News and Events
In these pages you will find a digest of calls for papers, conferences, lectures, seminars and symposia at locations throughout the UK, and elsewhere. Please click on the links below for further details.
Here you will find details of developments in HEI and government policy with reference to the historical discipline, and general news of interest to the historical profession.
NSS DISCIPLINE REPORT - HISTORY
Each year since 2005, the National Student Survey (NSS) has asked final-year undergraduates to give feedback about their courses. In that time, HEIs have become more engaged with using the results systematically as a tool for informing progress. Any analysis of the student experience, especially those represented by statistics in large datasets, warrants words of advice and caution; however, in the case of all three of these disciplines, it also warrants encouragement. Collecting data about the student experience, with a view to informing progress, is a vital part of our work in higher education. recognising and acting on the 'student voice' is, as we know, becoming an increasingly important and necessary part of our work. The new NSS survey will be published by HEFCE in the New Year.
OFQUAL PUBLISHES INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY FINDINGS
Ofqual publishes the key findings from its international comparability study of A levels and equivalent qualifications. The project reviewed examination covering a representative range of subjects including judging their comparative demand. A series of themes emerged through the research. These have been framed as issues that could form the basis for discussion around what should be prioritised in England as part of any future development of our senior secondary qualifications. Key differences noted between A levels and systems in other countries include: the use of baccalaureate or diploma-style assessment systems elsewhere, which can provide additional breadth but at the expense of depth; use of other modes of assessment, including oral exams and multiple choice; the use of individual projects and extended essays. Subjects reviewed were mathematics, chemistry, English and history.
The full report can be viewed at: