DATE OF THE NEXT REVIEW The next review of BA (Hons) Social Work is scheduled to take place by the end of the academic year.

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1 UNIVERSITY QUALITY COMMITTEE SCHOOLS OF HUMANITIES, LANGUAGES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES and SPORT, PERFORMING ART AND LEISURE STANDING PANEL 2002 / 2003 (Reference 1127) CONFIRMED Recommendation to University Quality Committee The Standing Panel was asked to validate the BA(Hons) Social Work for HLSS and is pleased to recommend to University Quality Committee approval of the following proposals: REVIEW Pathways: DELETION Pathways: None None RE-VALIDATION Pathways: None VALIDATION Pathways: BA(Hons) Social Work Under GSCC regulations, no intermediate awards are allowed, students may only achieve a BA (Hons) Social Work award in order to qualify for professional social worker status. There are opportunities for students who do not complete this award to transfer to other University awards. Full details of the process for transfer to other awards is detailed in the Pathway Guide as part of the termination of training procedure. DATE OF THE NEXT REVIEW The next review of BA (Hons) Social Work is scheduled to take place by the end of the academic year. In support of these recommendations, the Standing Panel provides the following reports of its considerations: The Academic Approval Record (AAR) provides an evaluative summary of significant issues and outcomes The Standing Panel Record (SPR), which provides a detailed account of the process undertaken and evidence to support the statements made in the AAR. The Standing Panel is aware that the University Quality Committee reserves the right to review all decisions made by the Standing Panel, to ratify approvals and to follow up on any issues identified in the AAR as the Committee sees fit. C:\DOCUME~1\in5799\LOCALS~1\Temp\FrontPageTempDir\Social work.doc Page 1 of 42

2 Academic Approval Record Academic Approval Record 1. Background to the Proposal Brief Context The University of Wolverhampton in association with partner agencies has been involved in the delivery of social work training, including the Diploma in Social Work (DipSW) since The experience of delivering the DipSW provides a sound basis for the development of the social work degree. This validation for the BA(Hons) Social Work arises from the government s decision to reform the regulations of the social work profession and the systems for approving and awarding social work qualifications. The reforms were introduced by the Care Standards Act 2000 which created the GSCC, the first ever regulatory body for the social care profession in England. The GSCC has taken over the functions of regulating and supporting social work training previously carried out by the Central Council for Education and Training in Social Work. Responsibility for validating social work degrees has been devolved to accredited Universities. In August 2002 the University of Wolverhampton was successful, in an application to the GSCC, to be accredited to grant social work degrees. In November 2002, HEIs were informed that the GSCC would require an additional element of approval at course level, in order to meet its obligations under Care Standards regulations. Details of these requirements were notified to HEIs in January The Social Work degree programme will therefore require approval by the GSCC after the University validation process has been completed and the final version of this AAR has been agreed. 2. Critical Evaluation Provide a brief overview, which critically evaluates the findings of the Panel. Standing Panel activity relating to this validation took place between November 2001 and June At first, it was thought professional requirements would be available to validate the award from September 2002, however an from Ms K Southworth in March 2002 confirmed that details were still awaited from the GSCC and that validation was now expected from September The proposing team were commended on the high standard of documentation produced with one of the external advisers noting in their informal comments produced for the staff meeting that overall the documentation is clearly written and easy to understand. Prior to the meeting with the staff, the attending external and Panel members agreed that the programme appeared to be fundamentally sound and the documentation was considered to be good. The other external adviser noted that the University Of Wolverhampton and HLSS had done well to be ready to validate their new award at this time, noting that many institutions are not this far advanced with their plans. Following the meeting with staff, the external and Standing Panel agreed that the majority of issues and concerns had been closed out. Any issues remaining outstanding were included in an action checklist for consideration by the proposing team and consisted on the whole of clarification and articulation in documentation as opposed to academic and procedural matters. 3. Collaborative Partners Are any collaborative partners involved with the programme? C:\DOCUME~1\in5799\LOCALS~1\Temp\FrontPageTempDir\Social work.doc Page 2 of 42

3 Academic Approval Record If yes, what is the nature of the relationship? A memorandum of co-operation in relation to the current DipSW exists between the University of Wolverhampton and the social services departments of Walsall, Wolverhampton, Telford & Wrekin and Shropshire and NCH Action for Children (Midlands). These partners have been involved in the planning and development of the new degree and have demonstrated their commitment to continuing collaboration through letters of intent included in the Statement of Commitment documentation prepared for the accreditation process. New agreements with these partners will be drawn up following the Department of Health announcements of practice learning funding. This announcement was due in Spring 2003, however, this had not been published at the time of the meeting with the social work staff team. Were any significant concerns about collaborative partners raised by the Panel or the External Adviser? Please clearly identify and note any specific concerns with the collaboration in sections 5 to 11 below. If yes, please describe the concerns, the action taken and the final outcome. No N/A If desired, please add any further comments about collaborative partners, including any examples of good practice. Discussions with the staff team indicated that steps continue to being taken to increase the number of practice placement providers in the independent sector. In their report, one external adviser endorsed the comments in the last AQAR about the programme needing to promote the role of the independent sector as a service provider and as a practice learning environment. Staff from the collaborative partners teach on some modules and practitioner input is integrated into teaching across the award. 4. Professional, Statutory, Regulatory Body Involvement Was a professional or other external body involved in the process? Describe the nature of any involvement, including any details about accreditation or recognition. As stated previously, the GSCC accredited the University of Wolverhampton to grant social work degrees in August It was a requirement of the accreditation that the GSCC were kept informed of progress with the validation and invited to events held by the Standing Panel. The Officer was in correspondence with Mr Peter Wright of the GSCC throughout the validation process. The external requirements that relate to the professional nature of this award are stated in : TOPSS National Occupational Standards (NOS); Department of Health Additional Requirements for Social Work; GSCC Accreditation of Universities to Grant Degrees in Social Work and the GSCC Codes of Conduct and Practice for Social Care Workers and Employers of Social Care Workers. Standing Panel were provided with copies of all of the professional body documentation in relation to this award. 5. Programme Aims and Outcomes Are the programme aims clearly laid out? Are the programme outcomes clearly described? Do the learning outcomes relate to the programme aims and outcomes? Were any significant concerns about the programme aims and outcomes raised by the Panel or the External Adviser? C:\DOCUME~1\in5799\LOCALS~1\Temp\FrontPageTempDir\Social work.doc Page 3 of 42

