Working with others to strengthen Higher Education
Collaboration within the HE sector continues to be a major priority for Cardiff Met.
The University’s FE2HE Consortium actively encourages and initiates new projects and funding bids for new programmes involving these partners. Formed in 2004 the Consortium which includes Cardiff and Vale College, Bridgend College, Y Coleg Ystrad Mynach and St David’s College continues to offer a strong portfolio of programmes at HND, Foundation degree and Honours level. Benefits of the FE2HE Consortium include the availability of accessible and high quality learning opportunities with Welsh FE colleges, greater linkages between the FE and HE sectors, Widening Access, and a networking opportunity that can be utilised in the development of Cardiff Met’s enterprise activities.
During the year there were also some major developments towards establishing several new programmes which involve other Welsh partners, including Coleg Menai, Coleg Powys and Coleg Llandrillo. These projects include EU funded programmes in Sustainable Design and Food Science and Technology.
Also during the year Cardiff Met was successful in receiving accreditation from the Higher Education Academy for a further five years for a number of programmes for teaching staff. These were the introductory studies programme for staff supporting teaching and learning, the postgraduate certificate for teaching in higher education, and Cardiff Met’s Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Scheme. There are currently over sixty Cardiff Met staff on the introductory studies and certificate programmes and over 100 individuals have been assessed via the University’s recognition scheme. Staff achievement of the UKPSF is likely to become an even more important indicator of teaching quality in the future.
These new developments highlight our collective working to meet national and regional needs with key priorities identified. All of these aims align closely with the aims and objectives of the the Welsh Government’s policy as outlined in For Our Future.