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

Events

 

WP Events for your diaries

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Advance notice Action on Access events

9 November 2016: Access to HE Summit, Action on Access and Universities UK conference, Woburn Conference Centre, London. The annual Access to HE Summit takes place on 9th November this year. Please put this date in your diary now. The programme will be finalised nearer the time but you can be sure the conference will be ultimately unmissable.

21 November 2016: Re-thinking the Tertiary System: the future of learning and work, Unison HQ, London

The Open University, Association of Colleges and Action on Access one day conference to look at non-traditional routes to HE, supporting lifelong learning and upskilling/reskilling the UK workforce. Keynotes from senior colleagues including Ruth Spellman, CEO, Workers Education Association, David Hughes, CEO Association of Colleges and more.  We will also be running a range of interesting and topical workshops on subjects such as apprenticeships, the role of technical and professional education, alternative routes covering both the public and private sectors.  The conference will be held at the Unison HQ in London. Please save the date – 21 November 2016. There will be a small charge to attend – further details to follow.

21 February 2016: Developing your OFFA access agreement for 2018/19, with OFFA and UUK at the Woburn conference Centre, London.

Another date for your diaries for this fourth annual conference with its always timely conversation between OFFA and higher education providers about planning and writing access agreements. Information to follow later in the year.

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                     Calendar of events

 

5 October 2016: Race in higher education: the national picture, Bournemouth University

From studentship to professorship, there are gaps in participation and success of black and minority ethic staff and student in higher education. In this session, the key statistics on race in UK higher education will be presented, as well as discussions about the lived experience and the sense of belonging of black and minority ethnic people in higher education. Ideas of how to address the key challenges will be presented, including through the Equality Challenge Unit Race Charter Mark framework. Main speaker: Gary Loke Head of Policy, Equality Challenge Unit.

Further information: http://bit.ly/2d5o8Ow

 

10-13 October 2016: The World Mental Health Day programme 2016, Bournemouth University

The World Mental Health Day programme 2016 The World Mental Health Day programme 2016 programme is a result of a collaboration between: Bournemouth University; Borough of Poole; Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust; Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner; Dorset Mental Health Forum; Dorset Mind and Healthwatch Dorset.

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

 

19 October 2016: Higher Education Admissions. Central London

This CAPITA organised conference provides crucial insight into the leading strategies for developing effective recruitment and admissions procedures. With the removal of student control numbers and recent reforms to secondary and further education assessment, there has never been a more critical time to ensure your institution is well placed to attract the best applicants in this increasingly competitive environment.
Designed to address the most pertinent issues for recruitment and admissions professionals, this event covers key topics including predicting candidates’ grades in the absence of AS level results, utilising incentives to attract high calibre applicants, and assessing the impact of contextual admissions on improving access to higher education. Hear from UCAS and Ofqual on the impact of qualification
reform on the admissions process for universities. Understand the leading approaches for increasing participation among students from disadvantaged backgrounds by utilising evidence based approaches. Examine the anticipated effect of core maths on academic
development in higher education. Take away expert advice on the consequences of increased
competition on delivering a fair and transparent admissions policy. Explore the implications of reformed qualifications on higher education institutions. Discuss the potential ramifications of withdrawing from the European Union on attracting international students.

Further information: http://bit.ly/29HKNhR

19 October 2016: Understanding the Challenge: best practice in supporting
estranged students into and through HE.
Woburn House, London.
Many universities are already offering support for this cohort. This Stand Alone
conference will provide a space to hear about good practice already implemented
at a number of university and to share  experiences working with this group of
vulnerable students. We will discuss the issues facing estranged students and
how we can do more to provide them with the right information, advice and
support to progress into HE and to succeed on course.

Further information: http://bit.ly/29GBbBX

 

19 October 2016: Higher Education Admissions, central London

This Capita conference provides crucial insight into the leading strategies for developing effective recruitment and admissions procedures. With the removal of student control numbers and recent reforms to secondary and further education assessment, there has never been a more critical time to ensure your institution is well placed to attract the best applicants in this increasingly competitive environment. Designed to address the most pertinent issues for recruitment and admissions professionals, this event covers key topics including predicting candidates’ grades in the absence of AS level results, utilising incentives to attract high calibre applicants, and assessing the impact of contextual admissions on improving access to higher education.

