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10 November 2015: ‘Widening Participation to HE in a changing policy landscape’, fifth Access to HE Summit, Woburn House Conference Centre, London

The programme for the fifth annual Access to HE Summit is now firming up.

Expert-led workshops on: student finance; using the recent HEFCE data tools and maps in outreach; fair and effective admissions; addressing inequalities in outcomes in disadvantaged student success and progression; and part-time study. A fine set of keynote speakers is being lined up as once again the Summit aims to set out and debate political, institutional and operational perspectives on access and widening participation issues for 2016/16 and beyond. Further information and to register

http://bit.ly/1SrlEFU

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10 September 2015: Sharing models of good practice, Foresight Centre, University of Liverpool
This one-day workshop is suitable for both researchers and practitioners and will provide an opportunity to share models of good practice in WP among North West higher education providers; however the workshop will also be of relevance to WP practitioners from further afield.

Key note speakers include Professor John Storan, Professor Janet Beer. The two main themes of the workshop will be ‘Equity of access to higher education’ and ‘Student experience.’ If you are interested in providing a presentation, please submit an abstract of not more than 300 words in length to Laura Biggs l.biggs@liv.ac.uk by 5pm on Friday 24th July. Presentations should report research findings, discuss evidence-based practice, or critically assess policy or practice. Further information and to register: http://bit.ly/1Heicvb

15th September: Supporting Student Mental Health & Wellbeing, London

This conference will examine the current state of student mental health provision in Higher Education and discuss how to best support students. We will focus on a joined-up approach to mental health and wellbeing and furthering the mental health and wellbeing agenda at all levels of your institution. Key issues to be covered:

A comprehensive approach to student mental health in your institution; HEIs’ responsibilities with regard to mental health and well-being; promoting the independence of students with mental health issues; working with other organisations to support students. Further information: http://bit.ly/1GBOFIq

13 October 2105: Better Skills: Better Careers: The Future of Apprenticeships and Traineeships, central London

Since 2010, the total number of people starting apprenticeships has doubled, with over 2 million apprenticeships starting in England during the last parliament. The Government continues to aim to reform the apprenticeships and traineeship system; making them more employer-led, more responsive to the needs of industry, and more focussed on quality and skill development for the learner. Recent measures include the introduction of ‘degree apprenticeships’, developing additional apprenticeship standards across all sectors, introducing of a voucher payment scheme, and raising the minimum wage of apprentices to £3.30 an hour from October. With the Government’s pledge to create 3 million apprenticeships by 2020, this timely symposium provides an invaluable opportunity for local authorities, Apprenticeship Providers, Trailblazer Employers, Universities, Colleges and Schools, and other stakeholders to gain an insight into new and existing policy around apprenticeships and traineeships, understand the apprenticeship reforms, and explore how people can be supported into work whilst promoting a culture of work-based learning.

Further information: http://bit.ly/1Dh0d3n

15th October 2015: Improving student experience and applying consumer law – informed choice, value for money and addressing complaints, Westminster Higher Education Forum Keynote Seminar, Central London

The seminar comes as the Competition and Markets Authority prepares to launch a sector-wide assessment of universities’ and colleges’ compliance with consumer protection laws and will assess next steps for improving student experience and the protection of students’ consumer rights. Delegates will discuss prospective students’ awareness of metrics – such as student satisfaction and contact time, as well as the outcomes of measures introduced to better protect students and deal effectively with complaints.

Areas for discussion include: Universities’ obligations to students; Student expectations of higher education institutions; Supporting informed student decision making; Value for money; and Dealing with complaints.

Further information: http://bit.ly/1gC5Moe

8 October 2105: Preparing for Change: Implementing the Government’s Education Policy, Westminster Briefing, London

The conference will cover key issues including: The new Government’s priorities for schools, teachers and pupils; Exploring opportunities for collaboration between schools; Academies: where are we now and what are the next steps?; Reviewing funding arrangements and the options for expanding school places; Oversight: the changing roles of Regional Schools Commissioners, Local Authorities and Ofsted; How can school leaders best take advantage of the Government’s agenda of increasing autonomy?; Understanding the Common Inspection Framework under which all schools will be inspected; The role of Local Authorities to champion educational excellence; Changes to Key-Stage 4 & 5 curriculum and assessment; Implementing baseline testing in Primary schools.; The new Government’s priorities for schools, teachers and pupils.

