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Lifelong Learning and National Entitlement Cards in FE & HE


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Delivered by Brian Lister of Stevenson College at the Annual Conference of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals in Scotland (CILIPS), which took place 1-3 June 2009.

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Lifelong Learning and National Entitlement Cards in FE & HE

  1. 1. Chartered Institute of Library & Information Professionals Tuesday 2 June 2009 Inspiring excellence, yourself, your service, our future Brian Lister, OBE Principal & Chief Executive, Stevenson College Edinburgh
  2. 2. <ul><li>Lifelong Learning & National Entitlement Card in Colleges & Universities </li></ul>
  3. 3. Our Vision <ul><li>Access to lifelong learning opportunities in Scotland must be more inclusive and the journey made seamless </li></ul><ul><li>Services will follow users – as opposed to users chasing services </li></ul><ul><li>Innovative models of shared service, collaborative working and knowledge transfer are emerging – enhancing opportunities for learners and learning </li></ul><ul><li>Scotland is recognised internationally as a leader in life-long learning </li></ul><ul><li>Revolutionise approaches to and methods of service </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Working smarter – not harder! </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Doing more with less or the same </li></ul></ul></ul>
  4. 4. How <ul><li>Use of a common smartcard standard and supporting infrastructure </li></ul><ul><li>the National Entitlement Card across Scotland’s local authorities, </li></ul><ul><li>colleges, universities and national bodies such as YoungScot. </li></ul><ul><li>A single smartcard follows learners as they progress through their </li></ul><ul><li>lifelong learning journey - where the card can be re-issued as </li></ul><ul><li>circumstances change (eg new photograph required, change of name) </li></ul><ul><li>By removing administrative barriers between (and across) local </li></ul><ul><li>authority, college and universities and revising outdated business </li></ul><ul><li>processes - users can access shared services across the public sector </li></ul><ul><li>with a smartcard. </li></ul><ul><li>Co-ordinated development of smart applications and services to be </li></ul><ul><li>delivered through the card – knowledge and experience shared across </li></ul><ul><li>the public sector to minimise development and implementation costs. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Facts <ul><li>43 Colleges are located across Scotland </li></ul><ul><li>24% of college activity is higher education and 76% is further education </li></ul><ul><li>More than 25% of Scotland’s higher education is delivered in Scotland’s Colleges </li></ul><ul><li>Colleges will receive £550 million grant support (programme funding) and £90 million estates funding from the Scottish Funding Council 2008/09 </li></ul><ul><li>99% of Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Education (HMIe) subject reviews in Scotland’s colleges are awarded a good or very good grade for the teaching and learning process </li></ul><ul><li>21,615 staff are employed in Scotland’s Colleges </li></ul>
  6. 6. Scotland’s Colleges <ul><li>There were 446,619 student enrolments in 2007/08 </li></ul><ul><li>Part-time study accounts for 84% of enrolments and 36% of student hours </li></ul><ul><li>Full-time study accounts for 16% of enrolments and 64% of student </li></ul><ul><li>hours </li></ul><ul><li>26% of teaching is for students from Scotland’s most deprived 20% of </li></ul><ul><li>postcode areas </li></ul><ul><li>4,300 international students come from 116 countries, with more than </li></ul><ul><li>2,100 of these coming from outside the EU </li></ul><ul><li>56% of students are aged 25 or over and the average age of students in </li></ul><ul><li>Scotland’s Colleges is 32 </li></ul><ul><li>Over half (57%) of students are women </li></ul><ul><li>1 in 10 of the working age population is enrolled in Scotland’s Colleges </li></ul>
  7. 7. Project aim <ul><li>To develop innovative shared services, which promotes and extends access to life long learning opportunities by: </li></ul><ul><li>Encouraging Scotland’s universities and colleges to implement and issue the </li></ul><ul><li>National Entitlement Card </li></ul><ul><li>Creating self-sustainable and repeatable models to extend the adoption and </li></ul><ul><li>implementation of the National Entitlement Card throughout Scotland’s universities </li></ul><ul><li>and colleges </li></ul><ul><li>Developing and embedding innovative models of shared service arrangements </li></ul><ul><li>between universities, colleges and local authorities </li></ul><ul><li>Creating high quality and effective knowledge transfer networks across local </li></ul><ul><li>authority, university and college sectors </li></ul><ul><li>Working with the National Entitlement Card project team, to identify and address </li></ul><ul><li>potential barriers to implementation </li></ul>
