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Advance HE CBHE Network

Join our network where we aim to co-create spaces for UK college-based higher education leaders. We share practices, solutions and build stronger links with the Advance HE community. Together we aim to meet challenges, embrace opportunities, and shape the future of education.

The principal aim of this network is to co-create spaces for leaders of college-based higher education across the UK to come together and share practices, devise solutions to meet their challenges and opportunities and build stronger links with the Advance HE community.

From the outset, there were recurring themes being explored by network members, which included:

  • Developing HE ethos (culturally and physically), and creating an HE community within FE contexts.
  • Collaboration opportunities for CPD, research and scholarly activity, and sharing best practice.
  • Marketing of the CBHE distinctiveness, graduate attributes, and currency of skills.
  • Collective campaigns.
  • Regulatory bodies and changes, and learning from other national bodies.

Festival of Scholarly Activity and Research 2024

Date: 8 July 2024 

Venue: University Centre Peterborough 

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Festival of Scholarly Activity and Research 2024

Following the launch of the Advance HE College-Based HE (CBHE) Network group in March 2022, it is clear there is much effort towards creating a HE cultures in FE settings and the development of research and scholarly activity. This Festival aims to celebrate the excellent work being undertaken by CBHE practitioners and provide an opportunity to share practice, collaborate, and develop as a collective group.

 This year our one-day event will be held on Monday 8th July at University Centre Peterborough and the theme will simply be: 

                                              ''Celebrating College-based Higher Education”

Bookings are now open, please register your interest if you wish to attend the festival. 

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Festival Agenda 

8:45 - 9:15 - Registration and refreshments 

9:15 – 9:45 - Welcome and Repository Keynote speaker: Gabe Manthorp, Newham College London

9:45-11:00 - Workshop 'Digital AI'

11:00 -11:30 - Break

11:30 -12:30 -  Workshops: Digital AI, Student Well-being, CBHE Overview, Scholarly Activity Breakout room, Innovative T&L.

12:30-13:15 - Lunch and Networking 

13:15-14:15 - Innovate T&L workshop

14:15-14:30 - Break

14:30-15:30 - Workshops: Students as Co-Creators, Scholarly Activity and Research , Regulatory Burden / HE Landscape.

15:30-15:50 - UCP Session 

15:50 - 16:00 - Gillian Reid, DNCG, 'The lifechanging experiences of students who have volunteered overseas'. 

16:00 – 16:05 - Closing thanks


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CBHE Scholarly Activity & Research Toolkit

This toolkit has been devised through collaboration among the Advance HE College-based HE (CBHE) Network Group. It is a positioning resource to help providers and practitioners understand what they already have in place regarding their research culture, with advice and guidance to take the next steps. The toolkit provides guidance and links to helpful resources to support CBHE providers in developing scholarly activity and research within their institutions and as part of an HE culture. Practitioners will be able to dip in and out of the toolkit as they need without a need to start at the beginning of the toolkit. Read the news story.

Download the toolkit
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Advance HE CBHE Network Collection on the National Teaching Repository

This collection, which sits within the National Teaching Repository, is designed to be a one-stop shop of resources geared towards helping academics, lecturers, researchers and other staff working in college-based higher education to understand, access, use and share scholarly activity. The collection has been convened by the Advance HE’s College-Based HE Network.

The CBHE Repository provides a platform for researchers to share their ideas with others on a dedicated open-access searchable resource database. This helps your work reach a much wider audience and prevents repetition of work across academics. You can share your ideas, download others’, and apply them immediately in your practice.

You can access and explore The Collection here.

Further details and resources on how to submit to The Collection can be found in the resources section of the CBHE Network's Connect page.

To find our more or to register your interest click here
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Festival of Scholarly Activity and Research 2023

The CBHE Network curated an event centered around College-Based Higher Education (CBHE) with themes including widening participation, teaching and learning methods, mental health, research engagement, artificial intelligence (AI), precarious employment, and HEI-SME alliances.

The event commenced with a welcome keynote by Dr. Nena Skrbic, followed by presentations from various experts. Topics covered encompassed the role of higher education in widening participation, staff experiences in teaching methods, the impact of mental health on teaching and learning, research engagement, the effects of remote teaching on student skills, and the potential of AI in research support.

"It's a great opportunity to meet colleagues and knowing their work. Hoping to collaborate with colleagues to carryout some interesting research." - Mahruf Shohel, The Bedford College Group, Research and Development Manager

Attendees had the opportunity to select from breakout sessions on confidence building, writing practices, addressing precarious employment, and utilising AI in college contexts. Networking and discussions on HEI-SME alliances, modernising education, and understanding group diversity were also part of the program.

The event culminated with presentations on enhancing student persistence, research and scholarship journeys, raising student achievement, and a talk on Fellowship and the Professional Standards Framework by Raj Dhimar, Senior Advisor from Advance HE.

This event took place on Monday 10th July 2023 at Sheffield College and the theme was: “Celebrating College-based Higher Education”.

Members can use the link below to access the resources from the event.

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Network Outputs

Besides the creation of the network itself, other key deliverables of this network include:

Insights report

This report on the CBHE network for Advance HE college-based members across the UK summarises the current network and provides recommendations for future outputs.

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Online Discussion Space

A curated online space on Advance HE Connect for discussion to continue outside of allotted meetings and sharing of key resources.

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Meet the team

Miki Evue

Head of Department for Higher Education & Professional Studies
Salford City College
Miki Evue
Miki Evue has recently assumed the role of Chair of the CBHE Network, as of August 2023. Miki brings a wealth of experience, with her career spanning over 13 years in the field of Higher and Further Education.
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