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UK Organisations Supporting Professionally-focused Education

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UK organisations that support or have interests in education that enables learners to become professional:



Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning


Creative Learning in Practice (CLIP)

Lead institution : University of the Arts London


Our approach will target the development of scholarship and research into learning and teaching through working with tutors and students, building on excellent practice in areas linking work-related learning in the creative industries and Personal Development Planning.


Centre for Excellence in Interdisciplinary Teaching and Learning in Mental Health

Lead institution : University of Birmingham


This CETL will develop a dynamic and collaborative partnership between six schools in the university and the mental health service user, practice and policy communities. Through this partnership it will enhance and expand the delivery and evaluation of innovative, interdisciplinary mental health programmes within higher education and the mental health sector.


Centre for Excellence in Media Practice

Lead institution : Bournemouth University


The Centre for Excellence in Media Practice at Bournemouth Media School will work with a range of industry and education partners to design and develop innovative ways of studying media practice. At the heart of the centre's philosophy is collaborative learning.


Centre for Stakeholder Learning Partnerships: Engaging the Wider Faculty, Realising the Wider Campus

Lead institution : University of Central England in Birmingham


The CETL will create and evaluate a model of learning partnership between a university and health and social care sector employers. Working initially with Birmingham Children’s Hospital NHS Trust we will build a learning organisation that is responsive to emerging educational needs. We will create and test innovative methods of learning and secure a more seamless flow of support, resources and staff. The opportunities for staff and students in both organisations to learn from the work of others will result in dynamic curricula that enhance student learning experiences.


The Centre for Excellence in Performance Practice

Lead institution : De Montfort University


The centre will develop new teaching approaches and  conduct pedagogic research. At its heart is the notion of exchange: between teachers, subject areas, students and practitioners, sustained by programmes of visiting scholars, internships and links with the creative industries.


Advancing Skills for Professionals in the Rural Economy (Aspire)

Lead institution : Harper Adams University College

The centre focuses on professions serving the rural economy. We shall create a centre that brings together staff and students to provide a focus for work-based learning, academic and professional skills development, learner support (dyslexia, numeracy and study skills) and learning technologies. We aim to enhance support for all students, especially those who are part-time, sandwich or work-based learners and those with disabilities


Assessment and Learning in Practice Settings (ALPS)

Lead institution : University of Leeds


Health and Social care (H&SC) courses rely on the quality of students’ learning experiences in practice settings. The excellence already demonstrated by us within professions can be extended and disseminated across professions, providing the opportunity to learn in an interprofessional environment. Identifying generic and specific professional competences will allow us to develop work-based educators and practitioners who will confidently support students’ learning, and specifically assessment, in the workplace and across professional boundaries.


Centre of Excellence for Work-Based Learning for Education Professionals

Lead institution : Institute of Education, University of London

The Centre is focusing in particular on education professionals. We will build on existing innovative practice in teaching, learning and assessment, with the objective of improving work performance. The centre will support the development of our work-related programmes, and enhance students’ learning opportunities through face-to-face programmes and the use of new technologies to facilitate learning at work. The centre will also support new initiatives, including the development of accreditation and assessment frameworks, for workplace learning



Centre for Excellence in Work Based Learning (CEWBL)

Lead institution : Middlesex University


The CEWBL builds upon the distinctive Middlesex University approach to work based learning as a field of study as well as a mode of learning. This Centre specialises in negotiated work based learning programmes.



Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning in Mental Health and Social Work

Lead institution : Middlesex University

The centre will enhance teaching quality by:

·         continuing to develop innovative programmes of learning for practice

·         establishing a core capability-based curriculum, adaptable to mental health and social work, that allows workers to learn together and work together

·         delivering that curriculum in the workplace via team teaching and mentoring



Centre for Excellence in Healthcare Professional Education (CETL4HealthNE)

Lead institution : University of Newcastle upon Tyne


This CETL will work with a range of partners across the region to design and deliver innovative learning and teaching for future health professionals - in order to meet the changing expectations of patients. Increasingly, healthcare students will learn together in the workplace, with simulated and real patients (and communities), and



Practice-based Professional Learning (PBPL)

Lead institution : Open University


The core work of this centre will involve evaluation, knowledge broking and research designed to enhance understanding and teaching practice concerned with the development and integration of different modes of professional knowledge and skill:formal academic, informal/tacit and self-regulative. A particular contribution will be further work to enhance distance and e-learning modes of engaging with work-based learners.



