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


  WP Events for your diaries


Advance notice Action on Access events 21 February 2017: Developing your Access Agreement for 2018-19, Woburn House, London Hosted by OFFA, Action on Access and Universities UK, this one-day conference timed to coincide with the publication of OFFA’s strategic guidance to institutions on developing 2018-19 access agreements, and offering a key opportunity to hear from OFFA staff. All delegate places are now taken and conference registration is closed.

11 April 2017: Final What Works? conference, Cavendish Conference Centre, Marylebone, London This one-day event from Action on Access and the Higher Education Academy will will launch, share and discuss the findings and outcomes of the What Works? Student retention and success change programme, and will feature reports from the 13 institutions involved; read a summary of key outcomes, findings and messages at All conference delegate places are now taken and conference registration is closed.


                                                          CALENDAR OF EVENTS

17 February 2017: Engaging communities, Hilton Manchester Deansgate, Manchester.

AMOSSHE’s winter conference is an opportunity for Student Services professionals to explore how to create engaging communities for our students that enhance their learning experience and promote retention and success. As well as this, the conference discusses how Student Services can engage institutional colleagues and stakeholders to create more effective relationships.

The conference features a full day of sessions led by AMOSSHE members sharing their expertise, as well as inspiring presentations from sector organisations taking a lead in effective community engagement, including Youth at Risk, Student Hubs, LFHE and Student Minds. Booking for the conference closes on Friday 27 January, so don’t miss the chance to take part in this key professional development opportunity.

Find out more and book your place here:


21 February 2017: Developing your Access Agreement for 2018-19, Woburn House, London

If you’re going to be involved in creating an access agreement for 2018-19, this one-day conference is designed to help you do that. Hosted by OFFA, Action on Access and Universities UK, it’s timed to coincide with the publication of OFFA’s strategic guidance to institutions on developing 2018-19 access agreements, and offers a key opportunity to hear from OFFA staff and to discuss:

  • the focus of the 2018-19 strategic guidance
  • OFFA’s approach to and expectations around 2018-19 access agreements
  • policy focus and strategic priorities for OFFA
  • the challenges and opportunities facing universities and colleges in their access agreements
  • the support that OFFA can give you as you develop your agreement.

There will be keynote speeches, a panel discussion and a question and answer session where you can ask questions and seek clarification.

There will also be practical, topic-based workshop sessions involving OFFA staff and covering a range of subjects which will include: evaluation of outreach activities; an introduction to the financial support toolkit; engaging in school sponsorship and exploring how to get the relationship started. In the workshops you’ll be able to hear about and share examples of effective practice, learning from and sharing knowledge with people working on access agreements in other institutions. Further information:


21 February 2017: Implementing HE Scholarships for Forced Migrants : Eligibility & Selection, King`s College London

The roundtable discussion is mostly targeted at HE professionals, who are responsible for the admission and selection process of scholarships for young people with a forced migrant background. We will share the most up-to-date practical knowledge and legislation by Let us Learn and Article 26, best practice from across the sector, as well as providing opportunities to ask questions and network.

Registration is open up until the 13 February 2017). Further information:


22 February 2017: Where next for apprenticeships policy in England?, a Westminster Employment Forum conference, London

This conference will discuss the future for this area of policy in England, informed by the findings from the inquiry on apprenticeships, currently being undertaken by the Sub-Committee on Education, Skills and the Economy, and of the National Audit Office report , which found that the Government has not set out how it will use this increase in apprenticeship numbers to deliver improvement in productivity.
Delegates will consider the further action that can be taken to improve the quality of apprenticeships, following concerns expressed by stakeholders and Ofsted, as well as the key priorities for the new Institute for Apprenticeships, which will regulate apprenticeships and ensure that standards respond to the changing needs of business. Further sessions will consider key challenges surrounding apprenticeship funding, ahead of the introduction of the apprenticeship Levy in April 2017, and the next steps that can be taken to change the culture and prestige of apprenticeships in England, and build on the Get in, go far campaign.

