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

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26 March 2019: Making sustainable change to HE progression in schools and colleges, Causeways Education Ideas Lab, London Royal Veterinary College, Camden Campus

‘Ideas Labs’ provide time and space to reflect on recent initiatives, share successes and the thinking behind them, and identify ways to ensure sustainability.

During the day you’ll have the opportunity to:

  • Find out about and share good practice in school/college engagement
  • Use insights from the workshops to review your team’s work and hone your future plans for maximum effectiveness
  • Contribute to a new “Progression Roadmap” tool for WP practitioners, which will be made available to all participants after all the labs have taken place

Ideas Labs are free to attend, but reservation is necessary to secure your place.

Further information: https://bit.ly/2TVyRz4

 

26th March 2019: Next steps for Post-18 education – tuition fees, value for money, broadening student choice and meeting the skills gap, Westminster Higher Education Forum Keynote Seminar Central London

This conference will examine the next steps for Post-18 education and funding in the UK.  It will be an opportunity to discuss the interim findings of theReview of Post-18 Education and funding, looking at the scope of possible changes needed to ensure the higher education system is offering value for money and accessible to all.  Delegates will also consider how students can be better informed of the range of Post-18 education options encompassing academic, vocational and technical routes and how to ensure Post-18 education is tailored to the skills needs of the UK economy, both key areas of focus for the Review.

Delegates will discuss how student choice can be expanded and how courses other than traditional university degrees could be used to meet the current skills gap and prepare for future changes to the economy.

Delegates will consider priorities for the Institute, the practicalities of implementation and whether these measures are sufficient to ensure that technical qualifications achieve parity of esteem with academic qualifications.  Delegates will also assess whether tuition fees currently represent value for money for students and taxpayers.

Speakers include: Philip Augar, Chair, Review of Post-18 Education and Funding; David Bailey, Deputy Director, Public Sector Division, National Accounts & Economic Statistics, Office for National Statistics; Nick Hillman, Director, Higher Education Policy Institute; Ali Jaffer, Head of Policy and Innovation, Education, Social Mobility Commission; Helen Thorne, Director of External Relations, UCAS.

Further information: https://bit.ly/2A62sxG

 

27 March 2019: Assessment: impacts on widening access and success, OU, Milton Keynes

Universities are making advances in inclusivity for students by addressing barriers which some students might face. However, little has come to light and been shared around the impact that different assessment strategies and practices can have on success. At this seminar we will hear from presenters from across the sector and discuss: the language of assessment; institutional approaches to assessment; flexible approaches; feedback; and assessment for learning principles.

The seminar will be facilitated jointly by Dr John Butcher, Academic Lead for Widening Access and Success at The Open University and Prof Peter Taylor, Academic Lead for Assessment at The Open University. Speakers include: Dr Christa van Raalte, Deputy Dean Education & Professional Practice, University of Bournemouth; Earle Abrahamson, Programme Leader and Senior Lecturer in Sports Therapy and Dr Jonathan Mann, Senior Academic Tutor from the University of East London; Dr Kerry Harman, Programme Director, Higher Education Introductory Studies (HEIS), Birkbeck, University of London; and Prof Hong Bo, Associate Director for Teaching Quality (UG) at SOAS University of London.  Further information: https://bit.ly/2sYdS2N.

 

28 March 2019: Challenging Privilege and the Danger of the Single Story, Advance HE London. This session also available on 6 June in at Advance HE York.

This one half-day workshop deepens understanding of the barriers to equality, diversity and inclusion that exist in HE through an examination of how majority group privilege reinforces structural and cultural inequalities. Using author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s concept of the single story as a means of exploring the limitations on our understanding of difference, participants will explore how privilege operates, the impact on different protected groups and what practical steps we can take to address inequality.

This workshop is an opportunity to explore how privilege shapes our personal perceptions and actions as well as the structures and culture of the institutions we work in. It provides: Interactive exercises; Reflection and ample opportunity for discussion in a safe and supportive environment; and Opportunity for deep engagement with a subject that is often missing from general EDI training.

