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


  WP Events for your diaries

                                                      CALENDAR OF EVENTS


The government is currently banning all conferences from taking place, and this page being frequently updated, but please check that the conferences you are interested in are still taking place before booking or attending, have re-scheduled or are offering online alternatives, etc.


6 – 7 April 2020: ‘Personalising Learning Through Personal Tutoring’, UKAT national conference, Glasgow, UK

Postponed – no alternative date arranged.

The UKAT, {UK Advising and Tutoring), Annual Conference provides professional development opportunities for advisers, academics, researchers, administrators and students who are invested in helping higher education students achieve academic success. The conference provides opportunities to learn from experts in the field, gain knowledge and review effective practices with colleagues, and participate in interactive workshops. A wide range of learning formats are offered, including poster sessions, exhibitor presentations, and networking opportunities.

This 5th Annual conference explores how personal tutoring makes a fundamental contribution to the personalisation of learning and connects the formal curriculum to student goals and aspirations to enhance student success.


22 April 2020: Employability Symposium 2020: Breaking the mould, Advance HE, at AdvanceHE York

This Advance HE event will be delivered online, and has been moved from 22 April 2020 to 15 September 2020. Revised joining instructions will be sent to delegates as part of the booking process

Individuals and society are increasingly expecting a different return on their investment in a university degree. Given the current policy context and a focus on graduate level outcomes by the OfS it’s important to understand and anticipate what this topography means in order to enable student success.

This symposium will explore how HE providers are focusing on these shifts: to work in new ways, to collaborate, to provide fuller foundations for continuous learning and ultimately to provide a long-term commitment to ensuring students succeed and maximise their chances of chosen progression, in particular towards employment.

AdvanceHE is particularly keen to encourage submissions that cover:

  • Inter and/or transdisciplinary approaches to employability.
  • Designing inclusive approaches to employability opportunities.
  • Innovative, high impact pedagogies.
  • Policy and institutional contexts focused on systematic and strategic change.


21 April 2020: Advance HE’s ‘Student Retention and Success Symposium: the Role of Mental Wellbeing’, York

This Advance HE event will be a face to face event, and has been moved from 21 April 2020 to 16 September 2020. Revised joining instructions will be sent to delegates as part of the booking process

Our Student Retention & Symposium is an annual event. This year’s Student Retention and Success Symposium is mental wellbeing in the curriculum and university. We will be considering structures and culture that support wellbeing and the impact that wellbeing can and does have on student retention, transition, and success. Dr Michelle Morgan, a well-known commentator on the student learning experience & student wellbeing, will deliver an opening keynote on the day. Further information on the link. IF you have any Dr Joan O’ Mahony (Senior Advisor, Learning & Teaching, Advance HE) will lead the Symposium. If you have questions about the symposium content or your submission please email


22-23 April 2020: Access, Participation and Success (APS), 6th International Biennial Conference, Open University, Hilton Hotel, Milton Keynes

No information on re-scheduling.

Whose voice is it anyway? Putting students at the heart of widening participation policy and practice. The OU’s 6th international Access, Participation and Success (previously Widening Access and Success (WAS)) biennial conference conference shifts the focus away from policymakers and widening participation practitioners towards the voice of students who are either under-represented or disadvantaged and how they experience higher education. It aims to explore whether the strategic direction and approaches implemented by higher education (HE) providers reflect the experiences of students who come from diverse backgrounds. Outcomes of the event will be collated to inform future policy and strategic decisions.
The conference will focus on specific characteristics associated with access, participation and success, recognising that students will inevitably present multiple characteristics.  Based on sector-wide priorities the themes of the conference will be:
Students from low socio-economic backgrounds

  • Black, Asian and minority ethnic students
  • Disabled students, including physical, mental and learning difficulties
  • Mature learners
  • Care leavers
  • Carers

Delegates will enjoy a mix of student and policymaker panel discussions, lightning talks and workshops plus keynotes from leading sector practitioners and academics.


