The long awaited Green Paper on the future of HE has been published. The paper sets out proposals for sweeping reforms with the main points being: • Teaching – the quality of teaching in higher education institutions will move to centre stage with the introduction of a Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) • Fee increases (for [...]
Current Vacancy BAC is committed to providing opportunities for greater student engagement in our governance and in our inspections. We are seeking to recruit more student representatives to help us achieve this aim. Student representatives sit on our Council and on the Accreditation Committee in addition to participating in full inspections of Higher Education institutions [...]
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 [...]
The British Accreditation Council (BAC) has signed a contract with the Bahrain Higher Education Council (HEC) to support the HEC in developing the documentation for university accreditation, running workshops for universities seeking accreditation, training HEC staff and for inspecting universities in Bahrain on behalf of the HEC. The contract was signed by Dr. Majed Bin [...]
The government announced changes to the Immigration Rules on 13 July. Many of these affect Tier 4 of the points-based system. Changes affecting international students at UK universities Students will need evidence of significantly more savings on arrival. From 3 August, students wanting to extend their general visas must be moving up a level on the [...]
All part-time work rights for non-EU students studying at publicly funded colleges will be scrapped, while college-enrolled students will also have no possibility of applying for a work visa while in the UK, the Home Office has confirmed. Please read more on the Pie News website.
The British Accreditation Council has been admitted onto the European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education
The BAC is happy to announce that it has been admitted onto the European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education (EQAR). The European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education (EQAR) is a register of such agencies, including those that have demonstrated their substantial compliance with a common set of principles for quality assurance in Europe. These principles are laid [...]
Paul Fear (Chief Executive), Sheila Needham (Chief Inspector) and Jeff Butel (Senior Inspector) spent three days at the Macau University of Science and Technology (MUST). The university has around 10 000 students and is currently the largest university on the island. Although a relatively new institution, established in 2000, it has already begun to make [...]
Paul Fear (CEO) and Sheila Needham ( Chief Inspector) recently visited the Macau Tertiary Education Office. There was an exchange of views on the role of accreditation with BAC being able to offer its experience to the development of Macau’s education oversight mechanism.
Following on from some of the recent controversies surrounding English Language testing the government now requires students requiring a language test for Tier 4 General Student Visa to sit the test at one of the newly established SELT centres. A full list of centres can be found on the government website. But, not all students [...]