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UCU responds to McDonald's gaining qualification awarding powers

28 January 2008 | last updated: 14 December 2015

UCU has responded to the news that McDonald's has been given official awarding body status to develop and award its own qualifications.

UCU general secretary, Sally Hunt, said: 'Any body given the power to award qualifications must meet the stringent requirements set down by the Qualification and Curriculum Authority. We fully understand the benefits of people being able to transfer in-house accredited training to the next level. However, we would have concerns about qualifications that are very narrow and specific to one organisation, like McDonald's.

'Just last week, a report revealed that some universities have concerns over diplomas. We are unsure whether those institutions would be clamouring to accept people with McQualifications.'

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