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’.  We promote links and collaborative ventures between our members, employers, professional bodies and other organisations with interests in credit.

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 publish the widely-used SEEC Credit Level Descriptors (revised and reissued in 2016).

*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.

UK Credit Forum

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.  SEEC also maintain links with other organisations with interests in academic credit as listed on our Collaboration page.

Board of Trustees 2017/18

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.  Trustees for 2017/18 are:

Peter Gambles, University of Oxford (Chair)

Dr Kate Armstrong, Regent’s University London

Phil Berry, The Open University

Darryll Bravenboer, University of Middlesex

Sarah Macdonald, Pearson College London

Liz Morfoot, University of Cambridge

Heather Rosa, Institute for Optimum Nutrition

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

Annual General Meeting

An AGM is held each winter and Minutes from the 2017 AGM (held on 8 December 2017 at Friends House, London) are available to download here: Minutes 2017 AGM.

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 .  We have also contributed to a number of sector studies and reports – see our Resources page.