See what you missed at our third annual Access to HE Summit which took place on 3 December: report soon out on this website!
Delegates commented, “well organised and structured around debate, which I liked“, “I think this type of conference works well. Thank you!“, “I always enjoy and find this conference valuable and relevant“. And more strange and perhaps mysterious “the lunch was tasty but a weird concept“.
7th December: HELOA London Event for Care Leavers, King’s College London
HELOA London will be hosting an information day on 7 December 2013. This will be an opportunity for students in years 9-12 who are currently living in or have lived in local authority care to learn more about university. The event will cover: UCAS application process; Choosing the right course; Student finance; Q & A with current students. To book your place, please go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/event/9065921415
Further information: http://www.heloa.ac.uk/groups/london/ (click on events tab)
11 December 2013, NNECL inaugural event, Manchester
The National Network for the Education of Care Leavers’ (NNECL) is holding its inaugural annual event on Wednesday 11 December 2013, hosted by Manchester Metropolitan University. Aimed at staff in both colleges and universities and places are free of charge.
Key note talks from Edward Timpson, Minister for Children and Families, subject to availability, Les Ebdon, Director, Office for Fair Access (OFFA), and Nick Davy, HE Policy Manager, Association of Colleges (AoC). The Helena Kennedy Foundation will talk about their Article 26 Project and the NUS about their work to support students from care and in particular those who are Asylum Seekers. The National Strategic Group (NSG), the working group of NNECL, will provide a brief update on its work and launch a new guide to support HE staff.
A key highlight of the event will be to hear care leavers’ views whilst collectively exploring the challenges and thorny issues arising in this area of work and proposing potential solutions to these. This will be facilitated by delegates joining one of the following discussion groups as part of the event:1.Working with Local Authorities 2. Care Leaver data tracking and evidence 3. Institutional relationships with Foster Carers 4. Outreach Activity: what works for young people? 5. Retention Activity: what works for young people? 6. Life after university: preparing for the challenges of post-graduation. 7. Emotional support for care leavers and care leaver coordinators 8. Alternative progression routes for mature students.
The outcomes from the event will determine the NSG’s work for the coming year. Attendance is open to all supporting the progression of young people with care experience, and especially encouraged from anyone working in a higher education institution (colleges or university) with responsibility for supporting care leavers. Due to limited space there is one space per organisation. A waiting list will operate in case more spaces are available. To register your interest in attending the event and for further information please email Megan Lunn (firstname.lastname@example.org)
To find out more about the work of NNECL please sign up to the quarterly newsletter at: http://eepurl.com/DFo_9
11 December 2013: Community Cohesion and social Inclusion: strengthening working partnerships between local authorities and voluntary and faith groups, Central London, Public Policy Exchange
This symposium provides an invaluable opportunity for local authorities, voluntary, community and faith sector organisations and other statutory partners to examine the Government’s strategy on community cohesion, integration and engagement and discuss the future of partnership working between policy-makers, practitioners, faith groups and VCS to promote social inclusion and achieve wider societal goals.
Further information: http://www.publicpolicyexchange.co.uk/events/DL11-PPE3.php
23rd January 2014: The future of postgraduate taught education, Londom
This seminar focuses on key issues facing the provision of taught postgraduate education. Delegates will discuss how to ensure fair access to postgraduate taught education following the Government’s decision to redesign the National Scholarship Programme (NSP) so that it is solely focused on supporting students from disadvantaged backgrounds onto PGT (postgraduate taught) courses. The likely impact of the reformed NSP and current funding arrangements more widely will also be considered, including how to increase employer and charity funding for postgraduate study, as well as the current Professional and Career Development Loans model and options for future public funding. Delegates will also have an opportunity to discuss the HECSU report on postgraduate opportunity, to be published shortly. Further information: http://bit.ly/1gXBoC4
28 January 2014: The Skills Summit (TES), London
Join Matthew Hancock and the National Apprenticeship Service to discuss hoe government, e3mployers and providers can successfully implement reform of the skills system. Key issues to be discussed: delivery and funding for Apprenticeships; the 16-19 vocational qualifications; the post-19 system; Traineeships.; A-level reform: skills and welfare to work programme. Further information: http://www.skills-summit.co.uk/
6 February, London/27 February, Manchester: Reforming the Special Education Needs System: Managing Transition and Delivering Change
Plans to overhaul the special education needs system are now well advanced. In what amounts to the “biggest reform in 30 years” new regulations and a revised SEN code of practice have been published. The new code reflects the changes being introduced by the Children and Families Bill, including the introduction of personal budgets and the extension of provision from 0-25. At this Westminster Briefing you will examine the content of the revised code of practice, the new draft regulations and the timetable for transition and implementation. Further information: http://bit.ly/1bf3jae
10-11 February 2014: UCAS Annual teacher and adviser conference,
This is a two-day residential conference to update and inform professionals who advise students applying to higher education. Authoritative and stimulating speakers will guide you through the maze of developments in higher education and the wider climate through plenary sessions and workshops, which can be chosen to suit your individual needs. Registration for this conference will open at the beginning of November
Cost to attend: Residential package: £450+VAT. Non-residential package: £350+VAT.
23 January, 2014: HEI Community Engagement: Partnership and Collaboration in a changing environment, University of the West of England, a partnership conference led by Action on Access, NIACE, FACE, UALL.
