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 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)
Darryll Bravenboer, University of Middlesex
Sarah Macdonald, Pearson College London
Liz Marr, Open University
Liz Morfoot, University of Cambridge
Heather Rosa, Institute for Optimum Nutrition
Trustees are drawn from member institutions and typically serve for three years. Due to retirements, we are seeking new Trustees from SEEC member institutions; please contact us if you are interested in the role.
An AGM is held each winter and Minutes from the 2016 AGM are available here: Minutes SEEC AGM Dec 2016. The next AGM will be on 8 December 2017 at Friends House, London NW1 2BJ.
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.
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