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QSN is a membership organisation for staff with responsibility for quality strategy and management within UK higher education. It provides a forum for the discussion of key issues of quality management and enhancement, and organises an annual Conference and smaller symposium events to discuss specific areas of interest.

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5th Jul 2019 - 5th Jul 2019

Higher And Degree Apprenticeships: The Continuing Story………

This full-day seminar will give you a chance to listen to and engage with the current challenges, opportunities and institutional case studies surrounding Higher and Degree Apprenticeships. The day will be an opportunity to gain a full understanding of Higher and Degree apprenticeship policy developments and best practice to help you make the most of the opportunities available to your institution.

Higher and Degree apprenticeships continue to be at the forefront of the university agenda. When looking at the financial benefits for both students and universities it is easy to see why they have become such a popular route of education but there are clear challenges for Higher Education providers and their dual responsibilities for quality assurance in delivering apprenticeships.

To help set the scene and spark discussions, we will be joined by Dr Alison Felce, Standards and Frameworks Officer, Universities, Quality Enhancement and Standards at the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA); Adrian Anderson, Chief Executive, University Vocational Awards Council (UVAC); Paul Beeby, Deputy Director and Lesley Goss, Senior Quality and Partnerships Manager from the Open University; Viki Faulkner, Head of Apprenticeships and Hannah Wallace, Head of Curriculum Management at the University of Brighton and Liz Gormley-Fleming, Associate Director, Academic Quality Assurance-Degree Apprenticeships, Centre for Academic Quality Assurance, the University of Hertfordshire

As ever, this joint CVU/QSN event offers the opportunity for us to get together in a constructive and supportive environment and we look forward greatly to welcoming delegates to our 5th July 2019 Seminar.
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19th Sep 2019 - 20th Sep 2019

14th Annual Conference – QSN: The Hot Topics Conference

The transformation of the quality management landscape continues with great rapidity and intensity in a sector buffeted by daily media headlines and in the midst of potentially seismic changes affecting the sector as a whole. As the new regulator for English Higher Education, the Office for Students continues to adopt a bold, student-focused, risk-based approach, reflecting the significant changes to HE in the last 25 years and seeking to anticipate changes still to come.

Familiar features – notably, the UK Quality Code – have been subject to a fundamental review with QSN Executive members contributing to 11 out of the 12 Quality Code Theme Writing Groups.

The increasing numbers of degree students gaining first and upper second class degrees has been the focus of media headlines, reporting and a recent consultation about putative grade inflation. The latter includes a proposed sector statement about how to protect the value of the honours degree qualifications over time and once again raises the question of effective externality.

The TEF enters a second year of piloting, as work progresses to develop the subject-level assessment framework. The Augar review with its potential £2,500 headline fee reduction is keenly awaited as the media debate continues on the value for money of higher education. TNE in-country review is still on the radar but with clarity required on how it will be funded. Added to this we may soon be navigating Brexit and attempting to ensure that funding mechanisms to support research excellence remain, our global rankings are sustained, academic talent from the EU is retained and universities’ ability to drive growth and generate jobs are not hampered.

These ‘hot topics’ all impact quality practitioners and this year’s conference seeks to enable us to engage across a broad spectrum of current issues. However, our conference will also consider the question of what the changes require of us, as senior quality professionals. In the midst of this uncertainty, what can we do to help secure student success and maintain academic standards?
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14th Jan 2019 - 14th Jan 2019

QSN Evasys Special Interest group - Inaugural Meeting

Free to QSN members

QSN members are invited to attend the inaugural meeting of a QSN Special Interest Group (SIG) for institutions which use EvaSys software for module evaluation or are thinking of using EvaSys. The SIG is intended to provide a network for EvaSys users for discussion and mutual support and to facilitate the sharing and development of good practice in module evaluation and the use of EvaSys software.

The meeting will begin with four presentations from institutions which already use EvaSys software followed by round table discussions of topics suggested by QSN members. Members of the SIG will also agree terms of reference for the SIG and discuss the frequency and mode of meetings. Lunch will be provided.

The SIG will be convened by Dr Victoria Korzeniowska, Director of Academic Quality and Employability Services, King’s College London, QSN Deputy Chair and Keith Swanson, Director of Quality Support and Development, University of Reading, QSN Executive member.

Registration is from 10:30am. The event is from 11:00am to 15:30pm
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Higher and Degree Apprenticeships: The Continuing Story………

This full-day seminar will give you a chance to listen to and engage with the current challenges, opportunities and institutional case studies surrounding Higher and Degree Apprenticeships. The day will be an opportunity to gain a full understanding of Higher and Degree apprenticeship policy developments and best practice to help you make the most of the opportunities available to your

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14th Annual Conference – QSN: The Hot Topics Conference

The transformation of the quality management landscape continues with great rapidity and intensity in a sector buffeted by daily media headlines and in the midst of potentially seismic changes affecting the sector as a whole. As the new regulator for English Higher Education, the Office for Students continues to adopt a bold, student-focused, risk-based approach, reflecting the significant changes to HE

Event Dates: 19/09/2019 12:30 pm - 20/09/2019 2:00 pm
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Academic Quality in a Data Driven Environment and Working with the Quality Code

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As we fast approach the first anniversary of the launch of the Office for Students, the new regulatory landscape continues to be both familiar and unknown, but the role of Quality Management remains critical for the assurance of standards and

Event Dates: 08/03/2019 12:00 am
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13th Annual Conference: A Regulated Quality Future?

The transformation of the quality management landscape continues with great rapidity and intensity. As the new regulator for English Higher Education, the OfS is adopting a bold, student-focused, risk-based approach, reflecting the significant changes to HE in the last 25 years and seeking to anticipate changes still to come. Familiar features – notably, the UK Quality Code – are also

Event Dates: 13/09/2018 12:00 am - 14/09/2018 12:00 am
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