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What institutions say about the Tick

Over two hundred higher education courses and apprenticeship programmes have now gone through the rigorous Tick accreditation process. Here, course leaders share their insights into the benefits gained from Tick accreditation and from the application process itself.

The Tick has also been a positive development for the course internally with greater recognition from the university regarding the department’s status and validating what they do.

Birmingham City University – BA (Hons) Fashion Design

The benefits of the Tick for Birmingham City University’s BA (Hons) Fashion Design course have been numerous for both students and the university and have had a far reaching impact, including some excellent networking opportunities.

“Connections with industry and employers are vital to providing excellent networking opportunities and Tick accreditation has extended the network exponentially,” said Jane Grice, Course Director, BA (Hons) Fashion Design.

“As an example, when the university was looking for new external examiners for the course, they went to Creative Skillset and to other Tick courses and, through these interactions, we were able to get the assistance we needed.

"It is very good to be part of a niche of universities offering Tick courses as it gives us unique access, such as being a member of a Creative Skillset LinkedIn page where related issues can be discussed. We also actively encourage Hiive for students to showcase their work which links them to employers who are on Hiive.”

Southampton Solent University – BA (Hons) Advertising

Southampton Solent’s BA (Hons) Advertising Tick accreditation has led to many benefits for the students and university alike, including bringing about the university’s involvement with a number of new developments such as the HEFCE Catalyst fusion project.

“When it comes to our links with industry and employers,” said Richard Berry, Programme Group Leader Advertising and Communications at Southampton Solent University, “the Tick has resulted in Southampton Solent attending more conferences and seminars and other events, and the development of the two-year accelerator course.

"This process has seen Solent work closely with Creative Skillset alongside other HEIs in Bradford, Middlesex and Roehampton. In the next year, Solent will be sharing its experiences of developing the two-year course and communicating best practice learnt during the process.”

Richard said, “The advertising industry is notoriously sceptical about the work-based learning approach. However, through our engagement with both local and London-based agents, the university has been able to promote and look at the fusion skills agenda with the concept of the Tick central to on-going discussions.

"We very much see the future in the continued development of a variety of work-based learning offers that are linked to Creative Skillset accreditation activities."

Since becoming accredited, expectations have been exceeded internally allowing the programme to be promoted effectively and provides for a stronger voice when applying for resources and opportunities for students.

Edinburgh Napier University – MSc Publishing

Avril Gray, Programme Leader, Postgraduate Publishing at Edinburgh Napier University said, “Since becoming accredited, expectations have been exceeded internally allowing the programme to be promoted effectively and provides for a stronger voice when applying for resources and opportunities for students.

"As a result of accreditation, positive links have formed with publishing courses at the University of Central Lancashire and Kingston University. Through giving talks on the value of Tick accreditation at the Association for Publishing Education (APE) meetings, there is clearly a significant opportunity to build this network further.”

Accreditation has become a useful recruitment tool but it has also allowed us to be part of the Tick network of reputable institutions and to communicate with other Tick course leaders.

University of Gloucestershire – BA (Hons) Film Production

The University of Gloucestershire’s initial decision to apply for accreditation for the Film Production course was to have more visibility in the competitive admissions environment. However, the benefits to the university from accreditation have been more extensive.

Freya Billington, Course Leader, Film Production said, “Accreditation has become a useful recruitment tool but it has also allowed us to be part of the Tick network of reputable institutions and to communicate with other Tick course leaders. We have been able to participate in a number of activities including speaking at the Tick network conference at Goldsmiths in 2012 on our experience of integrating industry practice into our Film Production course.

"We have also gained access to promoting VFX at the International Colorist Academy and we were part of the Pitch Development programme at the Sheffield Doc/Fest.”

Those working in HE need to continually develop professionally and the Tick network facilitates CPD provided by Creative Skillset, for our own course staff.

Teesside University – BA (Hons) Computer Animation and Visual Effects

As well as being part of a cohort under the Creative Skillset Tick umbrella, Teesside recognises the other substantial advantages of being part of the Tick network.

Ellie Sarafin, Principal Lecturer in Creative Visualisation at Teesside University said, “Those working in HE need to continually develop professionally and the Tick network facilitates CPD provided by Creative Skillset, for our own course staff.

"The Tick Talent Showcase and the BFI event were beneficial to both staff and graduates to both network and showcase their work. Creative Skillset also acts as a middle person between education and industry which is crucial as not all companies have a member of staff fostering links with HE. This enables the course to extend its networks even further. Our relationship with Creative Skillset is greatly valued and we know there will be the opportunity to further extend it in the future.”

Creative Skillset also acts as a middle person between education and industry which is crucial as not all companies have a member of staff fostering links with HE. This enables the course to extend its networks even further.

Norwich University of the Arts – BA Games Art and Design

Norwich University of the Arts has experienced a number of advantages to being part of a network of Tick courses.

“Holding accreditation has led to a closer working relationship with Creative Skillset and this was of particular value when we were developing a new MA,” said Marie-Claire Isaaman, Senior Lecturer Games Innovation and Research at NUA. “It was incredibly helpful to know there was an industry body to talk to if required.

"Engagement with industry and employers has increased too as they are more confident in working with an accredited course. As a result of accreditation we have opened up discussions with UKIE which has opened up our events calendar and given students a lot more opportunity to be involved.”

Newcastle University – MSc Computer Game Engineering

Course staff have found Creative Skillset to be a proactive partner which invests time into developing its relationships with Tick courses.

Graham Morgan, Senior Lecturer, Computing Science at Newcastle University said, “Being part of a network of Ticked courses has benefited us not only in linking us with a colleague at a Ticked course at Hull University, who we now use as an external examiner, but also in matching learning objectives to course content which has been shared via the network.

"The Tick Talent Showcase was an excellent networking event for both students and course staff. Our expectations of the Tick have been fully met.”

Brunel University London – BSc (Hons) Digital Design

Applying for the Tick allowed Brunel University London to benchmark where it sat with other similar courses, to validate what the university was doing and to build bridges with industry.

Angelina Karpovich, Lecturer in Creative Multimedia Design at Brunel University said, “The application process made Brunel think more vigorously about how to implement new processes that had been discussed before but not yet come to fruition.

"An example of this has been the formation of an industry advisory panel which has put into place a structure for industry engagement giving greater and more regular access to industry speakers. Brunel has also been able to forge partnerships with other universities where we can share best practice.

"The Tick has also been a positive development for the course internally with greater recognition from the university regarding the department’s status and validating what they do. We have also forged closer relationships with Creative Skillset which has given students and course leaders access to industry networking events."

Through accreditation, the university is kept informed of new funding opportunities and then being assisted through the application process by Creative Skillset.

University of Westminster – BA (Hons) Film and BA (Hons) Television Production

“The greatest benefit of course accreditation has been to enable us to apply for capital funding,” said Peter Hort, Course Director of Film and Television Production at the University of Westminster.

“This has allowed the university to buy new equipment which would not otherwise have been obtainable. The relationship we now have with Creative Skillset has been very beneficial. Through accreditation, the university is kept informed of new funding opportunities and then being assisted through the application process by Creative Skillset.

"Prior to accreditation we had not been aware of networking opportunities but the Film and TV Launchpad in July 2015 was an exciting and tangible benefit of accreditation.”