Challenging Privilege and the Danger of the Single Story is designed to deepen your understanding of how privilege creates and sustains differential experiences and outcomes for majority and minority groups, and to explore practical ways of ensuring equity. A focus on the range of protected characteristics, and on intersectionality, will enable you to design effective interventions. By the end of the workshop you will be better equipped to develop actions that address inequality and improve a sense of belonging for both students and staff. For the full programme of Advance HE events see https://www.advance-he.ac.uk/events.

Further information: https://bit.ly/2UKcBYQ

 

29 March 2019: Making sustainable change to HE progression in schools and colleges,

Causeways Education Ideas Lab, Newcastle Jurys Inn

‘Ideas Labs’ provide time and space to reflect on recent initiatives, share successes and the thinking behind them, and identify ways to ensure sustainability.

During the day you’ll have the opportunity to:

  • Find out about and share good practice in school/college engagement
  • Use insights from the workshops to review your team’s work and hone your future plans for maximum effectiveness
  • Contribute to a new “Progression Roadmap” tool for WP practitioners, which will be made available to all participants after all the labs have taken place

Ideas Labs are free to attend, but reservation is necessary to secure your place.

Further information: https://bit.ly/2TVyRz4

 

1 April 2019: Making sustainable change to HE progression in schools and colleges.

Causeways Education Ideas Lab, Manchester, The Union

‘Ideas Labs’ provide time and space to reflect on recent initiatives, share successes and the thinking behind them, and identify ways to ensure sustainability.

During the day you’ll have the opportunity to:

  • Find out about and share good practice in school/college engagement
  • Use insights from the workshops to review your team’s work and hone your future plans for maximum effectiveness
  • Contribute to a new “Progression Roadmap” tool for WP practitioners, which will be made available to all participants after all the labs have taken place

Ideas Labs are free to attend, but reservation is necessary to secure your place.

Further information: https://bit.ly/2TVyRz4

 

2 April 2019: Making sustainable change to HE progression in schools and colleges,

Causeways Education Ideas Lab, Bristol Future Inn Bristol Hotel

‘Ideas Labs’ provide time and space to reflect on recent initiatives, share successes and the thinking behind them, and identify ways to ensure sustainability.

During the day you’ll have the opportunity to:

  • Find out about and share good practice in school/college engagement
  • Use insights from the workshops to review your team’s work and hone your future plans for maximum effectiveness
  • Contribute to a new “Progression Roadmap” tool for WP practitioners, which will be made available to all participants after all the labs have taken place

Ideas Labs are free to attend, but reservation is necessary to secure your place.

Further information: https://bit.ly/2TVyRz4

 

3 April 2019: Improving provision for children in care and care leavers: multi-agency working, developing the workforce and support for those leaving care, Westminster Forum Scotland Policy Conferences Keynote Seminar, central Edinburgh

This conference focuses on the Scottish Government’s current wide-ranging policy reform agenda aimed at improving the lives of children in care and care leavers.  The agenda includes a keynote address from the Independent Care Review, at a mid-way point in its trialling and evidence gathering phase

This conference will be an opportunity to feed into the Review’s continuing work as it seeks to develop new initiatives, evaluate clear evidence of what works for children and young people, and encourage best practice for improving the experience of children and young people in care.

Delegates will discuss how a co-ordinated and collaborative approach can be further developed between local authorities, education providers, health services, and the voluntary sector in supporting those in care, whilst retaining a level of flexibility which best provides for the unique individual needs of looked after children and foster families.

The agenda also focuses on improving provision for care leavers and developing an effective multi-agency approach to support those leaving care; and the way forward for developing stronger structures to support progression to further and higher education, and expanding effective pathways into employment will also be considered.

The agenda: Policy priorities for supporting children in care, including next steps for the Independent Care Review; Enhancing greater multi-agency cooperation across Scottish social services; Recruiting, developing and retaining a diverse and well trained workforce; and Improving outcomes for care leavers.

Speakers include: Maree Todd MSP, Minister for Children and Young People; speaker confirmed from the Independent Care Review; Deirdre Fitzpatrick, The Open University; Rachel Hyslop, Glasgow Caledonian University; SallyAnn Kelly, Aberlour Child Care Trust; Sarah Jane Linton, Who Cares? Scotland; Sara Lurie, The Fostering Network in Scotland; Dr Iain MacRitchie, MCR Pathways; Kenny McGhee,CELCIS; Ryan McCuaig, Care Leaver and Rhona Pollock, Adoption and Fostering Alliance Scotland.