4 Academic Approval Record If yes, please describe below the concerns, the action taken and the final outcome. While there were no concerns about the learning outcomes themselves, there were some concerns about the articulation of the learning outcomes in the submission documentation. The Key Proposer was actioned to address the inconsistencies identified by the Panel and this was closed out through resubmission of a revised PST and MSTs. If desired, please add any further comments about programme aims and outcomes, including any examples of good practice. 6. Curriculum Design, Content and Organisation Are the curriculum design, organisation and content of the provision satisfactory? Is the provision in line with the national subject benchmark? Is the provision in line with the National Qualifications Framework? Were any significant concerns about the curriculum design, organisation and content of the provision, subject or qualification benchmarks raised by the Panel or the External Adviser? No If yes, please describe below the concerns, the action taken and the final outcome. If desired, please add any further comments about the curriculum design, organisation and content of the provision, subject or qualification benchmarks, including any examples of good practice. One external adviser noted I am impressed with the way in which the degree is being built on the strong foundations of the DipSW. The Standing Panel sought reassurances from the HLSS SQC over the decision that the curriculum would not contain the usual number of elective modules. The academic external adviser noted The BA (Hons) Social Work is a specialised award that contains a prescribed programme of studies with only one elective. This restricts the choice available to students but this is inevitable to ensure that the programme is in line with the General Social Care Council Regulations. The programme appears coherent and also interesting and will offer students a range of learning experiences. If a periodic review has been undertaken, is there evidence of curriculum renewal? Were any significant concerns about the curriculum renewal raised by the Panel or the External Adviser? If yes, please describe below the concerns, the action taken and the final outcome. N/A N/A If desired, please add any further comments about curriculum renewal, including any examples of good practice. 7. Teaching, Learning and Assessment Are the teaching and learning activities appropriate to the programme aims and outcomes? Were any significant concerns about the teaching, learning and assessment activities raised by the Panel or the External Adviser? If yes, please describe below the concerns, the action taken and the final outcome. No C:\DOCUME~1\in5799\LOCALS~1\Temp\FrontPageTempDir\Social work.doc Page 4 of 42

5 Academic Approval Record If desired, please add any further comments about teaching, learning and assessment activities, including any examples of good practice. One external adviser noted The course team have thought through what their strengths are and what they can deliver effectively and efficiently. Nowhere is this more apparent than with the part-time and employment based routes to the award all of which are planned to be delivered with the minimum of repeated units. Is the assessment design and practice satisfactory? Were any significant concerns about the assessment design and practice raised by the Panel or the External Adviser? If yes, please describe below the concerns, the action taken and the final outcome. No If desired, please add any further comments about the assessment design and practice, including any examples of good practice. The Practice Learning Portfolio and associated assessments tasks have been made exemplars by the Regional Harmonisation Group and are available on-line for reference. Do the teaching, learning and assessment methods allow the student to make an effective contribution? Were any significant concerns about the methods of teaching, learning and assessment preventing student contribution raised by the Panel or the External Adviser? If yes, please describe below the concerns, the action taken and the final outcome. No If desired, please add any further comments about the methods of teaching, learning and assessment in relation to effective student contribution, including any examples of good practice. One external adviser noted Overall, the programme for the degree makes good sense since it builds on the development of student skills and includes assessment points to ensure that students are ready to move on to the next stage of their learning. This same external reported Preparing for practice excellent assessment tasks that should ensure that students are tested out for both readiness and safety. 8. Student Progression and Achievement Is the entry qualifications profile appropriate? Were any significant concerns about entry qualifications raised by the Panel or the External Adviser? If yes, please describe below the concerns, the action taken and the final outcome. No If desired, please add any further comments about entry qualifications, including any examples of good practice. The award adheres to the professional body requirements for applicants to the award. Are the rates and trends in student progression and completion satisfactory? Were any significant concerns about the rates and trends in student progression and completion raised by the Panel or the External Adviser? If yes, please describe below the concerns, the action taken and the final outcome. No If desired, please add any further comments about rates and trends in student progression and completion, including any examples of good practice. C:\DOCUME~1\in5799\LOCALS~1\Temp\FrontPageTempDir\Social work.doc Page 5 of 42