Keynote addresses from Mark Dawe, Chief Executive, Association of Employment and Learning Providers; senior speakers confirmed from the National Audit Office and the Department for Education; Stephen Evans, Chief Executive, Learning and Work Institute and others. Further information:


23 February 2017: Women in the workplace: careers advice, the gender pay gap and women in executive management, central London

At this Westminster Forum conference key topics for discussion will include the gender pay gap; tackling sex and maternity discrimination; improving the availability of high-quality childcare provision and the challenges for increasing the proportion of women in leadership and executive management positions within the British economy. Further sessions will focus on careers education, particularly how best to increase female participation in apprenticeships and STEM subjects, and how to inspire more young women to pursue careers in under-represented professions, including in public office.
Discussion will be informed by the findings of the Women and Equalities Select Committee inquiries on the Gender Pay Gap, Women in executive management, Pregnancy and maternity discrimination, Women in the House of Commons and on the Impact of Brexit on the equalities agenda.
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24 February 2017: Theory, Practice and Impact in Widening Participation: A praxis based framework for evaluation, SRHE, 73 Collier St, London
Evaluating widening participation initiatives poses a major challenge for the HE sector and this seminar explores the development and application of a framework for designing and evaluating university-led widening participation activities. Drawing on the theoretical work of Bourdieu to identify the socio-economic  divisions that lead to differential participation in higher education, it aims to generate discussion within universities to examine their own exclusionary practices.

Initially developed at the University of Bath the Framework has been trialled as part of a network comprising several institutions  (NERUPI) and has proved effective in a variety of contexts. Participants at this seminar will have the opportunity to explore the theoretical basis of the framework, hear about its use in a variety of contexts and consider the next steps in its development and application.

Contributors include: Andrew Bengry-Howell Senior Lecturer at Bath Spa University; Annette Hayton Head of Widening Participation at the University of Bath; Nicola Ingram lecturer in Education and Social Justice at Lancaster University; Catherine Kelly Project Officer for the Higher Education Access Tracker (HEAT) based at Sheffield Hallam University; and Richard Shiner is Head of Evidence and Effective Practice at OFFA.

Seminar free to SRHE members, £60 to guests. Further information:


1 March 2017: Supporting Mature Students in Higher Education, London

Attend this Westminster Briefing event to understand how your HEI can widen access, retention and success for mature learners.  This is the chance to rethink your approach to retention and belonging for mature students and hear the latest good practice from other HEIs working to provide effective support for mature learners throughout their student journey.

Key issues to be addressed: a whole-institution approach to supporting mature students through their HE journey; adapting provisions of support for students with different additional commitment; strategies for improving retention and sense of belonging for mature student; flexibility when teaching; delivering effective guidance for students who enter through non-traditional routes; representing mature student’s views; attracting & retaining part-time mature students… Further information:


1 March 2017: The Challenge of Choice: How can the NCOP help young people choose HE?, Manchester

This first event in a NEON series NCOP in Action will focus on what the evidence tells us about the key challenge at the heart of NCOP: what needs to be done in order to shift young people’s thinking regarding HE progression? It will draw on the NEON 2016 HEFCE funded action research project ‘Against All Odds’, which looked at how schools have managed to overachieve their predicted HE progression rates in low participation areas, include input from the government’s Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) on their research on how young people make decisions as well as from several NCOPs on the principles they are using in designing their learner programmes

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2 March 2017: Understanding the impact of outreach for disadvantaged adult learners, OU Widening Access and Success – Seminar Series, Universities UK, Woburn House

This seminar will report interim findings from an OFFA funded research project to explore the impact of outreach on access to HE for disadvantaged adult learners across four HE institutions in England (Open University, Bristol, Birkbeck and Leeds) .  Speakers include Les Ebdon from OfFA and Fiona Waye from UUK, plus presentations of case studies produced by each of the partner organisations.  Preliminary work to establish an evaluation framework for outreach for disadvantaged adult learners will also be presented and delegates will be invited to contribute to its development through small group discussion.
The event is free of charge. Places will be reserved on a first come first served basis.
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2 March 2017: TSS The Skills Summit, London

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

Apprenticeships: the implementation and impact of reforms

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

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

Speakers include:

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

Mark Dawe, Chief Executive, AELP

David Hughes, Chief Executive, AoC

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7 March 2017: Developing the next Research Excellence Framework, Westminster Higher Education Forum Keynote Seminar, London

This seminar will discuss the future shape of the REF (Research Excellence Framework) ahead of its next cycle in 2021 and follows the independent review of the REF which called 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.

