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


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                                                          CALENDAR OF EVENTS


26 April 2017: The Academies Show, Excel,London

Free-to-attend event for schools and academies. Delegates gain from best practice case studies, unrivalled networking and opportunities to better understand the latest education policies. Further information:


2 May 2017: launch of report ‘Building momentum towards inclusive learning and teaching: a guide to good practice in undergraduate physics’, Institute of Physics, London

This new report is the culmination of an innovative project investigating inclusive learning in undergraduate teaching and learning in physics departments. There are particular challenges in moving towards a more inclusive learning environment in STEM, and physics in particular, due to the wide range of learning environments and activities involved in teaching, such a lab sessions, problem classes and fieldwork, the use of mathematical and scientific notation and the lack of specialist expertise in this area.

This report, based on current good practice already adopted within physics departments, aims to share progress and provide guidance to help remove barriers to a more inclusive STEM learning environment. At the launch of our new report we would also like to tell you more about our plans for STEM Enable, a collaboration with the University of Bath to develop an online resource for delivering practical advice and guidance on STEM accessibility.

The launch of the report is from 1.30pm to 4pm (buffet lunch will be available from 12.30pm) where you will hear more about all the work that the Institute of Physics is doing to promote accessibility in STEM. Places are free, but are limited so book early.

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5 May 2017:Mental Health and Wellbeing Support for Estranged Students in HE/FE, Stand Alone Conference, University of Wolverhampton

This Stand Alone training conference is aimed primarily at university and college counsellors, therapists and mental health advisers. Other staff who want to learn more about how to support estranged students are of course also welcome to attend.

1 in 5 people are affected by family estrangement. Many are surviving hidden family abuse, facing disownment due to LGBT rejection, while others are escaping forced marriage. A number are care leavers and many are estranged due to divorce and re-marriage in their family. Emotional and mental wellbeing are severely affected by family estrangement.

Our focus will be on presenting the findings of our research into family estrangement as well as sharing our expertise in working with students affected by estrangement. The issues faced by this client group often include isolation, loneliness, depression, suicidal ideation, anxiety, grief and loss. The conference will outline background information, research and discussion on reasons for estrangement, effects of family breakdown and attitudes to reconciliation.  We hope to be able to organise a student panel to discuss experiences of estrangement, how it affects studying at HE and experiences of counselling. When you register for the conference you will have the opportunity to submit a question you would be interested in asking our students. We will select a number of your questions for discussion on the day.

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11 May 2017: the HEA Surveys Conference 2017: understanding and enhancing the student experience, Manchester

The conference will explore how insight from student surveys, metrics and other research can be used to understand and enhance the student experience. The event will revolve around four themes exploring student, staff, and institutional perspectives.

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12th May 2017: Learning without boundaries, Friends House, London

This SEEC conference will focus on the importance of recognising credit and prior learning in widening access and social mobility, with confirmed presentations by speakers from Prof Tim Blackman (VC, Middlesex University), Hila Azadzoy (Kiron), Mark Lester (FutureLearn), Sarah Macdonald (Pearson College London), Dr Liz Marr (The Open University) and Ian McGregor (Bradford College).

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16 May 2917: Addressing Differential Outcomes for BME Learners, central London
Attend this NEON and the Office for Fair Access key even to hear about the barriers to success that are currently experienced by learners from black and minority ethnic backgrounds (BME). The government’s ambition is to increase the number of BME students going to university by 20% by 2020. Analysis of entry rates by UCAS shows significant differences in higher education entry rates among ethnic groups. There are also significant differences between BME and white students when it comes to both retention and student success. The higher education sector has not just a desire to address this, but a legal obligation under the equality duty.

The conference includes examples of best practise highlighted through OFFA and NEON’s research; aims to highlight activities with these target groups and discuss how the sector can build upon existing efforts to: Remove and minimise disadvantage in higher education; Meet the needs of BME communities throughout the student lifecycle; Encourage people from BME communities to participate in higher education.
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17 May, 2017: Researching and Promoting Social Mobility, Bridge Group Conference 2017, KPMG, Canary Wharf, London
The role of universities and employers in supporting pupil attainment; access to higher education, with a focus on the effect of geography; student success and the role of careers services; employers’ practices and policies in driving change; and third sector input and coordination. A unique opportunity to engage with the latest research, evidence and practice (including new findings from the Bridge Group), through dynamic keynote addresses, panel debates, group discussions, and networking.
Confirmed speakers include Ben Gummer MP, Professor Danny Dorling, Melanie Richards, Tunde Ogungbesan, Professor Mary Stuart, Nick Hillman, Nicola Roche, Dr Lee Elliot Major, Professor Tim Blackman, Vice-Chancellor, University of Middlesex, Professor Les Ebdon
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18 May 2017: The Student Journey: Keeping on Track, University of Wales Trinity Saint David

