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Why are 94% of student communication strategies failing to engage?

Posted by Tribal Group on May 21, 2018

Student Experience in 2008 could be summarised as 9am-5pm support, long enrolment queues, paper based grant applications, and an online log of activity completed/in progress. The expectation in 2008 was to be able to enroll from home, ask
a question at any time, and receive notifications electronically through email.

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Topics: Higher Education, Further Education

New approaches to internationalisation in higher education

Posted by Helen Spencer-Oatey on May 15, 2018

In today’s employment market, employers are looking for students who can thrive and perform in a multicultural working environment. As a result, students are now looking at how well their chosen institution is equipping them to become employable globally. This is making internationalisation an increasingly important factor for education providers.

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Topics: Higher Education

Delivering apprenticeships: 12 common myths

Posted by Tony Allen on May 10, 2018

I speak to many people in the course of my work on apprenticeships; employers, training providers, people from intermediary organisations and apprentices themselves. I am often told things as fact, which I know not to be true, and I am frequently asked questions which lead me to believe that the person asking has previously been misinformed. Even people who you would expect to know the answer, are sometimes confused by an aspect of apprenticeship policy, or the latest changes to the funding rules.

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Student Information Systems: Setting up your course codes

Posted by Matt Butson on May 9, 2018

When you’re setting up course codes in your student information system, should you include information about the specific course, or simply use a unique identifier with no wider significance? Here, Matt Butson, Tribal’s Reporting and Funding Advisor, explains why he thinks meaningless course codes are best.

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Topics: Further Education

Colleges take the next step towards improving financial performance and value for money

Posted by Mat Kirby on May 9, 2018

At the last gathering of Finance professionals at the AoC Winter Finance Conference, we heard Julian Gravatt comment that colleges might expect a relatively quiet year, following the completion of area reviews and a lack of dramatic announcements in the November Budget. The feeling was that colleges would be able to take stock and “get their houses in order”, and this sentiment is certainly one that we have been picking up from all our Benchmarking customers and college leaders who are coming to us to inform a more strategic approach to their college’s financial performance.

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Topics: Further Education

10 tips for successful benchmarking

Posted by Nick Pidgeon on May 8, 2018

See how colleges’ senior leaders are using benchmarking to improve performance and student outcomes. Whether the catalyst is the need to shape the cost-base to improve student outcomes, or to identify potential savings, or to monitor growth or investment plans, benchmarking delivers invaluable strategic insight to college leaders. But what is the best way to approach such an exercise? The following checklist covers the most important aspects of a successful benchmarking project.

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Topics: Further Education

Changes to apprenticeships: 20% off-the-job now 25%?

Posted by Carla Martinho on April 23, 2018

At the FE Week Annual Apprenticeship Conference on March 21-23, the issue of the 20% off-the-job requirement was on everyone’s lips. Everybody from training providers to employers were discussing whether it presents a huge barrier to the delivery of the three million apprenticeships target set by the government.

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Topics: Skills, Training and Employability

Investing in student experience, what we can learn from the University of Nottingham

Posted by Tribal Group on April 19, 2018

Studying abroad is on the rise, with UCAS reporting there were 7,300 more applications from international students to British universities in 2018 and 12,400 fewer applications from UK students.  But how are UK universities managing the experience of these international students? Creating the best experience for students improves employability, decreases the universities dropout rates and can influence  TEF (Teaching Excellence Framework) ratings.

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Topics: Higher Education

Advanced Serious Incident Reporting – lessons learned from outstanding special colleges

Posted by Tribal Group on April 16, 2018

The everyday challenges of reporting pastoral incidents are many and varied – and getting things back on track after the incident often requires a coordinated response to ensure the wellbeing of the learner and the success of their next class. So how do outstanding specialist colleges manage this process?

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Five ways technology can help streamline school administration

Posted by Tribal Group on April 12, 2018

When it comes to schools and information technology, attention tends to focus on how best to make use of IT as a teaching aid. Strategies include equipping students with notebooks, installing smartboards in classrooms, and incorporating internet-based resources in the learning process.

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Topics: Schools & Early Years