School of Education - Open Programme and Certificate in HE

School of Education - Open Programme and Certificate in HE

Consultation Panel:

  • Convener: Professor Frank Coton, Vice-Principal (Learning & Teaching)
  • Margaret Morton, Lay member of Court
  • Professor Tom Guthrie, Senior member of academic staff

Clerk: Dorothy Welch

Consultation Meetings

For students:
Wednesday 23 March,  Room 213, St Andrews Building at:

  • 2.00pm
  • 3.30pm
  • 5.15pm

and Thursday 24 March, Lecture Theatre 2, Boyd Orr Building,  at 7.00pm.

For staff:
Thursday 24 March, Room 213, St Andrews Building, at:

  • 2.00pm
  • 3.30pm
  • 5.15pm

and Wednesday 30 March, Lecture Theatre 1, Boyd Orr Building,  at 7.30pm.

 
For students:
Wednesday 23 March at
2.00pm
3.30pm
5.15pm
In Room 213, St Andrews Building
And
Thursday 24 March at 7.00pm in Lecture Theatre 2, Boyd Orr Building
For staff:
Thursday 24 March at
2.00pm
3.30pm
5.15pm
In Room 213, St Andrews Building

Terms of Reference of Consultation Process

Terms of Reference of Consultation Process

The University's Senior Management Group (SMG) has a wide range of data on the performance of individual subject areas with respect to the Key Performance Indicators contained in the strategic plan, relative performance of the unit in the last Research Assessment Exercise, current research income and publications, student demand and performance in the UK subject league tables.

The process of consultation should consider these data and also answer the following points, as a minimum, through consultation with students, the SRC, staff and other stakeholders: 

  • The SMG proposition is that the current activity is not well aligned with the University’s strategy. Is there evidence that rebuts this proposition? 
  • What is the impact across the University of withdrawing/reshaping this activity on the student experience and the development of new interdisciplinary undergraduate or taught postgraduate courses? Are there alternative methods of addressing demand, including other providers in the City of Glasgow, the West of Scotland or Scotland? 
  • How will the education of students currently on degree programmes in the area be protected?
  • How does the current research in the unit align with the priorities of the research councils or other major funders of research?
  • What would be the impact of withdrawing/reshaping this area on the University’s interdisciplinary research agenda?
  • To what extent does research in the unit inform the development of teaching programmes in the University? Is this commensurate with an excellent research intensive university?
  • What is the impact across the University of withdrawing/reshaping this activity on our global reach and reputation including the recruitment of international students
  • Who are the stakeholders, in addition to staff and students, who will be affected by the proposed changes? What are their views? Can their needs or wishes be met in other ways if the proposed action is taken?
  • Are there other features arising from the  University withdrawing/reshaping this activity which Court should be mindful of in terms of the University’s impact on the national and regional community?
  • Does the Equality Impact Assessment on students or staff of the proposed changes require mitigating actions to be taken?

Please remember that if you want your views to be taken into account in the first report by the consultation panel, you will need to submit written contributions, by email or letter, by 4 April 2011.

Extract from Court Paper

Extract from Court Paper

1.1.1      School of Education - Open Programme and Certificate in Higher Education

The University would like to consider withdrawing from some or all Open Programmes Courses and the associated Certificate in Higher Education.

The School of Education runs a suite of Adult Continuing Education (ACE) courses. Most of the courses have no entry qualifications, no formal examinations, and usually no requirement of previous subject knowledge although many do feature an assessment option which, if passed, awards credit towards an Award in Continuing Education. The courses also act as a foundation for Certificate of Higher Education courses. ACE courses generate some income but they are also underpinned by SFC income that could be deployed elsewhere in the University where there are seen to be opportunities to grow research excellence and expand international recruitment. 

The Strategy for the School of Education is to drive forward the frontiers of learning knowledge, curriculum and assessment in education from pre-5 to higher education. The School has plans to expand and diversify civic and community education programmes including the revitalization of the Masters programme in Community Development to attract home and international students.

Significantly there are other, and larger, providers in the City of Glasgow of courses similar to those offered under the Open Programme.

Detailed calculations are required but it is envisaged that closing the ACE courses will reduce salary costs, offset by the loss of income. In addition removing the need to provide space for some of the courses and staff will facilitate reduction in Estate footprint.

One large aspect of the Open Programme is the provision of “recreational” language courses. The review of the Open Programme would need to interact with the review of School of Modern Languages and Cultures to determine whether new opportunities exist in this area. This was flagged by the review of SMLC that reported in January 2010.

The consultation would ensure that appropriate alternative paths were available to the relatively small number of students who use the Open Programme and Certificate in Higher Education courses as a means to accessing full undergraduate degree programmes. 

Many students on the Open Programme only commit to study for a semester at a time. The consultation would need to ensure that appropriate processes are adopted to look after students with longer term commitments. 

Key Documents