PHExcel may organise, from time to time, events on excellence in higher education.
Striving for Excellence in Higher Education: Bringing Education and the World of Work Together
On 18-19 November 2015, PHExcel organised a conference on ‘Striving for Excellence in Higher Education: Bringing Education and the World of Work Together’ at the Chelsea College of Arts, London, UK. There, we presented the outcomes of 2 years of: researching quality tools in Europe, developing a framework for excellence, testing this framework in pilot assessments, and validating it with consultations and surveys. Participants could:
- Discuss excellence in higher education, especially how to achieve excellence in bringing higher education and the world of work together, a key feature of professional higher education throughout Europe;
- Exchange ideas on the barriers and challenges to assessing and recognising excellence;
- Debate with experts and representatives from many sectors, including the arts, music, business and language studies and nursing education, what excellence means to them and how to achieve it across various sectors in Europe;
- Engage with colleagues from quality assurance agencies presenting the outcomes of their own research on delivering excellence in higher education;
- Meet participants from the four pilot assessments that PHExcel conducted and experts who contributed to the development of our quality framework and assessment process.
Day 1 – Wednesday 18 November 2015
13.30 Opening and welcome
14.00 Quality in professional higher education: what is it all about?
14.30 Results of the PHExcel project & looking forward to the future
Results of the PHExcel project & looking forward to the future, Johan Cloet, Secretary General of EURASHE, presentation Watch Video
15.00 Coffee break
15.30 Excellence in teaching and learning: what does it mean?
Excellence in teaching and learning: what does it mean?, Danutė Rasimavičienė, Dean of the Faculty of Business Management of Vilniaus Kolegija/ University of Applied Sciences, presentation Watch Video
17.00 How to achieve excellence in research, development and innovation?
How to achieve excellence in research, development and innovation?, Christophe Debout, General Secretary of FINE Europe, Head of the High Institute for Nursing, nurse scientist, Health Chair Sciences-Po Paris Watch Video
17.30 Cocktail-buffet, welcome by Chris Wainwright, Pro Vice-Chancellor of the University of the Arts London and Head of Chelsea, Camberwell and Winchester College of Arts
Day 2 – Thursday 19 November 2015
09.00 How to achieve excellence in research, development and innovation?
Research excellence in the arts: research, development, innovation, Prof. Johnny Golding, Director of PHD/Post-Doctoral Centre for Fine Art Research (CFAR) at Birmingham City University
09.30 What characterises excellent policies and strategies?
What characterizes excellent policies and strategies?, Eugenija Vagnerienė, SPACE member, Director of V. A. Graiciunas School of Management
10.30 Coffee break
11.00 Delivering excellence: the view from quality assurance agencies
12.00 Institutions’ experiences in working with excellence (panel)
Eugenija Vagnerienė, SPACE member, Director of V. A. Graiciunas School of Management
Mike Fox, Head of Design Department, Limerick School of Art and Design (LSAD)
Sebastian Ładyżyński, Composer, Alumnus of Karol Lipiński Academy of Music in Wrocław
Lars Ebert, senior advisor, ELIA
14.00 – 17.00 Registrations for the 10th European Quality Assurance Forum (EQAF)
The speakers are:
Stéphane Lauwick joined the University of Le Havre (France) in 1993 as a professeur agrégé. After heading the Electrical Engineering Department of the University Institute of Technology (IUT) of that university, he is now the director of the Institute, an institution that enrolls some 2500 students and delivers 26 awards. He has been member of the EURASHE Board since 2012 and was elected President of EURASHE in 2015 for a mandate of 2 years. Stéphane Lauwick is also member of the Board of ADIUT, the French Association of Directors of University Institutes of Technology. He is the former director of the Continuing Education Centre and Apprentice Training Centre of the University of Le Havre. In that capacity, he actively promoted lifelong learning and developed the recognition of prior learning (RPL) process both within the University and at international level. He has worked with EUCEN on these issues and has advised on the establishment of the RPL process for the University of Mauritius and the World Customs Organisation.
