Membership of SEEC is open to universities, other HE providers, professional bodies, and individuals with interests in the field and practice of academic credit. Membership benefits you and your institution by:
- Keeping you up to date with developments in the use of credit, nationally and internationally, via our communications and events
- Enabling you to benchmark your credit practice against the sector
- Facilitating direct access to a network of experienced credit practitioners for sharing issues and good practice
- Providing essential professional development opportunities for you and key staff through a programme of regular events
- Giving you a platform to contribute to future policy on credit use
Current full members of SEEC are: the Universities of Bedfordshire, Cambridge, Middlesex, Oxford, Portsmouth, West of England, West London, and Westminster; the Institute for Optimum Nutrition; the International Compliance Association; the Open University; Pearson College London; and Royal Holloway, University of London. Links to their websites can be found below.
SEEC Credit Level Descriptors
These remain the most detailed and widely used descriptors for assessing levels of academic learning. Membership of SEEC gives direct access to experienced credit practitioners in their use. First published in 2010 and recently re-issued, the Descriptors are downloadable here – seec-descriptors-2016 .
Publications and Resources
SEEC produces sector-leading publications on the use of credit, often as a direct output from one of our events. Individuals from member institutions are encouraged and supported to contribute to these and to other projects relevant to credit practice. Member institutions receive complimentary copies of publications.
Professional Developments Events
SEEC’s programme is organised in direct response to topical issues in credit-related learning. Events offer an independent perspective and focus on practice and policy implications. Members benefit from up to a 50% reduction on registration fees, providing excellent value for key professional development. Recent events have included:
- Credit across the FE/HE interface
- An introduction to RPL
- Extending credit: doctorates, masters and the professions
- Credit re-invented: policy and practice
Our most recent Symposium – Learning without boundaries – was on 12th May 2017. A programme and a summary of the event are available to download here .
SEEC members also benefit from reduced rates at events organised by NUCCAT.
Advocacy and Links with External Bodies
SEEC is represented on the UK Credit Forum, providing an opportunity to influence international policy and giving members advance information on debates and consultations across Europe and at all academic levels. SEEC also maintains collaborative links with a number of other related organisations, ensuring that members are kept abreast of sector-wide developments.
The University of Hertfordshire has a well-established Flexible Credit Framework and membership of SEEC allows us to keep abreast of and contribute to developments in the field. Additionally, SEEC level descriptors are used to guide the development of our modular learning outcomes which speaks for the value that we put upon them.
If you are interested in the power of learning to enhance and transform individual lives, working practices and wider society, then you should be interested in credit. Despite the basic architecture for credit recognition being available for many years, there are still significant barriers to its coherent implementation which limit access to higher education. SEEC has a mission to promote learning opportunity through credit and operates as a source of expertise and a focus for the development of best practice towards the achievement of this goal.
Membership of SEEC enables UWL to remain current and informed regarding the practices surrounding student access to HE through the use of prior learning and/or credit transfer from a range of contexts. Network opportunities with other member HEIs also enables debate and discussion regarding future credit strategies and the sharing of good practice.
Being a member of SEEC is incredibly valuable for the OU. We do a huge amount of credit transfer and are often seen as leaders in the field but there is still so much to be done in the sector to get a level playing field for learners. Joining our voice with other like-minded institutions enables us to get more public attention on the benefits of credit recognition than we ever could alone.