The National Co-ordination Team for Widening Participation and Access to Higher Education

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14 November 2017: Access to Higher Education and Student Success Summit 2017: Managing change and unlocking the future, Woburn conference centre, London

A national one-day conference giving you the opportunity to examine the key institutional and operational issues which are currently surrounding access, participation and success in UK universities. Organised by Universities UK and Action on Access, the conference will explore the implications of the recent changes in the sector for your institution, and will provide insight and the information you need to successfully plan and manage around them.​ Key themes to be examined at this conference on Access to Higher Education and Student Success include:

  • Understanding the changing sector landscape and the implications
  • Successful models of collaboration
  • Research findings and how best to use these
  • Using toolkits and resources effectively
  • Peer to peer networking and knowledge exchange

More than ever for this 2017 annual summit on Access, Widening Participation and Student Success, delegates face a raft of changes – the new Higher Education and Research Act, the introduction of the Office for Students and the Teaching Excellence Framework, the merging of sector agencies, merged quality agencies, and sharp apprenticeship developments, all set in the context of Brexit, changing UK governments and the many strands of devolution. The Summit will give you the opportunity to receive the most up to date briefing on the current issues surrounding access, participation and success, and to discuss the implications and how to successfully navigate the sector changes. The Summit programme is still in development but you can book your place now.

Further information: http://bit.ly/2uRjevs

 

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3 October 2017: HELOA Professional Development Conference: Widening Access to Higher Education, the Studio, Birmingham

The HELOA Professional Development Conference (formerly known as the Experienced Practitioners’ Conference) provides an opportunity for higher education practitioners to attend workshops and discussions on a particular topic relevant to their everyday work. The upcoming PDC will focus on widening access to higher education with spotlights on access agreements, engaging with schools and monitoring outcomes. This one-day conference, held in collaboration with the Office for Fair Access (OFFA), is suitable for a wide range of practitioners working within the Widening Participation and schools liaison sectors.

The conference fee is £130 for HELOA members and £175 for non-members. This includes lunch and refreshments throughout the day. Accommodation is not included, but there are number of affordable hotels in the Birmingham area. Bookings by Tuesday 26 September 2017. For any queries about this event, please email pdc@heloa.ac.uk.

Further information: http://bit.ly/2f050Wu or http://bit.ly/2eN693F

 

4 October 2017: Priorities for apprenticeships in Northern Ireland: standards, promotion and the impact of policy, Belfast This timely seminar will bring together stakeholders and policymakers to consider the future for apprenticeship provision in Northern Ireland. Delegates will examine the implementation of the apprenticeship levy – including the response to the levy from the Department for the Economy – its impact on employers, and the potential effect on apprenticeship provision in Northern Ireland, including on the delivery of the Securing our Success and Generating our Success strategies. Those attending will assess the latest thinking in relation to the future of apprenticeship provision in Northern Ireland, the role of apprenticeships in meeting the aims of the industrial strategy – including in the promotion of higher level apprenticeships, and in developing the workforce in those industries targeted for growth by the Strategic Advisory Forum and skills barometer – and how to best promote apprenticeships as an attractive entry into employment for young people. Further sessions will look at the priorities for raising standards in apprenticeships, including the role of inspectors, providers and learning institutions in promoting excellence in qualifications – including through enhanced collaboration – and the latest thinking on ensuring that qualifications are of high quality, are flexible and of relevance to the needs of young people and the wider economy. Further information: http://bit.ly/2qnDvq3

 

6 October 2017: Academic credit and its use at HE level – an introduction

A half-day SEEC Workshop (SEEC is a consortium of universities and HE providers working together to advance the use and practice of academic credit, widening access to learning) for those new to academic or administrative roles where credit features. This event will be facilitated by Mark Atlay and has 20 places available. Further information: http://bit.ly/2vVjEpx

 