SAILS in partnership with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David will be hosting a national conference on student transition at their Bay Campus. Four workshops are on offer: Life Design; Epigeum transition courses; Peer mentoring case studies; Transition support for students on the autistic spectrum. Confirmed key note presenters include: Dan Shaffer (SPA) discussing the student transition journey including pre-admission and admissions; Lewis Pearson, University of Wales Trinity Saint David, presenting their Life Design approach to student development, Wil Vincent from Birmingham City University presenting BCU’s online, interactive pre-arrival programme “Level Up”, and Michael Draper, Director of SAILS, exploring the Swansea University peer mentoring e-toolkit.

There will also be a range of workshops on offer providing practical examples of ways to enhance student transition into and through Higher Education.  These include Life Design, Epigeum transition courses, peer mentoring case studies, and transition support for students on the autistic spectrum.  This practical and timely Conference is supported by the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

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24 May 2017: Designing and Evaluating Accessible Learning Experiences London

Ensuring accessibility is a vital part of delivering inclusive programmes. This workshop will address the following key aspects: How is content presented for your audiences? How to encourage them to express themselves? How to support their motivation to learn?

This workshop will help you prepare for the diverse learning needs of different audiences, and evaluate whether your programmes are experienced as accessible by participants. Research can be key to widening participation in higher education. Learn how to ensure programmes are accessible with this workshop on designing and evaluating accessible learning experiences; attend the Designing and Evaluating Accessible Learning Experiences workshop, with Prof. Eric Jensen and Lisa Taylor-Sayles. Further information:


25 May 2017: Inclusive Teaching & Learning in Higher Education: Supporting Excellence & Offering the Best Environment for Disabled Students, Westminster Briefing, central London

Department for Education have has just published best practice guidance on inclusive teaching & learning aimed at universities, colleges & independent higher education providers looking how institutions can best support students with disabilities throughout their studies. Significant work is already being undertaken across the sector but there is still much more room for HE providers to develop a more strategic and flexible approach to delivering inclusive practice.
Attend this Westminster Briefing event to hear from the Department for Education and gain practical guidance on how your institution can embed a comprehensive approach to inclusive learning and teaching.

Speakers include: Gregory Boone, Disabled Students’ Allowances Team Leader, DfE; Phil Scarffe, Head of Student Welfare, De Montfort University; (Chair) Paddy Turner, Chair, National Association of Disability Practitioners & Senior Lecturer, Sheffield Hallam University.

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7 June 2017: Improving student retention in the higher education landscape, Woburn House in central London

Universities UK’s first national one-day conference on Improving student retention. The focus on student retention has been sharpened in recent months by the changes to the higher education landscape. The removal of student number caps, the discussion around the metrics that will feed into the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and the changes to the architecture of the sector have brought student retention to the top of the agenda.
Workshops include: Support Through *AccessAbility: Retention and Transition (STAART) – Dr Melanie Thorley, AccessAbility Project Co-ordinator, University of Greenwich; Bridging the gap to Postgraduate study – Janet Peters, Director of University Libraries and University Librarian, Cardiff University; Retention through engagement: an individual approach – Luke Millard, Head of Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) and Jack Hogan, final year BSc (Hons) Media and Communication student, Birmingham City University; King’s Community Ambassadors: Building communities and improving student engagement through peer-to-peer support – Chris Shelley, Director of Student Services, and Amy Kellehar, Associate Director, Events and Engagement, King’s College London.

