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(alternative title)Regions and the Death of Distance Learning

  • David Vincent

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(Gertrude Stein)

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Growth of Regional Policy

  • Scottish Parliament

  • National Assembly for Wales

  • (The Northern Ireland Assembly)

  • Regional Development Agencies

  • (Elected Regional Assemblies)

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Growth of Regional Higher Education Policy

  • HECFE regional consultants

  • Regional Higher Education Associations

  • AimHigher

  • Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF2)

  • Sector Skills Councils

  • Learning and Skills Councils

  • Lifelong Learning Networks

  • European Funding

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Working With Regional Education Policy

  • The Necessity of Funding

  • The Value of Joined-up Government

  • The Value of Joined-up Educational Provision

  • The Value of Local Responsiveness

  • The Regional Structure of the Open University

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The Regional Functions of The Open University

  • 3 Nation Regions

  • 10 English Regions

    • Regional Directors

    • Support Associate Lecturers

    • Manage Range of Services to Students

    • Represent the University in Regional Fora and Partnerships

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  • Freesia iris family, bulb, fragrant trumpet-shaped white, yellow, purple or crimson flowers

  • Freezer A refrigerated cabinet or compartment in which to preserve food at a temperature below freezing point

  • Friesian A black and white cow

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  • Fresion A mnemonic word designating the fifth mood of the fourth syllogistic figure, in which a universal negative major premiss, and a particular affirmative minor yield a particular negative conclusion

  • FRESA Framework for Regional Employment and Skills Action

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The Purpose of a FRESA

Framework for Regional

Employment and Skills Action

  • Provide common evidence base for policy decisions

  • Collaborative action sensitive to local need

  • Guiding the deployment of discretionary funding

  • Establishing a common set of targets for the region

  • Cutting through governance disputes

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The East of England FRESA: The Mission

East of England has 5.4m residents.

£73bn economy. 350,000 businesses.

Workforce of 2.6m. Second highest

GDP per head in England.

In the East of England we believe in

joined up thinking and joined up action.

As it stands the many overlapping

initiatives and strategies on skills and

jobs risk confusing employers and

individuals alike.

The FRESA is clearly about a process

designed to facilitate better partnership

working over the years to come.

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Skills and Employment Forum Members

East of England Development Agency (EEDA)


Learning and Skills Councils

Confederation of British Industry

Government Office for the East of England

HertfordshireConnexions Service

Jobcentre plus


FE Sector

SERTUC Learning Services

Small Business Service

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Full labour market analysis

Policy review of government agencies

Summary of best practices

East of England Partnership Agreement on Skills

Compilation of views of partners

The East of England FRESA: The Priorities

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Top Priorities: Both urgent and important priority requiring greater action, co-ordination and funding

  • Increasing participation in higher education

  • Response to redundancies

  • Skills for employability

  • Workforce development and in-work progression

  • Young people and career choices

    Top Priorities – Protocol – Action Plan – Six Month Progress Report

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The East of England FRESA: Higher Education: The Task greater action, co-ordination and funding

Only by maximising the skills of

our whole labour force can we

ensure that our wealth-creating

businesses can compete successfully in

a global economy and our people have

the economic and social opportunities

for which they aspire.

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Increasing participation in higher education greater action, co-ordination and funding

  • The East of England has the lowest proportion of students studying in their home region

  • The East of England has a lower than average number of students in higher education per head of the population. This means employers have increased difficulty in recruiting graduates and higher level technicians.

  • Partnership for Progression Initiative. Aims to get 50% of 18-30 year olds into higher education by 2010.

    Against 50% target, current rate is 29%.

    Target for 2010 is 39%.

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The East of England FRESA: Higher Education: The Actions greater action, co-ordination and funding

Association of Universities in the East

of England (AUEE) has convened a

Regional Strategy Group, preparing a

business plan to include activity aimed

at raising aspirations and achievements

of students in schools and colleges;

making HE more accessible in the

workplace; extending access to HE

provision in both HE, FE colleges and

other centres

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Enhancing Capacity cohort.

  • The various networking arrangements are not adequate to deal with the scale / nature of this issue

  • Additional resources may be required, since HEI / research staff have other commitments

  • Increase funding required to inject some realism into plans. A holistic approach is required.

  • ‘The region is a net exporter of graduates’ : towns without HEIs - Ipswich, Peterborough, Southend

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Hyperventilation cohort.

The Ambition:

  • ‘EEDA has a target of the East of England being one of the wealthiest 20 regions in Europe in 2010.’

  • ‘Our target is to make Birmingham the most attractive city in Europe in which to live and work.’ (Advantage West Midlands)

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The Crisis: cohort.

Despite the amount of world-class

businesses based in the East of

England and with overall low

unemployment, there are still

pockets of severe unemployment.

eg Great Yarmouth (4.7%

claimants August 2002)

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Artificiality cohort.

East Midlands Low skill to high skill


London Action planning as

sum of other action

plans. 7 flagship

programmes and 5

strategic objectives.

Opportunities for

skills training

North East Increase Demand for


Increase Delivery of

Basic Skills

Increase Level 3


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North West Action at sub-regional cohort.

level, led by local Learning and Skills

Councils (LSEs). Link

business support

with skill provision.

Emphasis on Workforce


South-East Promote skills,

increase productivity

South-West Workforce development. Raising Standards of Basic Skills

West Midlands Up-skilling

Yorks and Humber Increase demand for

learning and skills.

Graduate Retention

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Accountability cohort.

  • The possibility of regional assemblies

  • The reality of regional quangos

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Scale cohort.

The Essence of the Open


  • High Quality, Supported Distance Learning, At Scale

  • The Only National University in the United Kingdom

  • 155,000 undergraduates. Largest University in the UK

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The Dilemmas of the Open University cohort.

  • The impossibility of 13 Universities

  • The growth of Scottish and Welsh Devolution

  • Top-up Fees and Local Pricing

  • Quality Assurance and Local Regimes

  • Progression and Local Alliances

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Community cohort.

  • The Variable Geometry of Distance Learning

  • The Global and the Local

  • Motionless Mobility

  • Multiple Histories

  • Multiple Communities

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A Future Beyond the Regions cohort.

The National Alliances

  • Learn Direct

  • National Extension College

  • City and Guilds

  • Trades Union Congress

  • Workers Education Association

  • National Health Service University

  • Other national companies and organisations

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The National Education Grid cohort.

  • Qualifications Consortium

  • Affiliate FE Colleges

  • Curriculum in Threatened Disciplines

  • Curriculum in New Disciplines

  • Central Service for Disabled.

  • National e-Learning Platform