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Title: Universities Challenged: an overview of HE Professor Sir Robert Burgess Vice-Chancellor University of Leicester


1
Universities Challenged an overview of
HE Professor Sir Robert Burgess Vice-Chancellor U
niversity of Leicester
SROC Conference University of Leicester 13 April
2010
  • www.le.ac.uk

2
The Politics of Higher Education
  • Election Year
  • Political football
  • Another budget?
  • Comprehensive Spending Review
  • National Issues
  • Widening Participation (social mobility/social
    justice)
  • Elitism
  • Credit and Student Mobility
  • Role of Information Advice and Guidance

3
Key Contextual Issues
  • Elite to Mass Higher Education
  • Global Economic Indicators
  • Borrowing, Endowments, Utilities
  • HE and Economic Development
  • Demography
  • Implications for Public Funding
  • Policy Issues
  • External Drivers on Higher Education Institutions

4
Financial Issues
  • Global Economic Context and Cuts
  • Staffing
  • Pensions
  • Pay and NI
  • Government Figures
  • Annual Government Investment 12.3b
  • HE Public Investment Growth since 1997 25
  • Research Funding Growth 2009-11 7
  • Total University Income 2007-08 23b
  • Proposed Reduction over next 3 years 950m

5
Student Finance
  • National Position of NUS
  • Fees the Cap
  • Student Numbers, ASNs and Recording Systems
  • Student Support Costs
  • Demographic Downturn

6
  • Diversity
  • Curriculum/Technological Developments
  • International Students as a Solution, but
  • points based immigration and visas
  • changing the shape of the institution and the
    curriculum
  • potential for additional fees to be eradicated
    by the cuts
  • development of international partnerships

7
Student Demand and Expectations
  • Diversity and Widening Participation
  • Class, Age, Gender and Ethnicity
  • The Market
  • Changing Relationships with Schools and Colleges
  • Employer Engagement
  • Consumer-like Behaviour
  • Education as a Commodity?

8
  • Development of Technology
  • Hardware to Wireless
  • E-learning
  • Social Networking Sites
  • Student Record Systems
  • Teaching Rooms
  • Libraries
  • Developing the Research Infrastructure
  • Growing Requirements of Staff and Students

9
Quality and Standards
  • Degree Classifications
  • Plagiarism
  • External Examiners
  • Assessment and Feedback
  • Contact Time vs Learning Hours
  • Institutional Audit
  • Public Information

10
Curriculum, Teaching, Learning and Assessment
  • Who Designs the Curriculum?
  • Staff-Student Engagement
  • Virtual Tutors
  • Small Group Teaching
  • E-learning, Blogs and Podcasts
  • Challenge of the Google Generation

11
Issues in Assessment
  • Patterns of Assessment and Types of Examination
  • To Classify or Not to Classify?
  • The Higher Education Achievement Report
  • Diploma Supplement and Transcripts
  • Unique Learner Numbers

12
The Honours Degree and the HEAR
  • Honours Degree Classification System No Longer
    Fit for Purpose
  • Proposals
  • Introduce Higher Education Achievement Report
    (HEAR) by 2010/11
  • Develop Transcript and link it to the European
    Diploma Supplement
  • Institutional Verification of Non-Formal Learning
    focus on achievement
  • Retain, but enhance, Summative Judgement

13
The HEAR - where are we now?
  • Piloting, Trialling and Refining HEAR Structure
    within 18 institutions (plus 20 volunteers for a
    second phase)
  • Working with Student and Employer Groups to Test
    Approaches
  • Consideration of Electronic and Cost Issues and
    Implications

14
  • Working on Assessment Issues and Development of
    Recording of Non-Formal Learning
  • Establishing a Programme of Awareness Raising
    Regional and National Events
  • Production of a Simple Guide for Employers

15
What is a HEAR?
  • An electronic document produced by a higher
    education institution which provides a record of
    student achievement during their time at
    university. It will adhere to a template and be
    verified by the Academic Registrar or equivalent
    officer. It can be accessed at any time during a
    students career with the institution. In its
    paper form it will be no longer than six pages
    and will be issued at the discretion of the
    institution.

16
Higher Ambitions
  • Commitment to Widening Participation
  • Student Employability
  • Contribution to Economic Development
  • Concentration of Research
  • Shift from Disciplinary to Inter-Disciplinary
  • Research Capacity and Commercialisation

17
  • Research Impact
  • Develop Business Links with Universities
  • High Quality Teaching
  • The University and its Region
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