Keynotes from: UCAS, Ofqual, HEFCE, HELOA. Further information: http://bit.ly/29HKNhR

 

20 October 2016: SPA unconscious bias staff development events, Manchester

Featuring expert contributions from SPA, ECU and HELOA, these interactive events will explore how HE providers can manage the risk of unconscious bias in student recruitment and admissions. The events are open to all staff – from colleges and universities – involved in admissions, schools and college liaison, student recruitment, and transition.

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

 

25 October 2016: Widening Participation in HE Conference 2016: Access for all, University of Salford

An update on government legislation, panel discussions with widening participation experts, case studies on effective strategies for supporting disadvantaged students entering higher education and networking with other professionals who face similar challenges every day.

high level speakers will give their views on the debate surrounding widening participation and the importance of helping disadvantaged students overcome barriers to entering higher education in light of the serious disadvantages they face in comparison to their non – disadvantaged peers.

Further information: http://bit.ly/1TUMS7O

 

26 October 2016: Decolonising the University, Bournemouth University

This workshop seeks to provide participants with an opportunity to: understand the historical background to racial diversity in the Higher Education context: critically reflect on their own thinking and practice in relation to diversity and inclusivity; think about the scale and nature of the challenge at the institutional level; consider and develop action strategies for meeting the challenge. Main speakers: Dr Josephine Kwhali  and Dr Gurnam Singh Coventry University.

Further information: http://bit.ly/2cQESg1

 

2 November 2016: SPA unconscious bias staff development events, London 

Featuring expert contributions from SPA, ECU and HELOA, these interactive events will explore how HE providers can manage the risk of unconscious bias in student recruitment and admissions. The events are open to all staff – from colleges and universities – involved in admissions, schools and college liaison, student recruitment, and transition.

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

 

2 November 2016: Next steps for improving 16-19 provision in England, Westminster Education Forum seminar, central London

This conference will focus on key issues and next steps for 16-19 providers as the Government reviews post-16 education and training, and will focus on key issues and next steps for 16-19 providers as the government reviews post-16 education and training, as wellas the likely impact of the on-going area reviews on 16-19 providers including any potential changes to funding, the range of qualifications offered and changes to the organisational structures of FE colleges.

In light of this, sessions will also look at options that can support 16-19 education and training providers to deal with financial and budgetary constraints facing the sector including better management of finances, considering a move to academy status, collaborative cost-saving partnerships, and streamlining intervention measures when a college runs into difficulties.

Other topics for discussion: efficiency in the FE sector; post-16 qualifications; delivering post-16 Maths and English; the new Progress 8 performance measure; Employer engagement; and access to higher education.

Keynote addresses from: Dr David Collins, Further Education Commissioner, Department for Business, Innovation & Skills; Martin Doel, Chief Executive, Association of College; Kevin Gilmartin, Colleges Specialist, ASCL; Sue Southwood, Programme Manager, Professional Standards and Workforce Development, Education and Training Foundation; Paul Warner, Director of Policy and Strategy, Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) and John Winkley, Director, AlphaPlus Consultancy and Chair of Academy Trustees, Beckfoot Trust. Further information: http://bit.ly/1U4xNGb

 

3 November 2016: Policy priorities for SEND – implementing local area inspections, raising educational outcomes and extending support for families, central London