Further information: https://bit.ly/2GEjQ0N and https://bit.ly/2SukYLJ

 

10 April 2019: Access to HE Forum, The Studio Birmingham 

T he QAA is holding its first Access to HE Forum on 10 April 2019 at the Studio, Birmingham and invite you to attend this free event.  The event brings together Access to HE professionals in further and higher education, awarding bodies, employers, students, funders and policy makers to discuss five challenges: mental health; funding; student perspective; policy; employability skills .  Recognising people face complex problems and that challenges cross boundaries, our speakers come from a range of backgrounds. The challenge to event participants is to identify actions to address these issues.

The Access to Higher Education Diploma is a nationally recognised level three qualification which is specifically developed for adults and has successfully prepared over 25,000 people to transition to higher education each year.  Being custodian of the Diploma has been one of QAA’s most significant achievements.

It changes lives, which is a fundamental purpose of higher education, and has been supported and developed by QAA over the last 25+ years.

There are both threats and challenges for qualifications such as Access to HE Diplomas, among them the extension of Advanced Learner Loans to those aged over 19 since 201617; the replacement of NHS bursaries with loan funding in England; the introduction of degree apprenticeships in nursing and other health-related occupations; devolution of the Adult Education Budget; and area reviews of colleges.  Come to the Forum and explore the many valuable opportunities for Access to Higher Education Diplomas that will both inform and support many of these challenges.  Further information: https://bit.ly/2sz9zKZ

 

10-12 April 2019: UALL Annual Conference 2019, Telford Innovation Campus, Telford.

Telford, the home of the Industrial Revolution: in keeping with this Universities Association for Lifelong Learning conference will focus on these three themes:

Learning and Place: focusing on where innovation occurs including both the role of learning in responding to innovation and new initiatives linked to place and the way learning is embedded in it

Transformational change: focusing on how innovation occurs and the link to Lifelong Learning for example emerging technologies, practice based approaches

Innovation in Daily Life and Lifelong Learning: focusing on ensuring that innovation is shared by all for example innovative inclusive or accessible responses to learning in work, leisure, travel education.

The Conference is underpinned by three principles: Inclusion; Sustainable futures; and Lifelong Learning practice in order to respond to a changing world.

Speakers include Professor Mark Brown, Dublin City University.

Further information: https://bit.ly/2QK9KOo

 

 

15 April 2019: ‘Estranged students in post-compulsory education: A sense of 

strangeness in widening participation’, A Postgraduate Forum Event, University of Strathclyde, McCance Building, Room 319

This event is for those interested in learning more about the experiences of students who are estranged from their families.  The event aims to raise awareness and encourage informed action regarding the experiences of estranged students in higher education.  The place of estranged students as a relatively new category of widening access students will be highlighted. Speakers include:

Dr Lucy Blake, Lecturer in children, young people and families in the faculty of health and social care at Edge Hill University.  Her research explores the breakdown of family relationships in adulthood.

Dr Rachel Spacey, Research fellow at the University of Lincoln’s Higher Education Research Institute. Rachel’s research focuses on higher education and widening participation.  She has used participatory research to explore the experiences of estranged students.

Prof Yvette Taylor & Dr Cristina Costa, University of Strathclyde and University of the West of England.  Will present their Carnegie Trust, and Society for Research into Higher Education funded research: “The experiences of estranged students beyond entry point”

Amie Key, PhD Candidate at Durham University.  Amy will present her dissertation research about the experiences of students who are estranged from their families.

Sidonie Ecochard, PhD Candidate at University of Strathclyde.  Sidonie will present on her work in the field of estrangement in higher education.

