LINGUIST List 5.1325

Sat 19 Nov 1994

FYI: Announcement to linguists in the United Kingdom

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  1. "R.Hudson", UK Linguists: invitation

Message 1: UK Linguists: invitation

Date: Fri, 18 Nov 94 20:20:11 +0UK Linguists: invitation
From: "R.Hudson" <>
Subject: UK Linguists: invitation

I am forwarding the following message on behalf of the people who are
responsible for inspecting teaching in all our linguistics departments.
Please circulate to colleagues who don't subscribe to Linguist.

"18 November 1994

1995-96 Higher Education Quality Assessment Programme

As you may be aware, the Higher Education Funding Council for England
(HEFCE) is required under the terms of the Further and Higher Education Act
1992 to secure that provision is made for assessing the quality of education
in institutions for whose activities they provide financial support. The
Council has welcomed this obligation and sees assessment of education as a
vitally important part of its work. Assessments are carried out within
specific subject areas and assessors, who are experts in their fields, visit
institutions to judge the quality of the student learning experience that
they observe.

One of the eight subjects to be covered in the 1995-96 programme is
Linguistics. Other subjects which are included and which could be linked in
assessment with Linguistics are German & Related Languages, French, Russian
& Eastern European Languages, Italian, and Iberian.

The subject specialist assessors must have industrial, commercial or
professional experience in their subject, coupled with a broad knowledge of
higher education: it is unlikely that anyone at a junior level will have
sufficient authority. The minimum commitment will be to take part in four
assessments visits between April 1995 and September 1996 (a total commitment
of 20 days of which just 14 will require an absence from the workplace) .
Each specialist assessor will be paid a per diem rate of L150 including VAT,
and travel and subsistence costs will be met by the Council.

Full training will, of course, be received by assessors aimed at developing
their assessment skills. This focuses particular attention on role and use
of self-assessments, and on the conduct of assessment activities, including
the protocol to be observed when carrying out assessment visits.

Further particulars on the role of subject specialist assessors can be found
in Circular 33/94 which has been sent to all HE institutions in England,
Scotland and Northern Ireland. If any members of your Association would be
interested in becoming assessors, or even simply in finding out more about
the role of an assessor without committing themselves, there is an informal
meeting on 5 December in London and two others on 6 and 12 December in
Birmingham at which they would be most welcome. In which case, please
contact Shirley Cook on 0272 317461 as soon as possible. "

Please do NOT send inquiries etc to me - I'm just the postman!

Dick Hudson
Dept of Phonetics and Linguistics,
University College London,
Gower Street,
London WC1E 6BT
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