Lucien Bollaert is member of the executive board of the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO) since 2009. In June 2012 he was elected as member of the management group of the European Consortium for Accreditation (ECA). Before this he was acting general director and director of education and research at the University College of West Flanders (Belgium) and chair of the experts’ committee on quality assurance of the Ghent University Association. He was member of the E4 group which developed the European Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area (ESG) and the European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education (EQAR); he has been vice-chair of the EQAR Register Committee since its foundation in 2008. Lucien Bollaert has been a member of the organising committee of the European Quality Assurance Forum (EQAF). He was also member of the first experts’ working group on the European Qualifications Framework (EQF). For many years he was the Flemish Bologna expert on quality culture, quality assurance and learning outcomes.
Johan Cloet is the Secretary General of EURASHE since 2014, which he represents in the Bologna Follow-Up Group (BFUG) and several of its working groups, such as on ‘Structural Reforms’ and ‘Reporting on the Implementation of the Bologna Process’. He is also the representative of EURASHE in the E4-Group (with ENQA, ESU and EUA), which received mandates from the ministers in charge of higher education in the EHEA to harmonise quality assurance through the creation of the European standards and guidelines for quality assurance in the European higher education area. Johan Cloet is the former General Director of Lessius University College/Vice-General Director of Thomas More University College in Antwerp, Belgium (2008-2012). He has been involved in the activities of the Flemish Council of University Colleges (VLHORA – member of EURASHE) as member of its steering board, and president of the steering group of educational policy. In 2013 Johan Cloet has been selected as a member of evaluation teams in the framework of the Institutional Evaluation Programme (IEP) of the European University Association. A former ministerial advisor to the government of the Brussels Region, Johan Cloet’s field of study is psychology.
Danutė Rasimavičienė leads the Faculty of Business Management of Vilniaus Kolegija/ University of Applied Sciences, Lithuania. She started her professional career in a secondary school as a teacher of Lithuanian language and literature, then moved to professional higher education institution and from 1989 is working for that sector. She holds two master’s degrees: in philology and social sciences. In the year 2000 Danutė Rasimavičienė was awarded The Teacher of the Year Title from the Government of Lithuanian Republic. Since the year 2002 she is taking an active role in SPACE – European Network for Business Studies and Languages. In 2003, she was elected Vice-President of the association. In 2009, she became the President of the Network, a post she held until 2015. Danute is delivering lectures and seminars for business people as well as for VUAS students on communication, public speaking and presentations. Her field of interests also covers education management, quality assuarance and internationalization matters. She works as an institutional and programme evaluation expert for Lithuanian Centre for Quality Assessment in Higher Education (SKVC) and as project evaluation expert for The European Social Fund Agency in Lithuania.
Prof. Anthony Dean is Professor of Performing Arts, Dean of Cultural Engagement and Dean of Faculty of Arts at the University of Winchester (www.winchester.ac.uk). He has considerable experience in developing new subject areas in higher education, particularly in creative fields – such as puppetry, circus and street arts. He is also interested in interaction between higher education study in the arts and related fields of professional arts practice as an integral part of the student learning experience. Anthony has considerable experience in quality assurance and enhancement in Higher Education, particularly in the subject areas of performing arts and art & design. He has worked extensively for the QAA, including as a Subject Reviewer, Institutional Auditor and ELIR Reviewer (for QAA Scotland), and he has been widely involved in matters of Quality Assurance and Enhancement, both within the UK and across Europe – undertaking QA reviews for SKVC (in Lithuania) and the EUA. He currently serves as a board member of a number of arts organisations and is the Co-Director of the ELIA (www.elia-artschools.org) NEU/NOW Festival (www.neunow.com) for emerging artist across Europe and is a founding member of the management group for EQ-Arts (www.eq-arts.org), an agency that promotes a Quality Assurance and Enhancement methodology specifically tailored for Higher Arts Education Institutions.
After a wide and varied career in higher music education, Jeremy Cox is now devoting himself to research and writing. Jeremy is the former Chief Executive of the Association Européenne des Conservatoires, Académies de Musique et Musikhochschulen (AEC). He became the AEC’s Chief Executive in January 2011. Prior to that, he had more than ten years’ experience as Dean of the Royal College of Music in London, with overall responsibility for learning, teaching and research in that institution. Jeremy read Music at Oxford University and completed his Doctorate there in 1986. His specialist field is the songs of Francis Poulenc and he has a book in preparation on this subject. While at Oxford, he sang in the Chapel Choir of New College and subsequently performed with a number of specialist chamber choirs, including the ‘Clerkes of Oxenford’. Alongside his work in a range of Music departments and institutions across the UK, including three years in Scotland, he pursued an active career as a singer and conductor and occasionally turned his hand to composition, mainly for voice and chamber ensembles. Jeremy has been closely involved in European developments in higher music education since the start of the Bologna Process and was the chief architect of the AEC’s ‘Polifonia’ Learning Outcomes that are now widely used as reference points across the European higher music education sector. He has written AEC guides on Curriculum Design & Development and on Admissions & Assessment, and has worked as an expert advisor for the AEC and for the Tuning Process in Europe and Australia.