Further information: http://bit.ly/1gC6LVn

22 October 2105: Preparing for Change: Implementing the Government’s Education Policy, Westminster Briefing, Manchester

The conference will cover key issues including: The new Government’s priorities for schools, teachers and pupils; Exploring opportunities for collaboration between schools; Academies: where are we now and what are the next steps?; Reviewing funding arrangements and the options for expanding school places; Oversight: the changing roles of Regional Schools Commissioners, Local Authorities and Ofsted; How can school leaders best take advantage of the Government’s agenda of increasing autonomy?; Understanding the Common Inspection Framework under which all schools will be inspected; The role of Local Authorities to champion educational excellence; Changes to Key-Stage 4 & 5 curriculum and assessment; Implementing baseline testing in Primary schools.; The new Government’s priorities for schools, teachers and pupils.

Further information: http://bit.ly/1M5O5cE

22 October 2015: Next steps for SEND: implementing the Code of Practice, broadening provision and improving outcomes from 0-25 years, central London

The focus for this conference will be the future for Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) policy and follows the introduction of the new SEND Code of Practice in September 2014. Delegates will consider the impact of the Code of Practice and the range of new support available to families, including the ‘Local Offer’ and personal budgets. Interested parties will also reflect on how the reforms are working in practice, as well as implementation issues such as the transition from SEN statements to Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans, which will provide wrap-around support up to the age of 25.
Further planned sessions examine wider issues related to support into adulthood, including measures to improve post-16 provision and widen access to further education, university and employment. Further information: http://bit.ly/1HLPqF0

22 October 2015: The future for Postgraduate Taught education: funding, choice and student experience, Westminster Higher Education Forum Keynote Seminar, Central London

Delegates at this seminar will examine changes to postgraduate taught (PGT) education – focusing on funding, choices, the student experience and competition in the HE sector. It will be a timely opportunity to discuss preparations in the HE sector for the introduction of student loans for taught postgraduate students in 2016, and comes as those in receipt of HEFCE’s interim bursaries begin their programmes.

Delegates will also consider HEFCE’s forthcoming Steps to Postgraduate Study tool - due to be launched later this year – and will assess its potential impact on competition and choice in PGT provision. Further areas for discussion include: key factors influencing individuals’ choices about undertaking PGT study; improving access to information for potential PGT students; best practice in providing a high quality student experience for PGT students; and how careers services can best support PGT students into employment.

Further information: http://bit.ly/1Hr17j6

10 November 2015: ‘Widening Participation to HE in a changing policy landscape’, fifth Access to HE Summit, Woburn House Conference Centre, London

The programme for the fifth annual Access to HE Summit is now firming up.

Expert-led workshops on: student finance; using the recent HEFCE data tools and maps in outreach; fair and effective admissions; addressing inequalities in outcomes in disadvantaged student success and progression; and part-time study. A fine set of keynote speakers is being lined up as once again the Summit aims to set out and debate political, institutional and operational perspectives on access and widening participation issues for 2016/16 and beyond. Please put the date in your diaries. Further information and to register

http://bit.ly/1SrlEFU

11th November 2015: Where next for Apprenticeships?, Westminster Employment Forum Keynote Seminar, Central London

This conference will discuss the future for Apprenticeships policy in England. It follows the recent commitment from the Government to create three million more Apprenticeships by 2020. Jennifer Coupland, Deputy Director and Head, Apprenticeships Unit, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and Department for Education and Ofqual will deliver keynote addresses at the conference and key areas for discussion include: Next steps for the Apprenticeship Trailblazer initiatives; Priorities for qualification design and ensuring quality; Improving employer engagement; The future funding arrangements for Apprenticeships – including discussion on the level of the employer contribution; and Careers advice – increasing awareness amongst young people of Apprenticeships as a career pathway and raising parity of esteem with higher education.