Bringing together key stakeholders and policymakers from across the education sector, this seminar will consider policy priorities for special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). It is being scheduled to discuss early indications from the implementation of a new joint Ofsted-Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection framework for SEND services, to be introduced from May 2016, which will assess how effectively local areas are meeting their obligation towards children with special educational needs.
Planned sessions will also look at measures to improve the educational attainment of children with SEND, including government’s new review into assessment of pupils with lower attainment. Delegates will also assess the implementation and progress to date of the SEND Code of Practice - two years on from its introduction.
Speakers include Dr Adam Boddison, Chief Executive, NASEN; Nigel Thompson, Head of Children and Health & Justice; a senior speaker from SENJIT (Special Educational Needs Joint Initiative for Training), Institute of Education, University College London; Matthew Ellis, Associate Director, South West Maternity and Children’s Strategic Clinical Network, NHS England; Simon Knight, Deputy Headteacher, Frank Wise School, Oxfordshire; Laxmi Patel, Solicitor and Head of Education, Boyes Turner and Julie Stockdale, Head of Schools & Commissioning, Surrey County Council have also agreed to speak.

Further information: http://bit.ly/1U1PC9d

 

9 November 2016: Access to HE Summit, Action on Access and Universities UK conference, Woburn Conference Centre, London. The annual Access to HE Summit takes place on 9th November this year. Please put this date in your diary now (beware both the 8th and 10th November have been dates advertised for the Summit – it is definitely to be held on Wednesday 9 November 2016.). The programme will be finalised nearer the time but you can be sure the conference will be ultimately unmissable.

 

15 November 2016: Supporting School Attainment, London

NEON is hosting a one day Access Academy Training session focusing on how to work successfully with schools in order to support school attainment. The session will consider the challenges and opportunities of engaging with schools to support increased attainment amongst disadvantaged pupils.  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 widening access practitioners about the current work they do in order to support school attainment.

Further information: http://bit.ly/2czZ9k6

 

16 November 2016: HE Admissions Fair for Access to HE students, the Centre for Life in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

This event will bring together HE, HE in FE and Access provider partners as well as other key stakeholders with an interest in widening participation in Higher Education and 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 this academic year.

The event is exclusively for students on QAA-recognised Access to HE courses ands provides the opportunity for prospective students to talk to representatives of universities and colleges in the North of England and discuss their nature student offer, to find out more about applications and admissions, and to attend free workshops on applications, student finance and funding opportunities. Further information: http://bit.ly/2bPCc11

 

21 November 2016: Re-thinking the Tertiary System: the future of learning and work, Unison HQ, London

The Open University, Association of Colleges and Action on Access are planning a one day conference to look at non-traditional routes to HE, supporting lifelong learning and upskilling/reskilling the UK workforce.  There will be keynotes from senior colleagues including Ruth Spellman, CEO, Workers Education Association, David Hughes, CEO Association of Colleges and more.  We will also be running a range of interesting and topical workshops on subjects such as apprenticeships, the role of technical and professional education, alternative routes covering both the public and private sectors.  The conference will be held at the Unison HQ in London. Please save the date – 21 November 2016.

There will be a small charge to attend – further details to follow.

 

24 November 2016: The Teaching Excellence Framework – implications and implementation, Central London

This Westminster Higher Education Forum Keynote Seminar provides an opportunity to discuss the likely impact of the TEF and the challenges for its implementation. Areas for discussion include: design of TEF and the impact of the initial set of metrics on student satisfaction, retention and graduate employment rates; the potential set of further metrics for the latter stages of TEF, including measuring the quality of learning environments, ‘learning gain’ and ‘teaching intensity’; implementation of TEF including the timetable for introduction; and the likely future extension beyond an institution-wide assessment model to a subject-level system.

Speakers include: Chris Millward, Director (Policy), HEFCE; Dr Jules Holroyd, University of Sheffield; Dr Liz Marr, The Open University; Bill Rammell, University of Bedfordshire; Sir Anthony Seldon, University of Buckingham; Dr Geoff Stoakes, Higher Education Academy; Chris White, Bellenden Public Affairs and former Government Special Adviser and a senior speaker confirmed from the QAA

Further information: http://bit.ly/29sJrdW

 

29-30 November 2016: ECU’s 2016 conference, Nottingham.

The theme will be Connect, collaborate, share: building the equality community in HE. The conference aims to foster connections between institutions on common areas of their equality work and to build a stronger community of practice for equality in HE.

Bookings for the conference will open in July.