23 April 2020: Next steps for improving social mobility in England – the Opportunity Areas programme, tackling regional inequality affecting young people, and the roles of education and business, Westminster Education Forum policy conference, central London

This conference will now be conducted online. They will be contacting all participants in advance of each conference with full information and guidance on how to take part.

This seminar focuses on latest developments in policy and local initiatives aimed at improving social mobility in England. It is bringing together stakeholders with key policymakers to assess next steps for the Opportunity Areas programme.

Delegates will also discuss priorities for policy as the new government pursues its ‘leveling up’ and regional investment agenda. It comes with further commitments to further investment in skills provision, further education and training expected to be made in the forthcoming Budget. The discussion also takes place in the context of the Social Mobility Commission’s Barometer poll for 2019 which highlights a gap in optimism between young people in different areas of England, who were asked if they felt there were good opportunities for them to do well in their region. The seminar includes a keynote contribution from the Chair of the Social Mobility Commission, Dame Martina Milburn – and will follow the expected publication next month of the Commission’s latest state of the nation report.

Speakers include: Alison Wilson, Deputy Director, Opportunity Areas, Department for Education; Anne-Marie Canning, King’s College London and Bradford Opportunity Area; Dr Tim Coulson, Norwich Opportunity Area; Chris Derbyshire, University of Sussex; Richard Hamer, BAE Systems; Sarah Holmes-Carne, Kenton School; Adrian Hurst, Stoke City FC; Ellen McHugh, St Albans Girls’ School; Wayne Norrie, Greenwood Academies Trust, Nottinghamshire; Anand Shukla, Brightside and Chris Starkie, New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership.

This seminar will analyse the current landscape of social mobility: the Opportunity Areas Programme including innovation in tackling inequalities among young people – the role of employers, widening access to university, and retaining young people within a particular region; the role of education and the4 future of the Opportunity Areas Programme. To book.


29 April 2020: Survey& Insights Conference 2020, Advance HE, Delivery format: Online

This conference is scheduled to run on its original date of 29 April 2020 and will be delivered in the form of a virtual conference. The updated programme is now available and booking prices have been updated to reflect the change to the delivery format.

The conference will provide an opportunity to discuss and debate the potential of insights from surveys, metrics, qualitative research and wider methods of capturing the student voice. We will explore how surveys and insights can help to drive widening participation, teaching excellence and maximise the experience and wellbeing of all types of students.


6 May 2020: ‘The next steps for developing degree apprenticeships’, Westminster Higher Education Forum, central London.

This conference will be online: speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish; opportunities for delegate questions and comments; a permanent record of the proceedings will be made available to all delegates afterwards, including a recording of the addresses, all slides that have been made available, and further materials. Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference.

The agenda includes: Future priorities for degree apprenticeships; Implementing an effective and sustainable funding model for degree apprenticeships; Next steps for widening access to degree apprenticeships – raising awareness and the role of degree apprenticeships in widening university participation; Effectively regulating the quality of degree apprenticeships and registering providers; and ensuring high quality delivery and standards of provision – improving course design and perceptions.

Speakers include: Sarah Cowan, National Centre for Universities and Business;

Mark Dawe, Association of Employment and Learning Providers; Jonathan Mitchell, Deputy Director for Standards Development, Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education; Adrian Anderson, Chief Executive, University Vocational Awards Council; Sarah Cowan, Policy Lead for Skills and Talent, National Centre for Universities and Business and Mark Dawe, Chief Executive, Association of Employment and Learning Providers. Book here.


7 May 2020: Education and Wellbeing: A focus on Care-Experienced Students in FE and HE’, National Network for the Education of Care Leavers annual Conference, De Montfort University, Leicester

Cancelled. We very much hope to arrange a new date for the Autumn of this year. For those who have already booked, we will be in touch with you over the next few days.


7 May 2020: Employability and skills: the fourth industrial revolution, The Universities UK annual Employability and skills conference, central London

No information on re-scheduling.