 

16-17 April 2019: ‘Changing Boundaries; career identify and self: An international conference on research, practice and policy in career development’, NICEC, Manchester

This National Institute for Careers Education and Counselling international conference reveals keynote speakers from the Australia (Mary McMahon), Denmark (Rie Thomsen) and the USA (John Amaechi and Michael Arthur) and a wide range of sessions from contributors from all over Europe. We will explore themes such as, career identity, innovation in practice, social justice, career research, and include presentations from Tristram Hooley, Jenny Bimrose, Peter Plant, Wendy Hirsh, Stephen McNair, Fiona Christie, Mark Yates, Rosie Alexander…. and many others you may have yet to meet. For any queries, do please contact info@nicec.org

 

25 April 2019: Next steps for BAME equality in the workplace – tackling discrimination and bias, reducing the pay gap and improving recruitment and progression, Morning only, Westminster Employment Forum Keynote Seminar, central London

This conference will consider the next steps for government, employers and other stakeholders in improving opportunity and equality at work for people from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds (BAME).  It follows the launch by government, in collaboration with Business in the Community, of the Race at Charter work, which set five calls to action for signatories to improve recruitment and progression of ethnic minority employees – including requirements to appoint an executive sponsor for race, a zero-tolerance of harassment and bullying, and making equality the responsibility of all managers.  And the government consultation on ethnicity pay reporting.  It also comes with Government considering the introduction of mandatory pay reporting for organisations with over 250 employees.

Those attending will also consider progression for BAME employees.

Attendees will look at the impact of actions such as providing unconscious bias training, the setting of clear targets for managers and the introduction of role models and how their use amongst businesses can be increased.

Further information: https://bit.ly/2G20SBV

 

30 April 2019: Next steps for degree apprenticeships in England – funding, quality assurance and widening participation, Westminster Higher Education Forum Keynote Seminar, central London

This conference will examine the next steps for degree apprenticeships in England, focusing on funding, quality assurance and widening participation.  Delegates will discuss the future funding challenges for degree apprenticeships – including the impact of the apprenticeship levy on their expansion and the future of the OfS’s Degree Apprenticeship Development Fund, which is in its second wave and due for review by the OfS in 2019; IfA’s announcement of a six-fold increase in new apprenticeships in 2017/18 compared to the previous academic year, of which 66% were levy-supported starts; the likely impact on the affordability of degree apprenticeships of the Government’s review of post-18 education; the agenda looks at quality assurance, following concerns from the sector over which bodies, including the IfA, OfS and QAA, hold responsibility for ensuring quality of degree apprenticeships.

Delegates will discuss how universities and regulators can ensure comparability of degree apprenticeships with traditional forms of study.  Further sessions discuss strategies for widening participation and improving awareness of degree apprenticeships in schools and colleges, which have been outlined as a key focus of the National Apprenticeship Service for the next two years.

Speakers include: Jonathan Mitchell, Deputy Director, Standards Development, IfA; Dr Scott Court, Head, Quality Team, OfS; Dr Alison Felce, Standards and Frameworks Officer, QAA and Dr Brooke Storer-Church, Senior Policy Advisor, Skills, Fair Access and Participation Directorate, OfS;  Adrian Anderson, Chief Executive, University Vocational Awards Council; Tony Ellender, Emerging Talent Development Manager, Balfour Beatty; Anthony Impey, Chair, Skills and Apprenticeships Policy Board, FSB; Jane Mackay, PhD Candidate, Institute for Policy Research, University of Bath; Jenny Taylor, UK Foundation Leader, UK Early Professional Programmes, IBM; Rob Wall, Head of Policy, CMI; Ben Jordan, Senior Policy and Qualifications Manager, UCAS and David Willett, Director, Business Development Unit, The Open University.

Further information: https://bit.ly/2PPcus3 and https://bit.ly/2QDBgRj

 

1 May 2019: ‘Breaking the Barriers’, from 5 to 8pm at the UNITE student accommodation, Orchard Heights, Bristol

This event by the Educational Equality Society at the University of Bristol is planning a student-led outreach event targeted at looked after/estranged young people.  Individuals who are estranged from their parents or those who have spent time in care are an under-represented group at the University and may believe that University is not for them – we want to change this!

The aim of the event is to encourage this group to consider University.  We want to promote the benefits of University, whilst recognising the barriers that University presents for this group and explaining the services the University provides to overcome these.

