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  1. 1. Scholarship Activity in HE in an FE College Tessa Counsell Higher Education Coordinator/Lecturer in Animal Science Duchy College
  2. 2. Background • 2001: Birth as merged corporation across 6 sites in Cornwall • Now largest UK FE training/education provider • 56 K students; £51m annual budget • 3k HE students, mainly FD, full and part-time • “Creating opportunities for all through high quality education and training”
  3. 3. Objective 1 status/CUC • Cornwall’s GDP < 75% UK average (65% in 2002) • Intent is to improve the region’s economic performance • Access to training and education opportunities • Capital spend opportunity for Cornwall • Total CUC project spend of £29.7m from Gov’t plus £25m from ESF • 2004: 7k student places; 2010: 10k
  4. 4. Partnership • Largest Partner College of University of Plymouth • 1994 Queen’s Anniversary Prize in recognition of the successful partner network • 2003 Formation of University of Plymouth Colleges (UPC) Faculty • CC’s validating partner for majority of HE programmes
  5. 5. Scholarship Activity • “Standard” requirements for staff delivering levels 1 and 2 HE: • Maintaining currency in the subject • Curriculum development and review • Higher degrees • Conference attendance • HEFCE Teaching and Learning Fund via UoP, plus internal funding and external monies, e.g. DEFRA • Corporate Research & Scholarship Committee plus site groupings
  6. 6. Research versus Scholarship • What is the distinction? • Do any staff undertake research then? • Limited level 3 activity in the College • • Cornwall Dermatology Research Project • Links with Royal Cornwall Hospital and Peninsula Medical School
  7. 7. Scholarship in Practice • 70 staff registered on Masters/Doctorates • 51 active in some sort of funded project work • Majority of work is curriculum-linked • Much involves HE students • Annual Site Research Days
  8. 8. Marcus Kreft, Clive McCormack, Gareth Williams & Andrew Smart Duchy College, Rosewarne The behaviour of captive hyacinth macaw (Anodorhynchus hyacinthinius)
  9. 9. Issues • Time! • Advanced Practitioner Status for some staff • HE Coordinators working with staff and HODs to reduce contact hours and “save” the time • Staff work to defined outcomes • Management team planning clear guidelines for Heads of Centres with help from UPC
  10. 10. Benefits • Staff and student development • Renewed enthusiasm for the subject • Improvement in staff profile • Marketing opportunities • Curriculum development…………… • And more: “Change has a considerable psychological impact on the human mind. To the fearful it is threatening because it means things may get worse. To the hopeful it is encouraging because things may get better. To the confident it is inspiring because the challenge exists to make things better.” King Whitney Jr. (Wall Street Journal 7 June 1967)