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UAL Awarding Body September Newsletter

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Published date 15 September 2015
Isabelle Mapa - Origins II Exhibition

Work by Isabelle Mapa – Origins II Exhibition

Dear all,

Welcome back! We hope you’ve had a fantastic summer and are all set for the academic year ahead.

Our September newsletter contains information for the upcoming year academic year, including updates about the awarding body, our events and upcoming changes to assessment. We’ve also got three new vacancies in the team open to application.

Finally, please remember to update your records with our new address:
UAL Awarding Body, 272 High Holborn, London, WC1V 7EY

All the best,
The UAL Awarding Body Team

Qualification certification

We would like to offer our sincere apologies for the delays that many Centres and students have experienced in receiving their certificates over the past month and thank you all for your understanding and patience. We are currently reviewing our systems and processes, and investing in enhanced IT systems and additional staff resource, to ensure these delays won’t happen again.

In future, students will experience a much improved service and receive better quality certificates more quickly. The vast majority of Centres have now received their certificates, and those still outstanding will be despatched by Friday 18 September.

Total Qualification Time (TQT)

You will soon become familiar with a new acronym TQT, or Total Qualification Time. This new measure of size recently introduced by the qualifications regulator, Ofqual comprises Guided Learning and Directed Learning, both measured in time (hours).

Guided Learning represents tutor-led learning, or any learning activity under the immediate guidance or supervision of a tutor. Directed study represents any preparation or study that is directed by, but not under the immediate guidance or direct supervision of a tutor. This includes project related research.

Every 10 hours of TQT is equal to 1 credit so for a typical 12 credit unit, the 120 hours will comprise 60 hours Guided Learning and 60 hours Directed Learning.

TQT is intended to represent the amount of time it will typically take a learner to complete a qualification. The allocation of a TQT value is not intended to constrain the design of programmes or limit flexibility where it is needed and it is recognised that some learners will take longer to complete their study than others.

All UAL qualifications will be updated on RITS (the qualifications register) to include TQT as soon as this functionality becomes available.

Staff changes at UAL Awarding Body

After six years as Director of UAL Awarding Body, Nick Juba is moving on to become the Chief Executive Officer of City College Brighton. In order to ensure continuity and consistency over the next 6-months Ross Anderson has been appointed as Acting Director.

Ross has worked at the awarding body for almost six years, working closely with Nick and with the awarding body’s board to set the direction of the organisation.

UAL Awarding Body is still in the process of recruiting additional staff, but is delighted to announce the appointments of Anthea Hollist as Qualifications Manager, Kitty Jenkins as Administrative Assistant (Products, Services & Projects Team), Sonia Lampkin as Projects Officer (CPD and Schools), Martin Vella as Chief Examiner – L2 and L3 Art & Design and Sue Cook as Chief Examiner – FAD.

Additional staff will be appointed across the Quality & Operations Team and the Products, Services and Project Team in due course, taking the awarding body’s staff team from 12 to 24. This will ensure the awarding body has the human resource required to provide the appropriate level of service to all its customers.

Information about the new team members and about roles and responsibilities of all staff will appear on our website soon.

Levels 2 & 3 Creative Media Production and Technology standardisation event

Wednesday 16 October, 10.30am – 4pm
University of the Arts London, Room HH902, 272 High Holborn, London.

This event is designed to ensure that the assessment criteria for our qualifications are applied consistently and the standard of assessment is confirmed.
For more information and to register your attendance, please email

2015/2016 CPD programme

To help you improve your students’ performance and create a growing community of practice, University of the Arts London Awarding Body have developed an annual programme of innovative one-day training events.

These events will explore ways to address your teaching goals at the same time as fostering the high expectations, development and evaluation skills looked for by Ofsted.

For more information, visit the UALab website.

Save the Date: FAD Conference

The 2016 Foundation in Art and Design Conference, celebrating art and design from across the country, will take place in London on Friday 8 January.

Invitations will be sent out shortly.

The Big Draw: Drawing the world

On 11 October ‘Drawing the World’ sees 3 drawing behemoths collide: The Big Draw, House of Illustration and Central St. Martins College of Art and Design will take over the vibrant new King’s Cross development with ‘Drawing the World’.

People of all ages are invited to join in a free programme of urban exploration, collaborative drawing and creative activities.

Visit The Big Draw website

New qualification specifications

Specifications for Level 1 Music, Performing & Production Arts, Level 2 & Level 3 Music Performance and Production and Level 2 and Level 3 Fashion Business & Retail are now available to download from the UALab website. Hard copies will be sent to centres delivering these qualifications shortly.

Qualifications with external assessment

You can now also view specifications, along with guidance notes, for the Level 3 qualifications that will be externally assessed from the 16-17 academic year.

These can be downloaded from the qualifications section of the UALab website.