How do we prepare our students for the jobs of the future? The fourth industrial revolution is driving comprehensive change in the way we work, and the skills we need. The disruptor culture of the tech world has seeped into traditional sectors around the globe. The pace of change is such that broader skills such as resilience are central to an individual’s long-term success in employment.

The conference examines, as new technologies emerge, how reskilling the workforce will be critical to future success. The provision and promotion of lifelong learning has never been more important. Universities are uniquely positioned to help shape our response to these trends, and help equip generations new and old with the skills they need to thrive

The changes affecting the future of work are increasingly complex and are occurring at an accelerated pace, with profound challenges to the ability of policymakers, employers, educators and learners to keep up. This conference will bring together sector leaders, employers, and policymakers to help you improve employability at your university.


7 May 2020: Widening Participation Conference 2020, Inside Government, central London

Rescheduled to 3rd December 2020

The conference will explore the next steps for all higher education institutions in supporting high quality strategies and targeted interventions which reduce access gaps and widen participation in higher education for disadvantaged students.

Attendees will gain key insights from policy experts and leading practitioners to evaluate how all institutions can enhance their outreach and engagement activities, eliminate barriers to entry for under-represented students and support the delivery of high impact Access and Participation Plans.


13 May 2020: ‘How can HEIs attract greater numbers of mature learners?’, NEON summit on will now be held online.
An outstanding line-up of speakers, all of whom are experts in supporting mature learners through their learning journey. With representation from the Office of Students, Open University, Edge Hill University, Learning and Work Institute and University of Leicester – the programme promises to offer engaging presentations throughout the day
This event will discuss how institutions can attract greater numbers of mature learners.

14 May 2020: SCIP Alliance conference 2020, Birmingham

SCiP Alliance will run a virtual (online) event on 14 May launching the Year of the Service Child Voice report and explore together ways to put Service children’s voices at the heart of all they do. The face-to-face conference re-scheduled to 20th October 2020, when we will continue as originally planned with a big picture look at policy, research and practice throughout the UK.

The OfS lists mobility, wellbeing and caring as challenges faced by children from military families and encourages HEIs to address the impact on their progression. Does your APP include Service children (children from Armed Forces families)?
The Service Children’s Progression Alliance conference in central Birmingham will explore how HEIs and partners are approaching this and how you can support schools to improve outcomes for these young people.
The conference will:
Launch a suite of tools developed in collaboration with several NCOP partnerships

  • Understand the research base and the results of the pilot
  • Explore how HE outreach and Connect Up (NCOP) practitioners can make use of these with their local schools to establish relationships and support the progression of Service children
  • Celebrate the Year of the Service Child Voice
  • How do Alliance members listen to and act on the voice of the Service child and how can we all embed this in all we do

Swap experiences, hear from case studies and plan to make a difference
A choice of workshops will delve into a nationally evaluated outreach model, explore what Service children tell us about impacts on their education and give delegates a deep understanding of the context for these young people.
For more info on SCIP Alliance


19 May 2020: ‘The future of the UK university admissions system – unconditional offers, post-qualification admissions, and options for reform’, Westminster Higher Education Forum policy conference, central London

Westminster Forum conferences that are scheduled to take place before September will be conducted online. They will contact all participants in advance of each conference with full information and guidance on how to take part.

This seminar will bring together key policymakers and stakeholders – including universities, colleges, schools, awarding bodies and students’ groups – to discuss the future shape of the university admissions system and give delegates the opportunity to assess the potential impact of forthcoming review and system reform on universities, including addressing issues with unconditional offers and the challenges a change to a post-qualifications admissions PQA model would entail for universities.

The programme will cover:

  • the OfS review of the admissions system – focus, key areas for consideration, and next steps on the timeline
  • key findings from the Universities UK fair admissions review
  • the university admissions system as it stands – a context and responding to the reviews
  • reforming the existing system – addressing unconditional offers, widening participation and ensuring transparency in information available to prospective students
  • lessons learned from comparing admissions systems around the world; and
  • examining the case for PQA.

