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The FE / Business School Network Extending FE / Business School Partnerships
30 Jun 2014
Further education colleges play a key role in business and management education. FE delivers franchised degree courses and gives many students and businesses their first steps into business management and professional education – together we are critical to growth locally, nationally and internationally.  This is a very exciting, but challenging, time, with new revenue streams and new expectations for business engagement. Many business school students and postgraduates start their business and management education in FE and that reciprocal arrangement is set to grow.  Staff benefit from closer academic and teaching resources tie-ups and new online and blended learning provide opportunities previously not available. 11% of HE is delivered in FE and a significant element is business and management education.  Policy is set to make it grow.  This conference is for college principals, associate deans, deans of business schools, heads of business and management, education departments teaching across accountancy, law, business studies, marketing and other management and professional disciplines and business school managers dealing with franchising, recruitment and business engagement, plus interested professional and qualifications bodies working across both FE and HE. This event is streamed and available on demand to extend the value and understanding of these challenges.  
Neil Stewart, Chair, Policy Review
Welcome and introduction from Conference Chair

John Widdowson CBE, Principal and Chief Executive, New Durham College; Chair, Mixed Economy Group
The growing role and contribution of FE, what HE can learn from FE in meeting higher vocational learning needs

Dr Philip Davies, Director of Higher Education, Bournemouth and Poole College
Building capacity, mixing FE and HE, foundation degrees, meeting local economic need and business imperatives (tourism and hospitality, engineering etc

Questions and discussion: College perspective
Julie Davies, Acting Chief Executive, The Association of Business Schools
21st century leaders: What employers want (ABS, QAA, CMI Report)

Panel discussion: the Business School Perspective
Pamela Whisker, Faculty Partnership Manager – Business, Plymouth University.

Dorothy Wood, Head of Education, ACCA UK
Working with professions and qualifications bodies

Dr Kate Clarke, Director, Higher Education Partnerships and Quality (HEPAQ)
Working with professions and qualifications bodies

Questions and discussion
What's on now:
Panel discussion: local regional and international working
Stewart Segal, Chief Executive, Association of Employment and Learning Providers;
Giles Orr, Head of Global Business Development, Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy.

Michael Davis, Chief Executive, UK Commission for Employment and Skills
What funding streams to encourage collaboration and growth? Higher apprenticeships, foundation degrees and more tailored sector relationships

End of Broadcast
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