NSS, Go Beyond and STEP4Excellence

This week was the first time in my life that I have been compared to Woody from Toy Story. Those who were at the Go Beyond event on Monday will know who was likened to Buzz Lightyear, the rest of you will have to guess. In the first two days…

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News from TEF: Leadership and Learning Gain

In the last couple of weeks there have been a couple of news stories that have concerned the development of TEF. The most obvious is the announcement of Chris Husbands as the first Chair of the TEF panel. The other was the announcement that HEFCE has commissioned the University of…

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Clearing and Beyond

It has been an incredibly busy ten days or so for many, many people across the University, but we have now reached our threshold numbers for home and EU undergraduate numbers. Both I, and the rest of the Senior Management Team, would therefore like to thank everybody involved for all…

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Reflecting on Excellence

As I listened to the news earlier this week one of the headlines was quoting Jo Johnson as saying that Universities must wipe out mediocre teaching and drive up student engagement. The less well informed media claimed that he had laid out new plans to cut the fees of universities that…

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Response to NSS 2016

The NSS data is released today and it is clear that Swansea has not done as well as it did last year. I think we can still be very pleased with an overall satisfaction score of 90% but there are clearly issues in other parts of the survey that we…

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White Paper, UK Legislation and TEF Update

One of the primary purposes for having a PVC’s blog is to keep colleagues at Swansea up to date with developments around the UK government’s White Paper ‘Teaching Excellence, Social Mobility and Student Choice’, the subsequent legislation, the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), and the response to this from various relevant…

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PVC Blog Introduction: The Swansea Graduate

We have now reached the end of another academic year, my first full academic year at Swansea. On Monday I had the privilege of taking part in the first graduation ceremonies to take place in the new Great Hall on the Bay Campus. The sun was out, the crowds of…

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