Changes to national programmes ahead

The National Networks of Collaborative Outreach (NNCO) will cease this December to be replaced by a new four-year initiative, the National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP), with experts warning that the changes could lead to a ‘loss of momentum”. [link to source article]  

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New Higher Education programme for young refugees

Monthly sessions at Nottingham Trent University have been launched to provide support for young refugees and asylum seekers. The programmes offer advice about the UK Higher Education system including taster classes and financial aspects of Higher Education.  [Link to original article]    

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Response to recent article on UCAS, printed in The Independent 4 August 2015

After reading this recently published article (click here to read) regarding UCAS we felt it necessary to issue a response letter, the details of which we would like to share (below):   Dear Sir or Madam, We read with frustration Andrew Grice’s article in The Independent (4th August 2015) on UCAS refusal to release student data. HEAT is a collaboration of over 40 English universities working together to evaluate the impact of fair access programmes. The article talks about “suspicions that higher education institutions would rather data be kept secret as it would expose their record on fair access”.  This […]

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How does HEAT work with NNCOs?

SCENARIO 1: NNCOs where ALL universities are already HEAT members HEAT is already working with some NNCOs to help them capture, record, monitor and evaluate activity.  If all individual universities within an NNCO are HEAT members, then HEAT can set up the NNCO as an associate member (at no extra cost) and provide them with: Set up of NNCO as an associate member on the database allowing unique capture of NNCO activity and student records which can be shared[1] with university members Easy data capture via imports (templates can be provided to partners e.g. FE colleges to capture data locally […]

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A small change to our issue-management process…

Currently (and historically), the HEAT Central Team has communicated directly with members at all stages of issue management, from acknowledging receipt of an issue to checking with the member that they are entirely happy with the solution. This has meant that all communications are bespoke and there has been almost no use of email templates and certainly no auto-responses. Of course whilst this is something that is feasible with a small membership, the ongoing HEAT expansion (with many new members joining the service) has meant that some slight changes will need to be made to ensure that we are being […]

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