Building on a Firm Foundation
The University of Leicester is to host a
national conference on the development of foundation degrees on Friday, May 24,
“East Midlands Foundation Degrees –
Building on a Firm Foundation” aims to raise the profile of foundation
degrees, looking at them from both Higher and Further Education perspectives as
well as from an employer’s point of view.
Issues to be addressed include market
research into the development of foundation degrees, progression from foundation
degrees to honours degrees, and work-based learning.
The keynote speaker will be from the DfES.
Other major speakers will include Mrs
Tansi Harper, East Midlands Regional Consultant for the Higher Education Funding
Council (England) (HEFCE); Dr Tony Berry, Chair of the East Midlands
Universities Association (EMUA) Foundation Degree Task Group; Mr Martin Briggs,
Chief Executive of the East Midlands Development Agency (emda), and Bob Lewis,
Senior Manager, Learning & Development, Cisco Systems Ltd.
Foundation degrees were first introduced
in September 2001 as a new Higher Education qualification designed with
employers to meet the growing demand for highly skilled people who can apply
knowledge of their subject to the workplace.
Courses are delivered full-time or
part-time, with work-based learning and distance learning components. They can therefore be studied at work, college or home.
The involvement of employers and national
training organisations means that foundation degrees meet national occupational
standards and reflect the needs of the different employment sectors.
The University of Leicester was the only
university in the East Midlands to receive prototype funds to develop foundation
degrees and is a major provider, internationally, of distance learning.
Ms Jackie Dunne, Director of Continuing
Professional Development at the University of Leicester, said:
“The University of Leicester is highly committed to foundation degrees, as part of its lifelong learning strategy, and current programmes in Educational Studies for Teaching Assistants and Security and Risk Management are very successful. As a leading institution in this field, the University is delighted to be hosting this national event.”
Dr Celia R Neale, Project Officer of EMUA
added: “The East Midlands Universities Association has helped to facilitate
Foundation Degree developments across the East Midlands both in HE institutions
and FE colleges, with funding from East Midlands Development Agency. These new
courses will help to widen participation in higher education across many sectors
and will also assist in raising the skills level of the region helping to make
the East Midlands a top 20 European region by 2010”.
Further information on the Conference,
and foundation degree activities across the East Midlands is available from Dr
Celia R Neale, Project Officer, EMUA, telephone 01509 228699, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more details on University of Leicester foundation degrees contact Ms
Jackie Dunne, Director of Continuing Professional Development, University of
Leicester, telephone 0116 252 5911, facsimile 0116 252 5909, email email@example.com.
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