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Professional Development Conference

 

Date: September 1 – 5, 2014

Venue: Hilton Beijing Wangfujing

The Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) will host the inaugural Professional Development Conference In September 2014.

Valuing the great work achieved by SQA HND students, the focus on the event will be:

  • Introduction to valid assessments
  • Management of SQA’s Quality Assurance Standards
  • Preparing and delivering high quality teaching
  • Preparing and carrying out high quality assessment

By the end of the conference we want to leave you with a refreshed and deeper understanding of all aspects of delivering SQA HNDs.

Conference Programme

If you would like to attend our 2014 Professional Development Conference please book online and follow the instructions.

Conference Day 1 – Monday 1 September 2014

Time Session Information Who should attend
08:15-08:45

Registration

Deans,
Vice Deans, and
SQA Coordinators
in the following
categories:
• newly appointed
• newly approved
SQA centres

09:00am

Welcome

 

Maintaining an Effective SQA Partnership:
• Introduction to roles and responsibilities
• Introduction to the structure of HNDs
• Introduction to valid assessments

Break - Tea and Coffee

 

Maintaining an Effective SQA Partnership:
• Introduction to roles and responsibilities
• Introduction to the structure of HNDs
• Introduction to valid assessments

12:00-13:00

Lunch

  Maintaining an Effective SQA Partnership:
• Introduction to valid assessments
• Introduction to approach to Quality Assurance
 

Break - Tea and Coffee

  Maintaining an Effective SQA Partnership:
• Introduction to approach to Quality Assurance

16:30-17:00

Question and Answer Panel

Conference Day 2 – Tuesday 2 September 2014

Time Session Information Who should attend
08:15-08:45

Registration

Deans,
Vice Deans
and SQA
Coordinators
of all SQA
Approved centres

09:00am

Welcome

 

Establishing an Effective SQA Partnership:
• Management of successful assessments

Break - Tea and Coffee

 

Establishing an Effective SQA Partnership:
• Management of successful assessments

12:00-13:00

Lunch

  Establishing an Effective SQA Partnership:
• Management of Internal Quality Assurance standards
 

Break - Tea and Coffee

  Establishing an Effective SQA Partnership:
• Management of Internal Quality Assurance standards

16:30-17:00

Question and Answer Panel

Conference Day 3 – Wednesday 3 September 2014

Time Session Information Who should attend
08:15-08:45

Registration

Deans,
Vice Deans
and SQA
Coordinators
of all SQA
Approved centres

09:00am

Welcome

 

Maintaining an Effective SQA Partnership:
• Management of SQA’s Quality Assurance standards

Break - Tea and Coffee

 

Maintaining an Effective SQA Partnership:
• Management of SQA’s Quality Assurance standards

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
• Demonstration and distribution of free SQA ESOL learning resources for teaching staff and students

12:00-13:00

Lunch

 

Introduction
• Key messages and SQA Update

Internal Verification and Standardisation
• Value and Benefits


The Learning Journey
• How to support effective learning

These sessions
are intended for
all SQA centre
staff including:
• Deans and
Vice Deans
• SQA
Coordinators
• Course Leaders
• Lecturers
 

Break - Tea and Coffee

 
  The Role of the Tutor  

16:30-17:00

Question and Answer Panel

 

Conference Day 4 – Thursday 4 September 2014

SQA Qualifications Development: Teaching approaches and subject related workshops

Time Session Information Who should attend

09:00am

Welcome

These sessions
are primarily
intended for:
• Course Leaders
• Lecturers
Other centre
staff who will find
these beneficial
include Deans,
Vice Deans, and
SQA Coordinators

 

Teaching at the Appropriate Level

  Teaching and Assessment Materials
 

Break - Tea and Coffee

  Workshops to be undertaken in rooms 1, 2 & 3.
 

Teaching to Support
the unit specification

 

Financial Services:
Update
Accounting Standards:
introducing FRS 102
12:00-13:00

Lunch

  Teaching to Support
the unit specification
Financial Services:
Update
Accounting Standards:
introducing FRS 102
  Break - Tea and Coffee
  Project Based Graded Units
Supporting Students

16:30-17:00

Question and Answer Panel

Conference Day 5 – Friday 5 September 2014

SQA Qualifications Development: Assessment and Subject Related Workshops

Time Session Information Who should attend

09:00am

Welcome

These sessions
are primarily
intended for:
• Course Leaders
• Lecturers
Other centre
staff who will
find these
beneficial include
Deans, Vice
Deans, and SQA
Coordinators.

 

Writing Effective Instruments of Assessment

  Teaching and Assessment Materials
  Workshops to be undertaken in Rooms 1, 2 and 3
*Tea and Coffee will be included
  Why Student Feedback Matters
12:00-13:00

Lunch

  External Verification: Be Prepared
14:00-14:30 Conference Summary

Conference Speakers

Our conference speakers are experts in SQA HND design and delivery. They bring a wealth of practical experience and understanding to support your delivery of this qualification. Here is a brief description of their areas of expertise.

