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Acronyms, terminology, and useful websites

Baffled by all the jargon there is in higher education? This section provides useful acronyms and terminology relating to higher education both at De Montfort University (DMU) and nationally, with links through to websites for further information.

This information has been collated by the Department of Academic Quality (DAQ), and presented below for your use. Please contact Suzanne Nelson with any queries.

 

Acronym/termDescriptionCategory

MLE

Managed Learning Environment (known as 'myDMU’) provides students with online access to a wide range of tools to support student life.

DMU

Module leader

Module leader is responsible for academic leadership, module management, and assessment for the module.

DMU

National statistics

UK National statistics provides official UK statistics covering Britain's economy, population and society, at national and local level.

Statistics (National)

NCFE

Vocational awarding body, no longer an acronym: http://www.ncfe.org.uk/. Previously known as the Northern Advisory Council for Further Education (NACFE) and the Northern Council for Further Education (NCTEC).

Awarding body/agency (National)

NFER

National Foundation for Educational Research is an independent educational research institution aiming to provide education and training, nationally and internationally, by undertaking research, development and dissemination activities, and by providing information services.

Research (National)

NIACE

National Institute of Adult Continuing Education is a non-governmental organisation working on behalf of adult learners to represent their interests locally, nationally and internationally.

Further education (National)

NMC

Nursing and Midwifery Council is a regulator with responsibility to approve educational institutions and programmes leading to registerable or recordable qualifications.

Awarding body/agency (National)

NOCN

National Open College Network is an awarding body for Access programmes.

 

Awarding body/agency (National)

Non-devolved

Where at least part if not all of the programme is to be delivered by staff at another institution.

DMU

NQF

National Qualifications Framework assists higher education providers to maintain and inform comparability of academic standards. Relates to FHEQ.

Quality and standards (National)

NSS

National Student Survey is a national student satisfaction survey conducted annually, surveying final year students in all English, Welsh and Northern Irish HE institutions.

Student surveys (National)

NUC

Northern Universities Consortium for Credit Accumulation and Transfer (also referred to as NUCCAT) is a credit consortium for northern universities providing information about credit frameworks. Relates to SEEC.

Awarding body/agency (National)

OCR

Oxford, Cambridge and RSA Examinations is an awarding body.

Awarding body/agency (National)

OFSTED

Office for Standards in Education inspects and regulates services which care for children and young people, and those providing education and skills for learners of all ages. Relates to CIF.

Further education (National)

OMR

Optical Mark Reader. Software used to process online student questionnaires.

DMU

Pearson

Pearson is an awarding body, previously known as EdExcel.

Awarding body/agency (National)

PEAG

Process Enhancement Audit Group is responsible to QAEC for overseeing that quality assurance and improvement procedures are being implemented effectively.

DMU

PDP

Personal Development Planning. Closely linked with personal tutoring.

DMU

PEP

Programme Enhancement Plan is the annual process of evaluating programmes reflecting on a range of key monitoring information.

DMU

 

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