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Thursday, 10 June 2021

By Pam Stanway - Access Manager. 

 

CAMs Recruitment

Across May and June the Access to HE team have been busy with the recruitment and training of new Curriculum Area Moderators (CAMs). Our CAMs play an important role in our quality assurance processes in ensuring that the assessments are fit for purpose and that the grades awarded are accurate and fair. If you are interested in becoming a CAM for our Access to HE provision, there is still time to apply. Further information can be found on our web page here.

 

Final Moderation

Final Moderation has commenced for Centres with learners due to complete their studies this summer. This year, through the Extraordinary Regulatory Framework (ERF), there is the award through extenuation process that Centres may be able to apply if learners through the extenuating circumstances they have experienced have been unable to complete their assessments. Updates have been provided and Centres are invited to first apply to the AVA if they consider any learner to be in this situation. The application form can be found here.

 

Access to HE events

May and June has particularly been a time for recognising and celebrating the value and success of Access to HE.

In May we hosted our annual Brian May Access to HE Learner Awards where 10 of our learners were celebrated and awarded for their outstanding academic achievement or commitment to study. Learners received a certificate and an award of £600 to contribute towards their future studies. We heard inspirational stories from all the learners in terms of the challenges and obstacles in life they had had to address in order to achieve their Diploma and be ready to progress to their next level of study. It was evidence again of how life changing the Access to HE Diploma can be. Three previous learners joined the ceremony to reinforce this message and to share how their journey had continued after the Access to HE Diploma, providing inspiration and encouragement to those about to make the next step.

Charlene, one of the previous learners, returned on June 9th to participate in our Access to HE Conference. The event was attended by Centres, Curriculum Area Moderators and representation from our partnerships. Key note speakers Douglas Blackstock (CEO of QAA) and Jeff Greenidge (Director of Diversity at the Association of Colleges) addressed the attendees with inspiring speeches about the success of Access to HE and the role it has played and must continue to play in widening participation and addressing diversity in education. Julie Mizon (Access Manager of QAA) and our third key speaker addressed the audience about the role of Access to HE in the next five years with emphasis on addressing the area of growth in Engineering, a possible development in international provision and the need for a growth in online learning. This led appropriately into the last section of the conference by Learndirect promoting Pearl, the platform for the delivery of Diplomas online. The event overall was uplifting and great to be focussing on so much positivity that is happening now and is to continue in the future.

 

Going forward

As we move into June, our Centres will commence their Final Award Boards which will verify the achievement of the learners. After what has been one of the most challenging years we applaud our Centres and learners for their perseverance, resilience and efforts in making sure that the final post is reached.

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