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El Gazette interview – An Inspector Calls

12, March, 2018|

Original article can be found on the ElGazette website at – Paul Fear tells Melanie Butler about a new accreditation scheme aiming to raise standards outside of the English speaking world ‘Accrediting EFL courses is not something we went looking for.’ Paul Fear, chief executive of the British Accreditation Council (BAC), is talking about the handful of English language course providers it accredits under its short courses scheme. But now there is the BAC’s new [...]

Study Travel Magazine: Interview with Paul Fear

5, February, 2018|

Original article can be found on the Study Travel Magazine website at - Paul Fear Published on 25/01/18 This week, we interview Paul Fear, CEO of the British Accreditation Council (BAC), about the association's activities and trends in the independent FE/HE sector in the UK. Firstly, can you give a little background on the British Accreditation Council (BAC)? The British Accreditation Council for Independent Further and Higher Education is a charitable organisation registered [...]

Annual inspectors’ event

6, October, 2017|

On 4 October 2017, BAC held its annual inspectors’ up-date and training event in London. A total of 44 delegates attended from around the country. The lively discussions focused on the way that BAC’s accreditation inspections are planned and conducted with a view to ensuring that they remain robust and rigorous and fit for purpose. The feedback from the delegates was positive and the event also provided an excellent opportunity for [...]

BAC Higher Education Briefing

20, June, 2017|

Background This briefing is intended to provide a brief overview on the key provisions of the Higher Education and Research Act 2017 (thereafter referred to as the Act). The Act gained Royal Assent on the 27 April 2017 following consultation with the sector from the initial Green paper up to the committee, report and ‘ping pong’ stages in both Houses of Parliament. The General Election called by the Prime Minster for [...]

Competitive Collaboration – An overview of the INQAAHE conference “Between collaboration and competition: the promises and challenges for quality assurance in higher education”

6, March, 2017|

INQAAHE, the International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies of Higher Education, holds an annual conference providing quality assurance agencies, universities and governmental educational departments with an opportunity to discuss the challenges of quality assurance in higher education. Held in Bahrain from the 27 February - 1 March 2017, BAC sent Alexandra Carr, Deputy Chief Executive, Diana Morriss, Chief Inspector and Hayley Boyes, Higher Education Manager to the 2017 conference. The event [...]

Qualifications for English Language providers

24, February, 2017|

As providers are looking to confirm the organisation of their summer schools, questions are being asked about what qualifications their English Language Teachers should hold. The following are considered by BAC as acceptable qualifications CELTA DELTA DELTAM TrintyCert TrintyDip QTS in English Language/ESOL It is possible that other TEFL qualifications could be accepted, but the emphasis would be on the training provider to ensure the course content that led to the TEFL [...]

The Higher Education Bill, Brexit and the Office for Students

14, February, 2017|

The events of the last year have left the Higher Education sector in a state of uncertainty. As the Higher Education and Research Bill makes its way through Parliament, the result of the 23 June referendum for the UK to leave the EU there is still a lacks clarity on the impact that Brexit will have on the Sector. As universities became increasingly internationalised over the last 5 years the number [...]

The British Accreditation Council (BAC) is seeking educational professionals to join its Accreditation Committee

17, January, 2017|

BAC was established by the British Council and the Department of Education in 1984 with the remit to oversee standards in independent further and higher education. Today BAC accredits more than 230 institutions across 17 countries. The Accreditation Committee operates under delegated authority from the BAC trustees and holds decision making authority to: Award or withdraw accreditation from an institution To consider and recommend changes to BAC standards Existing committee members [...]

BAC holds its annual briefing and training day for its inspector network

10, October, 2016|

On 5th October 2016, BAC held its annual inspectors’ training day. It was a good opportunity for BAC to update the inspectors on its activities and its future developments. Paul Fear, BAC’s CEO, gave a presentation on the future strategy of the organisation and its current educational initiatives and projects. A lively exchange of ideas took place, which will help BAC to continue to develop its inspection processes to meet future [...]