Delegates will discuss these possible changes as well as the consultation’s proposed measures designed to increase interdisciplinary research and to encourage open data – as well as greater use of metrics to inform assessment decisions and changes to the weighting of impact and research environment profiles.

Speakers include: Kim Hackett, REF Manager, HEFCE; Dr Natalie Fenton, Goldsmiths, University of London and MeCCSA (Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association); Dr John Gathergood, University of Nottingham; Professor Roger Kain, University of London and British Academy; Katy McKen, University of Bath; Ellen Pugh, Equality Challenge Unit; Paul Simmonds, Technopolis and Professor Nick Wright, Newcastle University and Russell Group. Further information:


9 March 2016: Using the UK research base to support evidence-based policymaking, London

This conference will bring together key policymakers from across Whitehall, the devolved administrations and local authorities with stakeholders from the UK research community to discuss ways of improving the use of research to inform policymaking. It comes as the next Research Excellence Framework cycle is expected to increase the weight of the ‘impact’ criteria from 20 to 25% and follows REF 2014 results which showed “informing government policy” was the most common type of impact, followed by “supporting Parliamentary scrutiny”.
Sessions will examine efforts to improve the use of research in Government including What Works Centres, using Randomised Controlled Trials and behavioural economics, as well as how academics can deliver ‘impact’ through providing evidence to Select Committees, responding to Government reviews and building effective working relationships with officials. Delegates will also discuss how the use of data and evidence can be encouraged at a local government level as well.
Dr Chandrika Nath, Deputy Director, Parliamentary Office for Science and Technology and a senior speaker confirmed from the Cabinet Office to deliver keynote addresses at this conference along with others,
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16 March 2017: Access All Areas Conference: The role of current students in access and widening participation to higher education, Hulme Hall, Manchester.

Access All Areas is a student-led group at The University of Manchester Students’ Union. The group support current students to create and participate in projects that aim to tackle educational inequalities.

The conference is ideal for practitioners from students’ unions, universities and widening participation organisations as well as current university students. It will be of particular interest to those who hope to develop student leadership within access and widening participation initiatives.

The conference will provide a selection of workshops from the following themes: Examples of effective student leadership in widening participation; Examples of building and maintaining effective partnerships for widening participation projects; Experience of Access All Areas and The Living Off Campus Project at The University of Manchester Students’ Union; Ambassadors and role models; Support that works (measuring impact).

Speakers include: Alon Hashak and Tasha Mansley – Sussex Students’ Union, Stephanie Lee – Head of Widening Participation, University of Manchester, Leanne Adamson and Katrina Williams – The Brilliant Club, Ben Ryan – Access All Areas (MOMs), Miriam Amies – Off Campus Students’ Project Coordinator, University of Manchester Students’ Union, Rupinder Sandal and Beth Craigie – King’s College London Students’ Union, Rosie Kenwood – IntoUniversity,  Zane Robinson – Access All Areas (LGBTQ+ Peer Support), Amy Allen – University of Wolverhampton, Belinda Johnson – Wolves Students’ Union, Janet Willis – University of Manchester Careers and others. Malia Bouattia – President of the National Union of Students, Vonnie Sandlan – President of NUS Scotland

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21 March 2017: Next steps for widening participation: key target groups, reforming admissions processes and best practice in outreach, central London

This Westminster Higher Education Forum Keynote Seminar will bring out new thinking on policy aimed at widening participation in Higher Education, and assess latest initiatives and examples of best practice. Delegates will discuss challenges and options in light of the Government’s goal of doubling the number of students from disadvantaged backgrounds from 14% to 28%,and increasing by 20% the numbers of students from BAME backgrounds – both by 2020. It also comes with considerable change planned to post-16 vocational qualifications, and as HEFCE prepares to oversee the launch of a new Collaborative Outreach Programme which will see consortia of universities and other groups leading efforts to realise the Government’s targets.

Keynote speaker include Sarah Howls, Head of Student Opportunity, HEFCE, Sam Baars, Director of Research, LKMco; Angela Nartay, Policy Officer, UCU and Eliza Selley, Associate Advisor, Behavioural Insights Team.