6 Academic Approval Record Do the qualifications awarded indicate an appropriate level of student achievement? Were any significant concerns about qualifications awarded or the level of student achievement raised by the Panel or the External Adviser? If yes, please describe below the concerns, the action taken and the final outcome. No If desired, please add any further comments about qualifications awarded or the level of student achievement, including any examples of good practice. 9. Student Support and Guidance Are the arrangements for admission and student induction satisfactory? Were any significant concerns about admission and student induction raised by the Panel or the External Adviser? If yes, please describe below the concerns, the action taken and the final outcome. No If desired, please add any further comments about admission and student induction, including any examples of good practice. The admission process adheres to the requirements of the professional body. Are the arrangements for student support and guidance satisfactory? Were any significant concerns about student support and guidance raised by the Panel or the External Adviser? If yes, please describe below the concerns, the action taken and the final outcome. No If desired, please add any further comments about student support and guidance, including any examples of good practice. One external adviser felt the Practice Learning Handbook in particular was a very good document noting, It gives clear messages about the responsibility that students have for their own learning and particularly good advice about how they should deal with witnessing bad practice. That was very impressive. He further noted that Information to students is well written and in plain English generally and the authors are to be commended. 10. Learning Resources Is the overall strategy for learning resources satisfactory, i.e. access to Learning Centres, learning materials, teaching accommodation, specialist equipment and technology? Were any significant concerns about learning resources raised by the Panel or the External Adviser? If yes, please describe below the concerns, the action taken and the final outcome. Ms Wendy Bastable raised a concern over her lack of input into social work reading lists for the awards prior to their submission to the Standing Panel. She was provided with copies of all of the reading lists and agreed to work with the proposing team to identify and resolve any issues prior to the arrival of students in semester 1. C:\DOCUME~1\in5799\LOCALS~1\Temp\FrontPageTempDir\Social work.doc Page 6 of 42

7 Academic Approval Record If desired, please add any further comments about learning resources, including any examples of good practice. One external adviser praised the teaching of IT in Understanding Social Work Organisations and indicated in his report how IT might be incorporated in other areas / modules across the award. The same external commented positively on the up to date reading lists noting that more use could be made of agency policy and practice documents. 11. Quality Management and Enhancement Are satisfactory arrangements in place for monitoring and evaluating the programme? Were any significant concerns about monitoring and evaluation arrangements raised by the Panel or the External Adviser? If yes, please describe below the concerns, the action taken and the final outcome. No If desired, please add any further comments about monitoring and evaluation arrangements, including any examples of good practice. Mr Greenwell (external adviser) supported the work already started on user involvement indicating in his report how this may be developed in the future. Is there evidence of the role played by External Examiners in curriculum development and quality enhancement? Were any significant concerns about External Examiners raised by the Panel or the External Adviser? If yes, please describe below the concerns, the action taken and the final outcome. No If desired, please add any further comments about External Examiners, including any examples of good practice. Is there evidence of the role played by student feedback in curriculum development and quality enhancement? Were any significant concerns about student feedback raised by the Panel or the External Adviser? If yes, please describe below the concerns, the action taken and the final outcome. No If desired, please add any further comments about student feedback, including any examples of good practice. There is student representation on the Social Work Course Committee. Is there evidence of the role played by staff development and teaching observation in curriculum development and quality enhancement? Were any significant concerns about staff development and teaching observation raised by the Panel or the External Adviser? If yes, please describe below the concerns, the action taken and the final outcome. No If desired, please add any further comments about teaching observation, including any examples of good practice. C:\DOCUME~1\in5799\LOCALS~1\Temp\FrontPageTempDir\Social work.doc Page 7 of 42

8 Academic Approval Record 12. Identification of issues that have institutional implications Are there any issues, which have institutional implications? If yes, please list these below: Practice teachers in training have ready access to current research and journals etc. through the Learning Centre. Once qualified, practice teachers no longer have ready access to current research publications. Standing Panel agreed to raise for consideration Learning Centre borrowing for current practice teachers. The Chair noted that the Panel recognised the need to incorporate additional resources into the new award with respect to the increase in student numbers and the increased number of placement days students are now required to complete. 13. Action checklist for ongoing monitoring Are there any issues the Panel feels should be considered further, developed or monitoring? If yes, please list these below, allocating for each issue the person or body responsible for closing out the issue, the date by which it must be done and the mechanism for closure. Action Required By Whom By When To be closed out by A CV for Peter McBride (visiting lecturer) Ms J Holt 30 th June 2003 Standing Panel to be submitted to the Panel Officer. Standing Panel agreed that it should be made very clear to students prior to enrolment of the attendance patterns of the various part time routes. Ms J Holt Ongoing during the interviewing and enrolment processes. SQC through annual monitoring To liase with the Officer for the SoH Panel to ensure that the comments arising from the BA(Hons) Social Work validation are incorporated in the review and revalidation of the Health and Social Care Foundation degree. HLSS / SSPAL Standing Panel Officer 1 st September 2003 Standing Panel To consider the comments made by the external advisers in their reports. Ms J Holt First round of annual monitoring for the new award. SQC through annual monitoring Signed (Standing Panel Chair)... Date... Mr David Bainbridge Signed (Standing Panel Deputy)... Date... Dr Kay Biscomb / Mr J Parsons C:\DOCUME~1\in5799\LOCALS~1\Temp\FrontPageTempDir\Social work.doc Page 8 of 42

