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.

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