Christophe Debout, RN, MScN, MPhil, PhD. Christophe Debout is a nurse anaesthetist. He successively held positions in clinical practice, management and education in France and abroad. From 2009 to 2014, he was professor in the Department of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences (DSIP) in the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Santé Publique (EHESP) and was head of this department from 2012 to 2014. He is currently head of the High Institute for Nursing and is a nurse scientist in Health Chair of Sciences-Po Paris / IDS URM Inserm 1145. His research interests include advanced nursing practice and effective strategies to teaching evidence based practice to nursing students. He is also Director of the collection “Advanced nursing practice” (Springer) and associate editor of the Revue Francophone Internationale de Recherche infirmière (Elsevier). He is general secretary of Fine Europe and is a member of the European Academy of Nursing (EANS). He was President of the French National Nurse Association (ANFIIDE) from 2002 to 2009
Chris is Pro Vice-Chancellor and Head of Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon colleges. He is also a past president of the European League of Institutes of the Arts, a member of Tate Britain Council and Chair of the Board of Trustees of Cape Farewell, an artist-run organisation that promotes a cultural response to climate change through art. A professional artist and curator, Chris’s photographic work is held in many major collections, including the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Arts Council of England and Bibliothèque nationale de France.
Prof Golding holds the Chair in Philosophy and Fine Art at Birmingham School of Art and is Director of the PHD/Post-Doctoral Centre for Fine Art Research (CFAR), Birmingham City University. A firm believer in research led by curiosity, experiment and risk, Prof Golding is renowned for her philosophy enactments, installations and sound-scape exhibitions. Her research covers the intra-disciplinary intersections of the logics of sense, including poetics, fine art, contemporary philosophy and the ‘wild sciences.’ Recent publications include: In the Shadow of Akimbo Corporatism: The ‘Becoming-Human’ of a People; Fractal Philosophy and the Small Matter of Attunement; and Ana-Materialism and the Pineal Eye. Films include: Once Upon a Wormhole and Games of Truth: Blood Poetics in 7 part harmony. She is executive Editor for the internationally peer reviewed / gold standard journal, Zētēsis: (ARTicle Press).
Eugenija Vagnerienė is a Director of a private non-profit institution of professional higher education, V. A. Graciunas School of Management (AVM), with primary responsibility for the development and operations of the school in two major Lithuanian cities as well as abroad. She is a founder of the first business school in Lithuania in 1993 where she spent 20 years of active participation in national and international education related activities. Eugenija Vagneriene is professionally active in international education since 1992 and her portfolio expanded to include President of the Ulixes Consortium (E.E.I.G.) and member of Lithuanian Council of Education at the Parlament. She is a co-founder of the first international organizations in Lithuania– Junior Chamber International (JCI) and Sorroptimist Intenational (SI) and other pioneering initiatives that help to build networks. Eugenija Vagneriene holds an Undergraduate and Master degree in Philology from Vilnius University, Lithuania.
Frans de Ruiter is Professor of Creative and Performing Arts with the special remit of promoting the relationship between performing and creative arts education and academic studies since 2001 and since 2002 he is the Director of the Academy of Creative and Performing Arts, Leiden University. Frans de Ruiter is joint founder of and co-director of DocARTES, the PhD programme for music at the Leiden University Academy of Creative and Performing Arts, the Royal Conservatoire The Hague, the Conservatory of Amsterdam, the Orpheus Institute, Ghent, the Lemmens Institute/Association Catholic University Leuven, the Royal Conservatoire/Association of Universities Antwerp, and PhDArts, the PhD programme for fine arts and design at the Leiden University Academy of Creative and Performing Arts and the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague.
