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  • 1. Prime Minister’s Initiative 2FE Partnerships’ Fund 2009-10
    Marguerite Hogg
    International Contracts Manager
    Association of Colleges
  • 2. Schedule
    Background to PMI2
    Distinctions between the two Measures
    ‘Call’ timescales, the application form and quality criteria
    Funding, eligible and ineligible costs
    What is the assessor looking for?
    Practitioner Case Study
    Examples of good practice
    Q&A opportunity and networking lunch
  • 3. Background and context
    The Prime Minister’s Initiative for International Education (PMI2) is the successor strategy to the Prime Minister’s Initiative to Attract More International Students to the UK (PMI1, 1999–2005).
    PMI2 launched April 2006 - 5 year strategy continued success in attracting overseas students will depend on the * reputation and standing of UK education internationally* the UK’s contribution to global development and* the strength of its international partnerships.
  • 4. Programme Aims & Objectives
    Building strategic FE partnerships and alliances
    Trends indicate that substantial changes to the international education landscape are likely in next few years.
    Success for the UK depends on forming strong, sustainable, partnerships with education providers and industry overseas.
    Activities under this strand include international partnership projects, inward and outward visits and ministerial delegations: demonstrating commitment to engagement with the lifelong learning and CPD agenda.
  • 5. Target Outcomes
    Programme targets to 2011 are currently:
    An additional 100,000 international students in the UK (70,000 HE and 30,000 College/FE)
    Achievement of significant growth in the number of partnerships between the UK and other countries
    Achievement of demonstrable improvements to international student satisfaction ratings in the UK.
  • 6. Key objectives
    To ensure a substantial focus on vocational skills and non-traditional routes to HE within PMI2, in accordance with government policies in a number of the partner countries
    To facilitate the role of colleges as key contributors to ‘global skills, world class learning’ and to TVET reform agendas in specific PMI2 countries
    To support colleges in positioning themselves effectively within the changing landscape of international education and training and broadening the scope of their global/international activities
    To support development of international partnerships which will result in innovative approaches to the design and delivery of training and education programmes
  • 7. Distinction between Measures 1 & 2
  • 8. The two Measures
    The PMI2 FE Partnerships Fund is managed jointly by the British Council and Association of Colleges (AoC)
    However, at operational level:
    Measure 1 - managed by AoC: provides pump-priming for a variety of entrepreneurial partnership activities. These either have short or medium term commercial outcomes. In all cases, applicants are required to demonstrate that the activities would be sustained/sustainable after the PMI2 grant period.
    Measure 2 - managed by British Council: provides grants to support the contribution of international partnerships (between UK colleges and colleges or other relevant agencies overseas) to education development and reform agendas in a discrete number of PMI2 countries.
  • 9. Differences between the MeasuresMeasure 1
    Measure 1- Managed by the AoC – pump-priming for entrepreneurial international partnership activities
    Consortia or individual colleges
    Commercial outcomes or result in other mutual benefits for the partnership
    Must demonstrate contribution to aims and targets of PMI2
    Partnership projects must reflect the UK partner’s institutional strengths (Relevant national kite marks, Beacon status, inspection reports)
    Supports development undertaken by colleges that are:- well experienced in international activities;- offering high quality learning opportunities or:- that have piloted innovative approaches in the UK (knowledge transfer)
    FE Partnerships Fund (M1 or M2) will not support projects which have the primary aim of direct recruitment of international students etc
    Funding is for one year
  • 10. Project ideas for Measure 1
    Development of joint programmes/modules and related staff development and capacity building
    Cross-mapping of curriculum/programme elements in preparation for the above design of courses to precede study on UK programmes
    Joint development of learning materials
    Development of models for apprenticeship
    Development of transnational ‘blended learning’ programmes
    Activities linked to the delivery of UK qualifications overseas or the development of joint awards
    Development of specialist provision to meet identified industry needs
    Creation of customised products to meet specific client requirements
    Transfer of good and innovative practice which result in measurable benefits for both parties
    Student exchanges or placements
    Staff exchanges linked to the aims and objectives of the project
  • 11. Measure 2
    Measure 2- Managed by the British Council in partnership with the AoC
    Consortia or individual colleges
    Open to all UK colleges
    The objectives concern the contribution of international college partnerships to education development and reform agendas with VET/HE institutions, employers, industry in specific PMI2 priority countries
    Measure 2 programmes are not purely commercial in nature and awards are aimed at pump-priming sustainable strategic partnerships
    Applications invited further to Call for Proposals targeting specific PMI2 countries
  • 12. Project ideas for Measure 2
    Awards under this measure will be linked to specific activities arising from government to government/national agreements focusing on developments in agreed areas
    Individual colleges or consortia of colleges may submit proposals to develop international partnerships in a range of areas in which they have identified opportunities for international collaborative activity, linked to PMI2 aims and objectives
    NB. Proposals must target the PMI2 countries listed for each call and accord with the specific criteria relating to each country
  • 13. Timescales, application form and quality criteria
  • 14. Call for interested UK colleges published beginning April 2009
    Interested UK colleges complete application & submit by 20th May
    Applications reviewed and rated by assessment panel 17th/18th June
    Unsuccessful colleges informed by beginning of July
    Successful colleges informed and grant letters posted by beginning of July
    1st instalment of grants paid end of July
  • 15. Key Milestones
    In addition:
    31st January 2010 – Interim reports due for all M1 and M2 projects