Centre for Excellence in Leadership and Professional Learning

Liverpool John Moores University


This CETL will develop existing innovative learning approaches within Physical Education, Dance, Sport and Exercise Sciences to enhance students’ vocational, leadership and entrepreneurial skills. Building on novel community, industry and business partnerships, models for lifelong learning will be developed through experiential opportunities in organisations dedicated to performance enhancement and the pursuit of a healthy and active lifestyle.



Engineering Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (engCETL)

Loughborough University


This CETL will be the UK centre for excellence and innovative thinking for the design, research and development of the engineering curriculum that maximises the benefit derived from the integration of employer input.



CRUCiBLE: Centre for Rights Understanding and Citizenship Based on Learning through Experience

Roehampton University


CRUCiBLE, will enhance student learning through an active engagement with the world in dealing with issues of human rights, social justice and citizenship. We will make use of our existing expertise and experience in building partnerships between human rights organisations and universities to construct programmes and learning resource materials as well as providing opportunities for student placements.



Centre for the Advancement of Integrative Learning

University of Nottingham


This CETL, led by staff recognised nationally for their outstanding achievements in learning and teaching, is based on an imaginative combination of three areas of excellence at the University of Nottingham: Entrepreneurship Education, History and the PADSHE project (personal development planning and ePortfolios). The CETL will build learning environments that foster students’ abilities to integrate their learning - connecting academic study, reflective self-awareness and experiential learning inside and outside the curriculum.



Placement Learning in Health and Social Care

University of Plymouth

The CETL for Placement Learning in Health and Social Care aims to enhance health and social care students’ practice/placement learning. Various strands of development work relating to placement learning and teaching are planned: preparing and training staff, supporting students with disabilities, evaluating learning assessment tools, evaluating interprofessional learning opportunities, auditing and enhancing the learning context, and the role of OSCEs. Building on existing excellence, the CETL also aims to develop new multi-professional placement opportunities at the cutting edge of service in the South West including working with refugees and asylum seekers, prisoners, homeless people and carers.



Foundation Direct

University of Portsmouth


Foundation Direct will provide enhanced campus-based and online support for the university's growing number of vocational foundation degree students. Centre tutors will provide generic skills and subject-specific guidance, careers management and Personal Development Planning. Students will learn how to manage and evaluate their studies and work-based learning and develop their professional practice. Foundation Direct will work with employers, FE college partners and professional bodies engaged with foundation degree students to ensure that curricula are developed and delivered appropriately. The CETL will research the effective support of foundation degree students and disseminate this good practice in collaboration with external partners.



Centre for Career Management Skills (CCMS)

University of Reading

Web-site : www.rdg.ac.uk/cdotl/cetl-cms/

The Centre for Career Management Skills will build on the career management skills programme the university has run since 2002. Academics, careers staff and employers use lectures and online materials to develop students’ career management skills. These award-winning materials are used in around 60 higher education institutions. The centre will support a network of HEIs in developing career management skills. Reading’s existing material will be used as the cornerstone of a ‘learning ladder’ web-site. This will support students from foundation to postgraduate degree level courses to manage career transitions throughout their higher education experience.



Centre for Excellence in Inter Professional Learning in the Public Sector (CETL:IPPS)

University of Southampton

Web-site : www.ipps.soton.ac.uk  

Based on our extensive experience of integrating interprofessional learning into health and social care programmes the CETL willdevelop group-based interprofessional learning opportunities for students from these services to prepare them for the team based working in the changing world of public services.