Speakers include: include: Jess Trahar, Competition and Registration Manager, Office for Sudents; Helen Thorne, Director of External Relations, UCAS; Sharon Hague, Pearson; Nicola Hall, The Careers and Enterprise Company; Rebecca Hollington, University of Wolverhampton; Smita Jamdar, Martineau; Angela Nartey, University and College Union and Piers Wilkinson, National Union of Students. To book.


21 May 2020: ‘Mentally healthy universities: live, learn, work, support’, central London

No information on re-scheduling.

UUK will be launching the second phase of the StepChange strategic framework in March 2020, following the publication of the University Mental Health Charter by Student Minds in December 2019. There is an ever-growing understanding about the important role that health and mental health plays in everyone’s lives, affecting all aspects of our day to day activities. The launch of these strategic frameworks creates new opportunities for universities to make mental health a priority for students and staff.

The conference will explore how institutions can develop and implement a whole university approach to mental health to create a supportive and healthy environment for students and staff to live, learn, and work.

28 May 2020: International Forum for Peer Learning, New Cross, London, (pre-Forum evening event – 27th May 2020)

No information on re-scheduling.
The Academic Peer Learning network, and the European Centre for SI-PASS, are delighted to invite you to attend, and indeed submit a proposal to present at the International Forum for Peer Learning in May 2020, to be held in London, UK. This one-day event, hosted by Goldsmiths, University of London, builds on the inaugural European Forum held in Lund, Sweden in 2017, and the second Forum held in Brighton in 2019. Here you will explore many aspects of peer learning in terms of theory and practice.

This year’s international Forum themes:

  • Building communities and connections
  • Supporting and developing student belonging
  • Inclusive peer learning practices
  • Students and staff working in partnership
  • Peer learning in academic contexts
  • Academic mentoring in one-to-one or small group contexts
  • Peer leader development and employability

The initial online registration form allows you to express interest in attending and ensure you receive a reminder when the forum booking opens.
Call for Proposals. Deadline for proposals is 23rd March 2020
Our aim is for this forum is to be a supportive and encouraging environment for both staff and students. To this end, we particularly encourage student co-presenters and have a number of free places for student co-presenters.
Session formats: Mini-workshop; Poster presentations; Paper presentations; Lightning talks.


3 June 20120: ‘Beyond “what works?” in access to HE: Achieving high quality in all outreach practice’, Causeway Education Conference 2020, London

No information on re-scheduling.
The event will explore the relationship between high-quality, student-centred approaches to widening participation outreach and positive student outcomes – could it be about “how you do it” as much as “what you do”?
Aimed at professionals working across the widening participation sector, university practitioners, third sector innovators, and policy drivers alike, will hear from leading experts in panels and keynote speeches. Although evaluation and new evidence are integral to building an understanding of effective models, is it equally as vital to focus on enhancing existing practice?
Delegates will gain insight into: the best way to engage and integrate outreach with schools to ensure consistent messaging and joined up processes; how to embed a high-quality approach through training of widening participation staff and ambassadors; strategies to gather and act on student perspectives of widening participation outreach.

Tickets are free, but registration will be necessary prior to the event. Save the date, registration will open in March. For further information, or if you are interested in contributing to the event, please get in touch at


3-4 June 2020: Beyond measure? Exploring what counts in higher education, QAA’s Scotland’s 4th international enhancement conference, Glasgow city centre.

Reviewing plans for the 4th International Enhancement Conference, and ask that delegates and contributors hold these dates in their diaries as we explore how best to deliver valuable activities and outputs online. We appreciate your patience and look forward to sharing a revised programme of activity soon.

Save the date. Registration open January 2020. We’ll be welcoming 450 delegates from around the world with the common goal of enhancing HE strategy, policy and practice. The 2020 conference will centre on four questions: How can we use evidence to support decision-making?  What counts as valid evidence?  How can we ensure we are working in partnership with students?  How can we ensure that we are using evidence ethically?