9 Standing Panel Record Standing Panel Record Details of Panel and Participants HUMANITIES, LANGUAGES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES and SCHOOL OF SPORT, PERFORMING ART AND LEISURE STANDING PANEL Standing Panel: HLSS / SSPAL Academic Year: Chair: Mr David Bainbridge Officer: Ms Rachel Ford Standing Panel members designated to validate the provision: Dr Kay Biscomb SSPAL Ms Rishma Dattani WBS Mr Malcolm Jenner SCIT Independent Internal Adviser for the validation: None Independent External Adviser for the validation: Mr Malcolm Golightley (Academic) University of Lincoln Mr Stewart Greenwell (Practice) Torfaen Social Services Department Professional Body: General Social Care Council Subject/Award Team Representative(s) from HLSS for the validation: Ms Judith Holt Key Proposer Ms Suki Desai Mr Peter Henriques Ms Kate Hodgson Ms Mary Keating Ms Anni Murr Ms Vicky Price Mr Paul Stepney Ms Jill Williams Agency Representative(s) who participated in the validation: Ms Ida Bentley (Walsall SSD) Ms Julie Lyden (Shropshire SSD) Details of Process Undertaken Summary of process: 30 th November 2001 Initial meeting relating to Social Work. Present were Mr David Bainbridge, (Chair), Ms Rachel Ford (Officer), Ms J Holt (Key Proposer) and Mr T Roy (Office Support). 11 th December 2001 Discussed at full Standing Panel. 23 rd January 2002 Discussed at full Standing Panel. 14 th March 2002 Discussed at full Standing Panel. 19 th March 2002 Officer attended a Social Work Degree Accreditation and Quality Assurance Workshop organised by the GSCC. 17 th April 2002 Discussed at full Standing Panel. 17 th June 2002 Discussed at full Standing Panel. 18 th October 2002 Further initial meeting relating to Social Work. Present were Mr David Bainbridge, (Chair), Ms Rachel Ford (Officer) and Ms J Holt (Key Proposer). C:\DOCUME~1\in5799\LOCALS~1\Temp\FrontPageTempDir\Social work.doc Page 9 of 42

10 Standing Panel Record 4 th November 2002 Discussed at full Standing Panel. 6 th December 2002 Standing Panel meeting with five DipSW students. 11 th December 2002 Officer attended service user meeting. 17 th December 2002 Discussed at full Standing Panel. 10 th March 2003 Sent submission documents to Standing Panel members and external advisers. 19 th March 2003 Discussed at full Standing Panel. 4 th April 2003 Standing Panel meeting with staff. 8 th May 2003 Discussed at full Standing Panel. 30 th May 2003 Deadline for submission of documentation and responses requested by Standing Panel following staff meeting. 3 rd June 2003 Circulation of resubmitted documentation to Standing Panel members. 4 th June 2003 Stewart Greenwell s (professional external adviser) report submitted. 9 th June 2003 Malcolm Golightley s (academic external adviser) report submitted. Documentation: Submission of a rationale, cross referenced to documentation made available in the base room, addressing the items contained in Appendix 2 of the Handbook Submission of a Programme Specification Template Submission of Module Specification Templates for all modules (core, optional or prescribed) contributing to the programme Submission of Curriculum vitae for all teaching staff on the award team (plus any other University staff or Visiting Lecturers involved in delivery as appropriate). TOPPS Guidelines; APL Guidelines; CCETSW 5 Yearly Programme Review; Practice Learning Handbook; Programme Handbook Application for Accreditation to Grant Degrees in Social Work by the University Of Wolverhampton. Report from the GSCC on the Application for Accreditation to Grant Degrees in Social Work by the University Of Wolverhampton. Adequacy of Documentation: All documentation was submitted on time and was fit for purpose. In some cases, documentation was resubmitted at the request of the Standing Panel. Attachments: Appendix 1: Module and pathway details. Appendix 2: Extracts from the meetings of the various HLSS/SSPAL Standing Panel meetings where Social Work was discussed. Appendix 3: Notes of the initial meetings held on 30 th November 2001 and 18 th October Appendix 4: Notes of the Standing Panel meeting with students held on 6 th December Appendix 5: Notes of the Standing Panel meeting with staff held on4 th April Appendix 6: Appendix 7: External advisers report. Action checklist relating to this validation. C:\DOCUME~1\in5799\LOCALS~1\Temp\FrontPageTempDir\Social work.doc Page 10 of 42

11 Appendix 1 Module and pathway details. MODULES CONSIDERED BY THIS VALIDATION New modules Module code Module title Credit s SO1005 Understanding Inequality and Exclusion 15 SO1006 Values and Ethics of Social Work 15 SO1007 Preparing for Practice : Communication and Intervention 30 SO1008 Law for Social Work Practice 15 SO1009 Understanding Social Work Organisations 15 SO1010 Practice Learning One : 30 days 30 SO2006 Practice Learning Two : 70 days 30 SO2007 Human Growth and Development 15 SO2008 Social Work with Children and Families 15 SO2009 Social Work Methods 15 SO2010 Social Policy and Legislation 15 SO2011 Management of Adult Care 15 SO3004 Independent Project 15 SO3005 Practice Learning Three : 100 days 45 SO3006 Professional Development and Reflective Practice 15 Modules already in validation Module code Module title Credit s SA2005 Research Methods for Applied Social Sciences 15 SO3003 Social Care in Europe 15 NH3062 Managing Collaborative Developments 15 C:\DOCUME~1\in5799\LOCALS~1\Temp\FrontPageTempDir\Social work.doc Page 11 of 42