 October 2017:  Next steps for postgraduate taught education – funding, teaching quality and student experience, central London This conference will discuss future priorities for postgraduate taught policy. Delegates will assess the changing landscape of the postgraduate market, including the wider impact of new loans and further strategies for improving access. Further sessions focus on quality assurance in postgraduate education, including supporting excellence in teaching, securing a high standard of student experience and improving employability outcomes for graduates. Areas for discussion include: Postgraduate loans, Improving access to postgraduate study, Teaching excellence and student experience in postgraduate education - the potential for a ‘postgraduate TEF’ and the challenges of implementation this could entail, models of collecting and assessing student feedback, using data to improve student experience and approaches for improving the employability of postgraduate students. Speakers include: Chris Millward, Director (Policy), Research, Education and Knowledge Exchange Directorate, HEFCE; Paul Williams, Deputy Director, Student Funding Policy, Department for Education (subject to Departmental business); Mark Bennett, Content Editor, FindA University; Professor Julia Clarke, Dean and Pro-Vice Chancellor, Faculty of Business and Law, Manchester Metropolitan University, and Council Member, Chartered Association of Business Schools and Professor Rosemary Deem, Professor of Higher Education Management, Royal Holloway, University of London and Chair, UK Council for Graduate Education have also agreed to speak. Further information: http://bit.ly/2q2TIo7

 

9 October 2017: Next steps for science at secondary level – implementing reformed GCSEs, priorities for the teaching profession and increasing participation, central London This timely seminar focuses on science at secondary level in England. Timed to follow the completion of the first full year of teaching the reformed GCSE science qualifications, delegates will share latest thinking on the new key stage 4 curriculum and assessment patterns rolled out in September 2016. They will also discuss key issues for the science teaching profession and how to further increase interest in science careers, in light of Government’s December 2016 announcement of a £12.1m investment into science teacher training and Continuing Professional Development. Further sessions look at science careers and preparation for university, as well as how schools might further increase participation in science to tackle the productivity gap and drive growth in the UK economy – following the £170m investment into higher level technical education in STEM subjects announced in the Government’s Modern Industrial Strategy and in light of the Science and Technology Select Committee’s on-going inquiry into closing the STEM skills gap. Further information: http://bit.ly/2pLkOkG

 

11 October 2017: Improving equality at work for BME employees,

This conference will examine the further steps that can be taken by government, employers and others to improve opportunity and equality at work for people from black and minority ethnic backgrounds.

Policymakers, businesses and their advisors, and other stakeholders will discuss issues around discrimination, careers advice, improving recruitment practices and tackling barriers to greater diversity in leadership positions. It follows the independent review of Race in the Workplace’ by Baroness McGregor-Smith, which found that employment rates for people from BME backgrounds are 12 per cent lower than their white counterparts, with just six per cent reaching top-level management positions.

Delegates will consider the recommendations of the review – and issues for their implementation – including increased transparency over diversity data, the publication of ambitious five-year targets and aspirations for large employers, and mandatory unconscious bias training for all organisations with over 50 employees, as well as further action that could be taken in this important area for policy.

Further information: http://bit.ly/2soS9OE

 

11 October 2017: Access Academy Training: Strategies to Effectively Engage Parents, University of Liverpool
At this NEON conference learn about the importance of parental engagement for widening access in addition to devising ways in which you can increase parental participation in your activities. This event will: Help participants to appreciate the impact of parents and carers in future career choice; Investigate how an individual’s own educational experience may impact upon the information, advice and guidance (IAG) that they impart; Draw on the experiences of participants to consider and understand the challenges in effectively engaging parents/carers in widening participation activities; Critically evaluate a number of strategies for parental/carer engagement and develop an understanding of the types of activities that could work best in their own institution; Devise a series of activities to be delivered within their own institution, organisation or NCOP.

Further information: http://bit.ly/2w6SEjN

 

12 October 2017: Tackling poverty in Wales: policy reform, implementation and creating routes out of poverty, Policy Forum for Wales Keynote Seminar, Cardiff

The agenda focuses specifically on policy priorities for tackling high levels of poverty in Wales, offering the opportunity for stakeholders to engage with policymakers on the Welsh Government’s new approach to tackling poverty, focused on employment, early years and empowerment; with officials registered to attend from the DWP, as well as policy specialists from the Welsh Government in the areas of Children and Families; Culture; Education; Equality and Prosperity; Housing and Communities; Mental Health and Vulnerable Groups; Parents, Childcare and Employment; Poverty; Regeneration; Sustainable Development; Welfare Reform and Workforce Strategy.

