Re: ESD and National QAA Policy
Quick email to alert you to the release of the new Learning and Teaching
Chapter of the revised UK Quality Code for Higher Education. This will be
accessible from QAA's website as from tomorrow for an eight week consultation
period. The document makes reference to ESD and other cross-cutting education
themes for the first time. Although this is a modest reference within a
section of the Chapter it is a highly significant development.
The new UK Quality Code is a revision of the previous academic infrastructure
that guides institutional teaching and learning policy as well as programme
level curriculum development. For the first time, the Code has a learning
and teaching chapter which includes cross-cutting themes. The QAA will be
watching with interest to gauge the sector response to the inclusion of this
term. It is likely that some sector voices will object, in principle, to the
inclusion of specific education themes.
It is therefore important to take time to articulate the need and value of
ESD becoming part of the sector level educational discourse and to
communicate that this can make a difference to the student experience. We
appreciate it is a very busy time of the year, but ask Shed-Share members to
take time to respond to window of opportunity.
As you may be aware, colleagues engaged in the HEFCE LGM project on ESD and
Quality have been engaged in dialogue behind the scenes to prepare the
ground for this. Other actions are beginning to take shape and strong support
for ESD inclusion in the UK Code will help maintain momentum. We will be
discussing these developments at our forthcoming conference.
Thanks for taking time to support this important development.
Daniella and Alex
HEFCE LGM Project 'Leading Curriculum Change for Sustainability: Strategic
Approaches to Quality Enhancement'
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