital role played by high-quality independent higher education providers in delivering choice and opportunity for students from all backgrounds, as well as helping to drive teaching quality across the sector. We are pleased that the Government has listened to our advice on how these challenger institutions can drive up standards in the sector, and accepted our recommendations (as set out in our Manifesto 2015) for the policies that will support this goal. The result is the most favourable set of proposals for independent higher education seen to date. In particular, we welcome the Government's plans to facilitate entrance for new and innovative providers to the higher education sector, and override the present ability of incumbent institutions to block potential competition. We also welcome the Government's new call for evidence looking at whether students should be able to switch courses more easily, if they are unhappy with the provision they are receiving or their circumstances change. Our Manifesto advised that easier switching between courses and institutions should motivate providers to maintain high levels of student satisfaction, as well as facilitating more flexible pathways through higher education. Alex Proudfoot, Study UK Chief Executive, said: "It is essential that English higher education keeps pace with the modern knowledge economy, advances in technology and changing student expectations. "We need innovative, flexible, and industry-led provision that equips graduates with the knowledge and skills to succeed in a dynamic careers environment. "The White Paper reforms will leave our HE sector better able to meet these needs by establishing a fair and competitive framework for new and existing providers. "This will support innovation by providers while properly protecting the student interest, and will ensure that education continues to be of the highest standard."
  • Event: Employment Update, 28 April This half-day seminar on 28 April, jointly hosted by Study UK and Penningtons Manches LLP, will look at the latest developments in employment law with particular reference to how it applies in an educational institution. There have been a number of cases and other developments of interest to providers of education. The employment law update will include:  What next for zero hours workers?  Many education providers appoint teaching staff on zero hours contracts. We will look at some of the current issues from your perspective. Changes to salary sacrifice and childcare voucher schemes: what you need to know The role of HR in disciplinary investigations: traps for the unwary We will also provide a roundup of key recent cases. Session formatPresentations with hand-outs and case studies, with plenty of time for discussion and questions. This session is suitable for college principals, managers and HR professionals When and whereThursday 28 April, 125 Wood St, London EC2V 7AWRegistration: 13:00| Start time: 13:30 | End time: 16:30 About the trainersThis session will be delivered by members of the Education and Employment teams at City law firm Penningtons Manches LLP  Booking informationStudy UK members: £80. Non-members: £110. (VAT exempt) Click here to book online via www.studyuktraining.com or contact the events team:T: 020 7608 7090 | F: 020 7608 7961 | E: events@study-uk.org
  • Event: Personal Wellbeing, 19 April This whole day interactive workshop, jointly hosted by Study UK and Brave the Rage, will give you the tools that will enable you to provide a platform of support for all students. You will receive a wide range of creative and practical resources with which to build your students' emotional resilience, life and leadership skills.  Session content: ·      Understanding Cultural Boundaries ·      Building Equality & Diversity Best Practice into Teaching ·      Signs and Symptoms of Vulnerability ·      Best Practice Questioning & Listening Tools: Group Case Study ·      Positive Relationships, Communication, Social Skills & Language ·      Understanding Feelings & Emotions ·      Assertiveness & Confidence Building Tools and Techniques ·      Self-Esteem & the Self-Fulfilling Prophecy ·      Role Play: The Power of Body Language ·      Solutions to Bullying and Cyberbullying ·      E-Safety Top Tips ·      Solutions to Anger ·      Relaxation, Wellbeing & Meditation Techniques Session format: An interactive workshop format, with best practice case studies and role-plays. There will be plenty of time for discussion and questions.  This session is suitable for: Any staff working in teaching, admissions or student services. When and where: Tuesday 19 April 2016, 219 St John Street, London EC1V 4LY. Registration: 10:00am | Start time: 10:30am | End time: 16:30pm. About the trainer: Brave the Rage Trainer Julie K Wilkinson has over 20 years’ experience working with young people on issues related to bullying and wellbeing.  She is qualified in mediation and conflict resolution. Julie has worked for Kidscape as an Anti Bullying Coordinator for England, and is currently Vice Chair of Children England. Booking information: Study UK members: £160. Non-members: £220. (VAT exempt) Click here to book online via www.studyuktraining.com or contact the events team: T: 020 7608 7090 | F: 020 7608 7961 | E: events@study-uk.org
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