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  • Event: Safeguarding in a modern age, 10 March This full day interactive workshop on 10 March, jointly hosted by Study UK and Brave the Rage, will assist you with putting together a safeguarding programme for your students.  The course will promote a step by step guide to personal safety in our modern world. Professionals will leave with a better understanding of the safeguarding best practice policies and procedures, and of their role in and responsibilities for ensuring student safety. Session content Cause and Effect: Today's Society - The Real Picture Vulnerability: Sexual Coercion & Media Peer Pressure The Essentials of Safeguarding Mental Health: Identification and Prevention of Risk Factors Practical Roles & Responsibilities Change Management Understanding the Referral & Assessment Process Best Practice Case Studies Questioning & Listening Skills Signposting and Support   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:Thursday 10 March 2016, 219 St John Street, London EC1V 4LYRegistration: 10:00 | Start time: 10:30 | End time: 16:30 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: £200. (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
  • Study UK publishes response to HE Green Paper Study UK has published its response to the BIS higher education green paper 'Fulfilling our Potential: Teaching Excellence, Social Mobility and Student Choice’. Our response calls for TEF to serve as a universal framework which allows students for the first time to evaluate all English higher education providers on their ability to deliver an excellent student experience with high-quality teaching. It also proposes that higher TEF levels focus on qualitative awards to allow better differentiation between providers and their particular areas of excellence. We welcome a shake-up of the HE regulatory architecture, particularly in the area of institutional and student data which should be radically overhauled to reduce burden, rationalise processes and better support principles of diversity, innovation and access. The 'single route' should enforce a licence to operate as a higher education provider, requiring baseline assurances from all providers around institutional governance, quality of provision and student protection. We call for an efficient and transparent process of attaining Degree Awarding Powers to be complemented by a new Central Validation Service in order to prevent a monopoly in higher education qualifications from acting as a barrier to the success of new and independent providers. The new Office for Students should make reducing the complexity, cost and burden of regulation a top priority. It should also protect the independence and consistency of UK-wide quality assurance by placing a reformed QAA at the heart of a streamlined external scrutiny process for the purposes of licensing, validation, designation and quality assessment. Introducing the response, Alexander Proudfoot, Study UK Chief Executive, writes: "We welcome the proposals within this Green Paper, as will independent providers across the country. Together they represent the most progressive set of policies for higher education in decades. "With detailed planning and careful implementation, they promise to leverage the twin forces of student choice and beneficial competition to bring about Study UK’s vision of a diverse and dynamic higher education sector which is world-leading in its quality and its innovation. The more far-reaching legislative changes in particular would bring a greater degree of rigour, cohesion and transparency to the regulatory framework, which is in much need of attention to complete the unfinished business of the 2011 White Paper. "We look forward to participating actively in the further policy development, technical consultations and implementation planning to follow, so as to ensure that these significant proposals are delivered effectively to the lasting benefit of students and the UK as a whole."
  • Student Engagement Webinar TODAY, Workshop 9 February Dear Quality Manager, Study UK is running a workshop which will prepare you and your students to undertake the essential aspects of QAA reviews including training Lead Student Representatives and supporting students in writing a written submission to the review process. There will be an introductory webinar to this session today at 1pm, sign up here. Run with The Student Engagement Partnership, who are partly funded by QAA and HEFCE, the workshop is designed to support student engagement in quality processes and more widely within your institution. The focus will be on developing students as partners, a key element in all four QAA reviews and considered best practice across tertiary education. As a special focus, this workshop will offer training directly to students. Course and lead student representatives can receive training to undertake their role in reviews, to gather and articulate the student voice and to work cooperatively with the institution to enhance the student experience. From 1  August 2015 many alternative providers which are QAA reviewed will need to undergo Higher Education Review for Alternative Providers (formerly HER plus). It is a requirement for designation for student finance and preferred by validation partners. QAA expects students to be involved throughout the HER process, up to and including the student submission and the new online tool for individual student submissions. This is a significantly larger role for students than has been in place in the past. This workshop is the only of its type specifically designed for alternative providers and their students. It is highly recommended for all those who will be undertaking HER in the next 18 months. It will also be very valuable for those starting their student representative systems. Click here for full event information. Click here to register now. Best regards, Joy Joy Elliott-Bowman Policy and Public Affairs Manager
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