Value for Money…….

Thursday 20th Jun 2019 - Thursday 20th Jun 2019

Universities are continually working hard to improve all aspects of their institutions by driving efficiency, embracing innovation, working smarter and learning from each other.

On 5th November 2018 the Education Select Committee published its report on ‘Value for money in Higher Education’ highlighting the importance of HE as part of our wider system of education and the need to ensure that students, graduates and the taxpayer all receive value from their investment in HE. The extent to which the concept of ‘Value for Money’ has become ingrained in higher education is demonstrated by the fact that ensuring “that students receive value for money” is one of the Office for Student’s (OfS) four core objectives and is also one of the terms of reference of the Government’s review of post-18 education.

To help set the scene and spark discussions, we will be joined by Nick Hillman, Director of HEPI, Vicky Hossack, Chief Executive Officer and Scarlet Moss, Vice-President (Education) of the Union of Students and Dr Ruth Ayres, Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor (Teaching, Learning & Academic Governance) at the University of Derby.

As ever, this QSN event offers the opportunity for us to get together in a constructive and supportive environment and we look forward greatly to welcoming new and returning delegates to our 2019 Summer Symposium at the University of Derby.

Event Breakdown



10:00 Registration and refreshments
10:20 – 10:30 Welcome and Introduction

Dr Ruth Ayres – Associate Pro Vice-chancellor (Teaching, Learning, Teaching and Academic Governance)

10:30 – 11:15 Keynote Speaker: Nick Hillman, Director of HEPI
‘Value for Money in Higher Education.’Nick Hillman has been the Director of HEPI since 2014. He worked for the Rt Hon David Willetts MP (now Lord Willetts), the Minister for Universities and Science, from 2007 until the end of 2013, as Chief of Staff and then Special Adviser in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. Previously, he was a History teacher and worked at the Association of British Insurers. At the 2010 general election, he was the runner-up in Cambridge.His recent research for HEPI includes papers on the Universities Superannuation Scheme, student funding in Wales and differential tuition fees.
11:15 – 12:00 ‘The Value of Student Engagement in the Value for Money debate’
Vicky Hossack – Chief Executive Officer, Union of Students
Scarlet Moss – Vice-President (Education), Union of Students
Dr Ruth Ayres – Associate Pro Vice-chancellor (Teaching, Learning, Teaching and Academic Governance)At the University of Derby, we have established an institutional ‘Value for Money Advisory Group’ (VfMAG) which is co-chaired by the Chief Executive of the Union of Students and the Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor (Teaching, Learning & Academic Governance). Students’ Union Officers are full members of the VfMAG, and they have made significant contributions to Derby’s value for money debate through their engagement with our own student body and at a national level.

In this session, we will outline the work of the VfMAG and share the results of the consultation work that our Students’ Union has conducted with students on their perceptions of value for money from their University experiences.It will look at how we have used this feedback to shape a new strategic partnership between the Students’ Union and the University which prioritises a transparent approach to showing where student fees income goes and how this information can be drawn upon to encourage students to maximise the value of their student experience and the opportunities provided. We will aim to share the lessons learnt to date from this project and will encourage participants to consider practical ways of engaging with their student body on this emerging hot topic.

12:00 – 12:20 Table discussions


12:20 – 13:20 Lunch
13:20 – 14:00 ‘Grade Inflation’
Charlotte Snelling – Acting Policy Manager, Universities UKUniversities UK, GuildHE and the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education have, over the past year, been undertaking research and consultations on degree classification, on behalf of the UK Standing Committee for Quality Assessment. This session will provide an update on the work to date and explore the ways in which the sector is responding to the challenges associated with perceptions of grade inflation, including taking a detailed look at the public consultation on a sector-wide statement of intent and the ways in which this is being taken forward.Dr Charlotte Snelling is Acting Policy Manager at Universities UK, in the regulation team.Her role covers quality and standards, the Teaching Excellence Framework, regulatory arrangements, and student experience.

She has recently led work on the future of degree classification, on behalf of the UK Standing Committee for Quality Assessment. Before starting at UUK in April 2018, she was based at the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) for over two years as a research fellow, working across a range of policy areas within housing, welfare and public services. She has also held policy and research posts in the Cabinet Office (Constitution Group), Scottish Youth Parliament and Jubilee Scotland. She was awarded a PhD in Politics from the University of Edinburgh in 2016 where her thesis examined the impact of educational experiences in tertiary education on young people’s political engagement.


Round Table
14:45 Feedback and final questions
15:15 Close

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Thursday 20th Jun 2019

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Thursday 20th Jun 2019

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University of Derby
Kedleston Road, Derby, DE22 1GB
01332 590500 |

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University of Derby, Kedleston Road, Derby DE22 1GB, UK

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