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8-9 June 2017: 2017 NEON Summer Symposium: Widening Access in Higher Education – Are we there yet?, Leeds Beckett University
Widening access to higher education has been an imperative for policy makers and higher education providers since the late 1990s. As we approach twenty years of concerted efforts to widen access to HE in England the 2017 NEON Summer Symposium will look at what progress means and whether it is being made? What have we learnt in the last two decades and crucially, what should the goals for the next decade and beyond look like in the area of access and equity in HE participation?
The 20 Symposium will look at a number of specific issues including: Understanding the nature of widening access practice – how do HEIs and others plan and design their portfolios of work and what do these portfolios look like?; How are HEIs, schools and others working together to raise attainment and what are the challenges in meeting government policy goals here?; Outcomes from the NNCO – what projects were developed? Are they being sustained? What did we learn about building partnerships and supporting learners?; The use of data to both shape who is targeted and what is delivered – is practice as data informed and led as it should be?; Helping students from widening access backgrounds achieve their potential in HE – inclusive learning and teaching and/or targeting approaches?; Connecting access and identity – challenges and innovation in supporting white disadvantaged males/females and those from BAME backgrounds.
Keynote Speakers include: Sarah Howls, Head of Student Opportunity, Hefce, Professor Peter Slee, Vice Chancellor, Leeds Beckett University (tbc)
Invitation to submit papers/workshops. We would welcome papers/workshops which focus on the topics above or any other relevant areas. All presenters will be offered a substantial discount on the cost of the Symposium. For further details of how to submit a paper/workshop: the deadline is 5.00pm Friday 17 March 2107. Further information on the Symposium:

14 June 2017: Inclusive University – travelling the distance to turn policy into practice, 4th HERAG Think Tank, Woburn House, London.

HERAG, the Higher Education Race Action Group. The event will explore student and staff progression, initiatives to engage colleagues and institutions in race equality work and ideas for harnessing the Race Equality Charter to improve both race equality practice and the experiences of minority ethnic staff and students.

Proposals should be submitted electronically to by 28th April 2017.

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14 June 2017: Supporting LGBT students and staff in HE, central London

This Westminster Briefing event offers an opportunity to review how institutions can provide support for and address discrimination again LGBT students and staff, to hear what other institutions are doing and hear good practice.

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16 June 2017: Gypsy, Roma and Traveller (GRT) education across the student lifecycle from Early Years to Higher Education, University of East Anglia, Norwich
The University of East Anglia, in partnership with Education Solutions Norfolk, would like to invite all interested parties to an innovative conference on Gypsy, Roma and Traveller (GRT) education across the student lifecycle from Early Years to Higher Education. The conference will revolve around the two strands of how we support young people from GRT communities to transition to the next stages in their education and how we ensure that we retain these young people in education. Examples of best practice will be discussed on the day to showcase innovation in the education sector, and the key challenges in retaining and transitioning young people from GRT communities will be deliberated with the help of experts.
We are delighted to announce that the three key note speakers for conference are Dr Kate D’Arcy, senior research fellow at the University of Bedfordshire, Ms Lisa Smith, a freelance Gypsy, Roma, and Traveller education consultant, and Ms Jo Luhman, Deputy Head at Ash Manor School.  We will also be joined by Ms Chris Snudden, Assistant Director of Children’s Services in Norfolk, Mr Dick Palmer, CEO of Norwich Ten Group, advocates from the GRT community, and schools from across Norfolk which have implemented best practice for their GRT students. There will be an exhibition of various information stands throughout the day and the conference will conclude with live singing performed by Thomas McCarthy. Our hope is that this conference will create an inclusive and positive atmosphere to examine how GRT education can be improved in a collaborative and support manner. The conference is free to attend but must be pre-booked.To book: Please contact for further information or to register your interest in attending.

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20 June 2017: Lifelong Learning 2.0: Higher education, technology and the student experience, University of Liverpool in London, EC2A 1AG

A one day conference hosted by UALL (Universities Association for Lifelong Learning). A Workshop Programme offering between two from six interactive workshops related to the conference theme, led by the individual UALL Networks, all with a focus on lifelong learning and learners: Widening Participation; International Development; Community Research and Engagement; Flexible Pedagogies; Work and Learning; Public Engagement.

Keynote speakers: ‘Mobile learning, digital technologies and next generation learning.’ Bob Harrison (Writer, presenter and researcher, former Chair of the Teaching Schools New Technology Advisory Board); ‘The value of flexibility and its association with promoting learning.’ Mark Schofield (Professor of Learning & Teaching, Edge Hill University); ‘Developing communities of practice around the importance of flexibility within the societal context.” Alison Le Cornu (Consultant in academic practice, specialising in flexible learning in higher education).
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20th June 2017: Strategic approaches to addressing disparities in student outcomes, Success for All Conference, Nottingham Conference Centre

Call for papers

Nottingham Trent University, in conjunction with the University Alliance, is hosting a conference on strategic approaches to addressing disparities in undergraduate students’ progression and attainment. The conference will provide a platform for discussion, debate and practice exchange on ways in which Higher Education Institutions can implement effective interventions at a University-wide level.