Speakers include: Ruth Coombs, Head, Equality and Human Rights Commission Wales; Professor David Gordon, Professor of Social Justice and Director, Townsend Centre for International Poverty Research, University of Bristol; senior representative from the Office of the Secretary of State for Wales and Dr Victoria Winckler, Director, Bevan Foundation; Sarah Crawley, Director, Barnardo’s Cymru; Jeff Greenidge, Chair, Strategy Group Wales, Learning and Work Institute; Christina Harrhy, Corporate Director, Communities, Caerphilly County Borough Council; Dr Mark Lang, Consultant Social Economist and Honorary University Associate, Cardiff University; San Leonard, Chief Executive, Social Firms Wales. Further information: http://bit.ly/2t6L5HG

 

16 October 2017: Supporting student mobility

A UKCF  (UK Community Foundations) Workshop which will mark the launch of the much-anticipated report of the recent survey on current use and recording of academic credit.  Speakers have been invited from DfE, JISC, CRA and NARIC.  Further information: http://bit.ly/2vVjEpx

 

18 October 2017: Technology in Higher Education – data analytics, the learning experience and next steps for MOOCs, central London

This seminar will discuss the use of technology in the Higher Education sector, and ways forward for developing its role in enhancing learning and teaching – as well as its role more widely in HEI business processes. Delegates will discuss the role of big data and data analytics for universities, including targeted marketing of prospective students, improving retention and personalising learning experience for individuals.

The agenda will also bring out the latest thinking on the use technology in teaching and learning, assessing progress in areas such as flipped and blended learning, and potential uses of virtual reality (VR). Those attending will also consider examples of best practice in developing a culture among the teaching community across all disciplines that supports the full potential use of technology. Further sessions will look at MOOCs, specifically emerging business models and uses including lifelong learning, marketing, pre-sessional support and credit-bearing modules.

Further information: http://bit.ly/2sOPChR

 

18 October 2017: Meeting England’s higher-level skill needs – where next for Degree Apprenticeships? central London Delegates at this seminar will consider the future of Degree Apprenticeships (DA) in England. The seminar will follow the introduction of the apprenticeship Levy in April 2017, and comes at a time when many employers are expressing concern at their ability to meet their higher-level skills needs, post-Brexit. Delegates will discuss the lessons that can be learnt following the introduction of the DA programmes, as well as further opportunities for engaging employers and promoting Degree Apprenticeships as an option for young people. Further sessions will consider the challenges for maintaining the quality of programmes and the lessons that can be learnt from higher-level apprenticeship programmes from other countries. Speakers include: Dr Brooke Storer-Church, Senior Policy Advisor, Subjects and Skills, HEFCE; Ben Jordan, Senior Policy Executive, UCAS; Bob Soper-Dyer, Head of Apprenticeships Programmes, BT; Professor Pat Bailey, Deputy-Vice Chancellor, London South Bank University; Petra Wilton, Director of Strategy and External Affairs, Chartered Management Institute; Clare McNeil, Associate Director, Work and Families, IPPR. Further information: http://bit.ly/2oBVp7O

 

19 October 2017: The Admissions Fair for Access to HE Students, Newcastle Upon Tyne Last year’s event was the first Higher Education admissions fair for Access to HE Students in the North of England. The event was a success with positive feedback received from both students and tutors who attended on the fantastic opportunity it gave both students and higher education providers to meet, also 75% of learners found out something that they didn’t know or discovered a new university that offered courses they were interested in. We are delighted to continue to facilitate this important event which offers HE Institutions the opportunity to promote their courses, advice and support services to Access to HE students. The event will be promoted across all Access to HE providers in the North of England and flyers will be sent to over 2500 students studying the Access to HE Diploma. Further information: http://bit.ly/2qsMGZP

 

31 October 2017: Improving & Evaluating Outreach in Higher Education, London
In June The Office for Fair Access published new guidance and proposed standards for the evaluation of outreach by universities & colleges. A crucial part of measures to widen access, it is important that institutions can demonstrate they are using resources properly and plan their future outreach approaches to best effect. This conference will provide an up to date brief on improving outreach in higher education and new OFFA guidance and proposed standards for evaluation.
Key issues to be covered include: Identifying who to target in outreach schemes; Innovative ways of engaging with disadvantaged young people; Getting ‘bang for your buck’: the most cost effective ways to engage; The role of students & student ambassadors in outreach; Linking outreach to other widening access & participation methods; OFFA guidance & proposed standards for evaluation; How HEIs are currently evaluating their work, how they can do it better & what more can be done; Turning evaluation & analysis into better outreach; Learning from successful schemes & institutional examples of good practice.

