- Eduardo Ramos, Universities UK International
- Dr Alison Felce, Quality Assurance Agency for UK Higher Education
- Diane Glautier, Staffordshire University
Transferability of qualifications into jurisdictions other than that in which the studies were undertaken is of critical importance to support student mobility.
The higher education sector in the United Kingdom recruits over 530,000 international students to study courses within the UK and 450,000 transnational education students, who study for UK awards within a country other than the UK. Relevant to all graduates is the need for their qualification to be recognised within the home country, within the UK, or in any country where a graduate may wish to be employed. In addition, in order to enable student mobility it is important that qualifications achieved in other jurisdictions are recognised by UK higher education providers so that applicants can progress onto courses – to provider, for instance, a route to a top-up qualification, to access Masters level studies or to change courses from one provider to another, or from one subject specialism to another.
This panel discussion will include presentations from a UK higher education sector-representative body (Universities UK), the UK Quality Assurance Agency (QAA), and a higher education provider (Staffordshire University). Presenters will share data relating to the importance of international and transnational students to the UK higher education sector showing the sector perspective, the regulatory requirements, advice and guidance provided to support universities in the development of their approaches and a case study from a higher education provider who undertakes the task of assessment of student achievement to enable mobility into different courses, higher levels of study or to ensure that qualifications achieved are reliable and recognised in multiple jurisdictions, not solely within the country in which the studies were undertaken.
Delegates attending the session will have the opportunity to ask questions of the panel and to share their experiences of approaches to ensuring transferability and recognition.
Head of Transnational Education, Universities UK International
Eduardo manages the Transnational Education programme of work at UUK, leading on the development and implementation of strategies that contribute to positioning the UK as a leading transnational education provider and global partner of choice. The programme creates new initiatives in focus regions, supports the development of effective TNE partnerships, and delivers good practice support for strategic leaders and practitioners in UK universities.
Accreditation, Partnerships and Policy Manager, Quality Assurance Agency for UK Higher Education
Alison leads the QAA’s work in International Quality Review, TNE, International projects and the delivery and management of QAA’s international functions. Her original career was as a Construction Manager before she moved into lecturing in higher education and roles in learning and teaching including responsibility for work-based learning and placement learning across the University. Alison’s experience in higher education includes developing, managing and quality assuring UK and international collaborative partnerships.
Director of Collaborative Academic Partnerships, Staffordshire University
Diane has over 25 years of experience working in the higher education sector across three different universities. Having managed Collaborative Partnership Departments in two previous UK Universities, Diane is now the Director of Collaborative Academic Partnerships at Staffordshire University. Diane is an Executive Member of the Council for Validating Universities where she is active in organising conferences and workshops for their members to provide advice and guidance on best practice across the sector.