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Developing Information for Students and the Public QAA Annual Conference. Heather Fry Director (Education and Participation) h.fry@hefce.ac.uk. Themes . Why create more information? What is the role of HEFCE and others? What are the major changes ahead?. Our commitment.

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developing information for students and the public qaa annual conference

Developing Information for Students and the PublicQAA Annual Conference

Heather FryDirector (Education and Participation) h.fry@hefce.ac.uk

themes
Themes
  • Why create more information?
  • What is the role of HEFCE and others?
  • What are the major changes ahead?
our commitment
Our commitment
  • HEFCE is committed to a quality assurance system that is accountable, rigorous, transparent, flexible, responsive and public-facing
  • It needs to be underpinned by information which is robust, easy to find and easy to compare
  • Main purpose is improving information to aid students, prospective students, employers and general public
  • High ministerial interest
origins and development of the kis
Origins and development of the KIS
  • Overseen by the Higher Education Public Information Steering Group
  • Key recommendation of research by Oakleigh Consulting and Staffordshire University in 2010
  • Identified information that prospective students found useful:
    • course, costs & employability
  • Identified where students look for information:
    • HEI websites and UCAS
  • In parallel, Winter and Spring 2010/11: Joint consultation; further research and development; user testing
proposed features of the kis
Proposed features of the KIS
  • One KIS for every undergraduate course longer than one year (a course being something a student applies to)
  • A mix of NSS, DLHE and institutional data; HEFCE will collate
  • Accessible via institution’s websites and UCAS
  • Will be part of QA review
  • More information can be found at: www.hefce.ac.uk/learning/infohe.htm.
judgement on information
Judgement on Information
  • Part of the new method of institutional review, but not introduced until AY 2012-13
  • Will be a new judgement; revised institutional review handbook will clarify
  • Will look at KIS, Wider Information Set and other information sources such as UCAS data and prospectus’
  • Expected focus : completeness, currency, reliability and accessibility of the information
  • UK expectations about information will be defined in a new section of the UK Quality Code for HE; will also reference any specific national requirements
next steps
Next Steps
  • KIS technical guidance September 2011
  • KISs in place September 2012
  • Information Judgement 2012/13
  • Making public data more widely available
  • Annual monitoring of the KIS; reviewing against other information provision; full evaluation likely in AY 2014/15
  • Consideration of needs PGT students
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Developing Information for Students and the PublicQAA Annual Conference

Heather FryDirector (Education and Participation) h.fry@hefce.ac.uk