The event will begin with a number of talks from different staff/students at the University, including information about finance, well-being, general university life and accommodation, all specifically tailored to students who are estranged/care leavers., followed by stalls where questions can be asked and more information can be found out.  In addition, there will be a workshop facilitated by the UNITE foundation (who offer financial support to students from these backgrounds).  This workshop will be a great opportunity for the students to have a fun and interactive discussion about the transition to university and to equip them with the necessary skills to make this transition smoother.

Refreshments (including Pizza at the end!) will be provided, and we are able to refund any travel expenses.  Relevant staff members/carers as well as= any students who would benefit from this event, are encourage to attend.

 

6 May 2019: BME Leadership Summit,

We are delighted to announce that Professor Binna Kandola will be one of our keynote speakers at next year’s BME Leadership Summit. The event brings together the HE sector’s ‘agents of change’ and key decision-makers to discuss, debate and share good practice around advancing the race equality agenda.

This summit has been designed for senior leaders who are responsible for institutional and strategic change, those who are working towards race equality within HEIs and alumni (attendees and sponsors) of Diversifying Leadership and those leading their institutional Race Equality Charter Mark applications.

Attendees are expected to leave with: information about strategies to champion change at a national level and how HEIs can respond; insights about how to create and lead channels for change; ideas, stimulus and networks useful at a personal and institutional level; and having contributed to the shaping of national initiatives and next steps.

Further information: https://bit.ly/2Prsm3P

 

7 May 2019: Stand Alone Conference Wales: ‘Developing support for Estranged Students in HE’, Cardiff University
This conference ‘Developing support for Estranged Students in HE’, will showcase examples of best practice, you will hear from current estranged students and explore together what Welsh higher education providers and the HE sector in Wales as a whole can do for estranged students to enhance access, retention and success.  Estranged students are young people studying without the support and approval of a family network. Young people in this position often have no contact at all with their family and have removed themselves from a dysfunctional situation. It is undoubted that students who are estranged from their family struggle to progress to and succeed in Higher Education.

Stand Alone Charity works with the higher education sector across the UK to improve outcomes for estranged students who are living independently and studying without family support. In 2016 we launched the Stand Alone Pledge.  The conference is for staff from across universities, colleges, student unions, sector organisations and Welsh Government interested in understanding better the issues affecting estranged students.

 

8 May 2019: Graduate employability and skills, Universities UK, Woburn centre, London

Join us for the third annual UUK conference on employability and skills, where we will discuss how we can support student and graduate skills development for the future workforce. We will be covering issues such as bridging the BAME attainment gap, working better with employers, and emerging best practice. Further information: https://bit.ly/2Uc1sQG

 

8 May 2019:  Advance HE Surveys and Insights Conference 2019, Bristol

“Widening participation” and “student development and outcomes” and “understanding the UG and PG student journey” are three of Advance HE key themes this year.

Colleagues working on surveys, metrics, qualitative research or other ways of capturing the student voice are warmly invited to submit abstracts for half hour presentations, workshops, posters or ‘ignite’ talks.

Surveys, measurement tools, metrics and the wider insight that such tools generate have a key role to play in helping maximise the reach and quality of provision within the sector.

By gathering and acting on such insight, institutions, sector agencies, researchers and policymakers can work together to help students maximise their potential.

Each Advance HE Surveys Conference brings together keynote speakers, papers, posters and workshops with an aim to explore real examples of how innovative approaches to measurement and feedback have been employed to deliver impactful findings which have driven real change.  Call for papers deadline: 11 February 2019.

Further information: https://bit.ly/2MSb7ZN

 

22 May 2019: Creative Approaches to Lifelong Learning: Perspectives on the mature student’s journey through higher education and beyond, The Universities’ Association for Lifelong Learning (UALL) Student Experience Network, Humanities Research Institute, University of Sheffield

UALL’s annual one-day event, taking a holistic approach to the experiences of part time, mature and widening participation learners throughout their higher education journey, from first contact through to post-graduation.
What to expect:  This will be a participative, collaborative event to share creative ideas and good practice: ‘what works’ (or not!). Come prepared to bring and share your own experiences and practice.
Focused discussions around three key areas: Building supportive relationships; Maintaining wellbeing; Lifelong support for lifelong learners.
23 May 2019: Supporting refugee learners, OU Milton Keynes

Hold the date.  This FREE half day seminar is part of the regular programme of seminars from the Widening Access and Success team at The Open University is open to all with an interest in improving how higher education can better support students with mental health issues.  More information to follow.