12 Appendix 2 Extracts from the meetings of the various HLSS/SSPAL Standing Panel meetings where Social Work was discussed. CONFIRMED STANDING PANEL for the School of Humanities, Languages and Social Sciences and School of Sport, Performing Arts and Leisure Minutes of the meeting of the HLSS / SSPAL Standing Panel held on Tuesday 11 th December 2001 at 10 a.m. in Board Room, WA Block, Walsall Campus. Present : Name Present Mr David Bainbridge (Chair) (SAD) Dr Pauline Anderson (HLSS) Ms Kay Biscomb (Deputy Chair) (SSPAL) Ms Dymphna Callery (SSPAL) Ms Heather Dale (SH) Ms Rishma Dattani (Registry) Ms Rachel Ford (Officer, QASD) Rev Jim Girdwood (Chaplaincy, HLSS) Ms Pat Green (HLSS) Dr Roger Lintonbon (Admissions, Registry) Dr Petula Nurse (SAS) Mr John Parsons (Collaborative Links) Mr Oliver Pritchard (Dudley Learning Centre) Mr Toby Roy (Officer Support, QASD) Mr Tony Shannon-Little (HLSS) Ms Lyn Swindlehurst (SH) X 17. Review and Validation Standing Panel received for information the Workload Schedule for and a verbal update from the Chair on possible late business. Noted An initial meeting had taken place regarding the BA(Hons) Social Work. The Chair noted that the timetable for this would be dictated by external restrictions around Government and professional body guidelines. CONFIRMED STANDING PANEL for the School of Humanities, Languages and Social Sciences and School of Sport, Performing Arts and Leisure Minutes of the meeting of the HLSS / SSPAL Standing Panel held on Wednesday 23 rd January 2002 at 10 a.m. in the Council Room, City Campus. Present : Name Present Mr David Bainbridge (Chair) (SAD) Dr Pauline Anderson (HLSS) Ms Kay Biscomb (Deputy Chair) (SSPAL) Ms Dymphna Callery (SSPAL) C:\DOCUME~1\in5799\LOCALS~1\Temp\FrontPageTempDir\Social work.doc Page 12 of 42

13 Appendix 2 Ms Heather Dale (SH) Ms Rishma Dattani (Registry) Ms Rachel Ford (Officer, QASD) Rev Jim Girdwood (Chaplaincy, HLSS) Ms Pat Green (HLSS) Mr I Jones (QASD) - Observer Dr Roger Lintonbon (Admissions, Registry) Dr Petula Nurse (SAS) Mr John Parsons (Collaborative Links) Mr Oliver Pritchard (Dudley Learning Centre) Mr Toby Roy (Officer Support, QASD) Mr Tony Shannon-Little (HLSS) Ms Lyn Swindlehurst (SH) 28. Review and Validation Activity Standing Panel received for information the draft notes from the initial meeting regarding the validation of a new BA(Hons) Social Work. It was noted that the Social Work team await the publication of the government and external body guidelines before they start work on the design of the award. CONFIRMED STANDING PANEL for the School of Humanities, Languages and Social Sciences and School of Sport, Performing Arts and Leisure Minutes of the meeting of the HLSS / SSPAL Standing Panel held on Thursday 14 th Board Room 2, Dudley Campus. March 2002 at 10 a.m. in Present : Name Present Mr David Bainbridge (Chair) (SAD) Dr Pauline Anderson (HLSS) Ms Kay Biscomb (Deputy Chair) (SSPAL) Ms Dymphna Callery (SSPAL) Ms Heather Dale (SH) Ms Rishma Dattani (WBS) Rev Jim Girdwood (Chaplaincy, HLSS) Ms Pat Green (HLSS) Dr Roger Lintonbon (Admissions, Registry) Dr Petula Nurse (SAS) Mr John Parsons (Collaborative Links) Mr Oliver Pritchard (Dudley Learning Centre) Mr Toby Roy (Officer Support, QASD) Mr Tony Shannon-Little (HLSS) Ms Lyn Swindlehurst (SH) Ms Rachel Ford (Officer, QASD) 39. Review and Validation Activity Standing Panel received for information an from Dr K Southworth regarding Social Policy and Social Work. Noted It was noted that the review and revalidation of Social Policy will now take place in The validation of the new Social Work degree is also postponed until further advice is available from the professional body (General Social Care Council) confirming at what stage the University needs to validate the new award. C:\DOCUME~1\in5799\LOCALS~1\Temp\FrontPageTempDir\Social work.doc Page 13 of 42

14 Appendix 2 The Officer noted that she was due to attend a Social Work Degree Accreditation and Quality Assurance Workshop organised by the General Social Care Council on 19 th March 2002 and would report back to the next meeting of Standing Panel on the outcome Standing Panel received a verbal report from the Officer on Standing Panel involvement in the CCETSW review of the Diploma in Social Work. Noted The Diploma in Social Work underwent a CCETSW review in In the previous academic year, the Chair of Standing Panel had asked if the internal review and revalidation of the DipSW could be done early and in line with the external review. Discussions took place, however, CCETSW felt the processes could not be brought into line and that Standing Panel members could not take part in the staff, student and agency meetings that would be taking place. The final compromise was that a member of Standing Panel could attend the feedback session at the end of the review event and it was agreed that, the Standing Panel Officer would attend. The Officer reported that CCETSW had approved the Black Country DipSW to continue. The CCETSW inspectors commented briefly, but positively on the strengths of the award and raised points for future consideration around increasing service user involvement, practice placement issues and the learning environment and access to resources. CONFIRMED STANDING PANEL for the School of Humanities, Languages and Social Sciences and School of Sport, Performing Arts and Leisure Minutes of the meeting of the HLSS / SSPAL Standing Panel held on Wednesday 17 th MU310, City Campus. April 2002 at 10 a.m. in Present : Name Present Mr David Bainbridge (Chair) (SAD) Dr Pauline Anderson (HLSS) Dr Kay Biscomb (Deputy Chair) (SSPAL) Ms Dymphna Callery (SSPAL) Ms Heather Dale (SH) Ms Rishma Dattani (WBS) Rev Jim Girdwood (Chaplaincy, HLSS) Ms Pat Green (HLSS) Dr Roger Lintonbon (Admissions, Registry) Dr Petula Nurse (SAS) Mr John Parsons (Collaborative Links) Mr Oliver Pritchard (Dudley Learning Centre) Mr Toby Roy (Officer Support, QASD) Mr Tony Shannon-Little (HLSS) Ms Lyn Swindlehurst (SH) Ms Rachel Ford (Officer, QASD) 50. Review and Validation Activity Standing Panel received a verbal update on current Standing Panel activity; C:\DOCUME~1\in5799\LOCALS~1\Temp\FrontPageTempDir\Social work.doc Page 14 of 42

