On Monday 5th November 2018 we held a HGIOC (How good is our college?) event for student officers and SA staff, with quality staff invited to join from lunch onwards, for the afternoon session. The day was designed to help officers consolidate their knowledge and consider quality arrangements within the college to help shape their work plans for the rest of the year. The event also offered the opportunity for officers to work with key staff from the college to build a shared understanding of roles and responsibilities.
The event was kindly hosted by the College Development Network in Stirling. It was attended by 15 delegates from across 7 colleges and we found the input on the day hugely valuable. Consequently, we were able to feed back some of the key developments and areas for consideration to the SFC College Quality Arrangements Steering Group meeting held on 7th November.
To summarise some of the headlines from the day:
- There have been developments in student engagement with the HGIOC arrangements within the colleges that attended. Some were involved in the drafting process, some were invited to meetings pre submission (but it wasn’t always clear what these were for), some had had a good discussion about grades, prior to pre-endorsement meetings which we hadn’t seen previously. We will continue to work on the upcoming arrangements and guidance.
- Timing for sabbs is challenging. We will be supporting SAs and officers to think about their roles within their timescales – importance of institutional memory, working closely with staff members, aligning activity with wider institutional priorities and handover.
Resources from the day:
- College Principles activity sheet - principles for effective student engagement in college self-evaluation and enhancement planning.
- College Outcome Agreements on the SFC website, to help you understand what matters to your college.
- SFC letter of guidance outlining the key government priorities to help you understand what matters to the sector.
- A list of the Scottish Funding Council’s Outcome Agreement Managers for each college
- Published 2016/17 HGIOC reports - 2017/18 reports will be published around January 2019.
- sparqs College Quality Handbook
See the event page for further information about the day and search #sparqsHGIOC on Twitter for a flavour of the day!
In addition, further useful resources can be found on our 2018 That’s Quality! Colleges event page.
For queries and further information, please contact Steph Kirkham, Development Consultant – firstname.lastname@example.org - 07880192722