This piece represents a strong Huckfield recommendation. At only £95, this Conference represents exceedingly good value. A similar London Conference would be at last £300 plus fares.

This is the Black Country Partnership for Learning Online Booking Form.

Black Country Partnership for Learning

Black Country Partnership for Learning (BCPL) includes the University of Wolverhampton and seven Further Education Colleges:

  • Dudley
  • Halesowen
  • King Edwards
  • Sandwell
  • Stourbridge
  • Walsall
  • Wolverhampton

BCPL held a highly successful 14-19 Years Post Wolf Conference on Friday 25 November 2011, with 100 attending from the West Midlands and beyond.

Friday May 25th 2012 at the Hawthorns Conference Centre, West Bromwich Albion Football Ground

This timely Conference which includes speakers and a programme which covers a very wide range of Further/Higher Education topics, especially if you read David Kernohan’s Wonke piece on Thursday 29 March 2012 about HEFCE’s projected grants for 2013, and all the uncertainties for the future arising from this.

From well-published delays in the Government’s Higher Education Bill, some colleagues may have thought things were settling down. But several other pieces recently including Andrew Fisher on Student Number Control, have highlighted continuing uncertainties for Higher Education, including Higher Education delivered in Further Education Colleges – not just for 2013 but in years to follow, especially since HE Margin bidding will continue.

Huckfield knows Further and Higher Education colleagues who, though they have developed strategies for 2013 enrolment, are still much perplexed about the years to come. This Conference is a good chance to get some answers.

Conference speakers range from the Minister for Higher Education and Science, Rt Hon David Willetts MP, through Higher Education in Further Education Specialists, including those from the private sector, including online provision to more local speakers with their local interpretations.

Conference Aims and Purpose

  • To receive progress relating to the changing policy framework and institutional impact for Further and Higher Education Institutions
  • To reflect on the new landscape emerging at the Further and Higher Education interface following the HE White Paper 2011
  • To discuss practical responses, local partnerships and developments for 2012/2013 activity in colleges, universities and with private providers

Conference Programme and Speakers

09:45: Background and Context to the Conference

  • BCPL Chair & Director

10:00: The Changing HE Policy Framework

  • Rt. Hon David Willetts MP, Minister for Higher Education and Science, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
  • A Perspective from the Association of Colleges – Nick Davy, HE Policy Manager

11:00: The New Landscape

  • Validation and Accreditation Services for Higher Level Provision – John Davies, Head of Programme Development, Higher Education Awards, Pearson
  • Foundation Degree Awarding Powers for FE Colleges – John Ellison, Head of Higher Education, New College Durham
  • FE/HE and Private Sector Relationships in Higher Education – Peter Crisp, Chief Executive of BPP Law School and Adam Temple, Managing Director of BPP Centre, Birmingham

12:00: Panel Session/Questions and Answers from Floor

12:30: Lunch

13:30: Practical Responses and Local Partnerships

  • Participation, Progression and Partnerships: Real Inclusion in Practice – Professor David Green, Vice Chancellor & Chief Executive, University of Worcester
  • Local Enterprise Partnerships and Employer/Demand-Side Perspectives – Professor Ian Oakes, Pro-Vice Chancellor, Research and Enterprise, University of Wolverhampton and Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership Board

Panel Session/Questions and Answers from Floor

14:30: Practical and Local Developments

  • Partnership working across Students’ Unions and College based Student Support functions across Birmingham and the Black Country – Luke Millard, Birmingham City University and Paul Chapman, BCU Students’ Union and Kim Hughes, Students’ Union, Dudley College
  • Flexible, Open and Distance Learning Approaches to HE Partnerships – Dr Philip Hallam, CEO, Resource Development International Ltd (RDI)

Panel Session/Questions and Answers from Floor

15:30: Plenary Session– Key issues for participants, reactions to inputs, impact and implementation timelines 2012/2013 and beyond



Huckfield attends many conferences and seminars. There is much uncertainty facing Further and Higher Education in the years to come. With this range of speakers and issues covered you won’t do much better anywhere else.

As above, this is the Black Country Partnership for Learning Online Booking Form.

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