further & higher education

The Future of Higher Education Regulation

further & higher education

08:45 - 15:40

Tuesday 29 January 2019

Prospero House- etc Venues, Central London

This Forum will provide attendees with an update on the QAA’s newly revised code of expectations, practices, and advice and guidance for Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). With the full Quality Code due to be published by November 2018, senior officials from Higher Education (HE) regulatory agencies will guide discussions on the broad policy themes, issues and challenges relating to the advancement of quality and standards across HEIs. In addition, a series of best practice case studies will demonstrate excellence in student engagement, staff development, widening access, programme design and development and teaching and learning, all of which face renewed emphasis under the new Quality Code.


This Forum is specifically designed for the Higher Education sector. Typical job titles will include:

  • Head of Quality Assurance and Evaluation
  • Head of Quality and Regulatory Compliance
  • Director of Quality and Standards
  • University Secretary
  • Pro Vice Chancellor
  • Deputy Vice Chancellor
  • Principal
  • Academic Registrar
  • Director of Student Services
  • Head of Policy and Planning
  • Head of Educational Engagement
  • Dean of Higher Education
  • Director of Teaching and Learning

This Forum is also open to FE Colleges, Research Councils and HE PSRBs, to encourage networking and debate.

Key Speakers Confirmed:
  • Maureen Mclaughlin, Head of Universities and Standards, Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA)
  • Gordon McKenzie, CEO, Guild HE
  • Dr Greg Walker, Chief Executive, MillionPlus
View the agenda and additional speakers


In March 2018 the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA), on behalf of the UK Standing Committee for Quality Assessment (UKSCQA), published the newly revised code of expectations, practices, and advice & guidance for higher education providers, following extensive consultation with stakeholders across the HE sector. A full version of the Quality Code is due to be published in November 2018, which will expand upon the “advice and guidance” alluded to in March’s publication.

This Quality Code constitutes a central component of the HE regulatory architecture, which has been evolving since the passage of the Higher Education Research Act in April 2017, establishing two new statutory bodies: UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and the Office for Students (OfS). Furthermore, the introduction of the Teaching Excellence Framework in 2017, and the ongoing development of a more holistic Knowledge Exchange Framework, mean universities across England are constantly having to adapt their institutional arrangements, practices and structures to ensure that they continue to deliver exceptional quality and standards for their student bodies. Moreover, the 2018 QAA Quality Code has placed a renewed emphasis on the themes of student engagement, staff development, recruitment and widening access, programme design, employability, and utilising external expertise.

Due to the significant regulatory changes within the HE sector over the course of the last few years, it is imperative that universities and alternative HE providers learn from one another about how best to maintain, promote and enhance the quality of their academic provision within an increasingly competitive landscape and a complex, multi-institutional regulatory system.


Registration, Refreshments and Networking


Chair's Welcome Address

Liz Bromley, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Central Lancashire (CONFIRMED)


Morning Keynote: Outlining the Higher Education Quality Code

  • Working with the UK Standing Committee for Quality Assessment and the wider Higher Education (HE) sector to develop and produce the new 2018 Quality Code
  • Highlighting core practises for universities to adopt; explaining how common practises can help HE providers enhance their quality provision
  • Outlining changes in the new Quality Code, emphasising student engagement, recruitment and widening access, programme design and development, and utilising external expertise
  • Exploring how new Degree Apprenticeships will impact on quality and standards assessment
  • Encouraging greater communication between HE providers and PSRBs

Maureen Mclaughlin, Head of Universities and Standards, Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA)(CONFIRMED)


Special Keynote: Ensuring Student Success Through Higher Education Regulation

  • Outlining key provisions of the OfS’ regulatory framework for HE
  • Highlighting how regulation is delivered at both sector and provider levels
  • Delivering innovative and risk-based quality assessment of HE providers utilising the expertise and advice of the QAA
  • Promoting student choice through ensuring a diversity of providers and effectively communicating information to prospective and current students
  • Championing student interests through regulatory frameworks, looking at the introduction of a Student Board and ensuring students have input into HE regulation
  • Prioritising social mobility and widening access in the OfS regulatory framework
  • Launching a consultation for access and participation in HE, and working to enhance the number of underrepresented students in HE through the National Collaborative Outreach Programme

Susan Lapworth, Director of Competition and the Register, Office for Students (invited)


Sponsored Session


Questions and Answers Session


Refreshments and Networking


Case Study: Excelling in Quality Assessment through Outstanding Student Engagement