  • Through plenary sessions, papers and workshops, we will explore five conference strands:
  • Understanding student demographics, retention, progression and success
  • Using big data to enhance learning and teaching and the student experience
  • Creating and valuing evidence beyond numbers
  • Empowering staff and students to use evidence
  • Supporting employability and the development of graduate skills.


4 June 2020: ‘What Happens Next – Moving On after Graduation’, Stand Alone CPD Conference, University of Sunderland

No information on re-scheduling.

Estranged graduates struggle with barriers into a graduate job or moving on to postgraduate study. Whole university departments and initiatives are dedicated to improving access and retention for students from non-traditional backgrounds. At Stand Alone we have been aware that transitioning out of university also presents a challenge for estranged students.

In 2019 therefore we undertook a survey to find out about the kind of barriers and challenges for students estranged from their families experience when moving on after graduation. We published our findings in our report ‘What Happens Next’ in January 2020.

This conference will look at the findings of our report and what it means to estranged students who are heading into employment or postgraduate study. We will explore what kind of support the HE sector can implement but also what government and employers should do to improve the successful transition of estranged graduates. There will be presentations from universities who are already developing support postgraduation as part of the student life cycle.


4 June 2020: ‘Improving student retention 2020, Universities UK’, central London

No information on re-scheduling.

Student retention continues to be a key challenge facing universities, and one which is compounded by recent and ongoing changes affecting the sector. This one-day conference will give delegates a full understanding of innovations and new best practice surrounding retention, as well as the knowledge you need to approach the challenge of student retention in your own institution.

This conference is aimed at delegates with strategic responsibility for student retention, who will hear from policy makers, experts in retention, and from peers and colleagues. A unique opportunity to come together with colleagues and experts, share learnings and ideas, and discuss best practice for student retention in your institution.


4 June 2020: Next steps for arts and culture in England – widening participation, fostering innovation and collaboration, and implementing Arts Council England’s new ten-year strategy, Westminster Media Forum policy conference, central London

Westminster Forum conferences that are scheduled to take place before September will be conducted online. They will contact all participants in advance of each conference with full information and guidance on how to take part.

Discussion will focus on the impact and implementation of the strategy’s key elements:

  • developing the creativity of individuals and communities across England;
  • encouraging collaboration and innovation in the creative and cultural sector; and
  • an investment strategy that targets ambition, the pursuit of quality, and the ability to successfully adapt to change, as well as diversity and environmental responsibility.

This conference: as the UK looks to reposition itself within Europe and the wider world, further sessions will look at the role of policy in maximising opportunities for England’s arts and culture internationally. To book.

Speakers include: Michelle Dickson, Director, Strategy, Arts Council England and Emma Squire, Director, Arts, Heritage and Tourism, DCMS; Lucy Crompton-Reid, Chief Executive, Wikimedia UK; Sarah Ellis, Director of Digital Development, Royal Shakespeare Company; Adam Joolia, Chief Executive Officer, AudioActive and Freya Murray, Creative Lead, Google Arts and Culture Lab. Chair: Baroness Bonham-Carter of Yarnbury, Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.


4 June 2020: Disability Inclusion at Work Forum, Westminster Insight, central London

No information on re-scheduling.
A forum to explore the full scope of the accessibility agenda including the removal of physical and non-physical barriers to work, supporting employees with hidden disabilities and best practice in making reasonable adjustments.
Benefits of attending the conference include: how to champion disability inclusion at a leadership level to drive culture change and disability inclusion throughout the organisation through accessibility best practice; improve inclusive recruitment and retention practices to attract and retain disabled talent and explore the full scope of disability, reasonable adjustments and employment law; and to understand neurodiversity and unlock the potential of non-neurotypical employees.


18-19 June 2020: ‘2020 NEON Summer Symposium’, University of Exeter.

