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CADQ assists in the development of Credit Compass initiative

The Centre for Academic Development and Quality (CADQ) assisted in development of the initiative which aims to ease the process for students to switch universities midway through their degree.

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The Midlands Credit Compass, launched on October 14th, by the Midlands Enterprise Universities (MEU) is a new framework which will support students who leave university or want to change course or institution part-way through their studies. The framework will allow students to re-enter higher education or transfer to partner universities.

Throughout the design of this initiative, CADQ was instrumental in the success of the Project, evidencing the department’s drive of innovation and commitment to student success.

NTU’s Executive Dean of Learning and Teaching, Jane McNeil, chaired the institution’s MEU Credit group. In addition, several members of the CADQ team were involved in work such as mapping Recognition of Prior Learning Policies, a development of shared principles, example course and module mapping and finally developing the Framework for Academic Continuation for a major disruptive event.

The latter of these helps to support NTU’s student protection plans which are a regulatory requirement by the Office for Students.

At the launch event, Nicola Dandridge, Chief Executive of the Office for Students, said that promoting students’ rights to transfer is vitally important. “Although you can provide the best possible information to students on what and where to study, circumstances change, and we know that some students do want to change institution.” explained Nicola.

Following the announcement of the initiative, CADQ will now work with Schools and Professional Service departments across NTU to ensure successful implementation, by way of awareness campaigns and stakeholder engagement.

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    Notes to editors:

    About Midlands Enterprise Universities

    • The Midlands Enterprise Universities is a consortium of six universities (Birmingham City, Coventry, Derby, Lincoln, Nottingham Trent and Wolverhampton) committed to driving economic prosperity across the region.
    • Our mission is to support the Government’s ambition to grow the regional economy by £54bn by 2030, in partnership with the Midlands Engine.
    • Working collaboratively with businesses of all sizes, our aim is to increase productivity through applied research, innovation and knowledge exchange.
    • To keep up to date with the latest news from the MEU visit follow @MEUniversities on Twitter or search for Midlands Enterprise Universities on LinkedIn.

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    About Nottingham Trent University

    Nottingham Trent University (NTU) was named University of the Year 2019 in the Guardian University Awards. The award was based on performance and improvement in the Guardian University Guide, retention of students from low-participation areas and attainment of BME students. NTU was also the Times Higher Education University of the Year 2017, and The Times and Sunday Times Modern University of the Year 2018. These awards recognise NTU for its high levels of student satisfaction, its quality of teaching, its engagement with employers, and its overall student experience. The university has been rated Gold in the Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework – the highest ranking available.

    It is one of the largest UK universities. With nearly 32,000 students and more than 4,000 staff located across four campuses, the University contributes £900m to the UK economy every year. With an international student population of more than 3,000 from around 100 countries, the University prides itself on its global outlook. The university is passionate about creating opportunities and its extensive outreach programme is designed to enable NTU to be a vehicle for social mobility.

    NTU is among the UK’s top five recruiters of students from disadvantaged backgrounds. A total of 82% of its graduates go on to graduate entry employment or graduate entry education or training within six months of leaving. Student satisfaction is high: NTU achieved an 87% satisfaction score in the 2019 National Student Survey.

    NTU is also one of the UK’s most environmentally friendly universities, containing some of the sector’s most inspiring and efficient award-winning buildings.

    It is home to world-class research, and won The Queen’s Anniversary Prize in 2015 – the highest national honour for a UK university. It recognised the University’s pioneering projects to improve weapons and explosives detection in luggage; enable safer production of powdered infant formula; and combat food fraud.

Published on 16 October 2019
  • Category: ADQ