  • Detailing the key components of the university’s Student Engagement Strategy, which places student involvement at the centre of both quality assurance and enhancement
  • Working with the Student Union and wider student body in developing institutional strategies to enhance the quality of teaching and learning
  • Ensuring students feel listened to and that their feedback is responded to at both the module
    and programme levels
  • Creative robust procedures for receiving, considering and responding to students’ views, such as the “You Said, We Did” website page
  • Engaging with students openly and transparently, by publishing students’ subject-level responses to feedback from the National Student Survey and the University’s internal student survey

Highlighted as an example of “Good Practice” in student engagement by the QAA 

Professor Sue Rigby, Vice-Chancellor, Bath Spa University (invited)


Case Study: Successfully Working with Employers and Embedding Employability in Curriculum Content

  • Understanding the strategic and thematic importance of employability as part of the QAA Quality Code and the expected quality standards of HEIs
  • Recognising the importance of embedding strategies designed to enhance student employability into university planning and quality assurance
  • Undertaking extensive multi-stakeholder consultations prior to curriculum development of new programmes, bringing together students, external academics, industry specialists and practice-led advisers
  • Providing work placements to students during their programme of study and actively encouraging student volunteering
  • Running the UWE Bristol Futures Award, recognising students’ professional development activities, and providing effective and tailored advice to students through the Careers Service
  • Establishing and maintaining meaningful links with a range of employers that are used in curriculum design and delivery, as well as the provision of placements and internships

Hannah Newmarch, Associate Head of Employability and Enterprise (External Relations), and Rob Ingram, Associate Head of Employability and Enterprise (Students and Curriculum), University of the West of England (CONFIRMED)


Case Study: Enhancing Institutional Quality Through a Commitment to Staff Development

  • Developing a systematic and strategic approach to the professional development of student-facing staff to enhance the quality of teaching and learning
  • Introducing a HE teaching qualification and a CPD programme accredited by the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and aligned with the UK Professional Standards Framework
  • Strengthening academic delivery through workshops, online support, and preparing academic staff for membership of the HEA
  • Supporting and monitoring the professional development of staff across the university, and sharing best academic practice on the university’s website

Highlighted as an example of ‘Good Practice’ for commitment to staff development in the university’s most recent QAA review

Professor Mark Allinson, Head of Academic Practice, Regent’s University London (CONFIRMED)


Questions and Answers Session


Lunch and Networking


Afternoon Keynote: Promoting a Diverse, Transparent and Internationally Excellent Higher Education Sector

  • Outlining the operational priorities set out in Guild HE’s Strategy to 2020, including championing social mobility, developing TEF, diversifying the HE sector, and partnering with industry to deliver work-relevant education
  • Detailing how the work of GuildHE supports the sector-wide enhancement of quality and standards in accordance with the QAA Quality Code
  • Promoting the engagement of students as partners in the co-production of university strategies and initiatives as a key element of quality enhancement across the HE sector
  • Supporting student choice by advocating for a diverse array of high-quality HE provision
  • Articulating the benefits of HE diversity in terms of contributing to outstanding academic quality and nurturing creativity and innovation
  • Responding to the OfS’s consultation on regulating access and participation in HE; pushing for long-term strategic planning, interim milestones and greater provider transparency

Gordon McKenzie, CEO, Guild HE (CONFIRMED)


Special Keynote: Exploring the Importance of Co-Regulation in Higher Education

  • Advocating the benefits of co-regulation; highlighting the value of collaborative and interactive regulatory processes in HE, and explaining how this differs from self-regulation
  • Recognising the need to balance public accountability with institutional autonomy when it comes to quality and standards in HE
  • Ensuring regulatory frameworks provide the best outcomes for students
  • Exploring the importance of independent institutions such as the QAA and the OfS, and understanding their respective roles and responsibilities within the ever-evolving regulatory landscape

Dr Greg Walker, Chief Executive, MillionPlus (CONFIRMED)


Questions and Answers Session


Refreshments and Networking


Case Study: Delivering an Outstanding Teaching and Learning Experience for All Students

  • Recognising how exceptional teaching contributes towards quality enhancement measures as outlined in the QAA Quality Code
  • Delivering consistently outstanding learning outcomes for students by ensuring they develop the knowledge and skills most highly valued by employers
  • Offering extensive professional accreditation across the university curriculum, as well as career support via alumni mentoring through the Bath Connection
  • Providing exceptional teaching by recognising and rewarding excellent practice, such as institutional teaching awards, HEA accreditation, a University Teaching Development Fund and an internal course for enhancing academic practice
  • Investing in high quality physical and digital resources, allowing students to enhance their learning experience

Receiving a Gold TEF rating in 2017, and rated 5th overall in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2018

Professor Peter Lambert, Pro Vice Chancellor – Learning and Teaching, University of Bath (CONFIRMED)


Questions and Answers Session


Chair's Summary and Close

*programme subject to change

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