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

 

29 November 2016: Supporting the Long Term Success of Care Experienced Students in Education, (National Network for the Education of Care Leavers (NNECL) 4th national conference, University of the West of England, Bristol

Conference themes, relating to all services and institutions in the team around the child:
Engaging – how do professionals successfully engage children from an early age in their education and in seeking to achieve positive aspirational outcomes
Retaining – what works best to keep young people engaged in education at all levels, and how do we retain young people in care and leaving care in their education.
Empowering – what protective factors enable young people to succeed pre and post entry to HE and what part does resilience play, and how can young people be empowered to make the right decisions.

NNECL are inviting all stakeholders including colleagues at HEIs, FE colleges, charities, academics and local authorities (including virtual schools and leaving care teams) to submit proposals for 30-minute plenary sessions and 60 to 90 minute workshops. Please indicate on your submission whether the workshop is aimed at Beginner, Intermediary, Advanced or All levels. Workshops should be interactive and include opportunities for discussion and sharing of good practice.

Please submit proposals by email to info@nnecl.org. The deadline for submissions is Monday 1 August. Further information: http://bit.ly/1UeRu8X

 

7 December 2016: Innovation in curriculum design – internationalisation, employability and inclusivity, Westminster Higher Education Forum Keynote Seminar, London

This seminar examines latest thinking on innovative practice in curriculum design – ahead of the introduction of the Teaching Excellence Framework, which will include assessment of curriculum design and graduate employment outcomes. The agenda centres on three major trends: Internationalisation of curricula to broaden content away from a purely UK focus and to include global perspectives on their subject discipline; Increasing focus on graduate employability – including improved links with industry in design and delivery; and ensuring inclusivity in the design of the curriculum so that it is both accessible to all and takes account of students’ differing backgrounds.

Areas for discussion include: How the metrics of the Teaching Excellence Framework might influence and impact curriculum design; Designing curricula that encourage inclusivity - taking into account ethnicity, gender, accessibility for disabled students and disadvantaged backgrounds; and the impact of curriculum design on student employability - as well as engagement of employers in the design of courses and the increased use of ‘year in industry’ placements.

Further information: http://bit.ly/2bnGGe6

 

8 December 2016: Scotland Policy Conferences Keynote Seminar: Priorities for skills development and apprenticeships policy, Edinburgh

The agenda focuses specifically on issues in Scotland, the focus being policy priorities for skills development in Scotland. Context and key areas for discussion: Progress on The Scottish Government’s Developing the Young Workforce strategy for reducing youth unemployment, due to be published in December: The Scottish Government’s consultation the impact on Scotland of the Apprenticeship Levy to be introduced as of April 2017: Rollout of Foundation Apprenticeships in every secondary school by 2020: The Scottish Government’s ongoing review into Scotland’s skills and enterprise agencies.

Speakers include: Jamie Hepburn MSP, Minister for Employability and Training, The Scottish Government and Katie Hutton, Director of National Training Programmes, Skills Development Scotland and Russell Gunson, IPPR Scotland; Ian Hughes, Construction Industry Training Board. Chaired by Daniel Johnson MSP, Shadow Education Minister, Scottish Labour Party and Elizabeth Smith MSP, Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, The Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Further information: http://bit.ly/2clXpRb

 

9 December 2016: Credit 101 – benefits and pitfalls, SEEC event, London

The event will provide an overview of current issues in credit practice, offering an excellent opportunity to meet with other professionals engaged in its use and development. Programme available soon but if you are interested: http://bit.ly/2cppFNx

 

26 January 2017: Improving disabled students’ experience – funding, facilities and support services, Westminster Higher Education Forum Keynote Seminar, London

This seminar will explore the challenges and opportunities for improving disabled students’ experience in Higher Education. It follows Government reforms to the Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) – scheduled to take effect in the 2016-17 academic year – which include new restrictions to eligibility for financing non-medical help, and changes to the funding for specialist accommodation and equipment for disabled students.

Sessions will focus on the initial impact of these changes and how universities can respond to maintain effective support for disabled students, as well as best practice in improving campus accessibility and next steps for policy and practice in order to further widen participation for prospective students with disabilities.

