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HE in FE Partnerships: Case Study Locally based HE in FE University of Plymouth Colleges. Barry J Smith Nick Davy Community of Practice Developers Higher Education Learning Partnerships Centre for Excellence in Teaching & Learning. University of Plymouth - Commitment to Communities.

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he in fe partnerships case study locally based he in fe university of plymouth colleges

HE in FE Partnerships: Case StudyLocally based HE in FEUniversity of Plymouth Colleges

Barry J Smith

Nick Davy

Community of Practice Developers

Higher Education Learning Partnerships

Centre for Excellence in Teaching & Learning

university of plymouth commitment to communities
University of Plymouth - Commitment to Communities
  • Service to the Region
  • Commitment to Widening Participation
  • Supporting local enterprises
  • Commitment to increasing opportunity through local partnerships
good partnerships add value
Good partnerships add value
  • Transparent and secure funding
  • Shared Planning and Strategy
  • Collaborative access to funding sources
  • QA support and enhancement
  • Professional Development
  • Learning Resources
  • Students Union support
  • Curriculum Development
15 yrs growth and achievement
15 yrs growth and achievement
  • Largest HE/FE partnership in UK
  • Queens Anniversary Prize 1994
  • National Foundation degree pilots
  • New CUC buildings across Cornwall
  • Excellent QAA reviews
  • Strong student retention & progression record
  • Major Widening Participation successes
  • 2005 HE in FE focused CETL
successes local he
Successes - Local HE
  • A network of Partner Colleges providing HE in FE in every FEI across SOUTH WEST ENGLAND
  • 7,000+ students
  • Clear progression paths from FE3, NVQ and Access courses to HNC, HND, FdA and some BA (Hons) programmes
  • Further progression to UoP top-up honours degrees
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The UNIVERSITY and its Partner Colleges

CITY of BRISTOL COLLEGE

NORTH DEVON COLLEGE

EAST DEVON COLLEGE

Associated Partner College

Accredited Partner College

SOMERSET COLLEGE of ARTS & TECHNOLOGY

DUCHY COLLEGE

Bristol

ST AUSTELL COLLEGE

BICTON COLLEGE

Minehead

TRURO COLLEGE

Cannington

Bridgwater

Barnstaple

Taunton

SCHOOL of MARITIME OPERATIONS

HMS DRYAD

CORNWALL COLLEGE

Tiverton

Bude

Okehampton

Bicton

Exeter

WEYMOUTH COLLEGE

Sidmouth

Exmouth

FALMOUTH COLLEGE of ARTS

Weymouth

Bodmin

Dartington

Duchy

EXETER COLLEGE

Schumacher

Liskeard

Torbay

PLYMOUTH

Saltash

St. Austell

Brixham

PENWITH COLLEGE

Dartmouth

SOUTH DEVON COLLEGE

Redruth

Truro

Camborne

Penzance

Falmouth

Helston

BRITANNIA ROYAL NAVALCOLLEGE

Culdrose

Jersey

PLYMOUTH COLLEGE OF FE

RN SCHOOL OF METEOROLOGY

AND OCEANOGRAPHY RNAS CULDROSE

HIGHLANDS COLLEGE - JERSEY

DARTINGTON COLLEGE of ARTS

PLYMOUTH COLLEGE of ART & DESIGN

SCHUMACHER COLLEGE

JOHN KITTO COMMUNITY COLLEGE

ESTOVER COMMUNITY COLLEGE

RN HYDROGAPHIC SCHOOL

HMS DRAKE

but could do better
BUT could do better!
  • Low community profile, poorly communicated market niche
  • Lack of understanding of terms ‘HE’ ‘Partner College’
  • QA lacks local management involvement
  • Planning becoming unwieldy
  • Variable practice between faculties……
  • Diffuse staff and student identity
  • University of Wisconsin Colleges
university of plymouth colleges mission
University of Plymouth Colleges Mission

University of Plymouth Partner Colleges (UPC) will provide high quality dispersed Higher Education to serve the peninsular sub-region of the South West, to widen participation and further economic development

upc a new era
UPC - a new era
  • High profile University brand for colleges
  • Unashamed celebration of dispersed university and its niche for local study
  • UPC Faculty Board - Planning, Strategy, Deliberative, QA processes
  • College based QA - local Joint Boards of Studies
  • Focused support: Quality Enhancement, Curriculum Development, Academic

