UVAC Research

UVAC Research

UVAC has a long history of commissioning and leading research into technical, professional and applied learning in higher education.

We are proud of the achievement of our peer reviewed journal, Higher Education, Skills and Work-based Learning which is now in its eighth year of publication. In 2019 we look forward to the publication of 2 special issues on degree apprenticeships:

1. Degree Apprenticeships: Delivering Quality and Social Mobility

This Special Issue will:
• Explore best practice in apprenticeship work based learning, collaborative partnerships and innovative employer-driven programs
• Raise the debate around widening participation in higher education.
• Question whether apprenticeships are the catalyst to a step change in social mobility

2. Higher and Degree Apprenticeships: Equality and Diversity Matter

Topics covered include (but are not limited to):
– Higher and Degree Apprenticeships 2020 Vision: achieving targets on Equality and Diversity
– Employer initiatives to raise equality and diversity standards in apprenticeship provision
– Apprenticeship providers promoting and embedding equality and diversity good practice
– Enabling progression: career routes into work and the professions through apprenticeship fair and equal access
– Inclusive communities of learning: recognising, respecting and celebrating diversity
– Tackling unconscious bias in practice
– Improving and widening access: To women in STEM
On closing the gender gap – To individuals from BAME backgrounds – To individuals with disabilities – Despite sexual orientation

And in 2020 there will be a further special edition on degree apprenticeships:

3. Transforming the Perception of Apprenticeships in England: Professional Careers in the Public Sector

Topics covered include (but are not limited to):
– Best practice in work-integrated learning for public sector degree apprenticeships
– The value of degree apprenticeships for the public sector in England
– Opportunities for widening access to the teaching profession through apprenticeships
– The language of degree apprenticeships in the public sector: Work integrated learning or learning integrated work?
– Use of the work-based learning “toolbox” to build degree apprenticeships for the public sector
– Pan-London higher education collaborations in optimising the apprenticeship levy for public sector employers
– Lessons from the new-fast track work-based routes into qualified social work practice: implications for apprenticeship models
– Case Study: Challenges and opportunities of the policing education qualifications framework
– Apprenticeships and beyond
– Graduate apprenticeship skills recognition, acquisition and application for the public sector
– Social mobility and public sector degree apprenticeships

For further information contact the journal’s Associate Editor and Director of Policy and Operations Mandy Crawford-Lee m.crawfordlee@bolton.ac.uk

You can also access archive reports here: https://uvac.ac.uk/archive/resources/publications/

Our work in collaboration with partner organisations and member institutions include the Edge Foundation funded project ‘creating institutional conditions for sustainable degree apprenticeships’ and a thought leadership piece with OCR that will help characterise the type of learners/learning in this landscape and how this aligns with current technical education polices including reform to vocational qualifications at level 3 (including the introduction to T levels) and levels 4 and 5. Our interest is specifically in those young people progressing directly from level 3 qualification achievement into higher and degree apprenticeship opportunities.