15 Appendix 2 Validation of BA(Hons) Social Work, accredited by the General Social Care Council (GSCC) subject to funding The Officer had attended a workshop run by the GSCC. The Social Work team are waiting to hear what submission deadline they have been allocated by the GSCC, but this is likely to fall between June and September The proposal submitted to the GSCC will detail the quality procedures in place at the University Of Wolverhampton for the validation of awards and will also need to make reassurances about other issues such as resourcing etc. If the GSCC approve the submission, the award will be validated under the University s procedures. The GSCC would expect to be invited to take part in the validation process, however, it was indicated that they would be unlikely to take up this invitation unless issues of concern had been raised. At the time of the workshop, the curriculum guidelines had not yet been published. CONFIRMED STANDING PANEL for the School of Humanities, Languages and Social Sciences and School of Sport, Performing Arts and Leisure Minutes of the meeting of the HLSS / SSPAL Standing Panel held on Monday 17 th June 2002 at 10 a.m. in Board Room 2, Dudley Campus. Present : Name Present Dr Kay Biscomb (Deputy Chair) (SSPAL) Dr Pauline Anderson (HLSS) Mr David Bainbridge (Chair) (SAD) Ms Dymphna Callery (SSPAL) Ms Heather Dale (SH) X Ms Rishma Dattani (WBS) Rev Jim Girdwood (Chaplaincy, HLSS) Ms Pat Green (HLSS) Dr Roger Lintonbon (Admissions, Registry) X Dr Petula Nurse (SAS) Mr John Parsons (Collaborative Links) Mr Oliver Pritchard (Dudley Learning Centre) after 11 a.m. Mr Toby Roy (Officer Support, QASD) Mr Tony Shannon-Little (HLSS) Ms Lyn Swindlehurst (SH) Ms Rachel Ford (Officer, QASD) 65. To receive items of Any Other Business Noted There were two items of other business. One regarding Standing Panel membership in 2002/3 and the other regarding the validation of BA Social Work. 72. Review and Validation Activity Standing Panel received for information the updated Workload Schedule for with an update on current Standing Panel activity. Validation of BA(Hons) Social Work To be discussed under agenda item 74, AOB. 74. Any Other Business Social Work Noted The Officer reported to Standing Panel on a discussion she had recently had with the key proposer for the validation of the BA Social Work. The approval for accreditation, signed by Ms Judith Holt and Ms C:\DOCUME~1\in5799\LOCALS~1\Temp\FrontPageTempDir\Social work.doc Page 15 of 42

16 Appendix 2 Jane Nelson has to be submitted to the GSCC by 8 th July. A response from GSCC should be received within 4 weeks. Tabled The requirements the University need to adhere to have been received by SQC and will now go to UQC. Ms J Holt asked if Standing Panel could also receive these requirements and the document was tabled. Received Standing Panel received the papers Accreditation of universities to grant degrees in social work (GSCC) and Department of Health Requirements for Social Work degrees (DH) along with a brief commentary from Ms J Holt on the key issues arising from these documents. Agreed It was agreed that the initial meeting with the key proposer could take place now or after GSCC approval for accreditation had been received. CONFIRMED STANDING PANEL for the School of Humanities, Languages and Social Sciences and School of Sport, Performing Arts and Leisure Minutes of the meeting of the HLSS / SSPAL Standing Panel held on Monday 4 th November 2002 at 10:30 a.m. in MU310, City Campus. Present : Name Present Mr David Bainbridge (Chair) (SAD) Dr Pauline Anderson (HLSS) Ms Wendy Bastable (Learning Centre) Dr Kay Biscomb (Deputy Chair) (SSPAL) Ms Heather Dale (SH) Ms Rishma Dattani (WBS) Mr Kristiaan Dekesel (HLSS) Mr Martin Eason (SEBE) Rev Jim Girdwood (Chaplaincy, HLSS) Mr Malcolm Jenner Mr Pat McCarthy Dr Petula Nurse (SAS) Mr John Parsons (Deputy Chair) (Collaborative Links) Mr Toby Roy (Officer Support, QASD) Mr Tony Shannon-Little (HLSS) Ms Lyn Swindlehurst (SH) Ms Rachel Ford (Officer, QASD) Noted The Chair welcomed the six new members to their first Standing Panel meeting. 81. Minutes of HLSS and SSPAL SQC meetings 81.1 Standing Panel received for information an extract of HLSS SQC minutes relating to review and validation from the meeting held on 23 rd September Noted It was noted that HLSS had decided not to produce a school policy on word limits for projects at this time. Standing Panel were advised that SSPAL do have a school policy on word limits. HLSS validated three new semester 1, 15 credit modules contributing to History. It was noted that the History review and revalidation had not taken place over the summer as planned and it was expected that this would now take place in time for the start of semester 2. Mr Bainbridge expected to be able to C:\DOCUME~1\in5799\LOCALS~1\Temp\FrontPageTempDir\Social work.doc Page 16 of 42

