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HEI conference round-up

Noting SQA's contribution to a range of HEI engagements and conferences  

Scotland's Community of Access and Participation Practitioners (SCAPP) is funded by the Scottish Funding Council and aims to provide a network of practitioners to support the development and professionalisation of a strong growing  community in Scotland.   

The first conference in three years was help on Tuesday 15 May at Carnegie Conference Centre. The conference focused on the theme ‘Celebrating Success and Moving Forward in a Changing Education Landscape’.  

The conference consisted of various workshops, keynote speakers and a Question Time Panel. The most productive activities included the networking opportunities where productive conversations were had with Edinburgh University colleagues. This time was also used to explore SCAPPS Articulation module and further discuss the Pathways App roll out. 

Higher Education Liaison Officers Association (HELOA)  

The delegates that attended primarily worked in Higher Education Institute Admissions.  

During the session the delates received a presentation on NextGen: HN before engaging with a workshop highlighting the similarities in approaches and challenges that NextGen: HN has employed and encountered.  

Following on from the SCAPP Conference, the session gave delegates another opportunity to engage with practitioners in the sector.   

HEI workshops  

HEI’s engaged with a workshop with SQA to discuss the how we can support their understanding of the new grading approach and outcomes. 

 Edinburgh University, Heriot Watt, Napier, Glasgow Caledonian, Strathclyde, Stirling, Queen Margaret and Aberdeen were in attendance 

 We are currently arranging a second workshop for Open University, Glasgow, Dundee, Royal Conservatoire, UHI, Abertay, Robert Gordon University, University of West of Scotland, St Andrews and Glasgow College of Art.  

Universities Scotland  

We held a meeting with Universities Scotland focussing on the NextGen: HN grading model. We also discussed how we can support their understanding of the grading approach and outcomes. Universities Scotland were very supportive and engaged in good discussion, offering the chance for us to discuss the topic at the next Admissions Policy Group meeting.