Helen Bennett, Manager – Centre Support

Helen has worked for SQA for 21 years and the last 14 years have been focussed on the management of data for SQA's Higher National and Vocational Qualifications for all centres. She has worked with our partners in China since 2005 and as part of her remit is the liaison between Beijing Yinhong and SQA in Scotland for Operational issues.

Martin Hughes, Head of Operations

Martin has worked for SQA for more than 20 years. He currently leads a team responsible for data, quality assurance and certification. He is well known to university staff in China, where he has worked with them and our partners to ensure that our qualifications are appropriately delivered and successful candidates are certificated accurately and on time.

Barbara Irvine, Quality Enhancement Manager

Barbara joined SQA in 1999. In 2004, Barbara began working with current and potential centres to provide tailored support and advice on SQA’s approach to quality assurance. Barbara is responsible for conducting system approval activities with potential centres and verifying SQA approved centres against set SQA QA standards to ensure they are compliant with SQA quality criteria. Barbara has extensive knowledge of SQA’s policies, procedures, services and products coupled with in depth knowledge of the Scottish education system. Barbara’s expertise is deployed at SQA’s customers globally. Barbara is a fully qualified internal auditor; SQMS Auditor and a Qualified lead Auditor (IRCA/2245).

Ann Jakeman, SQA External Verifier for Financial Services

Ann worked in the banking sector for 25 years and is a former Director of Learning for a major Scottish Bank. She worked for the London Stock Exchange and helped set up the first training and competence schemes in the UK regulatory framework. Ann is a qualified banker, teacher and HR professional and maintains her skills through professional body CPD schemes. With her husband, they have been running their own consultancy company for 13 years. Her company delivers learning and assessment solutions to public and private organisations in the UK and internationally. Ann is an SQA External Verifier for Financial Services and has worked with SQA for the last 12 years on the development, delivery and ongoing assessment of a wide range of Financial Services qualifications.

Eunice McAllister, Regional Manager China

Eunice has worked for SQA since 2001 in a variety of customer facing roles, working closely with schools, colleges, employers and training providers in the UK to help them grow their businesses. Between 2007 and 2010 Eunice was responsible for the SQA business development and marketing strategy for SQA English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) qualifications and support materials. Eunice became Conference Speakers Regional Manager for China in April 2011 and is responsible for working with centres, partners, SQA Country Manager Toni Yang and other SQA departments to ensure the continued success of the SQA HND programme in China.

Matthew McCullagh, Quality Manager

Matthew McCullagh has 20 years’ experience of delivering and quality assuring SQA’s HND qualifications. For 10 years he worked in a college as a lecturer, assessor, internal verifier and course team leader. He then joined SQA as a full time external verifier before taking full responsibility for the quality assurance of all SQA’s qualifications. Matthew has visited China several times in his role as Quality Manager and has visited many of the Universities that deliver SQA’s HNDs.

Sharon O’Neil, Qualifications Manager

Sharon has worked in the public sector 34 years and has specialised in training and education. She joined SQA in 2001 and has carried out various roles relating to qualifications development and has held her current post as Qualifications Manager for six years. She is responsible for managing and developing a wide range of SQA qualifications including the suite of HND subjects currently offered in China. Her role as Qualifications Manager includes managing and updating qualifications, defining assessment standards and developing support mechanisms for SQA centres. Sharon holds an MBA.

Robert Quinn, Head of Humanities, Arts and Business

In his current role Robert leads the development and maintenance of SQA qualifications. Previously, Robert held responsibility for guiding Scottish Colleges through the HN modernisation process. He also spent 10 years as a lecturer and senior lecturer in business education. Robert also has some experience in the private sector in Recruitment and Management Consultancy. Robert’s main outside interest is endurance running. He has been racing for nearly 30 years and has won a number of National titles.

Kim Tree, SQA External Verifier for Accounting

Before working in education Kim worked in the private sector for around ten years in various Accountancy roles and graduated with a BA in Business Studies and Diploma in Marketing in 1984. Kim has been tutoring Accounting and Business subjects at two large Scottish colleges for the past 16 years. She was appointed as the SQA Senior External verifier for HN and SVQ Accounting in 2003. Kim plays an extensive role in the development of Accounting qualifications for SQA including writing Assessment Exemplars (AEs) and Assessment Support Packs (ASPs), reviewing standards, producing guidance materials and supporting centres in the UK and in China. She is a lso an External Verifier for the Association of Chartered Technicians (AAT) and she uses this experience to ensure a high quality and consistent standard within SQA’s Accounting qualifications. Kim is also leading a project on the introducing International Accounting Standards in SQA’s HN qualifications.

Iain Walker, SQA External Verifier for Business and Economics

Iain has tutored in Business, Economics and Management at the University of Highlands and Islands for 26 years. He is the SQA Senior External Verifier for HN Business, Economics and the Business Graded Units and has held this post for 9 years. Iain’s extensive subject knowledge and teaching and assessment experience at HND and degree level has been fully utilised by SQA especially in developing support for SQA centres in Scotland and in China. He has been involved in the development of a range of HN qualifications. This work includes writing Unit specifications, the production of Assessment Exemplars (AEs) and Assessment Support Packs (ASPs), guidance materials and prior verification of ASPs. He is extensively involved in developing training sessions for centre staff in China.