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The 16th CRA Annual Residential Seminar
Wed 23 November 2016, 12:00 – 12:30 GMT
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As always, this is planned with the help of a Planning Group of CRA members who ensure we cover key issues of interest to the community. This year our fellow planners are:
- Lisa Bradley, University of Ulster
- Karen Gresty, Plymouth University
- John Jackson, University of Bangor
- Alison James, London College of Fashion
- Penny Sweasey, Manchester Metropolitan University
- Steve Outram, CRA
Our starting points:
1. The current policy perspective is fluid given the EU vote and aftermath, but regardless of what happens, we still need excellence, particularly in the context of supporting excellence of experience for individual students in a mass system.
2. It’s important to ensure CRA members have the support and evidence (including support for the development of evidence locally) in enabling them to contribute to the kinds of institutional responses anticipated within the TEF consultation and in other ways to make the case for the importance of what we do.
We plan a mix of:
- Plenary sessions looking at the policy framework(s) and the development of whole institutional approaches to collecting evidence of impact of CRA-related practice in supporting student achievement/development.
- A concerted focus on strategies for effective engagement with students.
- Small group opportunities to look at ‘excellence’ in existing and emerging practice.
What participants said about previous events:
- ‘Always excellent! Content and discussion pertinent & valuable with a great atmosphere & group of people with whom to discuss issues...’
- ‘A lot more impressed with the content and discussion that took place. Much more of the content was relevant than I thought would be at the beginning and people were a lot more honest and genuine about their own opinions.’
- ‘I think the Residential Seminar has been the most useful event I have attended in my career to date. I left every session with ideas to implement and things to take back to my team. The organisation was fantastic and seamless which made the whole thing enjoyable. I'm not sure I've eaten so much ever, so my only complaint is I am now going to have to exercise some if it off!’
- A very enjoyable and informative event. CRA staff were fantastic- approachable, friendly and efficient.
09.45 Meeting of the CRA Board of Trustees
11:00 CRA Registration; including check in formalities for
11:30 Introductions and welcomes, Rob Ward, CRA
Whole seminar workshop: Developing whole institutional approaches to collecting evidence of impact of CRA-related practice in supporting student achievement/ development. Tobin Webb, the Student Engagement Partnership
14.00-14.40 ‘The HE policy context: emerging implications and (some) speculations.’ Andy Westwood, Associate Vice President Public Affairs at the University of Manchester and Professor of Politics at Winchester University.
14:45 -15.55 Workshop session 1
16.20-17.30 Workshop session 2
17.45-18.30 Annual General Meeting of the Centre for Recording Achievement
18:15-19.00 Whole seminar workshop: ‘Flying the Flag’: practitioner contributions from across the UK
19:30 Seminar Dinner
FRIDAY 9TH OCTOBER 2016
09:30 What’s new what’s hot: in policy and practice
Nicola Turner, HEFCE on Skills policy and Degree Apprenticeships (partnerships with employers).
QAA Contribution (to be confirmed)
10:30 Tea/Coffee break
11:00 Workshop session 3
13.00 Workshop session 4
14.00 Plenary workshop: ‘Swimming, waving or drowning: being a Strategic Practitioner’ and how the CRA can (continue to) help. Steve Outram, CRA, Norman Jackson and Darren Cambridge
15.00 Close, depart. The Christmas Market awaits!