NCC Education have recently been announced as a winner of the latest Innovate UK Funding Competition from the UK Government’s Innovation Agency.
The Innovate UK Funding Competition titled, ‘Business-led innovation in response to global disruption’ was launched to assist companies and organisations to drive science and technology projects which will help to grow the UK economy.
The aim of the competition was to offer support to businesses in the UK who have a focus on the ‘emerging or increasing needs of society and industries following the Covid-19 pandemic’.
With over 8,600 applications, NCC Education was shortlisted and then announced as one of the winners on the education category for the project titled, ‘Developing a robust, online, remote assessment solution for international students to increase opportunities to access Higher Education institutions in the UK’.
The COVID_19 crisis has had a devastating effect on transnational education. Millions of students globally have been unable to access assessments conducted under traditional and rigorous ‘exam centre/hall’ conditions; considered acceptable for many UK Universities and Higher Education Institutions.
Whilst online invigilation is becoming popular in the UK, in International markets, it is a barrier to students taking their exams.
To date; there hasn’t been one universally accepted approach that is robust enough to penetrate digital international infrastructures which may be weak.
NCC Education will develop a solution, using a globally tested assessment methodology which meets regulatory requirements and education principles, but can, in a cost-efficient way, be deployed remotely to countries with a mix of IT and digital infrastructures.
The Digital Improvement Team at NCC Education will be working on this project over the next six months as an immediate response to the needs of international students affected by the global pandemic.
NCC Education General Manager Esther Chesterman says, “The funding awarded from the Innovation Agency will enable students from all over the world to continue or complete their studies; where they would not be able to otherwise.
“The outcome of this will have an incredibly positive impact on the educational needs and developments of students from all backgrounds.”
NCC Education Head of Digital Improvement Martin Buck says, “We are looking forward to sharing our project outcomes and globally tested, remote assessment solution with the support from Innovate UK.”
Notes to editors:
UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) is the national funding agency investing in science and research in the UK. Operating across the whole of the UK with a combined budget of more than £6 billion, UKRI brings together the 7 Research Councils, Innovate UK, and Research England.
NCC Education is an awarding organisation and global provider of British education. They offer a complete education solution to a global network of Accredited Partner Centres in more than 50 countries.
Originally part of the National Computing Centre, NCC Education was established as a computing initiative by the British Government in 1966. They began offering IT qualifications and gradually expanded their higher education portfolio to include Business, English Language, and Foundation level qualifications.
In 1967, they became independent from the British government was established as an awarding organisation of British qualifications.