The next PVC Network will be held on 14-15 November 2018 at The Barbican, London.
14-15 November 2018, London - The Barbican
15-16 May 2018, Birmingham - The Council House
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May 2018 HEA PVC network
The May 2018 PVC Network, attended by over 80 delegates, addressed a range of issues proposed by PVCs, DVCs and Vice-Principals responsible for teaching and learning..
The opening workshop session on ‘Best practice in academic progression and promotion’ provoked a lively discussion of ways that increasingly diverse academic career pathways might be embedded in policies to reward and recognise staff. This engaging session heard from Professors Elisabeth McCrum and Dilly Fung about recent initiatives at the Universities of Reading and University College London respectively and Dr. Claire Gordon summarised the outcomes of recent research for the former HEA about the attempts to balance recognition of research and teaching in Russell Group institutions. The latter proved equally relevant to the rest of the sector.
At the evening reception, LinkedIn helped to maximise networking amongst participants with an enjoyable and fruitful speed-dating exercise. Over dinner, AdvanceHE’s chief executive, Alison Johns, briefed delegates on the emerging direction of travel of the newly formed merged organisation.
The first session on the second day explored the potential impact of Brexit on international mobility with different dimensions explored by experts from the relevant key bodies: outward student mobility (British Council); international student recruitment (UCAS); international student advice and guidance (UKISA). Enzo Raimo from the University of Reading made the connections with an institutional risk analysis.
Following coffee, Chris Millward, Director Fair Access and Participation, explained the priorities of the Office for Students and stressed it would use a mixture of pressure and support to try to tackle continuing gaps in the attainment of students from different POLAR quintiles. Professor Christine Jarvis provided an insightful, institutional perspective describing the impact of a Catalyst project involving the universities of Huddersfield, Lincoln and Coventry.
A sometimes controversial final session involving a representative of government, an employer representative body and academics examined the opportunities and challenges posed by the development of degree level apprenticeships. These included whether the degree apprenticeship could be considered as a qualification; the notion of an academic professional; and the potential earning power of a Level 5 apprentice.