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Flexible student pathways – which way next?

Date: April 15 - 2021
Location: Online

15 April (14:00 - 15:45)

QAA is delighted to announce we are holding an event to share practice and shape institutional policy on flexible student pathways. The session will: 

  • share the findings of a recent UNESCO International Institute for Educational Planning study, ‘Flexible learning pathways in British higher education’
  • include short presentations from three providers identified in the UNESCO report: University of Birmingham, Teesside University and FutureLearn
  • provide a policy panel with contributors from the Department for Education, Scottish Funding Council and the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales. 

Governments across the UK have committed to supporting more flexible student pathways and this event provides an opportunity to consider the outcomes of the UNESCO study alongside the policy context of the UK nations. 

We will hear from UNESCO and Emeritus Professor John Brennan who led the UK study, along with three of the providers identified in the report.

While the UNESCO report is focused mostly on the English sector, our event includes senior contributors from across the UK to share recent policy directions aimed at promoting greater flexibility for students and their likely future study patterns. We are inviting QAA members to engage in a discussion about how current practice might adapt to enable greater flexibility for students in the future, for example to support more movement between study and employment throughout students’ lives.  

This session is likely to be of interest to institutional policy makers, practitioners engaged in designing and supporting flexible provision for students and professional service staff with a role in setting and implementing policy and practice for students on flexible courses.

The full programme will be available soon on our booking site

This event is open to staff and students from QAA member institutions.


Further information about this event, including how to register, is available on our booking site.