 

13 Jun 2019: Improving Student Retention, Universities UK, Woburn conference centre

This conference will cover all aspects of student retention, including a focus on student success, and how this implicates on institutions efforts to tackle the BME attainment gap.

Join us to discuss student retention with fellow professionals, hear a range of best practice case studies and receive the most up to date policy information you need.

This conference is not only an opportunity to hear from those currently researching and excelling in student retention but also to network with colleagues and experts, giving you the chance to discuss and learn from those in similar situations.

Student retention continues to be a key challenge facing universities, and one which is compounded by recent and on-going changes affecting the sector.  We are therefore pleased to run this timely national conference to provide guidance and share best practice, and inform knowledge of policy developments in this area.  Further information: https://bit.ly/2COpqKj

 

13-14 June 2019: ‘The third age of widening access’, NEON Summer Symposium, Lancaster University
The conference will look at how far we have come in widening access to higher education for under-represented groups, and where we want to go.  Can we learn from the experiences of the past 20 years? Can we make equitable access more central to the missions of HEIs, schools and employers than it has been in the past?  What do successful outcomes for under-represented learners look like?  Speakers include: Gordon Marsden MP, Minister for HE, FE and Skills; Prof Craig Gaskell, CEO University Academy 92; Sarah Howls, Head of Ac cess and Participation, OfS; Prof Steve Bradley, Interim Deputy VC,. Lancaster University; Andy Mellor, National President, NAHT; Jenny Ann Allen, Access and Participation Funding Manager, OfS; Dr Graeme Atherton, Director, NEON and Head, AccessHE.

Further information: https://bit.ly/2GERuUU

 

19 June 2019: ‘Collaborative Partnerships for Higher Education Access and Success:  Lessons from the Sector.’ Woburn House Conference Centre

This conference from Action on Access and UniversitiesUK will explore the value and importance of collaborative partnership working in HE: its working styles; the creation of new and vital partnerships to support access and participation in HE; and discuss case studies and initiatives which highlight collaborative and partnership working from a policy research and practice perspective.

The conference will focus on a range factors as listed below. Its aim is to illuminate and illustrate to delegates exactly why and how collaboration and partnership works; and in turn constructively examine and explore why collaborative partnership has so much to offer Widening Participation and Social Mobility and HE more widely. Factors to be addressed through the keynote and workshops contribution will include:

  • Working styles.
  • Creating and sustaining new and vital partnerships
  • How collaborations can open new spaces and opportunities for greater knowledge and improved practice
  • Organisational challenges to collaboration in hierarchical institutions
  • Multi sector collaboration
  • Costs and benefits of collaboration
  • Cultures for collaboration and cooperation – what makes them succeed and what the challenges can be.

Date for your diary more information to follow shortly.

 

26-27 June 2019: 4th University of Buckingham Festival of Higher Education
The Festival will shape the current and future HE landscape with high profile announcements and policy steer. The 2018 Festival generated over half a million social media engagements and featured in 8 national newspapers.  If you already work in education and care about the future, or just want to engage in the debate, the Festival of Higher Education is for you.

already confirmed include: Amanda Spielman: Chief Inspector, Ofsted; David Laws, Executive Chair, Education Policy Institute; Professor Michael Barber, Chair, Office for Students (OfS); Claire Fox, Director, The Academy of Ideas; Professor Anton Muscatelli, Vice Chancellor, Glasgow University; Emran Mian. Director General (Interim) of FE and HE at the Department for Education; Mary Curnock Cook, Educationalist and former CEO of UCAS; Anthony Seldon, Vice Chancellor, University of Buckingham; Alistair Jarvis, CEO of Universities.

The early bird discount is on sale until 28th February 2019, giving you a reduced 2-day ticket price of £150 for both days.

Further information: https://bit.ly/2AY4sYM

 

2-4 July 2019: Teaching & Learning Conference, AdvanceHE conference

Advance HE’s Annual Teaching and Learning Conference 2019 will position the spotlight firmly on teaching in a global context, in particular this year the conference will explore innovation for teaching excellence focusing on innovative teaching practices and pedagogies and seeking to uncover new practice which demonstrates or contributes to teaching excellence and is improving the student experience.