Further information: http://bit.ly/2isucGq

 

1 November 2017: NEON Summit: Effective Outreach with Disabled Learners, Manchester
At this NEON conference hear from a variety of presenters, current students and case studies in order to gain a fuller understanding of best practice in regards to increasing the participation, retention and success of disabled learners. Engage in group working to design more effective approaches in your own institution as well. During the event, delegates will: Consider how to best listen to learners with disabilities in order to genuinely support them; Receive a briefing from sector bodies about the importance of this issue in the current policy landscape; Learn about best practice through the examination of two successful case studies; Be the first to engage with new research revealed at the summit; Engage with the student voice by interacting with a panel of current students from this group; Develop the work you are doing at your own institution or organisation through group work with practitioners from across the country and the summit’s presenters.

The format of the summit will be a mixture of presentations, group working and panel discussions in order to provide a varied approach to tackle this issue. Further information: http://bit.ly/2vrEU1n

 

7-8 November 2017: ECU annual conference 2017, Birmingham

The Equality Challenge Unit’s conference theme for 2017 is inclusivity, intersectionality, action: moving forward the equality agenda in higher education. Universities across the UK are driving forward the equality agenda for the benefit of their students and staff. This conference aims to provide a showcase for this work and an opportunity for collaboration and sharing of experience, particularly in the context of new challenges such as Brexit.

The invites submissions for workshops, panels of papers and individual papers from universities to share experience and innovation around each of the themes: Creating an inclusive environment for disabled students, particularly in light of changes to the disabled students allowance: Taking an intersectional approach to equality and diversity: Taking action and overcoming barriers to action on equality and diversity.

Further information: http://bit.ly/2mGadT4

 

9 November 2017:Next steps for SEND policy – SEND reforms, funding, local area inspections and best practice in provision, Central London

This seminar will consider next steps for special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) policy. With local authorities required to transition to reforms outlined in the SEND Code of Practice by April 2018, delegates will assess the impact of the introduction of Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plans and the Local Offer, in addition to highlighting best practice in the provision of SEND services following the implementation of reforms. The agenda also includes discussion on how SEND training can best be incorporated into Initial Teacher Training (ITT) with it set to become a compulsory element of ITT courses from September 2018 following recommendations made in A framework of core content for initial teacher training.

Delegates will address concerns around the resources and capacity for wide-ranging implementation, in addition to the implications for special education units in mainstream schools and post-16 SEND provision. Sessions will assess the progress of the joint Ofsted-Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspections for SEND services introduced in May 2016 and consider how best to utilise the extra £215 million of government funding to support local authorities to create new places and improve facilities at existing schools.

Further information: http://bit.ly/2vzWsJZ

14 November 2017: Access to Higher Education and Student Success Summit 2017: Managing change and unlocking the future, Woburn conference centre, London

A national one-day conference giving you the opportunity to examine the key institutional and operational issues which are currently surrounding access, participation and success in UK universities. Organised by Universities UK and Action on Access, the conference will explore the implications of the recent changes in the sector for your institution, and will provide insight and the information you need to successfully plan and manage around them.​

Key themes to be examined at this conference on Access to Higher Education and Student Success include:

  • Understanding the changing sector landscape and the implications
  • Successful models of collaboration
  • Research findings and how best to use these
  • Using toolkits and resources effectively
  • Peer to peer networking and knowledge exchange

Why are we talking about Access to Higher Education and Student Success now?​

More than ever for this 2017 annual summit on Access, Widening Participation and Student Success, delegates face a raft of changes – the new Higher Education and Research Act, the introduction of the Office for Students and the Teaching Excellence Framework, the merging of sector agencies, merged quality agencies, and sharp apprenticeship developments, all set in the context of Brexit, changing UK governments and the many strands of devolution. The Summit will give you the opportunity to receive the most up to date briefing on the current issues surrounding access, participation and success, and to discuss the implications and how to successfully navigate the sector changes. The Summit programme is still in development but you can book your place now.