17 Appendix 2 update the Panel further after his meeting with Ms K Southworth planned to take place on 6 th November. HLSS were commended on the success of their accreditation by the General Social Care Council for the University Of Wolverhampton to grant degrees in Social Work. CONFIRMED STANDING PANEL for the School of Humanities, Languages and Social Sciences and School of Sport, Performing Arts and Leisure Minutes of the meeting of the HLSS / SSPAL Standing Panel held on Tuesday 17 th December 2002 at 10:00 a.m. in the Board Room, Boundary House, Walsall Campus. Present : Name Present Mr David Bainbridge (Chair) (SAD) Ms Wendy Bastable (Learning Centre) Dr Kay Biscomb (Deputy Chair) (SSPAL) Ms Heather Dale (SH) Ms Rishma Dattani (WBS) Mr Kristiaan Dekesel (HLSS) Mr Martin Eason (SEBE) Rev Jim Girdwood (Chaplaincy, HLSS) Mr Malcolm Jenner Mr Pat McCarthy Dr Petula Nurse (SAS) Mr John Parsons (Deputy Chair) (Collaborative Links) Mr Toby Roy (Officer Support, QASD) Mr Tony Shannon-Little (HLSS) Ms Lyn Swindlehurst (SH) Ms Rachel Ford (Officer, QASD) 96. Review and Validation Activity Standing Panel received for confirmation the notes of the following initial meetings. Social Work Initial meeting, 18/10/02 Mental Health Initial meeting, 18/10/02 Hospitality and Licensed Retail Management Initial meeting, 23/10/02 Leisure Management Initial meeting, 23/10/02 Noted All of the minutes were confirmed Standing Panel received for information the latest Workload Schedule for with an update on Standing Panel activity since the last meeting. Social Work Noted Representatives of the Standing Panel met with social work students on 6 th December and on 11 th December, the Officer represented Standing Panel at a meeting of social work staff and service users. After the notes from the meeting have been circulated, the Officer will contact the GSCC to advise of progress on this validation. Agreed Dr K Biscomb has agreed to represent the Panel at a meeting planned between social work staff and service providers to be held early in C:\DOCUME~1\in5799\LOCALS~1\Temp\FrontPageTempDir\Social work.doc Page 17 of 42

18 Appendix 2 CONFIRMED STANDING PANEL for the School of Humanities, Languages and Social Sciences and School of Sport, Performing Arts and Leisure Minutes of the meeting of the HLSS / SSPAL Standing Panel held on Wednesday 19 th March 2003 at 10:00 a.m. in the Council Room, City Campus. Present : Name Present Mr David Bainbridge (Chair) (SAD) Ms Wendy Bastable (Learning Centre) Dr Kay Biscomb (Deputy Chair) (SSPAL) Ms Heather Dale (SH) Ms Rishma Dattani (WBS) Mr Kristiaan Dekesel (HLSS) Mr Martin Eason (SEBE) Rev Jim Girdwood (Chaplaincy, HLSS) Mr Malcolm Jenner Mr Pat McCarthy Dr Petula Nurse (SAS) Mr John Parsons (Deputy Chair) (Collaborative Links) Mr Toby Roy (Officer Support, QASD) Mr Tony Shannon-Little (HLSS) Ms Lyn Swindlehurst (SH) Ms Rachel Ford (Officer, QASD) 104. Review and Validation Activity Standing Panel confirmed, with no amendments, the notes of the meetings with Social Work students, English Plus students, Media and Communication and Media and Cultural Studies students (incorporating Public Relations), Music and Pop Music students and Military Personnel Distance Learning Award Sports Studies students Standing Panel received for information the latest Workload Schedule for with a verbal update on Standing Panel activity. Social Work Malcolm Golightley and Stewart Greenwell have been appointed as external advisers. The submission documentation was submitted to deadline and circulated to readers. The staff meeting, with one external in attendance is due to take place on 4 th April Ms R Ford wrote to the GSCC this week to inform them of progress and to invite a representative to attend the meeting. A response is awaited. The Key Proposer needs to agree a final submission deadline with the GSCC. In consultation with Dr K Biscomb and Ms A Cooper, a Standing Panel validation date of 19th June 2003 has been agreed. This is the date of the meeting of the UQC AAR sub group. DRAFT STANDING PANEL for the School of Humanities, Languages and Social Sciences and School of Sport, Performing Arts and Leisure Minutes of the meeting of the HLSS / SSPAL Standing Panel held on Thursday 8 th May 2003 in the Board Room WA030, Walsall Campus. C:\DOCUME~1\in5799\LOCALS~1\Temp\FrontPageTempDir\Social work.doc Page 18 of 42

19 Appendix 2 Present : Name Present Mr David Bainbridge (Chair) (SAD) Ms Wendy Bastable (Learning Centre) Dr Kay Biscomb (Deputy Chair) (SSPAL) Ms Heather Dale (SH) Ms Rishma Dattani (WBS) Mr Kristiaan Dekesel (HLSS) Mr Martin Eason (SEBE) Rev Jim Girdwood (Chaplaincy, HLSS) Mr Malcolm Jenner Mr Pat McCarthy Dr Petula Nurse (SAS) Mr John Parsons (Deputy Chair) (Collaborative Links) Mr Toby Roy (Officer Support, QASD) Mr Tony Shannon-Little (HLSS) Ms Lyn Swindlehurst (SH) Ms Rachel Ford (Officer, QASD) 116. Review and Validation Activity Standing Panel confirmed, with one amendment to the Social Work notes, the notes of the staff meetings for Social Work and PGC Hospitality and the meeting with Hospitality students. Noted The Chair thanked Standing Panel members for the work they have undertaken to date on behalf of the Panel Standing Panel received for information the latest Workload Schedule for with a verbal update on Standing Panel activity. Social Work The staff meeting took place on 4 th April 2003, the external adviser, Malcolm Golightley, was in attendance. Responses to the issues raised are due by 30 th May C:\DOCUME~1\in5799\LOCALS~1\Temp\FrontPageTempDir\Social work.doc Page 19 of 42

