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Networks of Practice

HE in FE is both different and distinctive. Previous research by MEG has led us to conclude that sometimes staff who teach HE in this setting miss the collegiality and more scholarly approach taken by their peers in a traditional academic setting. To remedy this, we have established five Networks of Practice, each focused on a particular subject or cross curricular theme. These are:

Bradford College

Cleveland College of Art and Design

Grimsby Institute, with Stockport and Wigan and Leigh Colleges

Hadlow College

Worcester College

Louise Davis, who led the work on e-portfolios at Worcester College, gives more details of what was done, how and why in the following two links. If you would like more information, please email Louise Davis directly

Output from the networks

From Grimsby, Stockport and Wigan and Leigh Colleges checklists of activities to encourage Apprentice Progression to HE.

This document offers advice about how to maximise awareness of HE on the part of Apprentices., employers and college staff. It approaches the question on a stage-by-stage basis, building on existing activities which are already part of the college year. (Recruitment, Induction, etc.)

If you have any comments or would like to discuss the checklist, please contact Cathy Hough at Grimsby Institute of FE and HE.

A Report of the national MEG-JISC Dissemination event on 18 October 2011

In January 2011, the Mixed Economy Group of colleges (MEG) received funding from JISC to establish 5 prototype Networks of Practice. This report covers the one-day seminar used to showcase the outcome of the project. The full report can be found below.

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