Further information: http://bit.ly/2uRjevs

 

14 November 2017: Next steps for developing the 2021 Research Excellence Framework, Westminster Higher Education Forum Keynote Seminar, central London This timely seminar will be an opportunity to discuss the composition of the next cycle of the Research Excellence Framework (REF), following the publication of outcomes from HEFCE’s consultations on REF 2021. Delegates will discuss suggested reforms to the framework proposed by Lord Stern’s review which included recommendations for a broadening of the definition of impact, and for all active research staff in an institution to be submitted as part of the REF process, ending the portability of research outputs if an academic changes institution. Areas for discussion include: Moving forward from REF 2014; Reforming the framework structure; Using the REF to incentivise developments in research; Reforming ‘impact’ and ‘research environment’. Speakers include: Kim Hackett, REF Manager and Head of Research Assessment, HEFCE; Professor Dianne Berry, University of Reading and REF Equality and Diversity Advisory Panel; Tom Frostick, University Alliance; Matthew Guest, GuildHE; Jonathan Legh-Smith, BT; Professor Martin McQuillan, Kingston University London; Dr Malcolm Skingle, GSK;Professor Deborah Smith, University of York and N8 Research Partnership; Dr Carl Walker, University of Brighton and National Senior Management Survey and a speaker confirmed from MillionPlus. Further information: http://bit.ly/2q6a1OW

 

17 November 2017: Action on Accommodation, Stand Alone conference, De Montfort University, Leicester

Finding reliable accommodation while studying at higher education is high on estranged students’ list of priorities. Many students who do not have support from a family network find themselves in difficult living situations and may be at risk of homelessness.

This conference is aimed at HE staff working in outreach, student services, accommodation as well as at private providers of student housing, housing associations, foyers and charities. We would be very grateful if you could circulate the conference information to colleagues in relevant departments and external contacts.

The programme will include as follows:

Keynote speakers: Becca Bland, CEO Stand Alone; Helen Arber, Unite Foundation

Case Studies from: Sheffield Hallam University on their new Estranged Student Transition Fund and their work with Accommodation Services to remove the need for a guarantor and reduce deposit/admin fees. Other case studies to be confirmed. Panel of current estranged students. Further agenda details to be confirmed.

Please note: Early bird tickets sale ends 8 October

Further information: http://bit.ly/2wBDuVM

 

 

17th November 2017: Access Academy Training: Building Effective Partnerships with Schools and Supporting School Attainment, Central London
This NEON event will consider the challenges and opportunities of engaging and partnering with schools, especially in regards to supporting increased attainment amongst disadvantaged pupils. Delegates will  During the day delegates will: Gain a deeper understanding of the strategic priorities for schools and understand how widening access can support these aims.; Review the current curriculum to look for opportunities for higher education to engage with and support school attainment.; Discuss ways forward and develop their own action plan to implement back in their own institutions.; Hear from Sixth Forms about how you can best support raising school attainment. Further information: http://bit.ly/2vrEU1n

 

21-22 November 2017: A Vision for Higher Education in 2022, Guild HE annual conference, University of Winchester

The conference will explore the outlook for UK Higher Education, building towards a vision for the sector at the next General Election in 2022. A range of high profile speakers has been invited, and will be announced on the GuildHE website. In addition to keynote addresses, delegates will engage in panel discussions and breakout sessions with leading experts from across the sector.

Building on Guild HE’s commitment to student engagement, GuildHE is once again inviting SU officers to attend the conference at a subsidised rate.

Further information will be available on the GuildHE website: hhttp://bit.ly/2vLegVT

 

29 November 2017: Universities in the UK – who applies, who stays, who achieves – what makes…, Broadway House, Tothill Street, Westminster.

A free conference presenting new national research by a team at the University of Essex, led by Professor Adeline Delavande and Professor Emilia Del Bono, looking into issues around access to higher education; and aimed at policy makers, practitioners working in higher education, schools and careers guidance, as well as charities supporting social mobility.

The draft programme includes:-

New research on universities in the UK – who applies, who stays, who achieves – what makes a difference?

Thinking of going to university – What parents know, what difference does this make to young people deciding to apply to university?

Teacher feedback in Key Stage 3 – what difference does this make to youngsters?

Achieving at university – Dropouts: What can explain the gender, ethnic and social gaps in dropout and degree class? Evidence from the HESA student records. An innovative new research project unpicks the undergraduate experience, how study habits impact on results. Attendance gaps – ethnicity, social economic status and gender – does it matter? Graduate opportunities – what makes a difference to your job chances after graduation?