Proposals are invited for papers that explore strategic approaches to addressing disparities in undergraduate students’ progression and attainment. Contributions are invited on, but not limited to, the following areas: use of data; institution-wide interventions; inclusive curricula and pedagogies; student engagement and retention. Deadline for proposals: Friday 7th April 2017. Further information:


22 June 2017: Next steps for Scottish schools: funding, governance and policy priorities, Scotland Policy Conferences Keynote Seminar, Central Edinburgh

This seminar will provide a timely opportunity to discuss future changes to governance structures within Scottish education. It follows completion of the Scottish Government’s governance consultation in January 2017, consultation on proposals for a funding formula which is expected to begin in March 2017 and allocation of the £120 million Pupil Equity Funding scheme to schools.

Delegates will consider how they can contribute to, and prepare for, future plans to transfer powers from local authorities to schools – including decision-making and educational funding – as well as next steps for the expansion of school clusters and the intention to form new educational regions.

Areas for discussion include: Assessment of the current governance structure and options for the future; Discussion on the challenges and opportunities for creating educational regions; Plans to devolve power in Scottish education: partnerships, funding and implementation; and Priorities for developing the workforce – leadership, standards and professional learning.

Keynote addresses from: Larry Flanagan, General Secretary, Educational Institute of Scotland; Gillian Hamilton, Chief Executive, Scottish College for Educational Leadership; Professor Christopher Chapman, Co-Director, Robert Owen Centre for Educational Change, University of Glasgow; Linda Brownlow, Deputy Head, School of Education and PGDE Professional Specialisation Module Leader, University of Strathclyde; Shona Struthers, Chief Executive, Colleges Scotland and a senior speaker confirmed from COSLA. Further information:


23 June 2017: Leading the Way: Shaping Practice in the Workplace and the Academy, UALL Work and Learning Network 2017 Annual Conference, Middlesex University
The overarching theme this year is about exploring the ways in which employers, academic practitioners, and learners in the workplace co-design university study that is both flexible and fit for purpose. Conference themes may cover all or some of the following: Apprenticeships and Skills; Leadership in the Academy; International Developments; Sector Partners; Adult Education and Coaching; Staff Development; Flexible Curricula and Work Based Studies; Mature Students and Social Mobility.

Please see the second call for papers for the UALL Work and Learning Network 2017 Annual Conference. The conference will draw on a number of interesting themes. We would be grateful if you could inform us as quickly as possible regarding your contributions (e.g. abstracts, papers etc.) so that we are able to let you know the outcome in good time.
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27 June 2017: College HE Research and Scholarship Conference, Association of Colleges, The Studio, Birmingham

For colleges to be successful in Higher Education, they need to ensure that they are actively embedding a scholarly ethos amongst staff and students. This conference, now in its third year, provides the opportunity to showcase and explore how this is being actively pursued in innovative ways and in a range of provider contexts. You will hear about, and be able to discuss, emerging models of institutional research and scholarship, providing you with ideas to enhance your own college’s policies and practices.

This is a unique national event, aimed exclusively at advancing research and scholarship in college settings; You will learn about the latest research and developments in the field of college higher education; It will provide you with ideas to enhance your own college’s scholarly practices and policies. You will also learn about the latest developments on the AoC/HEFCE catalyst funded ‘Scholarship Project’.

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28-30 June 2017: Concepts of Value and Worth: National and International Perspectives on Widening Access and Participation, the 24th FACE Annual Conference in Glasgow, Glasgow School of Art and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

The FACE annual conference is an opportunity for national and international practitioners, researchers and policy makers to come together to discuss the latest issues. These small and specialist creative institutions combine to offer a platform for FACE members, non-members and students to share in knowledge exchange sessions and workshops, with plenty of opportunity to network, socialise and be entertained with like-minded colleagues in an inspiring and unusual conference setting.