The conference aims to: share some of the best practice in the sector around public and community engagement; explore the roles and responsibilities of HEIs; consider the tensions between this and the universities’ key missions of teaching and research; and provide delegates with examples of good practice. Delegates will emerge better informed about embedding a community engagement approach across an institution and about the mutual benefits of the work, with a better understanding of the common factors which contribute to successful HEI institutional engagement; and leave the conference with a first sketch of an action plan to improve institutional engagement with their communities. Further information: http://bit.ly/15M66Uj
4th February 2014, Next steps for Apprenticeships in England, Westminster Employment Forum Keynote Seminar
Examine the Government’s strategy for apprenticeships due to be published this autumn, and expected to set out plans to re-design apprenticeships and expand the number that are available, and introduce further progression routes to higher-level apprenticeships,
The conference will cover: proposed changes to the design of apprenticeship programmes; new qualifications; greater employer involvement in the design process and the possibility of a new tender process for programme and qualification design; progression opportunities for apprentices including the ability to transition between apprenticeships and university study and the development of new Higher Apprenticeships – Level 6 and 7 courses with official equivalence to undergraduate and Master’s degrees. Further information: http://bit.ly/136dy1L
10 – 11 February 2014: UCAS Annual Conference for Teachers and Advisers, Hilton Birmingham Metropole
A two day conference. Bring your knowledge of the HE sector up to date at our Annual Conference for Teachers and Advisers.
This two-day conference will address some of the significant changes Higher education (HE) has witnessed over the last few years changes as well as cover a wide range of topics of interest to advisers. It is designed to update and inform professionals who advise students applying to higher education It will provide the opportunity to hear from sector leaders and a number of admissions staff from a diverse group of HE institutions about admissions and key developments affecting progression to HE. Further Information: http://bit.ly/HIHxmo
25 March 2014: Part-time and Mature Study – Increasing participation and improving retention, Central London
This seminar will assess the challenges for universities and colleges in expanding part-time and mature student recruitment as well as issues affecting these students throughout their time at university, and is timed to follow the release of the UUK review of part-time and mature study later this autumn. Topics for discussion include: Current perceptions of the value of part-time and mature study in the context of increased tuition fees; Funding arrangements available for part-time study and the confusion surrounding new student loans; Improving the experience of part-time and mature students with regard to the accessibility of student services; and Steps to increase take up and retention rates of part-time and mature students Further details: http://bit.ly/15tji3d
31 March 2014: Higher Education Summit, Glasgow, Scotland
A national summit conference on widening access to further and higher education will take place on Monday 31 March 2014 in Glasgow. The conference is intended to introduce more colleges and universities in Scotland to the work of FACE and its professional support to staff working in this field. Another purpose of the conference is to bring together colleagues working in research in widening access with practitioners and policy makers. Further information will be available soon.
9-11 April, 2014: UALL 2014 ANNUAL CONFERENCE, Transforming pedagogy? Flexible learning, teaching and innovation in the 21st century, University of London
The conference will give and explore national and international perspectives on current issues, workshop and poster sessions and network presentations. It will be of particular interest to policy makers, senior management, academic providers in lifelong learning both nationally and internationally.
Keynote speakers are Professor Diana Laurillard, Professor of Learning and Digital Technologies, Institute of Education and Professor Penny Jane Burke, Professor of Education, University of Roehampton)
Call for Papers. The Conference has a reputation for offering opportunities for practitioners and researchers to present their work to the academic community. Papers, abstracts and other proposals are invited on the conference theme. They may describe and discuss innovative developments and practice, and/or empirical or theoretical research. Send proposals of no more than 300 words by 30 December 2013 to: email@example.com. Further information: www.uall.ac.uk
30th April/1st May 2014: Widening Participation through Curriculum, Open University Widening Participation Conference 2014, Milton Keynes
This global conference will present research addressing a number of key themes about the curriculum, including: Innovation in Design and Pedagogy; Impact of Curriculum Reform; Curriculum Openness; Approaches to Delivery; Measuring and Demonstrating Impact; Revisiting Theory.
The OU is calling now for submissions with a deadline of 1 November 2013: http://bit.ly/1bHnQq6
The conference programme is beginning to take shape now, with confirmed keynote speakers in the form of Gill Crozier, Kelly Coate, Stephanie Marshall, John Storan and Belinda Tynan. For additional information: http://bit.ly/1c1WrC4
26 and 27 June, 2014: The NADP Annual Conference 2014, Chesford Grange Hotel, Kenilworth.
The theme for the conference is ‘Managing complexity in disability support’. This conference will provide delegates with time and space to think about disability service provision for an increasingly complex disabled student population. It will also consider disability support provision in a complicated and changing environment against a backdrop of new, exciting but sometimes challenging assistive and communication technologies whilst considering a
global student body and rising expectations in a new fee environment.
The conference planning group invites proposals for workshops and whole conference presentations. Papers are welcome from members and non-members of NADP, student services or academics, and the focus of the sessions can be aimed at both staff who are less experienced or new to the role as well as staff with long standing experience.
Submissions will be considered that are relevant to all disability practitioners including sessions aimed at newer members and less experienced practitioners, who increasingly work with students with complex and often major impairments where complex packages of support are needed from a variety of agencies, as well as to practitioners with long standing experience and a more strategic overview.
Proposals should be submitted to the NADP Administration Office by Friday 15th November 2013 using a presentation and workshop submission form which is available from the NADP website or administration office. firstname.lastname@example.org www.nadp-uk.org tel/Fax 01604 497933
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