We would like to thank everyone who responded to the consultation on the new
section of our Good Practice Framework which gives guidance on fitness to practise.
The consultation on the new section ran from June to August 2019. We are grateful to the Good Practice Framework Steering Group for their helpful input and advice, and to all those who responded so constructively to the consultation. The final version incorporates many of the very helpful suggestions we received.
We have had a lot of positive and very constructive responses, and we will be publishing the final version at the beginning of October 2019.
Alongside the publication of the new section of the Good Practice Framework Fitness to practise, we are also publishing some fitness to practise case summaries on our website.
Once published, you will be able to view the Case summaries on our website.
Higher Education Advisory Panel
Applications for membership of Panel of Advisors
We are now looking to appoint a new panel member to serve for three years from October/November 2019 to replace retiring members and keep a balance of expertise on the panel.
The new member will either currently be working as a students’ union advisor, or at a senior administrative level at a higher education provider or managing higher education at a further education provider. We particularly welcome candidates from small and specialist providers.
As well as responding to questions by email and (occasionally) telephone, we ask panel members to attend two meetings in Reading each year. They receive a small honorarium and all travel expenses are reimbursed. You can learn more about membership of the panel on our website.
Please note that current OIA Points of Contact can’t serve as members of the panel, so if you are a POC please pass this on to any colleagues who you think may be interested.
Please send expressions of interest with a supporting CV and short covering letter to Lisa Ivey by Friday 27 September 2019. Selection will be by telephone interview in early October. Successful applicants will be invited to attend the next panel meeting in November 2019, in Reading.
We invite you to join us at the free workshops we are running for the rest of the year as part of our outreach programme.
Fitness to Practise Workshop/Student Representative Body Workshop - Tuesday 15 October
Our free half-day Fitness to Practise Workshop will follow the publication of the new Fitness to practise section of our Good Practice Framework. The workshop is for those of you who are involved in designing, reviewing or operating fitness to practise procedures and will give you the opportunity to discuss some practicalities around putting good practice principles into operation.
Tuesday 15 October 2019 (9.30am-12.00pm) – University of West London
We will also be running our Introduction to the OIA for Student Representative Body (SRB) workshop on the same day, as a half-day session in the afternoon. You are welcome to attend both the morning and afternoon workshop sessions or just one.
This free workshop is for those of you at Students' Unions, Students' Associations and other representative bodies who advise or guide students through their provider’s complaints or appeals process. If you are new to complaints, a sabbatical officer or a student adviser, this is a great introduction to the OIA. You will find out who we are, what we do and you can share your experience with us and other attendees. Staff and representatives who help students through our process would find this workshop particularly useful.
Tuesday 15 October 2019 (1.30pm-4.30pm) – University of West London
This free half-day workshop is for those of you involved in dealing with student complaints and appeals. Staff who are new to working with the OIA, or to operating student complaints and appeals procedures should find this workshop useful.
This free workshop is for those of you dealing with student complaints and appeals in the higher education sector. It may also be useful for those of you who advise students on complaints and appeals. This workshop assumes you have a good working knowledge of our work and what we do.