Surrey Centre for Excellence in Professional Training and Education (SCEPTrE)

University of Surrey


This CETL aims to enhance the learning experience of students, especially those on professional placement, using an enquiry-based approach to education. It builds on our experience in Professional Training (PTr) and draws upon our expertise in e-learning, and in skills and personal development planning. PTr provides an excellent environment for using enquiry-led learning with tutor, peer and employer support.


The Capital Centre (Creativity And Performance In Teaching And Learning)

University of Warwick


The Capital Centre will bring the expertise of the Royal Shakespeare Company - the world’s largest classical theatre company - to the higher education community. It will offer a unique interdisciplinary approach to teaching and learning by creating a shared space for academics, teachers and students, and practitioners, writers and actors to inform each other’s work. The key idea behind the centre is that making theatre through ’the rehearsal room experience’ offers a model for great teaching, relying as it does on the arts of imagining other minds, role-play and improvisation, trust and teamwork, discovery through the creative process.



Centre for Professional Learning from the Workplace

University of Westminster


The centre will integrate excellence in promoting and enhancing students' workplace learning from Biosciences, Integrated Health and Media, Arts & Design. Students will be carefully prepared for learning that is designed, supported and assessed with strong employer and professional body input and thus highly relevant to professional development. Workplace tutors will be supported in facilitating learning and offered a Postgraduate Certificate in Work-based Tutoring. Students will acquire effective reflective practices to enhance their ongoing professionalism. The centre will embed these practices in the current core provision and extend it to other provision within the university and the wider HE community.




Other organisations


National Council for Work Experience (NCWE)  http://www.work-experience.org

Promotes, supports and develops quality work experience for the benefit of students, employers and the economy.

NCWE's Activities:

·          to disseminate information and good practice

·          to encourage and support the development of quality and standards

·          across all forms of work experience

·          to encourage more employers to provide placement opportunities

It currently focuses these activities on students in further and higher education. NCWE seeks to work in partnership with all those organisations that are concerned with these issues in order to add practical value to their activities.



Association of Sandwich Education and Training  (ASET)


ASET, founded in 1982, is the professional body for placement and employability staff.  ASET has been at the forefront of developments in sandwich courses and other forms of work placements in both higher and further education for 25 years. It has been the catalyst for the development of guidelines in many areas and also the promotion and dissemination of best practice. It also seeks to promote the general concept of work-based learning.

ASET is an educational charity run by work-based learning practitioners for work-based learning practitioners and offers support, advice, and guidance to all professionals who work in the field.Membership gives all relevant staff at universities, further education colleges, and employers the opportunity to benefit from, and contribute to, a wealth of expertise and advice.







Placenet is a registered Charity dedicated to advance education of students in Higher Education and in particular but not exclusively by enhancing the organisation, management and provision of academic and quality vocational experience for such students. Placenet is a subscription-based (£150 membership) network with about 170 members – mainly people who manage/ccordinate work placements.






Fledglings is a commercial internet-based recruitment agency.: a  resource for industrial placements and Graduate Jobs, as well as being a central source of fresh talent for Employers. The organisation promotes Companies who are offering Industrial placements and Graduate schemes to most of the UK Universities and their students. We will simplify and improve the recruitment process for the Employer in order to encourage and help create, more quality jobs for our students. Fledglings provides Placement Officers with a tool, which can help monitor their student’s application activity and pro-activity on the site.

Using the Internet aims to:

·          provide more, quality and varied opportunities for students, whilst offering support via their placement office

·          allow Placement Departments in Universities to regain control over the jobs offered and monitor student applications

·          reduce costs and eliminate hassle associated with the graduate recruitment process for employers



Placement UK


The European Student Placement Organisation



University Vocational Awards Council


The University Vocational Awards Council (UVAC) is a not-for-profit organisation set up in 1999 by the higher and further education sector. We provide an independent voice for higher education institutions (HEIs) and further education colleges (FECs) on matters relating to higher vocational learning. Our mission is to champion vocational learning. It has a  membership of approximately 100 universities.