Speakers include: Sarah Howls, Head of Student Opportunity, HEFCE; Professor Geoff Layer, Vice Chancellor, University of Wolverhampton and Chair, The Disabled Students Sector Leadership Group and Paul Williams, Deputy Director, Student Finance Policy, Department for Business, Innovation & Skills; Chris Brill, Equality Challenge Unit; Dr John Conway, Royal Agricultural University   Association of Disability Practitioners; John Lamb, British Assistive Technology Association; Mei-Yee Man Oram, ARUP and Liz Sayce, Disability Rights UK

Further information: http://bit.ly/29HfS9H

 

9 February 2016: Promoting competition and regulating the higher education market, Westminster Higher Education Forum Keynote Seminar, Central London

This conference examines the future shape of the Higher Education market, including:

the proposed liberalisation of access to the ‘university’ title and degree awarding powers;

the latest trends and developments in the HE market, including the growth of HE in FE and the conversion of satellite campuses into full, independent universities; attracting new providers into the HE sector including established overseas universities; and

the market impact of the Teaching Excellence Framework and the removal of the student number cap.

Speakers include: Jenny Bradley, Assistant Director, Higher Education Market Reform, Department for Education; Ian Kimber, Director of Quality Development, QAA; Sorana Vieru, NUS and John Widdowson, Association of Colleges

Further information: http://bit.ly/2cP7iSo

 

9 February 2017: Next steps for apprenticeships in Wales, Policy Forum for Wales Keynote Seminar, Central Cardiff

This seminar will focus on the future of apprenticeship in Wales; including improving quality, take up and funding availability. It follows the Welsh Government’s pledge to deliver an additional 100,000 Apprenticeship starts over the 5-year Assembly term, and comes in light of on-going discussions over how the new UK-wide Apprenticeship Levy will impact Wales and the development of new frameworks for the standards and assessment of apprenticeships in Wales.

Speakers include: Julie James AM, Minister for Skills and Science, Welsh Government;

Fiona Argent, Cardiff Metropolitan University; Jenine Gill, Little Inspirations Day Nursery and a senior speaker confirmed from National Training Federation Wales

Conference areas for discussion include: Strategies for effectively promoting the apprenticeship route to young people; engaging employers with the design and delivery of apprenticeship programmes; future funding arrangements for apprenticeships in Wales; and vocational progression routes and the role of higher and degree apprenticeships.

Further information: http://bit.ly/2cQZ8Ks

 

21 February 2016: Developing your OFFA access agreement for 2018/19, with OFFA and UUK at the Woburn conference Centre, London.

Another date for your diaries for this fourth annual conference with its always timely conversation between OFFA and higher education providers about planning and writing  access agreements. Information to follow later in the year.

 

2 March 2017: TSS The Skills Summit, London

The seventh annual Skills Summit 2017 gives you the chance to hear post-Brexit opinion on the future of Apprenticeships, technical education and workplace learning. Register places for your organisation before July 18th and receive a 10% discount. Take part in over 15 sessions and develop your understanding of:

Apprenticeships: the implementation and impact of reforms

Post-16 education and training: how will the Skills Plan affect you?

Learning and development: how can we use digital more effectively?

Speakers include:

David Hill, Director of Apprenticeships, Department for Business, Innovation & Skills / Department for Education

Mark Dawe, Chief Executive, AELP

David Hughes, Chief Executive, AoC

Further information: http://bit.ly/29HaXW6

 

5-6 April 2017: Making a Difference to Student Success – Inspiring Students Through Advising and Personal Tutoring, UKAT Annual Conference, Leeds Trinity University, Leeds

The conference aims to explore current trends and approaches for encouraging student attainment, and to promote the sharing of experiences and innovative practice. A date for your diary and Proposals are sought on the theme of Advising and Personal Tutoring for Success, Attainment and Retention.

Closing date for submissions: 16 December 2016

Further information: http://bit.ly/1M07TtZ

 

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.

Further information: http://bit.ly/29LU0Xm