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Moving the HE landscape’s quality contours … again

The government's announcement of a major review of the National Student Survey signals a worrying shift in the HE regulatory landscape, warns Jon Scott, higher education consultant and former Pro Vice-Chancellor (student experience) at the University of Leicester.

Government plans mark a seismic shift in higher education policy

Statements from ministers this week have made it clear that higher education in England is facing significant reforms, re-setting its focus towards helping to plug the UK's skills gaps and rebuilding the economy. Fariba Soetan, Policy Lead for Research and Innovation at the National Centre for Universities and Business, argues that the proposed changes bring a welcome focus on graduate outcomes and supporting the careers of young people.

UK universities affirm 'deep commitment' to high quality TNE

Universities UK and GuildHE have commissioned the Quality Assurance Agency to develop a new approach to reviewing and enhancing the quality of UK TNE. QAA will consult on a new review method later this year and will launch a programme of in-country enhancement activity in 2021.

Cassandra calling out higher education

After a week of largely disappointing news for UK higher education, Nicola Owen, Deputy Chief Executive (Operations) at Lancaster University, fears that gloomy forecasts for the future of the sector may prove to be uncomfortably accurate.

Whatuni award winners announced

Loughborough University has been named University of the Year for the second time in three years in the latest Whatuni Student Choice Awards .

Online Learning Summit supports shift to remote teaching and learning

As a growing number of universities move teaching and assessment online in response to the coronavirus pandemic, the University of Derby is holding a virtual conference which aims to support staff in making the transition.


The University of Derby Online Learning, a leader in this space for almost two decades, is set to host its second Online Learning Summit exploring ‘Growing Your University Online; Routes to Student Success’.  

This year, the event will be held virtually, taking place on Tuesday 31 March, and is aimed at those who are new to online learning and facilitated remote teaching as well as experienced online learning practitioners and leaders in the field of online education.  

During the virtual event there will be a range of presentations and workshops covering innovative learning design, excellent teaching online, student retention, creative assessment and successful student experience. 

Dr Margaret Korosec, Head of Digital and Enterprise Learning Solutions comments: “We are excited to host our second Online Learning Summit, as the education sector shifts to online and facilitated remote teaching and learning. Participants new to this space will have the opportunity to engage with experts in the sector.  We look forward to enabling this shift in teaching practice and inspiring conversations to support this change during this unprecedented time.” 

Melissa Highton, Assistant Principal and Director of Learning, Teaching and Web Services at the University of Edinburgh will be speaking about micro-credentials which has transformed Edinburgh’s ability to offer online education to large numbers of learners across the world. 

Gilly Salmon, Academic Director, Online Education Services, will be facilitating a World Café workshop on Education 4.0. As a learning innovator for more than 30 years and internationally renowned for her significant contribution to education futures, Gilly will be exploring ‘what’s next’ for students, graduates, staff, curriculum and technology. 

Colleagues from the University of Derby will deliver presentations on supporting accessible and inclusive learning and teaching practices and bucking the trend on student retention with the strategies used to provide the best possible experience for their online students. 

Guest speakers from a variety of different universities and organisations will present and discuss topics including co-creating innovative learning design, delivering engaging digital literacy skills to online learners and socially constructive learning from a distance. 

Students and alumni will be present to bring an authentic voice to online learning, sharing the transformational impact online learning has had in their lives. 

We will share best practices in action through this virtual event where you can interact with expert practitioners, professionals and educational providers as the sector faces unprecedented change, new challenges and opportunities. 

Places are limited.  Register today at dby.ac/summit2020


About the University of Derby Online Learning (UDOL)

UDOL is a leader in online education for almost two decades, has an active base of 4,000 students in over 120 countries, undertaking in excess of 60 undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. In the MOOC space we have reached over 65,000 learners.  Our part-time courses are expertly designed for online study, we help individuals and businesses achieve, today and for tomorrow.  Our courses are designed using best practice principles for online learning and current?digital tools and platforms, so they are engaging and interactive. Our teaching has been judged as gold-standard and we are a Top 30 University in the Guardian University Guide 2020. 

Students undertake work-related tasks and projects, so they quickly understand how to apply their learning in the workplace and therefore see its value. They also get access to a rich professional network who they can learn from — thousands of other online students based all around the world, as well as knowledgeable and diverse team of academics. 

We provide great support, so students have a higher chance of completing their course — in fact 96 per cent of them do. Our ‘cloud campus’ gives them access to the same support services as on-campus students, from IT support to the online library, careers and wellbeing services, and more.