The organization

·          conducts research, provide information in the form of Guides and organises events to support our aims

·          supports the recognition of prior learning and the national application of credit and transfer between educational institutions

·          works with educational institutions, employers, governments and national and regional agencies to enhance graduate employability and progression

·          in partnership with our sister validating body, NVC, we arrange the validation and accreditation of higher vocational learning programmes - including Graduate Apprenticeships, Foundation degrees and Personal Development Programmes

·          strongly encourage the use of National Occupational Standards (NOS).


In has produced a guide on Integrating Work-Based Learning into Higher Education and is currently producing a Manual describing good practice in work-based learning.



National Association of Student Employment Services (NASES)


NASES is the national representative body for practitioners from all styles of Student Employment Services, including those in students' unions, careers and personnel offices. The web site offers a range of resources including a Guide for Student Employment a comprehensive textbook for the sector.  It aims to bring practitioners, careers departments, placement offices, employer liaison workers, and Student Unions, up to date with best practice, and the principles of running a successful service. The website also hosts data bases such as Job Shop DIRECT A web advertising scheme for national employers to advertise their part time, temporary and vacation employment opportunities direct to Student Employment Services and Vacation Link a scheme where Student Employment Services allow students from other institutions to use their job search facilities during the vacation period.







The Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS) is the professional association of careers professionals in Higher Education. It numbers among its 130 plus institutional members the careers services of all the universities and most of the major degree-awarding colleges in the UK and Ireland, as well as over 1,700 individuals concerned with the delivery of careers information, advice and guidance to HE students and graduates both in the UK and overseas. Its members collaborate with a small permanent staff towards the ultimate aim of improving the quality of careers information, advice and guidance they are able to deliver. AGCAS established a Working Group in 2006 to examine work placement practice.





University for Industry (Ufi)

Learn Direct


learndirect is the largest e-learning organisation in the world. For large employers our aim is to provide e-training solutions that offer real business benefits to the employer and an unparalleled learning experience for the employee.



The on-line environment offers a support and guidance framework for the Learning Through Work programme that enables people to achieve recognized university qualifications without taking time off. Learning Through Work is ideal for employers who would like a tailored training programme for a group of staff. It offers a range of recognised higher education qualifications, ranging from undergraduate certificates, honours degrees and even postgraduate degrees and doctorates.



Council for Industry and Higher Education


CIHE is a high level strategic partnership between leading people from a wide range of businesses, universities and colleges. The Council leads in developing an agreed agenda on the learning issues at higher education level that affect our international competitiveness, social cohesion and individual development.





National Council for Graduate Entrepreneurship (NCGE) http://www.ncge.org.uk/

The National Council for Graduate Entrepreneurship (NCGE) was formed in 2004 with the aim of raising the profile of entrepreneurship and the option of starting your own business as a career choice amongst students and graduates. By understanding the circumstances in which graduate entrepreneurship can flourish, NCGE's goal is to influence, and inspire, an increase in the number of students and graduates who give serious thought to self-employment or business start-up.



The Council, which is based in Birmingham, is not only focused on graduates starting businesses, but understanding, developing and promoting a culture of entrepreneurship within Higher Education through research, education and facilitation. NCGE aims to become the national focal point for graduate entrepreneurship and will collaborate with bodies across the UK.. It provides:

·          One-stop shop with on-line resources for current students and graduates

·          A virtual net work of students, graduate entrepreneurs and mentors.

·          Workshops and courses including 3 day business readiness courses to get students/graduates to the point where they can start a company within 6 months.



The Higher Education Academy


Is the UK-wide organization that supports research and development relating to the enhancement of the students educational experience. In addition to commissioning research studies relevant to placement and work-based learning it provides on-line resources relevant to student employability and enterprise. It brokers a forum for placement learning organizations.


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