The conference is framed around the themes of Reaching out (Community engagement, Early years activity, Support for migrants, asylum seekers and refugees), Reaching in (Innovative access routes, cross sector working, Adapting Learning and Teaching to value access and the Learner journey), Reaching over (Inclusion and diversity, Opportunities offered by technology, Interdisciplinary approaches to access, International opportunities for access), and Reaching up (Influencing the decision-makers, Regional approaches to access and lifelong learning, Partnerships with business and the third sector). Proposals sought by 17 February closing date.

Established in 1993, FACE is a UK-wide network for those involved and concerned with access, continuing education and lifelong learning. As a multi-sector network, FACE and its members are at the forefront of the challenges involved in providing lifelong learning opportunities. The annual conference is an opportunity for national and international practitioners, researchers and policy makers to come together to discuss the latest issues.

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28 June 2017, SCiP Alliance conference, University of Winchester

Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP (Chair APPG Armed Forces Covenant) will deliver the keynote and join a panel of experts for a discussion and Q and A. This conference will provide networking, research, policy and practice development opportunities for those completely new to this work, as well as those with years of experience. (The University of Winchester leads the Service Children’s Progression (SCiP) Alliance, which is funded by the Directorate of Children

Join us in Winchester in June to share and build knowledge and strategies for supporting young people from military families into and through higher education.

OFFA’s 2018-19 guidance challenges institutions to continue their focus on target groups including children from military families. Professor Les Ebdon (Director of Fair Access, OFFA) said, ‘what we know about military children is that while they do well at school, we find that their progression to university is less than that of other groups – they are underrepresented.’

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28-30 June 2017: Creating Inclusion and Diversity in Higher Education, University of the West of Scotland, Paisley, Scotland

The International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association (HETL) and The University of the West of Scotland (UWS) invite you to attend the 2017 International HETL –UWS Conference. Speakers include: Professor Craig Mahoney, Principal and Vice-Chancellor University of West of Scotland, formerly Chief Executive of the Higher Education Academy; Professor Mandla Makhanya, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of South Africa; Professor Lorraine Stefani. Professor of Higher Education Strategic Engagement, The University of Auckland, New Zealand; Dame Ruth Silver is the Founding President of the Further Education Trust for Leadership (FETL), formerly founding Chair of the Board of the Learning and Skills Improvement Service in October 2008, in 2010, was appointed by the Government to chair the National Taskforce on the Future of the Careers Profession. Proposal Submission closes on 31st December 2016.

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4-6 July 2017: Generation TEF: Teaching in the spotlight, Higher Education Academy annual conference 2017, University of Manchester

Structured over three days, the conference will provide a platform for higher education professionals to share their experiences, ideas, research and good practice in a community of their peers and learn from internationally respected speakers. A new conference format allows for cross-fertilisation of pedagogies, with a day dedicated to addressing sector priorities, such as retention, assessment and employability, sandwiched between two days of discipline-led activities. The Annual Conference is an ideal opportunity to meet like-minded peers, build networks, and expand your knowledge of sector issues and innovations, thus strengthening your own professional practice and reputation.

New for 2017 is the introduction of the HEA Annual Debate and dinner. We will be crowdsourcing ideas for the proposed motion from our communities and networks in the coming months.

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3 July 2017: Next steps for technical education in England – T-levels, implementing the Post-16 Skills Plan and financial stability, Westminster Forum, central London

Sessions focus on key issues in the roll-out of the proposed T-levels and a framework of 15 routes for technical education from 2019 aiming to increase the number of hours for students on technical routes to over 900 per year on average; and providing an additional £500 million in funding per year for technical education from 2019-20. The conference will also explore the design of individual employer-led qualifications, how to ensure the content of each route is sufficiently demanding, and the impact of the possible move to a single awarding body per qualification.

Delegates will also consider future involvement of schools and priorities for the proposed new Institutes of Technology in creating effective progression routes to higher level qualifications. Delegates will also assess the sustainability of technical education and the resourcing to support reforms, following the announcement of additional funding in the Spring Budget and in light of Area Review findings. Speakers include: Naomi Nicholson, Director of Strategic Relationships for Vocational Qualifications, Ofqual; Richard Atkins, Further Education Commissioner, Department for Education.

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5-6 July 2017: Transforming lives in changing times, IntoWork Convention, London

The Convention is aimed at all those working in the fields of; employment; skills; health and wellbeing; criminal justice; housing; continuous learning and further education. The Convention is at the cutting edge of policy and research on employment and skills. Hear from politicians, senior professionals and top leaders from public, private and third sector organisations about the latest developments and innovations in policy and delivery.