Further information: http://bit.ly/1FoLpiu

17-19 November 2015: the AoC Annual Conference and Exhibition 2015, The ICC, Birmingham

This year’s theme is ‘Powering the Economy‘ because we believe colleges are at the heart of this country’s future, providing skills and opportunities in all sectors – what our students learn today, powers the economy of tomorrow. Bringing together the further education sector under one roof, the conference combines keynote speakers, plenary sessions and breakout sessions to inform and stimulate debate on the issues facing further education. Five reasons why you should attend this year’s Annual Conference and Exhibition:

Learn from national and international education and business experts

Network with peers and exhibitors

Question high-level politicians and policymakers

Share best practice with colleagues

Celebrate the achievements of colleges and students in our award

The AoC Annual Conference and Exhibition is now open for bookings,; the main website will be open from 13 July to find out more about the conference. Further information: http://bit.ly/1Bx1mZ3

3 December 2015: The future for careers education, advice and guidance in England for schools and for adults, Westminster Employment Forum Keynote Seminar, central London

This conference will discuss the further steps that can be taken to improve careers advice and guidance in England, both within schools and for adults. Areas for discussion include:

  • Careers advice in schools - improving quality, face-to-face guidance and the role for school governance in raising standards;
  • Improving employer engagement - including a keynote address from The Careers and Enterprise Company
  • The future for the National Careers Service - with a keynote address from Joe Billington, Director of the National Careers Service, Skills Funding Agency;
  • Labour Market Information - latest trends and sharing best practice; and
  • Career development challenges for adults - helping people get back into work or progress in their career.

Further information: http://bit.ly/1G7cKtw

4 December 2015: the National Network for the Education of Care Leavers (NNECL) annual conference, Holloway campus, London Metropolitan University

Further details will be announced in coming months. Further information on NNECL on their website: http://bit.ly/1J1BXbq

2 February 2016: The future of Apprenticeships in Wales, Policy Forum for Wales Keynote Seminar, central Cardiff

The agenda focuses specifically on issues in Wales. Timed to follow the Welsh Government’s response their consultation reforming the Apprenticeship model in Wales, which closed in April this year, this seminar will bring together key policymakers and stakeholders to discuss the future for design and delivery of Apprenticeships in Wales. Sessions will examine the impact of recent changes to Apprenticeship frameworks in other parts of the UK, lessons to be learned from these new frameworks and their implementation, as well as how to ensure the compatibility of any new Welsh system.
Areas for discussion include: the funding model for Apprenticeships including support for small employers; strengths and weaknesses in the current Apprenticeship system in Wales and the likely impact of Welsh Government’s proposals for reform; the future shape of the Welsh Apprenticeship system within the context of simultaneous but respective reforms in England and Northern Ireland; how Apprenticeship frameworks should be devised and accredited; what steps can be taken to expand the number of employers offering Apprenticeships in Wales and encourage more young people to undertake them.

Further information: http://bit.ly/1JSHj9K

10th March 2016: Next steps for policy on widening participation and the changing shape of Higher Education admissions, Westminster Higher Education Forum Keynote Seminar, Central London

Speakers include: Sarah Howls, Head of Student Opportunity, HEFCE; Helen Thorne, Director of Policy and Research, UCAS; Janet Graham, SPA (Supporting Professionalism in Admissions); Professor John Storan, University of East London and Action on Access; and Sorana Vieru, Vice President (Higher Education), National Union of Students

Key discussion points include: preparations across universities and the admissions system for the forthcoming decoupling of AS and A-levels; impact of recent trends towards both more universities offering unconditional offers and more students entering the ‘clearing’ system; social mobility issues in Higher Education, including progress of existing schemes to widen participation, such as HEFCE’s recently launched National Networks for Collaborative Outreach. This seminar will present an opportunity to engage with key policymakers and other interested parties, and is CPD certified. Further information: http://bit.ly/1JVpuIG

27/28th April 2016: HE:  Transforming lives through life-wide learning, Centre for Inclusion and Collaborative Partnerships at the Open University
Themes for this biennial widening participation conference include: Alternative routes into HE; Moving from access to widened success; Flexibility and technology; Employability; Shoe-horned and side-lined: The crisis facing mature part-time students.

Details of the Call for Papers for the Open University’s Widening Participation Conference 2016 ‘HE: Transforming lives through life-wide learning’ on the 27th and 28th April 2016 are now available on the conference website: http://bit.ly/1Bq4t4Z