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1. Foreword

The working environment for higher education institutions delivering programmes in radiography continues to provide a range of challenges. These include ever tightening financial constraints and evolving demands of the clinical service and education commissioners. Against this backdrop, the continuing development of contemporary and innovative provision in radiography education gives testimony to the efforts of educators and clinical experts across the UK who maintain a commitment to excellence.
   
The 2008–9 academic year has witnessed the College’s continued commitment to developing engagement with Education Institutions (EIs) and maximising student uptake in membership. This includes for example, the provision of a full year of free membership for new students and the development of the external examiner register, a valuable resource for course leaders. The evolution of the monitoring schedule is also a manifestation of the College’s commitment to maximising useful information to EIs, whilst reducing the time commitment to providing information in an increasingly bureaucratic system.

The schedule provides evidence of recognised or interesting trends in radiography education, such as recruitment difficulties and student attrition in some programmes, and an increase in commitment to the College’s CPD endorsement process. As such, it is a valuable resource in providing comparators for institutional performance that may enable more effective targeting of quality enhancement initiatives.

The economic downturn, whilst having a profound effect on the economy as a whole, is now showing an impact on health and social care delivery, with an associated knock on effect in higher education. It remains to be seen how profound these factors will be in influencing workforce development priorities and indeed recruitment trends in health education, however EIs may be confident that future schedules will provide a useful measure of these effects on radiography education.
 

Ian Henderson
Chair
Approval and Accreditation Board

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