Increased Diploma Supplement uptake
The Higher Education International Unit recently published the results of their 2011 European Activity Survey of Higher Education Institutions.
The results were published as E-notes and are available for the UK as a whole, as well as separate E-notes for England and Northern Ireland, Wales, and Scotland and are available from the International Unit website.
The survey is of particular interest to the UK National Europass Centre whose role (amongst others) it is to promote the use of the Diploma Supplement in the UK.
The results, which are very positive, indicate that of those UK HEIs responding to the survey:
- 79% currently issue the Diploma Supplement (an increase of 5% since 2009 and 19% since 2007)
- 82% of those issuing the Diploma Supplement use the standard format developed by the European Commission, Council of Europe and UNESCO/CEPES
- 73% of those issuing the Diploma Supplement do so automatically, with the remainder doing so on request
- 56% have received Diploma Supplements from HEIs elsewhere in Europe
- 72% find the Diploma Supplement useful for evaluating students’ achievements and supporting admissions procedures.
As well as Diploma Supplement usage, the survey results also cover a range of subjects, including the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS), Postgraduate Masters degrees, Collaborative degrees, recognition of UK qualifications, institutional strategies and staff and student mobility.