Conference ‘PHExcel’ – London 2015

london_3_nlEURASHE organised a PHExcel conference titled ‘Striving for Excellence in Higher Education: Bringing Education and the World of Work Together‘ in London (United Kingdom) on 18-19 November 2015. It is organised by EURASHE and the PHExcel project. Underneath are further information on:

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Following are EURASHE news items related to the event:

  • PHExcel conference: Striving for Excellence in Higher Education, London, 18-19 November 6/7/2015 - Join us in London for the PHExcel conference ‘Striving for Excellence in Higher Education: Bringing Education and the World of Work Together’ at the Chelsea College of Arts, on 18-19... Read more
  • Following is the programme of the event:

    Day 1 – Wednesday 18 November 2015

    13.00    Registrations

    13.30    Opening and welcome

    Stéphane Lauwick, President of EURASHE, Director of Le Havre University Institute of Technology (IUT) – view video

    14.00    Quality in PHE: what is it all about?

    Lucien Bollaert, former Member of the Executive Board of NVAO – view video

    14.30    Results of the PHExcel project & looking forward to the future

    Johan Cloet, Secretary General of EURASHE, presentation – view video

    15.00    Coffee break

    15.30    Excellence in teaching and learning: what does it mean?

    Excellence in teaching and learning: what does it mean?, Danutė Rasimavičienė, Dean of the Faculty of Business Management of Vilniaus Kolegija/ University of Applied Sciences, presentation – view video

    Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) a rough guide, Prof. Anthony Dean, Dean of the Faculty of Arts, University of Winchester, presentation

    Striving for a Perfect Ensemble, Dr Jeremy Cox, former Chief Executive of the Association Européenne des Conservatoires, Académies de Musique et Musikhochschulen (AEC), presentation – view video

    17.00    How to achieve excellence in research, development and innovation?

    How to achieve excellence in research, development and innovation?Christophe Debout, General Secretary of FINE Europe, Head of the High Institute for Nursing, nurse scientist, Health Chair Sciences-Po Paris – view video

    17.30    Cocktail-buffet, welcome by Chris Wainwright, Pro Vice-Chancellor of the University of the Arts London and Head of Chelsea, Camberwell and Winchester College of Arts


    Day 2 – Thursday 19 November 2015

    09.00    How to achieve excellence in research, development and innovation? (continued)

    Research excellence in the arts: research, development, innovationProf. Johnny Golding, Director of PHD/Post-Doctoral Centre for Fine Art Research (CFAR) at Birmingham City University

    09.30    What characterises excellent policies and strategies?

    What characterizes excellent policies and strategies?Eugenija Vagnerienė, SPACE member, Director of V. A. Graiciunas School of Management

    Frans de Ruiter, Director of the Academy of Creative and Performing Arts, Leiden University – view video

    10.30    Coffee break

    11.00    Delivering excellence: the view from quality assurance agencies

    Delivering excellenceDr Stephen Jackson, Chair of the working group on excellence of ENQA, Associate Director – International at QAA – view video

    12.00    Institutions’ experiences in working with excellence (panel)

    Eugenija Vagnerienė, SPACE member, Director of V. A. Graiciunas School of Management

    Mike Fox, Head of Design Department, Limerick School of Art and Design (LSAD)

    Sebastian Ładyżyński, Composer, Alumnus of Karol Lipiński Academy of Music in Wrocław

    Lars Ebert, senior advisor, ELIA

    12.45    Conclusions

    Anthony F. Camilleri, Senior Partner, KIC Malta – view video

    13.00    Snacks

    14.00 – 17.00    Registrations for the 10th European Quality Assurance Forum (EQAF)

    Striving for Excellence in Higher Education: Bringing Education and the World of Work Together

    london_3_nlOn 18-19 November 2015, PHExcel organised a conference on ‘Striving for Excellence in Higher Education: Bringing Education and the World of Work Together’ at the Chelsea College of Arts, London, UK. There, we presented the outcomes of 2 years of: researching quality tools in Europe, developing a framework for excellence, testing this framework in pilot assessments, and validating it with consultations and surveys. Participants could:

    • Discuss excellence in higher education, especially how to achieve excellence in bringing higher education and the world of work together, a key feature of professional higher education throughout Europe;
    • Exchange ideas on the barriers and challenges to assessing and recognising excellence;
    • Debate with experts and representatives from many sectors, including the arts, music, business and language studies and nursing education, what excellence means to them and how to achieve it across various sectors in Europe;
    • Engage with colleagues from quality assurance agencies presenting the outcomes of their own research on delivering excellence in higher education;
    • Meet participants from the four pilot assessments that PHExcel conducted and experts who contributed to the development of our quality framework and assessment process.
    Following are the speakers of the event:

