Saturday, 17 September 2011

College University Subject Partnership meeting

There was another in the series of CUSP (College University Subject Partnership) meetings yesterday afternoon, at Caledonian University. Anne Russell, formerly of Central College now City of Glasgow College, convenes the Computing CUSP.

These CUSPs are funded by the Greater Glasgow Articulation Project (GGAP), which supports a number of CUSPs for various subjects. Their purpose, as the name suggests, is to smooth the transition from college to university.

The meeting began with an interesting presentation from Touleen Boutaleb, of Caledonian University, who updated member of the planned changes to their BEng in Network & Security Engineering. The interesting thing for me was the emphasis on maths and the importance of examinations, both of which have implications for the current HN Review. Chris Deegan, the Qualification Leader for the HND Computer Networking, was present at the meeting, and was particularly interested in this new degree.

Margaret Millan, of Motherwell College, provided an update on a current GGAP funded project, which involves staff from Motherwell College and Caledonian University exchanging for a short time. Anne invited members to think about other initiatives, linked to articulation, that could be supported. From my own point of view, it would be great if some of these projects were linked to the new HNs.

Anne plans to hold a couple of information/workshop events later this year, open to all members, and invited SQA to participate, which, of course, we would be delighted to do.

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