Higher Education (HE) that takes place outside of designated universities, in the UK, has traditionally, been known as `higher education in further education’, or `HE in FE’. However, more recently it has been referred to as College-Based Higher Education (CBHE) or as simply College Higher Education (CHE), in both cases to reflect the growing number of institutions who are now able to apply to offer higher education courses to students (Lea 2014). CBHE is growing in volume and importance, and has its own characteristics, benefits and problems. This award is designed to accredit and advance staff and educational development in HE within, primarily, Further Education (FE) college settings. It is of particular relevance to those in a role that involves them in teaching, supporting or managing HE, primarily within or with reference to a college-based setting: HE lecturers, HE managers, and HE staff developers.
The audience for courses or schemes accredited by this award is those working in (FE) colleges or similar institutions whose main responsibility may be teaching or they may have a wider remit with respect to teaching in HE or supporting others to develop their HE practice. The award embraces the diversity of roles of the college-based HE professionals, and gives them a context in which to examine and reflect on this aspect of their work, with others working in related environments.
Those teaching, supporting or developing CBHE do so in a context and culture different from that in more research-driven HE institutions. There are continuities and differences with the non-HE work in the same institutions, providing opportunities and challenges for those involved. This award supports a critical and creative reflection on this work to support its further development by these practitioners.
The Professional Development Framework (PDF) identifies outcomes and values which any locally designed College Based Higher Education programme must show that it assesses. We believe that there is a real value in the process of developing institution or profession specific leadership competencies. Indeed this is often essential in order to achieve buy-in by senior managers and participants.
Award recipients will have shown how their work is informed by the SEDA Values:
Award recipients will be able to:
Additionally a ward recipients will be able to: