Projects Briefing 09/19

Published: 21 Mar 2019

ETF Governance Development Programme

We have now launched our online modules, which are free to access during this pilot phase.

Instructions to access:

Please follow the link to access the online pilot modules via the Foundation Online Learning website. When asked for a key to access each module, please use: GDPPILOT

You will need a Foundation Online Learning account in order to access these.

To register a new Foundation Online Learning account, please click here and follow the instructions.

The following modules are available:

  • C1a Understanding your role and the role of the board: This core level module is an essential introduction to your role as a governor, recommended for any new governors. It is an interactive online module, which should take about 30 minutes to complete, followed by a short online assessment.
  • C9 Financial management for board members: This core level module is recommended for any new governors, especially those without a financial background. It is an essential introduction to college finances. It is an interactive online module, which should take about 30 minutes to complete, followed by a short online assessment.
  • P7 Strategic financial management and understanding funding: This proficient level module allows participants to explore their college finances in greater depth and detail. It is a self-directed module, which a governor can download and work through offline, with the support of their governance professional. It is followed by a short online assessment.
  • C10 Understanding board responsibilities for the workforce: This core level module is recommended for any new governors. It is a podcast module, featuring Chairs, Principals and a governance professional discussing a range of topics. Once completed, there is a self-reflective evaluation for governors to complete.

Each module is also followed by a link to a feedback form – during the pilot phase we are looking to gather feedback and evaluation on these modules.

Finally, we have added an extra delivery date for the following face to face module:

P1 Leading a Committee

16:30 – 19:30 (Refreshments will be provided), 28 March 2019, London
This free face to face module comprises an evening training session to introduce participants to the behaviours necessary to lead a committee. It is recommended for any governors who are Chair or Vice Chair of a committee, or considering these roles. Spaces are limited, please book here.

Industry Placement Student Survey

AoC and The Challenge would like to invite providers to participate in the Industry Placement Student Survey.

The purpose of the survey is to understand the positive experiences that students have had during their industry placements. The survey will focus on student experiences in the following areas:

  • Mixing with people who are different to themselves:  To what extent your students have mixed with people from different backgrounds, forged relationships with people they have met through the industry placement, have developed empathy and have a greater understanding of people who are different from themselves
  • Career pathway: Have work placements opened up access to future job opportunities and skills training; have students gained confidence, knowledge and skills, has it enabled young people from all backgrounds to feel able to follow their aspirations
  • Empowerment: During their industry placement young people felt like their voice mattered in the workplace, examples of how as a result of the work placement, students feel that they are equal and that they matter

Providers can question students who have completed or are a significant way through their placement:

Student survey invitation

Online student survey 2019

For more information, email

OTLA Technical project case studies and resources

The ETF funded Outstanding Teaching, Learning and Assessment (OTLA) National Technical Skills Programme supported 11 collaborative projects to develop their practice in preparation for technical education reforms.  

The phase 3 projects have now finished and have shared their learning via a set of case studies and practical resources to support other post-16 providers. Case studies and resources cover a range of topics including; preparing practitioners and students for external assessment, developing technical and soft skills for industry placements and working with employers to improve the quality of teaching, learning and assessment.

Case studies and resources are available on the OTLA section of the website

Call for Papers - HE Research and Scholarship Conferences

AoC will be holding two College HE Research and Scholarship Conferences in London (Friday 3 May) and Newcastle (Friday 10 May). Both conferences will aim to highlight scholarship and research in the college HE sector. As with previous conferences, we are keen to attract presenters. If you are interested in presenting, you will need to provide an abstract.

We are happy to accept submissions with the following delivery models:

  • papers
  • workshops
  • posters

If you are interested in presenting, please send your submission to

If you have any queries or questions about the College HE Research and Scholarship Conferences, email