Blackpool & the Fylde College “Preparing for QAA Review” 27th February 2014 Alan Mould [email protected] Who Am I • Currently I am a QAA Officer managing Higher Education Reviews (HER). Also work on REO and AVA reviews • For 15 months worked at the HEA primarily around supporting the Academy’s relationship with FECs • Before that I was director of a LLN and B&FC College was one of the two biggest FECs in the network Blackpool and the Fylde College RCHE Outcome • 2 meets UK expectations • 2 commendations • 0 recommendations • 11 areas of good practice • 5 affirmations No other institution in RCHE or IRENI achieved this QAA Review History – the road to congruence HEI Institutional Audit 2004-2012 FEC AP IQER 2007-2012 REO 2011 – IRENI 2012-2013 RCHE 2012-13 Higher Education Review 2013 - HER+ 2014 - RCHE/IRENI HER What are the differences/similarities? Plus Ca Change Not much really! (Note: There are a lot of differences between IQER and HER, far fewer between RCHE and HER) • SED in HER is both narrative and evaluative • Slightly changed role of facilitator • Even greater emphasis on Quality Code • Extra potential judgment in academic standards (“Requires improvement to meet UK expectations”) Plus Ca Change • Responsibilities checklist for FECs to list their responsibilities and the Awarding Body’s responsibilities against each expectation • First Team Visit now not at institution • Action plan updated each year until completed • HEFCE has updated their Unsatisfactory Quality Procedures. Plus Ca Meme De Choses • Risk based • Peer review process • Everything underpinned by Quality Code (note: revised chapters coming onstream) • Open and transparent on both sides • Student involvement Plus Ca Meme De Choses • Core and thematic elements • SED and SS underpinned by evidence base • Four judgment areas • Areas of Good Practice • Recommendations • Affirmations Some Thoughts on Preparing for Review •The Quality Code and the HER Handbook are the key documents • Make use of all the other documents available from the QAA • Student engagement is vital • Use your QAA Officer to clarify anything you are unsure of Some Thoughts on Preparing for Review • Start early • SED and SS should be evaluative and reflective, backed up by appropriate evidence • It should be a reflection of what the institution is already doing, not a reaction to the review • Be open, transparent and honest Some Thoughts on Preparing for Review • Address each relevant expectation of the Quality Code explicitly in your SED and have supporting evidence • Chapter B10 and its relevance to colleges • The process is not the same as OfSted, either in design or philosophy Thank you Any Questions?