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

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ACTION ON ACCESS FORTHCOMING EVENTS

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

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

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

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

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

 

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

4-6 September 2017: The Article 26 2017 conference, University of Warwick Article 26 is a project of the Helena Kennedy Foundation. The main aim of Article 26 is to promote access to Higher Education for people who have fled persecution and sought asylum in the UK. Every year a UK higher education institution hosts the Article 26 conference. This brings together sanctuary scholars and those who support them. This year, at the University of Warwick, we have added a third day for sharing research into access to higher education for forced migrants. Find more information below and on the links to the right and above. This 7th annual conference takes place over three days, participants can attend the day/s most relevant to them; the first day focuses on forced migrant students studying in higher education, the second on university practitioners and the third and final is a research symposium. No prior knowledge or experience in the field of forced migration and access to higher education is required – we welcome everyone. Any questions, please contact Rebecca Murray article26@hkf.org.uk Further information: http://bit.ly/2rpIvuZ  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

6 December 2017: Next steps for apprenticeships and skills development in Scotland, Scotland Policy Conferences Keynote Seminar, The agenda focuses specifically on issues in Scotland, and this seminar will assess the next steps for Scotland’s apprenticeships and skills development policy. Delegates will consider next steps for promoting vocational education pathways for young people – looking particularly at careers advice and pursuing parity of esteem between vocational and academic qualifications; policy priorities for improving diversity in vocational education; including encouraging young women to study STEM courses; the expansion of foundation apprenticeships and the introduction of graduate apprenticeships across Scottish universities, with further discussion on implementation of the Apprenticeship Levy; priorities for youth training and employability: vocational qualifications and developing a diverse workforce; challenges for expanding foundation apprenticeships – including improving employability and building further partnerships between education and industry; assessing the assessing their initial performance and their potential of graduate apprenticeships: contribution to addressing the mid-career skills gap and embedding lifelong learning; and assessing the impact of the levy and the Workforce Development Fund. Speakers include: Ian Hughes, CITB Scotland; Maggie Morrison, CGI; Aileen Ponton, SCQF Partnership; Gregor Scotland, CBI Scotland; Dr Sally Smith, Edinburgh Napier University; Talat Yaqoob, Equate Scotland; Helen Young, West Lothian College and a speaker confirmed from the Career Development Institute; and a Senior speaker confirmed from Skills Development Scotland. Further information: http://bit.ly/2s6gJ8z

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

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

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

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

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

7 December 2017: NNECL annual conference, University of York

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

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

 

 

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

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

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