29, March, 2016|

ALTERNATIVES ARE AVAILABLE After last week’s announcement of the Higher Education Funding Council plan to change its packaging of the current regulatory framework for its Quality Assurance in Higher Education, there have been many articles on the possible negative repercussions of such a move as the industry struggles to identify suitable alternatives. As the only other British quality assurance agency recognized and accredited by the European Association for Quality Assurance in [...]

The British Accreditation Council launches new ‘Independent Higher Education Scheme’ document

18, September, 2015|Tags: , , , , , , |

The British Accreditation Council (BAC) launched its new Independent Higher Education Scheme (IHE) on Monday 14th September.  The scheme is available to any university in the UK and Overseas which wishes to gain BAC accreditation.  The scheme complies with the ENQA (European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education) guidelines and draws on 30 years of BAC’s experience of providing accreditation and quality assurance. The scheme provides a mechanism to offer transparency and quality assurance [...]

Mongolian University Receives BAC Accreditation

2, April, 2015|

On 22 January 2015, Ikh Zasag University were presented their accreditation certificate by the Embassy. The award ceremony took place at the State Theatre and was attended by Ms Oyun, MP, senior member of the UK Alumni in Mongolia, as well as Embassy staff. Ikh Zasag International University in Mongolia (IZIU) was founded in 1994 and is a comprehensive university with 10 branch schools. Currently about 7500 students including international students [...]

BAC office Christmas closing dates

10, December, 2014|

May I take this opportunity to send Seasons Greetings and a very Happy New Year from everyone at the British Accreditation Council. We wish you and your colleagues all the best for 2015. For your information, the BAC office will be closed from 4.30pm on Wednesday 23 December, re-opening at 8.30am on Monday 5th January 2015. With all best wishes, Sheila Needham and all the BAC team

STEM subjects worst hit by drop in overseas students

5, February, 2014|

The House of Lords Science and Technology Committee held its first evidence session in light of the drop over the past two years in overseas students (especially from India and China) studying STEM (science, technology, engineering or maths) subjects in the UK. Questions to be raised: ·         Have STEM student numbers dropped since the introduction of policy reforms on immigration? ·         Has the competitiveness of UK HEIs in attracting international STEM [...]

Talks with Parliament over importance of international students

5, February, 2014|

The University of Sheffield’s Students’ Union President and International Officer went to Parliament on the 30th January to make a case for international students in light of the Immigration Bill proposal and the decline in students from India and China. In an article published on The University of Sheffield website, they stated, "Our deep concern is that the UK’s reputation as a welcoming host for international students is being damaged by [...]

UKCISA raises concerns over the proposed Immigration Bill

31, January, 2014|

UKCISA raises concerns over the proposed Immigration Bill and its effect on international Tier 4 students 31/01/14 Between 2012-13 we saw a drop in the number of non EU HE students, and now, there is a drop of 25% for students from India, and of 19% for students from Pakistan, according to HESA. More worrying is the negative impact the proposed changes by the Immigration Bill could have on the number [...]

Standards below par for awarding bodies

25, January, 2014|Tags: , , , , |

Standards below par for awarding bodies offering Tier 4 qualifications – what does this mean for your colleges? Ofqual published a full report on Tuesday 21 January on their recent investigation of awarding bodies offering Tier 4 qualifications in the UK, after receiving complaints over postgraduate level tier 4 course standards. Two thirds of the 13 awarding bodies sampled, which offered these qualifications, were not meeting the required standards for content [...]