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The Guardian

4, March, 2013|

Sheffield's international students give £120m boost to local economy by Rebecca Ratcliffe Universities hope the news will prompt the government to rethink its policies on international students. Read more here: Sheffield's international students give £120m boost

Visiting the House of Commons

1, February, 2013|

Welcome to my second blog of 2013. It’s been a busy time at the British Accreditation Council, with a number of visits and events requiring BAC involvement. Meetings and Events On Tuesday 23 January, I attended the Westminster Higher Education Forum reception at the House of Commons where I was able to network with other education sector specialists. The event attracted numerous MPs and members of the House of Lords, giving [...]

CEO Blog

1, January, 2013|

A warm welcome to all the BAC’s accredited colleges and non-accredited providers of private education and training. I note that further and higher education, and in particular student immigration policy, remained high on the media agenda throughout December and into January. In particular, we had the Home Secretary’s announcement on 12 December 2012 that consular staff are to interview more than 100,000 prospective students hoping to study in Britain. Theresa May [...]

Press release – exciting changes at the BAC

20, November, 2012|

After ten years in the role, Mr Tim Cox is stepping down as Chairman of the British Accreditation Council (BAC). He became a member of the Council in the late 1980s and assumed the role of Chair in 2002. He is being replaced by Mr Peter Williams CBE, former Chief Executive of the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). Mr Williams is one of BAC’s trustees and directors, having sat [...]

Guardian: Public to private – not such a giant leap

6, November, 2012|

"I had no plans to change jobs this year and absolutely no intention of moving to a very different part of the sector. I started my career at the University of Exeter and stayed there throughout a period of growth and change, during which it moved firmly towards the top of the league tables. After a year on secondment at the Government Economic Service, I took up the role of head [...]

Online, Distance and Blended Learning

4, November, 2012|

Dear colleagues, Post-16 education has been steadily changing over the past few years. The age range of potential students has shifted from recent school-leavers to include young professionals and adults looking to change career.  Learning has become more flexible in order to allow these students to fit studying around their working lives. This means that there has been growth in short courses, particularly for professionals wishing to move forward in their [...]

PIE News: BAC unveils new scheme

3, October, 2012|

The British Accreditation Council (BAC), one of the UK’s leading quality assurance bodies for private higher and further education, has launched an ambitious scheme to accredit non-British providers based outside the UK. To be eligible providers must have been operating for at least two years, teach their courses in English and be recognised by a regulatory authority within their own country. The scheme was developed after many overseas organisations approached BAC [...]

Celebrating quality and diversity: evening reception

1, October, 2012|

The evening of Monday 1 October 2012 saw a wide range of education and training providers and other education professionals meet at a classy and modern venue near St Paul’s to celebrate the launch of the British Accreditation Council’s two new accreditation schemes. The new schemes extend BAC’s current operation accrediting private colleges, training organisations and international higher education institutions to incorporate providers of on-line, distance and blended learning, as well [...]

BAC colleges in British Cookery School Awards Finals

26, September, 2012|

The British Cookery School Awards give schools and colleges a chance to display their achievements and receive recognition for the important role they play in the culinary arts. The judges include BBC Radio 2 food & drink presenter Nigel Barden, and they will be looking for cookery schools which go above and beyond. We are very proud that four BAC-accredited colleges have reached the finals, and would like to extend our [...]

THE: VAT advantage for private colleges

20, September, 2012|

The government has moved towards granting for-profit higher education firms VAT advantages to put them on "the same footing" as universities - although some firms have already gained that advantage by switching to non-profit status. HM Revenue and Customs published on 12 September its consultation on the government's proposed VAT exemption for higher education provided by for-profit firms. The plan was first announced in this year's Budget. Universities benefit from a [...]