Panel discussion – key policy makers, thinkers, practitioners and advisors – discuss implications for policy making, for institutional practice, for messaging

Further information: http://bit.ly/2xwq5iN

 

5 December 2017: The Teaching Excellence Framework – development and implementation post-Higher Education and Research Act, Westminster Higher Education Forum Keynote Seminar, central London

Timed to follow both the release of the TEF’s Year 2 results and Year 3 specifications

This seminar will look at the next steps for developing and reforming the framework. Following the announcement of subject-level assessment for the TEF, delegates will discuss how this stage of the TEF can be developed to demonstrate diversity across the teaching provision and the potential challenges of delivery for UK HEIs. Further sessions will assess the recently released results from year 2 of the exercise, discussing the current composition of framework metrics and areas for potential reform and development, as detailed by the Minister – Jo Johnson MP, in his recent announcement. Discussion will focus on the state of current metrics of assessment, as well as the forthcoming enhancement of graduate outcomes data and the proposal to include a new metric on value for money.

Areas for discussion include: Introducing year 3; Priorities for subject-level pilots; Reforming and developing metrics; Delivering year 3.

Speakers include: Graeme Rosenberg, TEF Manager, HEFCE; Professor Jerry Forester, Chartered Association of Business Schools; Dr Joanna de Groot, UCU; Jess Moody, Equality Challenge Unit; Professor Jeremy Pritchard, University of Birmingham and Royal Society of Biology; Dr Arti Saraswat, Association of Colleges; Professor Jon Scott, University of Leicester; Dr Geoff Stoakes, Higher Education Academy; Lucy Strang, RAND Europe and Kate Wicklow, GuildHE

Further information: http://bit.ly/2uv84AY

 

5 December 2017: NEON Summit: Primary Age Outreach to Secure Fair Access, Central London
This one day summit will look at a number issues regarding primary age outreach and will equip delegates with resources to bring back to their work. Particular emphasis will be placed on monitoring and evaluating long-term outreach with primary age learners. Delegates will look at a number issues regarding primary age outreach and will equip delegates with resources to bring back to their work. During the day, we will: Consider how to best monitor and evaluate the impact of primary age outreach activities; Examine new research on what institutions are doing in this area, which will be revealed at the summit; Learn about examples of best practice through examination of two successful case studies; Hear from a panel of teachers about how to engage this age group; Develop the work you are doing at your own institution or organisation.

Further information: http://bit.ly/2w7czPX

 

6 December 2017: Next steps for apprenticeships and skills development in Scotland, Scotland Policy Conferences Keynote Seminar,

This seminar will provide a timely opportunity for delegates to focus specifically on issues in Scotland, and will assess the next steps for Scotland’s apprenticeships and skills development policy following introduction of the Apprenticeships Levy and the rollout of foundation and graduate apprenticeships. Delegates will consider options for promoting vocational qualifications as a positive pathway for young people, including the need for increased uptake from groups such as women, BME communities and individuals with disabilities.

Sessions will focus on the rollout of foundation apprenticeships – with delegates assessing how the qualification can develop greater partnership working between education and industry – and the introduction of graduate apprenticeships across Scottish universities, considering their potential impact on addressing the mid-career skills gap.

Further sessions will focus on implementation of the Apprenticeship Levy, introduced in April 2017, and discuss the implications of the Levy on companies working in multiple regions of the United Kingdom. They will look at ways in which to offset uncertainty surrounding the working of the Scottish Government’s Workforce Development Fund, which aims to support employers to design and implement workforce development and training programmes. The seminar will include a keynote address from; Diane Greenlees Head, Foundation and Graduate Level Apprenticeships, Skills Development Scotland. Further information: http://bit.ly/2jCFCrO

 

7 December 2017: NNECL annual conference, University of York

The next NNECL National Network for the Education of Care Leavers annual conference will be held on 7 December 2017 at the University of York, Programme and speakers to be confirmed.

Please put the date in your diary and if you wish to submit a workshop proposal for the NNECL 2017 conference please send the following details to Melissa Page, mpage@dmu.ac.uk by 31 August 2017.

 

 

8 December 2017: Curriculum development and the role of credit

A SEEC Seminar (SEEC is a consortium of universities and HE providers working together to advance the use and practice of academic credit, widening access to learning) with keynote by Prof Peter Taylor (Open University), full programme to be confirmed shortly. Further information: http://bit.ly/2vVjEpx

 

12 December 2017: Creating a Culture of Inclusivity for Disabled Students, Policy-UK Forum, Central London

Embedding Support into the Student Life-Cycle, Reacting to Changes to DSA and Ensuring Positive Student Outcomes

Being held almost a year on from the publication of the Disabled Students Sector Leadership Group’s (DSSLG) report Inclusive Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, this forum will be an opportunity to assess current practices and availability of support for disabled students. Key areas to be addressed: Evaluating Current Provision – Implementing the DSSLG Report, Allocating Funding and Sharing Best Practice; Keeping Up with an Evolving Sector – Impact of Cuts to DSA, Challenges to Universities and Potential for the TEF; Ensuring Support from Application to Graduation – Embedding Provision into Learning & Teaching, Logistical Assistance and Improving Engagement.