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5-7 July 2017: 360 degree thinking: leadership / collaboration / innovation; AMOSSHE national conference 2017, Brighton

The 2017 conference takes a 360 degree approach to Student Services, taking in perspectives from all angles to drive student success – encompassing inspiring leadership, effective collaboration and innovative practice. AMOSSHE (The Student Services Organisation) national conference is the largest annual gathering of Student Services leaders in the UK higher education sector, and the keystone of AMOSSHE’s continuing professional development offering. Last year, over 240 delegates attended our national conference, representing 118 organisations. For 2017 we’re planning a similar scale event, honed to the needs and interests of Student Services professionals.

We want your proposals for informative and stimulating workshops or presentations that will engage delegates and contribute to everyone’s understanding and professional development.

Find out all about the conference theme and call for proposals, and submit your session proposal:

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6 and 7 July 2017: Ready for retention: effective systems for transition and student success, University South Wales Conference Centre – Pontypridd campus, (Treforest).

The conference is hosted by the HEA Wales Transition, Retention and Attainment Programme. We expect lively discussion across the conference’s main themes of:

  • The design and management of holistic approaches to transition, retention and attainment
  • Curriculum development and innovation – strengthening student engagement
  • Using, sharing and developing data.

The closing date for applications to present at the conference has passed but a small number of attendance places are still available. If you share an interest in the focus of the TRA programme or the conference themes above and are keen to engage in conversation and debate, you are warmly welcome to join us. Booking options include one or two days inclusive of conference dinner and accommodation.

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8th July 2017: The Brilliant Club’s 4th Annual Conference, in partnership with King’s College London, King’s College London

The theme of this year’s conference is supporting students not only to make successful transitions between each stage of their educational journey, but to maximise their success and achievements. The student life cycle follows pupils from their entry into schooling, through primary and secondary education, to higher education and beyond. It embraces a truly holistic approach to widening participation and requires everyone’s voice.

The conference includes: research from King’s College London, The Bridge Group and the launch of The Brilliant Club’s Teacher Toolkit, and a Parliamentary-style show debate, including Prof. Tom Ward, Pro Vice Chancellor at the University of Leeds and Debate Mate trained students to discuss the challenges in widening participation.

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10-13 July 2017: The Future of Academic Advising: Connecting and Consolidating Students’ Experiences and Education, NACADA international conference, University of Sheffield

A unique opportunity at this second UKAT international annual conference for practitioners and researchers in the field of advising and personal tutoring in the UK, to explore the positive im0axts of advising and tutoring, bringing colleagues together  to discuss how the advising community needs to respond to the future needs of students and of institutional environments.

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18th July 2017: Next steps for Additional Learning Needs provisions in Wales, Policy Forum for Wales Keynote Seminar, Central Cardiff

The agenda focuses specifically on issues in Wales, which will provide an opportunity to discuss the future of Additional Learning Needs (ALN) provision in Wales.

Delegates will discuss the implementation of the transformation programme which places an increased focus on early identification, changes all references to SEN to ALN, sees the creation of an individualised plan for each young person with ALN, and simplifies the dispute resolution system.

Keynote addresses include Tania Nicholson, Head of ALN Legislative Programme, Welsh Government; Charlie Thomas, Head of ALN Transformation, Welsh Government, and Professor Phil Reed, Professor of Psychology, Swansea University.

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5 September 2017: Education and Transformative Practice, International Paolo Freire conference, Larnaca, Cyprus

You are invited to the second International Paulo Freire Conference, organized by the Freire Institute and the University of Central Lancashire. The conference will be on the theme of ‘Education and Global Transitions’ and will include the following sub-themes: Education with Migrant and Transient Communities; Gender and Education; Popular Education Theory and Practice; Education and Development; Social Media, Technology and Culture; Inequality and the Commodification of Education

Call for papers Submissions of papers are welcome for this conference.

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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

The seminar will bring together policymakers with key stakeholders including universities, FE colleges, representatives of employers and trade unions, careers advisors, trade and professional associations, academics, and members of the national and trade press.

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

Equality Challenge Unit’s conference theme for 2017 is inclusivity, intersectionality, action: moving forward the equality agenda in higher education.

ECU’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.

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