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Quality is in the eye of the beholder

To celebrate their 25th anniversary, the QAA has been exploring the concept of quality through a series of articles and events. Their latest event was a panel held on 15 June, which delved into the topic “quality is in the eye of the beholder”. Quality is a multifaceted[...]

Bridging the Gap: CAVA Assessment Workshops

As a membership organisation, one of CAVA’s strategic aims is to provide a full package of support for our Access to HE providers. As part of our programme of staff development training[...]

CEO welcome to 2022-23 academic year

I am pleased to welcome you back after the summer, I hope it has been a restful and enjoyable break. Before we start the new academic year, I would like to reflect[...]

Key insights from the Association of Colleges Annual Conference 2022

The AoC annual conference took place at the International Convention Centre in Birmingham across two full days on 15 and 16 November. CAVA’s Deputy CEO Emily Ross and Communications and Events Officer[...]

CAVA conference 2022

On Friday 2 December we held our annual CAVA conference, once again in person. It was a real delight to have our 84 attendees join us in Cambridge, to feel the energy[...]

Reviewing the validity of assessments

Access Validating Agencies are required by QAA to ensure that Access to HE Diploma assessments are appropriate for the delivery method and for the demand required, and facilitate valid assessment of student[...]

Recruitment and retention of male students under 24 years of age in Access to Higher Education

QAA’s 2021-2022 statistics demonstrate that only 23% of students entering the Access to HE diploma are men. This low representation is presented around the nation across all Access to HE Diplomas. Despite[...]

International Women in Engineering Day

International Women in Engineering Day is celebrated on June 23rd each year to recognise the achievements of women in engineering and to encourage more girls and young women to consider engineering as[...]

Congratulations Class of 2022-23

On behalf of everyone at CAVA we would like to congratulate all those who have completed their Access to Higher Education Diploma.  CAVA will be issuing your certificates and transcripts to your[...]

Hartpury University and Hartpury College Awards

Hartpury College has implemented a fantastic way of celebrating their staff members, by introducing their own internal staff awards – the Hartpury Students’ Union StAR Awards. They have a variety of categories[...]