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This page contains links to all the research and publications which have influenced and informed the development of the Quality Mark.

1. Quality Mark Annual Statistical Returns

Starting in 2010-11, Quality Mark holding institutions were asked to submit annual statistics relating to their implementation of the QM scheme. 

The first two report (Quality Mark Universities' Annual Statistical Report 2009 and 2010/11) summarised the statistics gathered from universities over the period 2007 - 2011.

The statistical return from universities was reviewed in 2012 and in 2013 a section for FE colleges was added. 

This final report (Quality Mark Annual Statistical Report, Academic Year 2013-2014, May 2015) includes comparisons with the two previous years for university data and with the previous year for college data.

Quality Mark Annual Statistical Report,  Academic Year 2013-2014 (May 2015)

This final report is an analysis of the statistical data return submitted by 59 universities and 26 colleges. 

Universities submitted this dataset for three consecutive years. A number of comparisons and trends over the three year period are included in the report.

For colleges this is the second year of the return and the report draws comparisons where relevant and possible with the previous year's data.

Quality Mark Annual Statistical Report,  Academic Year 2012-2013 (June 2014) 

The information in this report was collected from 62 Higher Education Institutions and 25 Further Education Colleges. This is the second year in which this information was colected from Higher Education colleges in this format.

Further Education Colleges were invited to join the Quality Mark for the first time in 2012, following the pilot phase in 2009-2011. This is the first time data from colleges was gathered giving snapshot of the experiences of care leavers in post-16 education. 

Quality Mark Universities' Annual Statistical Report, 2011/12 (June 2013)

This report is an analyses of the data relating to the academic year 2011/12, and provides some interesting statistics which are useful indicators for where support can be further developed within institutions. 
The collected data in this report cannot be compared to previous years as the data collection criteria were substantially reviewed and to improve the accuracy of the data. 

Quality Mark Universities' Annual Statistical Report 2010/11

Please note that this earlier report refers to the previous set of returns and is designed to show an overview of trends and patterns relating to care leaver students and activities at Quality Mark institutions.

Quality Mark Universities Statistical Report October 2009

This is first statistical return report for the Frank Buttle Trust Quality Mark. It was published in 2009 summarising the data collected from Quality Mark awarded universities for the academic year 2007-08.


2. Quality Mark research reports and publications

Assessing the Impact of the Buttle UK Quality Mark in Higher Education (June 2013)

Image of front page of report

This research, conducted by York Consulting LLP and funded by the KPMG Foundation, assessed the impact the Quality Mark had on support for care leavers in higher education since its development in 2006. 

The report revealed a dramatic improvement in awareness of the barriers that care leavers face in higher education as well as the provision in place for them at HEIs since the introduction of the Quality Mark in 2006. 

Support across Quality Mark institutions varies and the report highlighted the need for all to strive to achieve the top 'exemplary' level of assessment for their Quality Mark. 

Annex A: Evaluation Framework

Annex B: Student Survey

Please note: For the glossary, the equivalent to an Access Agreement in Wales is a Fee Plan. 

The Buttle UK Quality Mark Model: Working with your institution to support Care Leavers in HE (April 2012)

Dr Louise Comerford Boyes, a ResearchBradford research front page Fellow from the University of Bradford completed a report in April 2012 on the impact of the Quality Mark for higher education.

The report highlighted the benefits of the Quality Mark to HEIs in for example, building effective cross-sector collaboration, providing a basis for external evaluation, as well as a framework to develop strategic cross-departmental working.

A Quality Mark for Care Leavers; a Pilot Study for Further Education (July 2011) 

The strong success of the Quality Mark led to many requests from the further education sector to consider a similar FE commitment to Care Leavers. Buttle UK acknowledged that many young people choose to stay in further education, sometimes to then go on to complete HE qualifications. In October 2009 therefore, Buttle UK embarked upon an 18-month development programme for an FE Quality Mark, with a pilot of 25 further education colleges drawn from different areas of the United Kingdom.

The pilot found an urgent need for a Quality Mark for the FE sector and as a result Buttle UK now offer a Quality Mark for FE institutions as of January 2012. The report summarised the development, implementation and impact of the programme, and drew conclusions and recommendations on the potential for a national roll out.

FE pilot report front page

By Degrees: From Care to University (2005)

In 2004, Buttle UK completed the first ever research study of university students with a background in local authority care.

Read or download a Summary of the final 'By Degrees' Report's Findings, or read or download the final 'By Degrees' Report 'Going to university from care'.

Front page for by degrees research         

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