Dr Stephen Jackson is ‘Associate Director – International’ within QAA, and was previously in the role of Director of Quality Assurance, with overall responsibility for the management and delivery of review activity. This included universities and other higher education providers, the review of higher education in further education colleges and the review of private higher education colleges. He joined QAA in October 2002 from Liverpool John Moores University, where he was Director for Partnerships and Widening Participation. Previously, Stephen held the post of Assistant Provost with responsibility for learning and teaching. He taught Human Geography for many years at the City of Liverpool College of Higher Education and at Liverpool Polytechnic. Before joining QAA, Stephen worked for both the Higher Education Quality Committee and QAA as an auditor and review coordinator.
Mike Fox is head of the Design Department at the Limerick School of Art and Design (LSAD), part of Limerick Institute of Technology, Ireland. Initially trained in fine art he is currently researching for a PhD in designing Fine Art programmes to meet the needs of marginalised learners. Mike Fox is also involved in various civil society initiatives revolving around the arts and has sat on several local Public Art Commissions. Involved in the quality assessment of higher arts education he is part of EQ Arts Europe Quality Assurance Experts Group and has participated in validation panels in Lithuania with SKVC and in Croatia with ASHE/AZVO where he was also the chairperson. His research areas include amongst others art education, lifelong learning, transformative learning and non-traditional learners.
Sebastian Ładyżyński, composer. He received a Master’s Degree in composition in 2009 and PhD degree in 2014 at the Academy of Music in Wrocław, Poland. In 2009 – 2011 he studied at the Postgraduate Studies of Film and Computer Music and Audiovisual Arts at the Academy of Music in Łódź, Poland and Łódź Film School as well. In 2012 – 2013 he studied composition at the King’s College, London. Since 2015 he is the Head of Theatre and Film Music Studio at the Academy of Music in Wrocław, Poland. He is the laureate of many composer’s competitions and his music was presented in following countries: Australia, Austria, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Croatia, France, Georgia, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Japan, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Ukraine. He is the author of music for dozens theatre plays, short films and music performances. He also works as an arranger, recordist and music producer. He is the sound producer in Sound Factory Orchestra (www.soundfactoryorchestra.com).
Lars Ebert (Heidelberg, Germany, 1976) is the programme co-ordinator of the cultural centre Castrum Peregrini in Amsterdam, developing thematically focused series of exhibitions, debates, performing arts events and publications. As a senior advisor to The European League of Institutes of the Arts he is concerned with the implications of the Bologna process in Higher Arts Education. He e.g. chaired the working group ‘theatre/dance’ drafting the Sectoral Qualifications Framework for Creative and Performing Disciplines (2011-12) on behalf of Tuning Educational Structures in Europe, University of Groningen and Bilbao. Currently he represents ELIA in the steering group of the PHExcel project coordinated by EURASHE. Lars has extensive experience in quality assurance and enhancement processes for higher arts education. He is a founding board member of EQ-Arts. He is an experienced reviewer for QAA Scotland and other accreditation agencies and a trainer for QA reviewers. Lars develops projects and engages in initiatives addressing the integration of a culturally diverse and inclusive Europe. Examples include a.o. EU funded LLP projects such as artsnet.europe (ELIA 2007-2011), TimeCase – Memory in Action (Castrum Peregrini 2012-2014), Silent Heroes (2013-2015). Lars holds a degree in theology (Drs./NL) and is a permanent fellow at the Bruno Kreisky Forum for International Dialogue Vienna.
Anthony F. Camilleri is a tertiary education policy consultant. He holds qualifications in law from the University of Malta, and was also active in the Malta national students’ union and the European Students’ Union. He works on topics related to Quality Assurance of Higher and Vocational Education, Social Dimension of Education and Innovation in Education. Currently Anthony runs the UNIQUe and ECB-Check certifications for EFQUEL, and is a senior partner at the Knowledge Innovation Centre.
Following are the photographs of the event. They are also available on Flickr here.
The conference is organised by EURASHE and the partners of the PHExcel project (AEC, ELIA, SPACE, The University of Nottingham, Jagiellonian University and KIC-Malta).
The conference was hosted at Chelsea College of Arts, 16 John Islip Street, London, SW1P 4JU, United Kingdom – next to Tate Britain, on the Victoria line.
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