As part of current institution-wide engagement around a new University Strategy, Gráinne McGowan, OUVP Senior Quality and Partnerships Manager was interviewed on her contribution to the institutional strategy, specifically, Strategic Goal One: Extending our reach and offer to include even more people from all parts of society in lifelong learning.
The interview, which was published in the recent University Strategy Update, features the work being done with FE Colleges in Northern Ireland and highlights how responsive and adaptive we and our partners have been in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic. Quoting Gráinne:
"The college had five new programmes they wanted us to validate. This was going to be a huge process involving many meetings and flying panel members over to Northern Ireland. We had to adapt our normal face-to-face validation process to enable us to hold five virtual validation events, so that the new courses could start in September 2020.
As well as validating the courses, we also helped the colleges move to online learning and assessment with our academic reviewers working alongside college staff providing advice on how to deliver courses remotely during the pandemic."
The above is a testament to how, with the collaboration of our approved partners, OU Academic Reviewers and External Examiners, the OUVP is making a direct contribution to the OU's strategic objective.
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