  • Mike Fox - Mike Fox is head of the Design Department at the Limerick School of Art and Design (LSAD), part of Limerick Institute of Technology, Ireland. Initially trained in fine art he... Read more
  • Stephen Jackson - Dr Stephen Jackson is ‘Associate Director – International’ within QAA, and was previously in the role of Director of Quality Assurance, with overall responsibility for the management and delivery of... Read more
  • Sebastian Ładyżyński - Sebastian Ładyżyński, composer. He received a Master’s Degree in composition in 2009 and PhD degree in 2014 at the Academy of Music in Wrocław, Poland. In 2009 – 2011 he studied... Read more
  • Anthony Dean - Prof. Anthony Dean is Professor of Performing Arts, Dean of Cultural Engagement and Dean of Faculty of Arts at the University of Winchester ( He has considerable experience in developing... Read more
  • Johnny Golding - Prof Golding holds the Chair in Philosophy and Fine Art at Birmingham School of Art and is Director of the PHD/Post-Doctoral Centre for Fine Art Research (CFAR), Birmingham City University. ... Read more
  • Danutė Rasimavičienė - Danute Rasimaviciene, lecturer, trainer, consultant, was leading the Faculty of Business Management of Vilniaus Kolegija, the largest University of Applied Sciences in Lithuania, for more than 10 years till September,... Read more
  • Anthony F. Camilleri - Anthony F. Camilleri is a tertiary education policy consultant. He holds qualifications in law from the University of Malta, and was also active in the Malta national students’ union and... Read more
  • Christophe Debout - Christophe Debout, RN, MScN, MPhil, PhD. Christophe Debout is a nurse anaesthetist. He successively held positions in clinical practice, management and education in France and abroad. From 2009 to 2014,... Read more
  • Johan Cloet - Johan Cloet has been the Secretary General of EURASHE in 2014-2016, which he represented in the Bologna Follow-Up Group (BFUG) and several of its working groups, such as on ‘Structural... Read more
  • Frans de Ruiter - Frans de Ruiter is Professor of Creative and Performing Arts with the special remit of promoting the relationship between performing and creative arts education and academic studies since 2001 and... Read more
  • Lucien Bollaert - Lucien Bollaert is an independent international QA expert, keynote speaker at many conferences on QA, author of peer-reviewed articles and visiting professor in New York. He is member of the... Read more
  • Chris Wainwright - Chris is Pro Vice-Chancellor and Head of Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon colleges. He is also a past president of the European League of Institutes of the Arts, a member of... Read more
  • Eugenija Vagnerienė - Eugenija Vagnerienė is a Director of a private non-profit institution of professional higher education, V. A. Graciunas School of Management (AVM), with primary responsibility for the development and operations of... Read more
  • Jeremy Cox - After a wide and varied career in higher music education, Jeremy Cox is now devoting himself to research and writing. Jeremy is the former Chief Executive of the Association Européenne... Read more
  • Lars Ebert - Lars Ebert (Heidelberg, Germany, 1976) is the programme co-ordinator of the cultural centre Castrum Peregrini in Amsterdam, developing thematically focused series of exhibitions, debates, performing arts events and publications. As... Read more
  • Following are some video recording of the conference:

    Following are the practicalities of the event:


    The conference was hosted at Chelsea College of Arts, 16 John Islip Street, London, SW1P 4JU, United Kingdom – next to Tate Britain, on the Victoria line.



    The following hotels are situated near the conference location and public transport:

    1. DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London – Westminster30 John Islip Street, London, SW1P 4DD, United Kingdomstarting at £189/night or €266/night
    2. Holiday Inn Express London – Victoria, 106-110 Belgrave Road, London, SW1V 2BJ, United Kingdom, starting at £165/night or €232/night
    3. Travelodge London Vauxhall Hotel, 3 Bondway, Vauxhall, London, SW8 1SJ, United Kingdom, starting at £120/night or €168/night
    4. BEST WESTERN Victoria Palace, 60-64 Warwick Way, Victoria, London, SW1V 1SA, United Kingdom, starting at £104/night or €146/night
    5. Hotel Novotel London Waterloo, 113 Lambeth road, London, SE1 7LS, United Kingdom, from £189/night or €266/night
    6. Park Plaza Victoria London, 239 Vauxhall Bridge Road, London, SW1V 1EQ, United Kingdom, from £229/night or €322/night

    More on public transport on Transport for London.



    View PHExcel conference in Google Maps here.



    The conference is organised by EURASHE and the partners of the PHExcel project (AEC, ELIA, SPACE, The University of Nottingham, Jagiellonian University and KIC-Malta).

  • European Association of Institutions in Higher Education (EURASHE) - EURASHE is the European Association of Institutions in Higher Education that offer professionally orientated programmes and are engaged in applied research within the Bologna cycles. EURASHE represents universities of applied sciences... Read more
  • PHExcel - The PHExcel project ran from 1 October 2013 to 31 December 2015. Its aim was to support institutions providing professional higher education across Europe to improve their performance. The PHExcel project... Read more
  • Following are the photographs of the event:

    PHExcel conference