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									VETNET Lifelong Learning Network

Eastern Region Notes of a meeting held on 7th November 2006.
Present: Sam Anderson, Easton College Mick Betts, MOVE Mike Herrtage, Cambridge Veterinary School Mark Lyne, Writtle College Paul Probyn, Royal Veterinary College Liz Warr, Writtle College

Apologies for Absence:

Jacky Wharton, Otley College

VETNET Paul Probyn gave a description of VETNET, explaining that it had been awarded £3.73M funding by HEFCE, over a three year period. VETNET would have a national core, together with six regional organisations, one of which would cover Eastern England. REGIONAL INSTITUTIONS Each of the representatives present gave a brief description of the provision which their college offered in veterinary and animal related subjects; Easton: Eastern offered programmes in animal care and management and in veterinary nursing, a Foundation Degree with the University of East Anglia in Animal Science and Welfare, and provision in equine studies. Some students progressed for further study to the University of East Anglia, and others to Writtle. Writtle: Writtle was split 50/50 between further education and higher education, and had strengths in animal care, animal science and veterinary nursing. It also ran Foundation Degrees, awarded by the University of Essex. Writtle have campuses at both Chelmsford and Shuttleworth. Otley: Otley, near Ipswich, had degrees validated by the University of East Anglia. It was to become part of University Campus Suffolk. It ran Foundation Degrees in equine and in animal management. College of West Anglia: The College of West Anglia has campuses at Milton and Wisbech. The majority of the College’s work was at FE level. Cambridge University: Cambridge recruited 70 veterinary students per year. Admissions were conducted via the individual colleges. Students spent their final three years at the clinical campus in Madingley Road.

MOVE Mick Betts gave an introduction to MOVE, the regional Lifelong Learning Network for the Eastern Region. All members of the Association of Universities in Eastern England were members of MOVE, which was supported by the Regional Development Agency, and all Further Education Colleges in the region had also bought in. MOVE was in the process of appointing a staff member, half time, to take responsibility for progression in the land-based sector. One of the priorities for MOVE was to establish regional progression agreements, and it intended that there should be guaranteed progression for a minimum number of students

each year. MOVE hoped to achieve its objectives through progression agreements, the allocation of additional student numbers, and a development fund; it had recently distributed £100,000 in development funding. MOVE had also taken over a project from the University of Hertfordshire for student tracking and e-portfolio building. MOVE was based in St Ives.

REGIONAL MANAGER It was agreed that the interview panel would include Paul Probyn, Mick Betts and Liz Warr, th together with Mike Herrtage if he was available on the chosen date of 14 December.

PUBLICITY It was agreed that press publicity should be sought when the Regional Manager was appointed. This should be followed by a launch event as part of a seminar/conference on VETNET activity in Eastern England. It was noted that VETNET could be mentioned in the MOVE newsletter.

LANDLEARN Liz Warr explained that Landlearn was a project created before 2000 which had mapped the curricula in land based education in the region, and helped to market the provision. It was agreed that the work that Landlearn had carried out would form a valuable basis for the Regional Manager to take forward progression mapping and pathway development.

PROJECT FUNDING It was agreed that guidelines should be drawn up for project funding which would support progression accords. ACTION: PAUL PROBYN REGIONAL PROGRESSION MANAGEMENT BOARD It was agreed that, in addition to the institutions in the region, the Regional Progression Management Board should include a representative of MOVE. It was not clear that it would be useful or feasible to include an employer representative, but it was agreed that employers should be consulted as the VETNET moved forward in the region. It was further agreed that Mike Herrtage would chair the Regional Progression Management Board.

OTHER POTENTIAL PARTNER INSTITUTIONS It was agreed that Oaklands College, Anglia Ruskin University, and the College of Animal Welfare should be invited to join VETNET in the Eastern Region. In addition, Capel Manor College would be asked whether it wished to be involved, and if so whether it would be part of the Eastern Region or the London Region. ACTION: PAUL PROBYN

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