20 Appendix 3 Notes of two initial meetings held on Friday 30 th November 2001 and 18 th October CONFIRMED Standing Panel for School of Humanities, Languages and Social Sciences (HLSS) and School of Sport, Performing Arts & Leisure (SSPAL) 2001/2002. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the validation of a new BA(Hons) Social Work award. The validation submission documentation requirements were agreed between Mr David Bainbridge, (Chair), Ms Rachel Ford (Officer), Mr Toby Roy (Officer support) and Ms Judith Holt (Key Proposer) at the meeting held on Friday 30 th November 2001 at 10:00 a.m. in Board Room 1, Dudley Campus. Background to the proposal: Noted Currently, Social Work students study for two years, at the end of which they are awarded a DipHE by the University and a DipSW by CCETSW (Central Council for the Education and Training of Social Workers). From September 2003, HLSS hope to offer a 3 year degree in Social Work degree awarded entirely by the University. Students who complete the award and wish to go on to practice as social workers will then be required to register with the General Social Care Council (GSCC). It is expected that they will become licensed social workers after one year of practice. The award will need to fulfil the requirements of the GSCC, the National Occupational Standards to be published in March by TOPSS (Training Organisation for the Personal Social Services), the prescribed curriculum to be produced by the Department of Health and the QAA benchmark for Social Policy and Administration and Social Work. It was noted that if the benchmark document conflicts with the other requirements, there are plans to amend it to bring it in line with them. The HLSS Standing Panel are required to validate the award before it is sent to the external body for ratification (the expected external deadline for this is expected to be between June and October 2002). The current DipSW award is offered in partnership with Shropshire Social Service Department (SSD), Telford & Wrekin SSD, Walsall SSD, Wolverhampton SSD and NCH Action for Children (Midlands). At the time of the meeting, it was known that there will be employer involvement with the new award, but it is still unclear what the partnership arrangements will be. It is known there will be a requirement for practice in the award, but the details of what this will entail are not yet available. The Standing Panel will, in effect, be considering a review of existing provision and the validation of a replacement social work award. As some of the modules from the DipSW are used by the BA(Hons) Social Care and NVQ level 4 /CertHE in Social Work it is expected that at some stage, the Panel will also need to consider the deletion of these awards in their current form to be replaced by awards sharing modules from the new BA(Hons) Social Work. It is planned that in September 2002, Social Work will recruit students to the existing BA(Hons) Social Care and DipSW. Enrolment to the NVQ 4 usually takes place in February but it is possible that there may not be an intake in February In September 2003, it is expected that students will be recruited to the new BA(Hons) Social Work, the revised BA(Hons) Social Care and possibly the revised NVQ 4. Judith Holt noted that the Social Work team would need to be aware of service user involvement in the design of the award. It was acknowledged that the deadlines for external publication of the regulations, standards and curriculum for the new award would dictate the schedule for Standing Panel consideration of the documentation for this validation. C:\DOCUME~1\in5799\LOCALS~1\Temp\FrontPageTempDir\Social work.doc Page 20 of 42

21 Appendix 3 In the first instance, the Chair felt the Social Work team should start work on the critical review of existing provision and how this will inform the design of the new award. It should also be possible for the Standing Panel representatives to visit the School base room early in the new year. It was proposed that meetings with staff, placement providers and students should take place in April Input from employers could be considered by correspondence. Main documents (see further details in Validation Handbook): A critical review addressing the items contained in Appendix 2 of the Handbook. The Chair noted that this document should be based on the 6 QAA aspects, but should be more succinct than the document expected by QAA. The Chair would be happy to receive this before the other submission documents are completed and a deadline of 28 th February 2002 was suggested. A rationale for the changes proposed. A Programme Specification Template. Module Specification Templates for all modules (core, optional or prescribed) contributing to the programme. Subject Guide or Programme Handbooks. Curriculum vitae for all new and existing teaching staff on the award team (plus any other University staff or Visiting Lecturers involved in delivery as appropriate). These to include evidence of research, scholarship, professional practice and consultancy. Appendices and supporting information: It is expected that the majority of this information will be made available in the base room. The revised memorandum of Co-operation with partner agencies. Ms Holt to liase, as necessary, with Mr Harvey Woolf regarding this. Other documents as detailed in the Validation Handbook. Agreed Agreed Agreed Agreed Agreed It was agreed that the Officer will liase with the Academic Development Panel Officer to ascertain if approval had already been given for Standing Panel to proceed with this validation. If approval has not been given, the Officers to liase to arrange for the Academic Development Panel to consider the proposal. It was agreed that the Officer will liase with Ms Kirsty Jones and Standing Panel members to view the base room. Ms Judith Holt to provide the Officer with the names of 3 external advisors (of which 1 will be invited to comment on the proposal, view resources and meet with staff and students). It was agreed that 4 copies of the submission documents listed above would be sent to the Officer. The Panel Officer will liase with the SQC Officer over the approval of these documents by SQC. It was agreed that Ms Judith Holt (in collaboration with the Officer) would arrange meetings between Standing Panel representatives and staff, placement providers and students to take place in April Also, if required, to provide names of prospective employers to contribute towards the validation. C:\DOCUME~1\in5799\LOCALS~1\Temp\FrontPageTempDir\Social work.doc Page 21 of 42

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