Taking place over three days, with more than 400 sessions, this sector-led conference provides attendees with the chance to share ideas, research, good practice and innovations with peers.

Further information: https://bit.ly/2TRl8g3

 

2-4 July 2019: Adult Education 100: Reflections & Reconstructions, 2019 Standing Conference on University Teaching & Research in the Education of Adults, University of Nottingham

This conference is an opportunity for adult educators and scholars to join a global reflection on what the field has achieved across the world over the past century, on where we are now, and on how adult education should be “reconstructed” for the century ahead.

We invite proposals for papers and symposia that focus on theory, research, practice and policy in adult education and lifelong learning. We particularly encourage proposals that do so within the approaches and traditions advocated by the 1919 Report, or engage critically with its legacies. Proposals should be research-based. They may examine any aspect of adult education. “Adult education” embraces other field descriptors (lifelong learning, transformational learning, HRD, etc.).

Papers, proposals, projects, case studies and stories are all welcome.  Deadline for submission of abstracts:18th January 2019.  Proposals should be submitted as Word documents to: scutrea2019@nottinghm.ac.uk

Further information: https://bit.ly/2SAgKxE

 

3-5 July 2019: ‘Delivering the Public Good of Higher Education – Widening Participation, Place and Lifelong Learning’, FACE conference 2019, Sheffield Hallam University

This years conference will be framed around 4 key themes:

  • Public good of Higher Education: Exploring and understanding the wider benefits of an inclusive Higher Education system
  • Widening Participation: Challenging and innovative approaches to access and success in HE and beyond
  • Place: Examining the impact of place and context on HE access and participation
  • Lifelong Learning: The role of HE institutionally, regionally, nationally and internationally in creating and delivering lifelong learning opportunities.

Further information: https://bit.ly/2jGiUNL

 

10 July 2019: Closing the Black Attainment Gap, OU Milton Keynes

Hold the date.  This FREE half day seminar is part of the regular programme of seminars from the Widening Access and Success team at The Open University is open to all with an interest in improving how higher education can better support students with mental health issues.

More information to follow.

 

11 Jul 2019: Mental Health: a whole university approach, Universities UK, Woburn centre, London

In September 2017 UUK published #StepChange, calling for a ‘whole university approach’ on mental health. But what does this mean in practice? Join us to learn about emerging best practice, and hear testimony from Cardiff University, the University of York, and the University of the West of England on piloting such an approach.

Mental health is a priority for universities. We know it affects our relationships and our wellbeing. It determines how we learn, and our productivity. The way we understand and approach mental health may be our greatest challenge. Universities are in a unique position to tackle that challenge head on and help all students and staff thrive and realise their full potential. This conference will cover issues such as:

  • Auditing your own provision
  • Co-producing programs with students and staff
  • Creating a holistic mental health strategy
  • Working with the NHS, and much more.

This conference will be useful for all university staff thinking about their role in student wellbeing, but particularly to those who are thinking about developing, currently developing or renewing, or implementing their mental health strategies.

 

13 November 2019: Action on Access’s Access 9th annual Higher Education and Student Success Summit, Woburn Conference Centre, London

Save the date: more information to follow.

 

11-13 September 2019, ‘Measuring Excellence” in Higher Education: Approaches and their Impact’, Higher Education Institutional Research (HEIR) Conference 2019, City Centre Campus, University of Wolverhampton.

The HEIR conference is an international event that attracts delegates from across the Higher Education sector including: students, teachers, researchers, managers, data practitioners and institutional experts, quality professionals, educational developers, policy makers, digital service specialists, consultants, and all who share an interest in the future of education.

There is a call for submissions for this conference, deadline 26 April 2019.

Keynote presenters include: Professor Alis Oancea, Professor of Philosophy of Education and Research Policy and Director of Research, Oxford University Department of Education; Professor Dennis Hayes, Professor of Education and Chair of the College of Education Research Committee, University of Derby; Professor Ptetar Jandric; Professor of Informatics, Zagreb University of Applied Sciences, Croatia.