Adrian Anderson

Adrian Anderson

Chief Executive of UVAC

Adrian Anderson is Chief Executive of UVAC and has led UVAC’s work on the Government’s flagship Degree Apprenticeship programme. UVAC has a membership of over 50 universities drawn from all mission groups and was established to champion higher level vocational learning.


• Was commissioned in 2015, early 2016 and July 2016 to provide strategic advice to HEFCE on defining and supporting the development of the Higher Education Institution role in Degree Apprenticeship.
• Is working with QAA on the development of a Degree Apprenticeship Position Statement and the quality oversight of Degree Apprenticeship. Quality oversight of Degree Apprenticeship rests with HEFCE/QAA.
• Was asked by BIS/DfE to support the employer trailblazers developing apprenticeship standards work with HEIs. UVAC was, for example, recently asked by the Social Work Degree Apprenticeship Trailblazer to establish a social work HE provider group.
• Undertakes an extensive programme of activities to support the HE sector engage in Degree Apprenticeship. UVAC provided a programme of webinars, briefings and surgeries (with HEFCE) on the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers (RoATP) and the Procurement of Apprenticeship training provision for non-levy paying employers. Our current webinar/surgery programme includes support on the Register of Apprentice Assessment Organisations (RoAAO), Apprenticeship Service, Sub-contracting and SFA Funding Rules.

UVAC produces a peer reviewed academic journal Higher Education, Skills and Work-based Learning, published quarterly by Emerald. The latest edition focused on Higher and Degree Apprenticeship: Creating the Future Workforce.

Experiences of Developing Degree Apprenticeships

Hall 11a

With the introduction of the apprenticeship levy, it is anticipated that degree apprenticeships will expand significantly in number. A number of higher education providers will have developed degree apprenticeships in order to meet the expected demand from employers, and this session would provide an opportunity for interested providers to discuss their experiences and exchange ideas. […]