SEEC is a consortium of universities and HE providers working together to advance the use and practice of academic credit, widening access to learning. See ‘About academic credit’ below.
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.
Board of Trustees
SEEC is a registered charity and is governed by a Board of Trustees. Current Trustees are:
Prof Darryll Bravenboer, Middlesex University (Chair)
Dr Corinne Boz, University of Cambridge
Clare Dunn, The Open University
Sarah Macdonald, Pearson College London
Heather Rosa, Institute for Optimum Nutrition
Trustees are usually drawn from member institutions and typically serve for three years. They meet 4 times per year at Board meetings held in London.
Annual General Meeting approves UALL Network proposal
The latest SEEC AGM was held at Pearson College London on 6 December 2019 and members approved the Trustees’ proposal to move towards becoming a Network of UALL. A set of draft Minutes can be read here: Draft Minutes AGM Dec 2019
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’s Credit Level Descriptors (downloadable here – seec-descriptors-2016) are widely used across HE to define credit awards, and a set of case studies demonstrating their application in a variety of settings has recently been published. Download it from our Resources page.
A comprehensive overview of credit policy and practice in the UK was published by the HEA in 2012 and can be read here. On a more personal level, SEEC’s April 2018 Seminar ‘Credit transfer and social mobility’ featured two Middlesex University graduates who gave compelling accounts of the role of credit in their respective learning journeys:
“I was able to get my degree in a shorter time because of the credits I’d gained … it gave me a better understanding of what, how and why I’ve learned through my career and it also improved my confidence.” Yasmin Jevanjee, BA(Hons) Professional Practice (Early Years Education).
“I could see my development and growth in learning, as a nurse but also as an adult learner taking responsibility for my own development. The University’s acknowledging this experiential learning and accrediting RPL really boosted my confidence.” Marjorie Dunn, MSc Professional Practice (Leading Change in Clinical Practice)
If you’re a SEEC member and would like to hear more, you can watch a video of Yasmin and Marjorie’s presentation in the Member Content area. (For a password reminder please contact firstname.lastname@example.org .)
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 general 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 and a recent DfE survey on ‘Credit transfer in higher education’ can be downloaded here.
SEEC and the HE sector
SEEC regularly contributes to sector studies and reports – see our Resources page. Our Chair, Prof Darryll Bravenboer, talked about current credit practice and policy during a QAA webinar in 2018, and his audio presentation can be accessed here together with the slides: SEEC QAA Webinar Feb 2018
SEEC welcomed the inclusion of the student transfer clause in the 2017 HE and Research Bill, which demonstrated 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 , and we were able to provide the OfS with feedback on the student transfer clause in the new Regulatory Framework via a workshop at one of our 2018 Seminars.
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.