About SEEC and credit

SEEC is a consortium of universities and HE providers working together to advance the use and practice of academic credit, widening access to learning.  Our formal purpose is ‘to advance education for the public benefit by developing credit accumulation and transfer and promoting lifelong learning, at the higher education level’.

Since our formation in 1985*, we have served as a reference point on credit-based learning, structures and processes in the UK and in the developing field of European credit. We promote links and collaborative ventures between our members, employers, professional bodies and other organisations with interests in credit to open up market opportunities in the UK and internationally.

*Originally the South East England Consortium for Credit Accumulation & Transfer, SEEC has grown to cover institutions across the south and midlands although events are primarily held in London.

SEEC works closely with NUCCAT – the Northern Universities Consortium for Credit Accumulation and Transfer – to provide a national voice under the umbrella of the UK Credit Forum.  UKCF’s focus is on developments in the higher education sector pertaining to the awarding of credit, credit transfer, the operation of modular frameworks and their underpinning regulation.  SEEC also maintain links with other organisations with interests in academic credit as listed on our Collaboration page.

Board of Trustees 2016/7

SEEC is a registered charity and is governed by a Board of Trustees made up of representatives of member institutions. The Trustees meet in London several times per year. An AGM is held each winter and Minutes from the 2016 AGM are available here: Minutes SEEC AGM Dec 2016.

Debbie Sawyer (Chair), University of West London

Mark Atlay, University of Bedfordshire

Marina Beck, Royal Holloway University of London

Darryll Bravenboer, University of Middlesex

Peter Gambles, University of Oxford

Jackie Hulse, University of Hertfordshire

Liz Marr, Open University

Trustees are drawn from member institutions and typically serve for 3 years.

About academic credit

Academic credit is the currency awarded to learning gained in formal and non-formal settings: a tool for measuring and formally recognising the equivalence of that learning.  Credit can be transferred between institutions and is now integral to curriculum design in both the UK and Europe.  SEEC has published a set of Credit Level Descriptors (downloadable here – seec-descriptors-2016) which are widely used across HE to define credit awards.

The key role of credit in the development of Degree Apprenticeships and how these will  shape the future of higher education is described on our Apprenticeships page.  Advice on how credit could feature in Student Protection Plans can be found here.

More detailed information about the award and transfer of credit can be found on our pages For Learners.   A useful history of the development and use of credit can be found here.

SEEC and the Higher Education and Research Bill

SEEC welcomes the inclusion of the student transfer clause in the Bill, which demonstrates that the Government is taking this issue seriously and sets the tone for ongoing work and wider engagement.  Our views are summarised here: HERB comment March 2017