  8. 8. Project Partners <ul><li>Angus College </li></ul><ul><li>Angus Council </li></ul><ul><li>Dumfries & Galloway College </li></ul><ul><li>Dumfries & Galloway Council </li></ul><ul><li>Dundee College </li></ul><ul><li>Dundee City Council </li></ul><ul><li>Glasgow City Council </li></ul><ul><li>John Wheatley College </li></ul><ul><li>Edinburgh Napier University </li></ul><ul><li>National Entitlement Card </li></ul><ul><li>Scotland’s Colleges </li></ul><ul><li>Scottish Library & Information Council </li></ul><ul><li>Society for Local Authority and Chief Executives </li></ul><ul><li>Stevenson College Edinburgh </li></ul><ul><li>Scottish Funding Council </li></ul><ul><li>University of Abertay Dundee </li></ul><ul><li>University of West of Scotland </li></ul><ul><li>Young Scot </li></ul>
  9. 9. Scoping Exercise <ul><li>Scottish Funding Council made £92,000 available to undertake a scoping exercise </li></ul><ul><li>This ran from April 2008-December 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>National Entitlement Card Programme Office, University of Abertay Dundee and Dundee City Council developed (transferrable) systems and processes to enable a University to marticulate its students with an NEC smartcard </li></ul><ul><li>Students at Abertay (following registration) use their smartcards to access services from: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The University </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Library Lending </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Photocopying/printing </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dundee City Council </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>YoungScot (discounts and PASS proof of age authentication) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>sQuid e-purse </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Scoping Exercise - continued <ul><li>External project evaluation (part of the SFC condition of grant) found that: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>There is evidence and also a strong belief amongst Project partners that the use of the National Entitlement Card by educational institutions will advance the cause of lifelong learning in Scotland; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Through the National Entitlement Card, colleges and universities will be able to add considerable value to their lifelong learning provision.” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The project has been managed effectively, successfully delivering its intended Project outcomes on time, to the required quality and within budget. </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Opportunities <ul><li>Access to public services across local authorities, colleges and universities will be simplified and extended – thus improving learning opportunities and the quality of the student experience. </li></ul><ul><li>The NEC and its supporting lifelong learning applications will give Scotland’s colleges and universities a competitive edge in attracting international students. Provisions of a high level of joined-up services will ease the transition into living and studying in Scotland </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Imagine, that on arrival in Scotland – an international student can receive a smartcard which enables that individual to access a host of services – without having to engage with each service provider to secure access to service entitlements </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Threats <ul><li>The Project is misunderstood and viewed as a glorified marticulation card exercise </li></ul><ul><li>A standard smartcard is a vehicle to supporting learners, making it easier for them to engage with multiple service providers </li></ul>
  13. 13. Alignment with national policy initiatives <ul><li>Contributing to the development of communities, cities and regions </li></ul><ul><li>Promoting greater coherence – working to meet the diverse needs of learners, employers and the wider society of Scotland </li></ul><ul><li>Highlighting “ Customer First ” – the Scottish Government sponsored programme </li></ul><ul><li>Supporting the Efficient Government Initiative </li></ul><ul><li>Promoting Economic Development and Sustainable Growth </li></ul>
  14. 14. Project Outcomes <ul><li>The Project will: </li></ul><ul><li>Build on the proof of concept secured following implementation of an interoperable smartcard by Dundee City Council and the University of Abertay Dundee. </li></ul><ul><li>Further develop and implement business processes across the Scottish public sector </li></ul><ul><li>Introduce the National Entitlement Card to a representative range of universities and colleges </li></ul><ul><li>Identify any barriers that may impede the extension of the National Entitlement Card throughout Scottish universities and colleges </li></ul><ul><li>Create a sustainable and repeatable model capable of extending the adoption and implementation of the NEC throughout Scotland’s universities and colleges </li></ul><ul><li>Investigate and develop models which facilitate greater collaboration and/or shared service arrangements between universities, colleges and local authorities. </li></ul>