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Equal access for all

Equal access for all

Supporting the PCET Network from the University of Huddersfield

Celia Poole

Academic Librarian

The network
The Network

  • Established in 1966

  • Now 32 FE Colleges across the North of England

  • Training/professional development for teachers/trainers in the Post- Compulsory Sector (PCET)

  • More than 2,100 students

University of huddersfield awards
University of Huddersfield Awards

  • Foundation Degree in Learning Support

  • Certificate in Education (PCET)


  • BA/BA Hons in Education and Training

The network1
The Network

  • Mature and successful

  • Close working relationship between University and Colleges underpinning curriculum and delivery.

    Liaison tutors

    Network tutors meetings

    Summer School

Network quality
Network… Quality

  • Curriculum and quality of learning experience the responsibility of University.

  • PCET Network manager

    • suitability/availability of learning materials/resources

    • common standards and equivalent experience

    • approval/development of tutors

    • monitoring of quality through Centre Committees

    • approval/reapproval of Centres

    • moderation

Consortium cpcet
Consortium CPCET

  • Established 2001

  • Partnership between HE & FE

  • Shares resources/managerial responsibilities between member organisations

  • Draws on the distinctive, equally valuable contributions of both HE and FE.


  • Concerned with providing

    • resources and non-academic support

    • efficient and effective administration

    • opportunities

    • equality

    • openness and transparency


Qaa 2001
QAA 2001

  • The big question:

    Do all students, wherever they are studying in the network, have the same quality of resource provision as the students at Huddersfield?

The academic librarian and the network
The Academic Librarian and the Network

  • Validation/Revalidation Panel

  • Annual Conference

  • Monthly Network Tutors’ Meetings

  • Tutor Training

  • Point of contact for library/library-related issues.

Getting to know you
Getting to Know you

  • Librarians’ Day

    • with lunch!

    • tour of the University Library

    • School of Education presentation

    • benchmarking information skills teaching

    • E-books

    • shelf-ready books


  • Full membership of the University Library

    • ID cards available only from Huddersfield

    • Distance of travel


  • UK Libraries Plus

  • Door to Door

  • Huddersfield University Library Door to Door Service

  • Ask a Librarian!

  • QuestionPoint Virtual Enquiry Service

Electronic resources access problems
Electronic resourcesaccess…problems

  • Licences

  • Passwords

  • Training

  • Time

  • Cost

Consortium mle project
Consortium MLE Project

  • Seeks to establish

    • A single point of entry for all relevant learning support and administrative resources

    • An extensive central pool of resources and learning materials.

    • Access to membership of an academic community for HE learners in an FE environment.

Electronic resources let s go
Electronic resourcesLet’s go!

  • MLE Project funding

    • Extra licences

    • Staffing support

Access and training
Access and training


  • University of Huddersfield Onelog

  • Batch registration for ONELOG and ATHENS

Access and training1
Access and training

  • Training for tutors ...Consortium staff development programme

  • Training for Librarians

  • Off campus training to a group of colleges

  • Training Package including Powerpoint

    provided to all attendees

  • Tutors/Librarians to deliver to students.

Access and training problems
Access and training…Problems

  • Timing

  • Not confident

  • No time allowance in teaching programme

  • Access problems (technical support)


  • Librarians’ Day feedback

  • Benchmarking information skills

    • Post-sessional

    • Quantitative and qualitative feedback

      Slow but sure!

The future
The future

  • Univ of Huddersfield ID cards for all students

  • Build on tutor/librarian enthusiasm and continue to offer training

  • Information Literacy to be established in the curriculum

  • Improve communication to students

  • Work closely with MLE team to simplify access wherever possible.