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A fond farewell & updates on plans for regulating HE

20, December, 2013|

Welcome to what will be my final blog as Chief Executive of BAC, including updates on plans for regulating HE. Having been at BAC since September 2005 and in the Chief Executive position since March 2009, it’s with sadness that I announce I have accepted a job offer with the Education and Training Foundation and will be leaving BAC on 7 February 2014. I have greatly enjoyed my time at BAC and, in [...]

MENA Conference, Business Visas and IPPR Report

4, December, 2013|

Welcome to my December blog, where I update on recent and planned activities at BAC. Firstly, I was invited to attend and present at the recent Higher Education Leadership Forum conference held in Dubai and organised by the Center for Learning Innovations and Customized Knowledge Solutions (CLICKS). The conference considered the challenges and opportunities associated with becoming a world class university in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, with my [...]

BAC signs MoU with Bahrain’s Ministry of Education

29, October, 2013|

On 29 October 2013, in the presence of the Kingdom of Bahrain’s Crown Prince, HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, and the Rt Hon Baroness Warsi, Minister of State for Faith and Communities, Dominic Scott, BAC’s Deputy Chairman, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Bahrain’s Minister for Education, Dr Majid  Bin Ali Al Noaimi. The MoU outlines how BAC will advise the Ministry’s Higher Education Council (HEC) [...]

A Distinctly International Feel

20, October, 2013|

Welcome to my October blog, which has a distinctly international feel to it. Firstly, BAC has been providing expert consultancy support to institutions, awarding bodies and governments. Over the past year we have been in discussion with the Higher Education Council, part of Bahrain’s Ministry of Education, regarding providing support in setting up an accreditation framework for Bahrain’s private universities to supplement existing quality assurance processes. On 16 September 2013, the [...]

BAC seeking student representative

16, October, 2013|

Current Vacancy BAC seeking student representative - 16th October BAC is looking for a student representative to join its Council and Accreditation Committee. The individual will be a full member of both committees and assist in the governing and decision making of the charity. We are looking for someone with recent student and/or student representative experience, with an understanding of quality assurance and the independent education and training sectors. This is [...]

Home Office changes to study on visitor visas

5, September, 2013|

On 6 September 2013, the Home Office released its Statement of Changes outlining upcoming changes to the visitor visa routes, including business and student visitor visas. One of the more significant changes is that individuals using the general and business visitor visa will be allowed to study in the UK for up to 30 days in total. However, the training provider will need to be accredited where this course of study [...]

Guardian (4/09/13): Private HE improving says QAA

4, September, 2013|

Private higher education: improving certainly, but still could do better Most private colleges provide a quality student experience, QAA reports, but 100 institutions failed to progress or pass review Private providers are the subject of heated debate in the UK higher education sector. It's in this context that QAA (the Quality Assurance Agency for higher education) carried out 'educational oversight' reviews of 209 private colleges over the course of 2012. Overall, [...]

BAC & CFE research into private providers published by BIS

28, June, 2013|

Today, the Department for Business Innovation and Skills published research conducted by BAC and CFE Research in 2012 on privately funded providers of HE. BAC’s expertise and understanding of the private sector was sought to assist in ensuring the research accessed, and was representative of, the private sector. The research revealed that approximately 160,000 students are studying in around 670 private providers of HE. Other headlines include: High levels of student satisfaction were evidenced, equivalent [...]

Visitor Visas & Conference Season

15, June, 2013|

Welcome to the July edition of my blog. And can I firstly say what a pleasure it is to be writing this with the sun streaming through the office window – summer has finally arrived! Visitor visas On a less positive note, many of you have been in touch regarding the Home Secretary’s announcement toward the end of June that the Home Office will be trialling a system of bonds for [...]

HO reports no significant abuse in SVV

4, June, 2013|

On 6 June 2013, the Home Office released a report on recent research conducted on the Student Visitor Visa route, which BAC was invited and contributed to during the latter part of last year. The findings of the research are positive, with no evidence of significant or displaced abuse within the route. The report can be found here. BAC intends to send a formal response to the report to the Home [...]