Community, Student Progression

benefits for students 1
Benefits for students 1
  • A clearer understanding of the benefits of local university level study
  • Improved course provision
  • Assurance of UoP quality and progression
  • Access to UoP facilities -Library, Students Union; Sport; Earn & Learn
  • Access to learning materials via the

University e-Portal

benefits for students 2
Benefits for students 2
  • Less expense by studying from home
  • Fees differential?
  • Clear link between Foundation degree and employability
  • Small group sizes, known college environment, dedicated teaching staff
benefits to the region
Benefits to the Region
  • Local provision for local needs
  • Enhanced opportunities for Widening Participation and Social inclusion
  • A comprehensive portfolio of foundation degrees, meeting local economic development needs
  • Development of a seamless provision of services to business and employers
curriculum
Curriculum
  • Replace HND with FdA & embed HNC into FdA where appropriate
  • Employer engagement with new Fd’s to respond to demonstrable need and demand
  • Part-time, distance, work based and e-supported learning routes
  • Distance Learning top-ups in selected subject areas
  • Develop core curricula that are adapted to local delivery by Colleges through validation not franchise
  • Professional development of UPC academic staff including scholarly activity
subject forums
Subject ‘Forums’
  • Faculty led, cross-partnership, with focus on the enhancement of quality; curriculum development; student progression; staff development
  • Aiming to create a culture of academic community extending across the university and its partners, with an ethos of ‘critical friendship’
help cetl support for upc vision
HELP CETL support for UPC Vision
  • To invest heavily in developing HE in FE staff and teaching expertise
  • To provide uniformly high quality student learning opportunities and infrastructure across the region
  • To inspire teaching and learning communities to research their practices and to share & disseminate activities & learning materials within the region and beyond
  • Enhanced student learning experiences
realising the vision
Realising the vision
  • Rewarding and recognising staff
    • recognise existing expertise & excellence
    • build capacity in pedagogic research and scholarship
  • Supporting dynamic and effective physical and virtual regional and national Communities of Practice
  • Facilitating Development Activities
  • bring together, and call on the experience of, major partnership networks from across the UK and other relevant national and international organizations, including the HE Academy
slide17

HELP CETL AWARD SCHEME

Aims: Focus on scholarship and pedagogic development within HE in FE Support individual academics to pursue interests Enable excellent HE in FE teachers to succeed at a competitive funding processPlatforms for research activity across the partnershipDevelop a potential community of practice

slide18

HELP CETL AWARD/CPD SCHEMEFellowship Awards

Funding up to £10,000 excellent HE in FE teaching staffsubstantial research project or development initiatives outcomes of relevance to:national HE in FE learning and teaching context across subjects Colleges/UPC approx 20%part of the fund to support own personal and professional development. Up to £3000 for CPD activities ambassadors for the work of the HELP CETL leadership role to play in the development themes emergent communities of practice

future challenges
Future challenges
  • Applying the community of practice model
  • Realistic awareness of resource implications for FE colleagues undertaking scholarly activity/research
  • The complexity of the project
  • Strengthening the relationships between colleges and university
    • Attitudes
    • Culture
    • Competition
key strands of the help cetl
Key strands of the HELP -CETL
  • Blended / e-learning
  • Work based learning
  • Retention, transition & progression
  • HE in FE pedagogy – theory into practice; interdisciplinary trading zones
  • Developing communities of practice – collegiate co-operation through subject forums
  • Management, leadership & governance HE in FE
  • Developing the infrastructure
communities of practice
Communities of Practice
  • The CETL is working to support new and emerging communities to research their practices and to share & disseminate activities & learning materials within the region and beyond
  • The aim is facilitate both groups and networks to become more effective physical and virtual Communities
  • Initial work on technological tools
key contacts
Key Contacts
  • Ian Tunbridge

Dean of University of Plymouth Colleges

[email protected]

  • Mark Stone

Director of the Higher Education Learning Partnerships Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (HELP CETL)

University of Plymouth Colleges

[email protected]

  • Barry Smith/ Nick Davy
  • Community of Practice Developer

Higher Education Learning Partnerships Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (HELP CETL)

University of Plymouth Colleges

[email protected]@plymouth.ac.uk

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