NQGA College Network Event - Spring 2010

Two Network Events were held, 25 February and 4 March 2010, with key themes aimed at promoting the objectives of the NQGA Development programme, particularly enhancing college participation in developing specialist collaborative National Certificates and National Progression Awards (NPAs). For more information on the Spring 2010 Network Events and to find out what’s coming next.

Presentations from the speakers and workshop information is available to download below.

Programme of the day and downloads

Thursday 25 February 2010, Stirling Management Centre and Thursday 4 March, Marriott Hotel, Glasgow

Welcome and Opening Address

Janis Carson, NQGA Key Partners Group (518 KB)
Vice Principal Academic Affairs, Glasgow Metropolitan College (25th February, Stirling Management Centre).

Linda McTavish, NQGA Key Partners Group and Project Board (515 KB)
Principal, Anniesland College (4th March, Marriott Hotel, Glasgow).

NQGA – Specialist Collaborative Developments

What’s in it for Colleges, Learners and Employers? (628 KB)
Elda Fleck, Gen McCabe, Joe Spencer, Project Managers, SQA

NQGAs and NOS – Meeting Employer Expectations (1.10 MB)

Marian Healy
Sector Manager Scotland (LLUK), Alliance of Sector Skills Councils

Iain McCaskey
Qualifications Manager Alliance of Sector Skills Councils

Why We Got Involved and How it Worked for Us

Case Study (25th February, Stirling Management Centre) (450 KB).

Karen Murray
Provisions Manager, Education and Qualifications Team, Skills Development Scotland (SDS)
Formerly Assistant Principal, Oatridge College

Case Study (4th March, Marriott Hotel, Glasgow) (80 KB).
Andrew Todd
Section Manager -  Landbased, Elmwood College

E-Assessment in NCs and NPAs (332 KB)

Graeme Clark, Linn van der Zanden, Mhairi McAlpine and Liam Campbell SQA

Workshop Sessions- Making Connections

Delegates were asked to consider

  • Areas where they felt  think there is a  need for National Certificate or National Progression Award where no suitable provision currently exists
  • College-devised awards which could benefit from revision/updating for inclusion in a national framework
  • Demand from schools partners, commercial clients or other groups for certificated shortcourses
Plenary and Next Steps

Additional materials

Areas of interest

Referring to recent government reports and sector publications, delegates were invited to submit ideas for new qualifications which meet the current and future needs of the economic, social and cultural priorities of Scotland and the UK as a whole.  Notes of interest from delegates were also invited which identified where a college certificated course would benefit from collaborating with others to devise a national qualification.

‘Couldn’t make the event?’ Let’s discuss your areas of interest – sent this Note of Interest (29 KB) back to us and we’ll get in touch.

Quotes from attendees

Delegates on both days made the most of the opportunity to network with colleagues across the sector and their feedback was very positive, eg:

'Very informative.'

'Great networking opportunity and good info given.'

'I will take ideas back to my centre to discuss possible collaborative projects.'

Pictures from the event

NQGA event Photo 1 people in room watching presentation

NQGA event photo 2 people in workshop