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Future arrangements for external examining and related developments. Dr Tim Burton Assistant Director, Development and Enhancement Group 24 January 2011. Overview. External examining. Academic infrastructure. Institutional audit. Public information. External examining.

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Future arrangements for external examining and related developments

Future arrangements for external examining and related developments

Dr Tim Burton

Assistant Director,

Development and Enhancement Group

24 January 2011


Overview

Overview

  • External examining

  • Academic infrastructure

  • Institutional audit

  • Public information


Future arrangements for external examining and related developments

  • External examining

  • Academic infrastructure

Institutional audit

Public information


Origins of the review

Origins of the review

  • QAA Thematic enquiries (Apr 2009)

  • UUK Announcement (Sep 09)

  • TQSE Report (recom 5) (Oct 09)


Review process

Review process


What happens next

What happens next ...


Key themes

Key themes


Key themes 2

Key themes (2)


Other issues

Other issues

  • Industry/professional externals

  • Role of national bodies

  • UK Professional Standards Framework


Future arrangements for external examining and related developments

  • External examining

  • Academic infrastructure

Institutional audit

Public information


The process

The process


Evaluation findings

Evaluation findings

  • No appetite for major change

  • Better public communication

  • Sector ownership (autonomy)

  • Links between AI and audit/review


Evaluation findings 2

Evaluation findings (2)

There was evidence to demonstrate that the Academic Infrastructure was well embedded in higher education providers' policies and procedures. Many of those who considered the Academic Infrastructure to be important recognised a value in seeing it as a whole framework that was somehow more than the sum of parts, but there was no single view of how each of the components necessarily related to each other (para 2.1.4).


Evaluation findings 3

Evaluation findings (3)

More positive

Less positive

Scope to improve individual elements

Clarify role relating to other reference points and audit/review

Hasn’t reached wider audience

Largely ineffective in increasing public assurance about standards

  • Very positive impact on UK HE

  • Created a consistent approach and a common vocabulary

  • Basis for comparing threshold standards

  • No major omissions

  • Autonomy not threatened


Consultation

Consultation


Future arrangements for external examining and related developments

  • External examining

  • Academic infrastructure

Institutional audit

Public information


Institutional audit review

Institutional audit (review)


Audit main issues

Audit: Main issues

  • Introduction of thematic element

  • Rolling process rather than fixed cycle

  • Public as principal audience for reports

  • No increased level of demand

  • Proportionality (smaller institutions)

  • Judgement on published information

  • Judgement terminology made easier to understand


Future arrangements for external examining and related developments

IQER

  • Integrated Quality Enhancement Review

  • Current cycle ends July 2012

  • No funding for future Developmental Engagements

  • Expectation of convergence with audit method


Future arrangements for external examining and related developments

  • External examining

  • Academic infrastructure

Institutional audit

Public information


Public information

Public information

  • HEFCE Consultation – ends 7 March 2011

  • Key information set and development of NSS

  • Student charters

  • The Higher Education Achievement Report


Future arrangements for external examining and related developments

The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education. Registered charity numbers 1062746 and SC037786


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