No information on re-scheduling.
The theme of the eighth Summer Symposium is “Let’s work together – how can students shape the future of widening access”. The conference will examine the priority placed on involving students, both prospective and existing, in the design, delivery and evaluation of widening access & participation at the strategic and operational level. How can we ensure more effective, equal partnership with the beneficiaries of widening access initiatives and that the student voice becomes a key part of the work which is carried out across the whole student lifecycle?
During the conference, we will be discussing the importance of partnership working in order to both widen access to higher education (HE) and to support students from under-represented groups through HE into employment.  We will hear from key figures from the education sector talking about why the student voice is important, and we will discuss the challenges of engaging students in a productive way that enhances the work we do and ensures that their needs are being met.

To submit a paper proposal (deadline 3 April 2020).
Bringing together key figures from across the education sector, policymakers and employers with organisations from across sectors committed to social mobility through widening access to HE, thus NEON’s eighth Summer Symposium will be the most important event for those working in the field in 2020.


1-3 July 2020: FACE annual conference, ‘The place of Higher Education and Lifelong Learn ing: a vision for 2020 and beyond’, University of East London, Stratford

Postponed no replacement date yet arranged.

The 2020 FACE Conference (organised and delivered by Continuum at the university of East London Stratford campus). This part of London has a rich cultural heritage and delegates will enjoy the mix of Stratford’s industrial past as well as being able to see the impact of redevelopment and regeneration which was accelerated by the 2012 Olympics. This is an excellent opportunity to share your research and practice with like-minded professionals in a collegiate setting. You will be welcome at the FACE Conference and UEL, the place of higher education and lifelong learning in East London.

Submissions for Abstracts, Paper presentation, Symposia, Posters, and for the Panel discussions. Visit here to see the find out more and to register.


7-9 July 2020: Teaching in the spotlight: Creative thinking to enhance the student experience: From curriculum design to student success, Teaching and Learning Conference 2020 Advance HE, venue tbc

The delivery date and format of this conference may be affected. The conference is still open for bookings and we will provide details of any changes as soon as we are able. 

Across higher education the focus on enhancing all aspects of teaching and learning remains a critical issue for those seeking to provide an outstanding student experience at all levels of taught provision. At the heart of excellent teaching is curriculum design – to achieve great curriculum design requires excellent staff and the result of great curriculum design is an improved student experience and increased student success.

Advance HE’s Teaching and Learning Conference 2020 will continue to position the spotlight firmly on teaching in a global context, in particular this year the conference will explore creative thinking for enhancing the student experience and improving educational outcomes and experience. The conference will focus on all aspects of teaching and learning from initial curriculum design, through improving assessment and feedback, creative initiatives to retain students, and work that results in improved attainment. All these elements along with other aspects of teaching and learning result in increased student success and satisfaction.


29 July to 31 July 2020: Diversity, identity and inclusion in Lifelong Learning:  Shaping a 2020 vision for mature students, UALL 2020 Annual Conference, University of Liverpool – re-scheduled from 1-3 April

If you have already booked onto the conference originally scheduled for  1-3 April dates, your booking will still stand. 

This is a pivotal time for lifelong learning within higher education. Institutions are being challenged to create a learning landscape that not only widens inclusion and diversity, but which also actively reaches out to mature learners, a group often neglected in the widening participation debate. This conference will explore the context, frameworks and approaches needed for lifelong learning to thrive in the coming decades. It will encourage international as well as UK perspectives and encourage participation from both consumers – mature students themselves – and those involved in delivering vision and programmes within the higher education sector.

Conference themes:

  • Engaging, teaching and retaining lifelong learners
  • Work-based and work-related learning
  • Widening participation and mature students
  • Learning, maturity and motivation.

10–13 August 2020: Unprecedented challenges and possibilities for sustainable development and e-Learning in higher education, HETL, Johannesburg

The International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Conference will provide academics, researchers and higher education practitioners with a forum to exchange ideas, experiences and research findings relating to the preparation and support of students, teaching and learning methodologies, the use of open, distance and e-learning approaches, educational research, organisation of educational systems, and the impact of sustainable development on higher education and the broader society.