Delegates will discuss how to ensure disability support is widely available throughout the student life-cycle to ensure wellbeing and successful outcomes. Attendees will consider how to provide an institutional-wide approach to disability support, including how to better utilise student feedback from the NSS and the NUS’ Ensuring the student voice is heard survey.  Delegates will also assess whether enough support is being provided to students with Specific Learning Difficulties, building on recommendations from the previous HEFCE report, Support for Higher Education Students with Specific Learning Difficulties.

Speakers include: Professor Geoff Layer, Vice-Chancellor, University of Wolverhampton; and Chair, Disabled Student Sector Leadership Group; Grace Simpson Higher Education Policy Adviser, Higher Education Funding Council for England.

Further information: http://bit.ly/2w6UbWu

 

6 February 2017: Disabled students - funding, inclusivity and access, Westminster Higher Education Forum Keynote Seminar, Central London

This seminar will examine key issues and emerging priorities for improving support for disabled students at universities in England, including: the reform of the Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA), which took effect at the start of this academic year; the doubling of HEFCE funding for disabled students between 2016 and 2018 to £40million; and HEFCE’s ongoing review into models of support for disabled students due to report later in the summer.

Delegates will discuss latest thinking on tackling barriers to greater participation and success for disabled students, as well as the long term impact of changes to funding policy.

Speakers include: Greg Boone, Team Leader, Disabled Students’ Allowance, Department for Education; Grace Simpson, Higher Education Policy Advisor, HEFCE; Dr Nasser Siabi, Microlink; Philip Connolly, Disability Rights UK; Mei-Yee Man Oram, Arup and Caryn Thorogood, University of Worcester. Chaired by: Dr Lisa Cameron MP, Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group for Disability

Further information: http://bit.ly/2uq3SBO

 

27 February 2017: The future for curriculum design and learning gain, Westminster HE Forum

With the subject-level Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) assessment due to roll out from September 2019, this seminar examines latest thinking on delivering curriculum design that can facilitate the aims of inclusivity, graduate employability and significant learning gain. It is also timed at a mid-point in the HEFCE-commissioned pilots of  different approaches to achieving learning gain.  Delegates will discuss best practice in designing a course curriculum that meets pressures to embed internationalisation and stay up-to-date with latest developments in the sector, as well as removes barriers to participation for disabled and BAME students. They will also discuss linking with employers on how courses can be structured to better deliver learning gain across the student cohort.

Key areas for discussion: Priorities for learning gain; Embedding employability in curriculum design  ; Effective curriculum design.

Keynote addresses: Doug Cole, Head of Global Employability and Enterprise, Higher Education Academy, Dr Helen King, Senior Higher Education Policy Adviser, Learning and Teaching Development, HEFCE; Dr Mary Deane, Senior Lecturer in Educational Development and Chair, Centre for Curriculum Internationalisation, Oxford Brookes University; Professor Peter Francis, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Learning and Teaching, Northumbria University; Samuel Gordon, Research Analyst, Institute of Student Employers; Dr Cecile McGrath, Senior Research Manager, Ecorys; Dr Phil Richards, Chief Innovation Officer. Further information: http://bit.ly/2wKKexu

 

26 and 27 April 2018: OU Widening Participation Conference.

If you would like to attend, please save the date and we will provide further information and registration details in the near future.

 

4-6 July 2018: FACE conference 2018: Transformative Impact, University of Worcester

The main theme of the 2018 FACE conference is Transformative Impact. The conference will explore the following: Innovation in community approaches to widening participation activity; Universal approaches to learning and Teaching – challenging approaches to traditional practices; Learning partnership, the personalisation of the post compulsory learning journey; Students as specialists – Peer to peer student support, how are students facilitating new models of learning; and Beyond HE- how graduates take the inclusive aspects of learning into the world of work and their communities.

Further information: http://bit.ly/2uhczez