    Mid February 2010 – Second instalment of grants paid (on approval of interim reports)
    30th June 2010 – Deadline for submission of final reports from current year projects (M1/M2)
    Mid July 2010 – Final instalment of grants paid (on approval of final reports)
    1st July 2010 – Grants for new/continuing projects issued (1st instalment)
  • 16. Please consider
    Proposals must target one or more of the stated PMI2 countries
    Projects may result in commercial or non-commercial outcomes but must demonstrate added value of partnership (dependant on Measure)
    Proposals must show how the partnership and anticipated outcomes will be sustained at the end of the funding period
    Proposals may relate to a request for funding for existing partnerships but must demonstrate how the activity builds on previous achievements and why the activity could not have taken place without PMI2 funds
  • 17. Funding, eligible and ineligible costs
  • 18. Funding
    Match funding may be cash or ‘in-kind’
    Standard staff rates for match funding must be used
    Daily accommodation and subsistence rates for UK staff visiting PMI2 target countries (receipts not required but proof of travel for each person claiming subsistence required)
    Travel expenses (Airfares, taxis and/or trains) will be reimbursed on an actual cost basis (tickets/receipts with name of participant must be produced in support of the claim)
    United Kingdom subsistence rates for visiting international partners (accommodation, subsistence and incidental expenses)
  • 19. Eligible costs
    Further Education and Sixth Form Colleges (funded)
    UK partner organisations (non-funded)
    Applicant institution or applicant consortia must have robust experience of international activities
    Travel for staff of FE/sixth form colleges to the target country
    Accommodation and subsistence costs for staff of FE/sixth form colleges in target country
    Hospitality costs related to the hosting of target country partner organisations when in the UK (meeting rooms and refreshments)
  • 20. More eligible costs
    Travel costs of international partners from target country to UK
    Accommodation and subsistence costs for international partners from target country whilst in the UK for project business
    Travel, accommodation and subsistence costs for students of English/international partners relating to visits or exchanges
    Design and/or printing costs if undertaken by external company
    Translation/interpretation costs if undertaken by external company or individual or is subject to internal charging within the institution
    Costs relating to specialist consultancy if deemed essential to the project (prior agreement with the AoC)
    UK dissemination costs
    Other project costs (by negotiation, which are not listed as an ineligible cost)
  • 21. Ineligible costs
    Costs relating to participation in trade fairs, exhibitions or conferences
    Costs relating to promotional activities solely for international student recruitment purposes
    Cost of travel by any class other than economy
    Hospitality costs incurred by international partners while hosting UK visitors
    Costs relating to research (minor exceptions – see guidelines)
    Staff costs of UK colleges
    Administration and overheads in UK colleges
    Staff costs of international partners
    Administration and overheads in international partner colleges
  • 22. Ineligible costs
    Consultancy costs (other than by prior agreement with AoC)
    Costs relating to the participation of ‘other’ UK partners
    Costs relating to activities which have already taken place at the start of the project contract period
    Costs which would otherwise have been met by an alternative source of funding
    Cost of travel insurance
    Costs relating to the purchase of capital equipment
    Costs relating to the purchase of software (unless by prior negotiation)
    Costs relating to items or services not directly related to the PMI2 project
    Costs relating to bank charges or transfers
    NB. The cost of staff time of UK colleges or UK partner organisations and costs relating to production of materials for the project may be used as match funding
  • 23. What is the assessor looking for?
  • 24. What are we looking for?
    Project proposals which:
    • Demonstrate a clear understanding of the education/skills/economic issues in the target country and the contribution the project will make
    • 25. Clearly explain the need for the project and provide concrete information on the preparatory work which has been undertaken
    • 26. Detail the aims and objectives, the anticipated outcomes and the benefits to both the international partners and the UK
    • 27. Include a comprehensive work-plan which links to the projected achievements
    • 28. Explain how the project and/or the outcomes will be sustained beyond the PMI2 funding period
    • 29. Clearly detail the role and contribution of all funded and non-funded partners and other contributors
    • 30. Explain how the project will be managed, evaluated and disseminated
  • Primary Assessment Criteria
    A robust rationale for the activities in the context of the proposal
    Clear objectives
    Evidence of having undertaken appropriate preparatory work and having obtained the commitment of the international partners
    Appropriate quality indicators in relation to the target provision
    Evidence of previous experience of relevant international activity and partnership work (in the UK or overseas)
    Tangible projected outcomes and scope of potential impact
  • 31. Primary Assessment Criteria
    A comprehensive and realistic work plan and budget
    Clear arrangements for managing and monitoring the activities
    Realistic plans for sustaining/extending the partnership and/or the activities as appropriate
    Mutuality of benefit
    Value for money
    Arrangements in place for dealing with intellectual property rights
    Clear plans for evaluation and dissemination of any innovatory or replicable features
  • 32. Secondary Assessment Criteria
    Project utilises or develops innovatory approaches to the target activities
    Project engages support from other relevant stakeholders
    Procurement of sponsorship or supplementary funding from the outset which will contribute to the extension of the project’s achievements or its sustainability
    Potential for wider impact of the project at regional, sectoral or policy level.
  • 33. PMI2 Hits the headlines!
  • 34. Documentation
    Please check the following websites where all the Call documents will be available shortly….
    http://www.aoc.co.uk/en/Policy_and_Advisory_Work/aoc_international/funding_and_partnership_opportunities.cfm
    http://www.britishcouncil.org/learning-pmi2-connect.htm
    GOOD LUCK!