Am 15.11.2018 - 16.11. in Birmingham
Macdonald Burlington Hotel, Burlington Arcade, 126 New Street Birmingham B2 4JQ
Veranstalter: SEDA (Staff and Educational Development Association)
Kategorie: Tagung

Supporting staff to meet increasing challenges in Higher and Further Education.

The last few years have been particularly eventful for both Higher Education (HE) and Further Education (FE). HE and FE confront increasing challenges in terms of accountability to different stakeholders and audiences. As well as issues which have received significant media commentary (such as VC’s pay and the teaching of Brexit), recent and ongoing examples include:
  • Waves of ‘edusceptics’ (3) including Government pronouncements questioning the value of education whereby students “take on a huge amount of debt … and … some don’t know what they get in return” (Teresa May, October 2017) and leading to the recently announced “independent review of fees and student finance”. (4)
  • Concerns about the powers and responsibilities of the new Office for Students during and following the formal consultation. (5)
  • The recent survey of FE leaders which concluded that pressures had increased significantly over the last year, especially re the two key factors – “better use of data and technology”.(6) 

Given this increased scrutiny and public debate, how can/should staff be best supported to manage their increasingly pressurised workload? How can we ensure that the curriculum satisfies all the established criteria of academic value and integrity, as well as meeting the increasing demands and expectations of students, employers and other influential agencies such as professional bodies etc.?

Within this general theme, we welcome proposals from HE and FE which analyse/demonstrate/explain how we can best support staff to meet current and likely future challenges.


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