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Credit: changes and challenges

15HATFIELDS Conference Centre, 15 Hatfields, London, SE1 8DJ
10 December 2010 09:30-16:00

Credit: Changes and Challenges, is being held on the occasion of SEECs 25th anniversary and is an opportunity to reflect on the success of credit, the challenges it has raised and could pose in the future.

Keynote presentations and workshop sessions will focus on policy and practice about credit in higher education, in the UK and in Europe.

Dr Mark Atlay, Chair of SEEC, will launch the new SEEC Level Descriptors.

The conference will open with a keynote presentation from Mark Flinn, recently retired Pro Vice-Chancellor from Edge Hill University. A member of the UK Credit Forum, he is co-editor of the forthcoming book Making Sense of Credit and Qualifications Frameworks in the UK and Europe. His presentation will offer an analysis of the development of credit over the past thirty years, focusing in particular on future challenges and opportunities.

The second keynote presentation of the day will be by Stephen Adam, a UK Bologna expert and will focus on current issues associated with the two European credit linked meta-frameworks the overarching Framework of Qualifications for the European Higher Education Area (FQ-EHEA) and the European Qualifications Framework for Lifelong Learning (EQF).

Questions that will be explored include:

  • What is the overlap?
  • Where are the potential confusions?
  • Is there a risk of dysfunctional development?
  • How might potential problems be resolved?

There will be a number of workshops to choose from, delivered by practitioners on how credit works for them. The focus of these sessions will be practical offering an opportunity to network and benchmark current practice.

Workshops sessions include:

  • A report on a case study which is focused on testing a joint European Credit System for Vocational Education and Training (ECVET) and its relationship to the European Credit and Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) involving eight countries and 14 different partners.
  • A consideration of the issues involved in defining and assessing doctorateness in Professional Doctorate programmes.
  • A case study of a university becoming a QCF awarding body.
  • A discussion of the challenges of cross institutional credit transfer

Details of the conference fees, the full conference programme and how to book can be found on the webpage:


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