Theme 2 for proposals: Support Strategies and Practices for Student Success (student support) Creating supportive and caring environments for students Cultural Connections and student well-being – Inclusive campuses Refugee Education – Integrating refugee, minority, and non-traditional students Student counselling, career guidance and psycho-social support Strategies and practices to improve student retention, and e-learning in higher education sessions and posters Providing for students with disabilities Preparing students for the world of work. Look here for information  this conference.


8-10 September 2020: NET2020 Conference, University of Bath

This conference is still currently planned to take place on the date shown

The leading annual international conference for networking in healthcare education, NET2020 addresses all areas of healthcare education across all healthcare professions. This year the conference will focus on the following themes:

  • •    Student experience, engagement and achievement: including the sub-themes of Inclusivity in healthcare education; Widening participation; Student support and wellbeing; and Retention and success in healthcare education.
  • Educational enhancement: including the sub-themes of Humanising healthcare education; Assessing the impact of pre- and post-registration learning on clinical practice; and Partnership working.
    •    Learning, teaching and assessment strategies: including the sub-themes of Evidence-based learning, teaching and assessment; Inter-professional learning and working; Education in clinical practice and practice development; and technology enhanced learning.
    •    Key challenges in healthcare education: including the sub-themes of Global challenges in healthcare education; Developing the future healthcare education workforce; and Social, economic and policy drivers in healthcare education.

Bookings are currently not open but see conference website for further details.


10 and 11 September 2020: Institutional Research: Strengthening HE Futures, HEIR annual conference 2020, Brighton

The Higher Education Institutional Research (HEIR) Network 2020 annual conference, hosted by the University of Brighton, is an opportunity for HE institutional research enthusiasts and practitioners to come together as a community to exchange knowledge, information and ideas. The focus is on current challenges and opportunities, in order to enhance the use of institutional research, data analysis and evaluation, in supporting efficient and effective HEI decision-making, planning and policy formation.

For HEIR 2020, the conference focuses on three key strands which highlight the many ways in which institutional research, evaluation and data analysis increasingly play a pivotal role in supporting institutional effectiveness and helping support and strengthen HE futures:

  • enhancing learning lives
  • enriching Data stories
  • influencing policy

(The Call for Papers deadline: Friday 17 April 2020.)


15 September 2020 (New date): Employability Symposium: Breaking the mould, face to face event, York

The Employability Symposium is being moved from 22 April to 15 September 2020. This is planned to be delivered as a face to face event, however this will be subject to government guidelines nearer the time.

The symposium will aim to promote and explore good practice where employability is part of the curriculum, bringing together cutting-edge examples of how sustainable and innovative approaches to employability can be delivered at school, faculty, college and institutional levels.


27-30, October 2020: ‘Improving Social Engagement Through Adult Education’, 69th Annual AAACE Conference, Reno, Nevada

The conference seeks answers to several questions. What is important for adult educators to “do” in the various adult education contexts, such communities of practice, the workplace, academia, and social media, that creates opportunities for improved discourse? How can those lessons be transferred into the community? How can adult education theories and practices be harnessed into a guiding force for constructive dialogue and mutual respect? How can adult education give a voice to the voiceless who have ceased engaging in discourse for fear of marginalization?
This annual conference includes the following:

Commission on International Adult Education Pre-Conference (CIAE, October 26-27)

Commission on Distance Learning and Technology Pre-Conference Symposium on Social Media (CDLT, October 27)

Commission of Professors of Adult Education Co-Conference (CPAE, October 29).

For information on the call for papers and proposals visit here.

(The American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (AAACE) is dedicated to the belief that lifelong learning contributes to human fulfilment and positive social change. To that end, we provide leadership for the field of adult and continuing education by expanding opportunities for adult growth and development; unifying adult educators; fostering the development and dissemination of theory, research, information, and best practices; promoting identity and standards for the profession; and advocating relevant public policy and social change initiatives.)