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UCU responds to degree apprenticeships report

9 March 2017 | last updated: 10 March 2017

UCU has today responded to the Universities UK report Degree Apprenticeships: Realising Opportunities by calling for assurances that staff have a voice in any new standards and that workload should not be increased further.

UCU general secretary, Sally Hunt said: 'It is encouraging to see from this report that so many universities are already working with employers to deliver degree apprenticeships, but it's important that quality is not sacrificed in a rush to expand them further. UCU and others have raised concerns about some employer-led apprenticeship standards being narrowly drawn, so it's vital that educators have a voice in developing new standards and qualifications. Universities must also support staff to ensure that workloads are not increased further as a result of growing the number of these qualifications.' 

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