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HUCBMS Executive Committee Members Appointed as TEF Academic Assessors

HUCBMS is pleased to note that two of the members of its Executive Committee have been appointed as Academic Assessors for the new Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), which aims to recognise and reward excellent learning and teaching in UK higher education. These are the HUCBMS President, Professor Kevan Gartland, Special Advisor and Professor of Biological Sciences at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) and Professor Julie McLeod, Pro Vice Chancellor (Student Experience) at Oxford Brookes University.
The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), asked by the Government to implement the TEF exercise during 2016-17, has selected a pool of around 60 Assessors from more than 1200 applicants to review and decide on the assessment outcomes. The outcomes are due for publication in May 2017.  HEFCE has appointed high calibre individuals who have standing within the higher education sector, are committed to excellence in learning and teaching, and have the ability to reach robust decisions in a complex and time-constrained setting.
Professor Gartland, who is also Honorary Professor at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and Vice-President of the European Biotechnology Thematic Network Association, said: “I am pleased that Professor McLeod and I have been selected to become Teaching Excellence Framework Academic Assessors.  This will enable us to contribute to the exciting development of recommendations and advice on the quality of teaching excellence in UK institutions. Contextualised data will be crucial to the recommendations made and it is appropriate that the Academic Assessors List includes a diverse range of experience and expertise, including not least, the student voice and that of employers.”
HEFCE announcement link:,110700,en.html

HUCBMS EU Referendum Position Statement

HUCBMS EU Referendum Position Statement - The Executive Committee of the Heads of University Centres of Biomedical Sciences (HUCBMS) supports the United Kingdom’s (UK’s) continued membership of the European Union (EU). HUCBMS believes that within the global scientific community, greater impact will continue to be achieved by UK universities, researchers, academics, and students through full and active participation in the policy formulation, networking and collaborative higher education and research frameworks established within the EU. Our full position statement is available from the above link.

HUCBMS Travel Fellowships

HUCBMS Travel Fellowships - The Executive Committee of HUCBMS offers two annual Fellowship Travel Awards to encourage collaboration in biomedical sciences teaching and research between UK-based HUCBMS member institutions and overseas universities. One award of £1,000 will be available to applicants from non-EU countries and the other, of £500, to EU-based applicants. The awards are designed to facilitate the successful Fellows to visit at least three UK HUCBMS member institutions and to develop a plan of collaboration with one or more of these institutions in teaching and learning and/or research in the biomedical sciences. For full details of the fellowships and how to apply, please click on the link.  The closing date for applications is the 19th February 2016.

Registers of individuals available to act as external examiners and validation panel members/advisors 

Register of potential external examiners/ advisors - This register is provided as a service to HUCBMS member institutions but no recommendation as to the suitability of the individuals named within is made or implied.  The individuals who appear on this register have indicated a willingness to act in the capacity of external examiner/ advisor, but it is the responsibility of the member institution to determine the suitability of the individual for the role in question taking into consideration the requirements of their own institutional regulations and the recomendations/ requirements of the QAA and appropriate professional/ regulatory bodies.

The UK Centre for Bioscience

UK Centre for Bioscience Directory of Expertise - an external resource designed to assist in the process of matching the needs of university departments with the expertise of academics who are willing to act as external examiners

Department of Heath

Chief Scientific Officer's pages - these pages include information related to Healthcare Science and the Modernising Scientific Careers (MSC) initiative

Quality Assurance Agency

Biomedical Sciences subject benchmark statement

UK Funding Councils

Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE)

Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW)

Scottish Funding Council (SFC)

Department for Employment and Learning, Northern Ireland

Research excellence Framework (REF)