Senior personnel from over 20 Higher Education institutions gathered together in Cambridge last month, in the first of a series of Strategic Forums organised by OCR, designed to forge closer relationships between qualifications stakeholders.
In the light of current debate on A levels and university admissions, and with the far-reaching implications of the new education white paper, OCR sees a fresh opportunity to build a stronger partnership with HE to help shape the next generation of qualifications, including a wholesale review of the A level. OCR is part of the University of Cambridge.
Professor Debra Humphris, Pro Vice-Chancellor of Southampton University, commented: "This is a really useful forum in which to debate and inform the work of OCR. The relationships between universities, schools, colleges and awarding bodies are critical in ensuring clarity for students about the nature and range of qualifications. But universities also need to explore how best we inform the work of awarding bodies to prepare students for the transition to higher education, and the information we make available about our requirements."
OCR's Paul Steer said: "We are delighted with the positive response to our forum initiative from universities across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. We want to give Higher Education institutions a strong mechanism for presenting their concerns and requirements to us. At the same time, we aim to be transparent about our ideas."
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