Key areas for discussion include: the current state of social mobility in HE; mature students; introduction of maintenance loans for part-time students; changes to post-16 vocational and technical qualifications and the opportunities presented by university involvement in Degree Apprenticeships;

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22 March 2017: Family Learning conference, London
Do you work in education outreach, supplementary or mainstream schools, with young people and their families? Or perhaps you are looking to develop educational programmes for the family unit in your community, charity or institution? Either way, come and spend the day at this free event, finding out about Family Learning and Supplementary education; learning about their applications from rhetoric to reality. Further information:


29 March 2017: Innovation and excellence in teaching and learning

This second annual conference, delivered in collaboration between the HEA and Universities UK, will give delegates an opportunity to discuss effective pedagogies and innovations in curriculum design, with a focus of delivering excellence in teaching and learning. The introduction of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) has sharpened the focus on excellence in teaching and learning, and, along with a concentration on widening participation and an increase in student expectations, this means universities need to address the way they approach teaching and learning right across the institution.​

The conference will bring together experts, policy influencers and innovators to examine how universities can deliver excellence in teaching and foster a culture of innovation in the current climate of change, brought about by the government’s white paper.  Further information:


30 March 2016: Graduates and the labour market – improving employability, addressing skills gaps and latest recruitment practices, London

This conference will bring out latest thinking and initiatives to improve graduate employment outcomes. Delegates will examine challenges in the graduate labour market, new trends in recruitment practices, and how universities can better work with business to improve employability of undergraduates.
It comes with the Teaching Excellence Framework – which includes graduate employment rates and earnings as key metrics – being introduced in 2017 and is also timed follow the review of the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, due to conclude in early 2017. Rachel Hewitt, Senior Data Policy & Governance Analyst, HESA will be delivering a keynote address on the outcomes of the DLHE review. Nicola Turner, National Lead for Skills Strategy and Policy, HEFCE has agreed to give a keynote among others.
Delegates will discuss how universities can better support students to improve CVs through extra-curricular activities whilst at university, work with industry to grow work experience opportunities, and successfully embed employability into the curriculum. Further sessions will focus on how universities respond to changing interview practices, the impact on social mobility of ‘blind’ application processes as well as the issue of unpaid internships – and Nicola Turner, National Lead for Skills Strategy and Policy, HEFCE will be discussing the role of Degree Apprenticeships and the likely impact of the Apprenticeship Levy on graduate recruitment. Further information:


4th April 2017: Education in Northern Ireland – improving attainment and reducing inequalities, Belfast

This seminar follows the appointment of a new Minister for Education, and is a timely opportunity to consider the key issues within Education policy in Northern Ireland, particularly surrounding improving attainment and reducing inequalities.
It follows the launch of the development phase of the Education Authority’s first strategic Plan – which aims to help shape the strategic direction of the organisation over the next decade; and the consultation on the Education Authority’s Draft Strategic Area Plan which aims to ensure that all pupils have access to a broad and balanced curriculum that meets their needs in sustainable schools – and comes as the Minister for Education has launched a consultation on the Children and Young Person’s Strategy.
Delegates will also discuss the Equality Commission Draft Statement on Key Inequalities in Education and its findings – which noted lower attainment levels for particular groups, such as working class Protestant boys – and the Education Training Inspoectorate’s biennial report – which highlights the achievements and sets out the challenges facing education and training in Northern Ireland. Further sessions will consider how early intervention and community support can help to reduce inequalities in these groups, and how school standards can be enhanced to improve attainment – including through improved school leadership and greater school autonomy.

Speakers include: Dr Michael Wardlow, Chief Commissioner, Equality Commission for Northern Ireland and Noelle Buick, Chief Inspector, Education and Training Inspectorate.

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

The conference aims to explore current trends and approaches for encouraging student attainment, and to promote the sharing of experiences and innovative practice. Registration is now open. Further information:


11 April 2017: Final What Works? conference, Cavendish Conference Centre, Marylebone, London W1G 9DT

This one-day event from the Higher Education Academy and Action on Access will:

  • publish and discuss the findings and outcomes of the What Works? Student retention and success programme, Phase 2, and
  • hear from institutions outside of the programme inspired by What Works? Phase 1.

The conference will launch, share and discuss the findings and outcomes of the What Works? Student retention and success change programme, and will feature reports from the 13 institutions involved; read a summary of key outcomes, findings and messages at You will also be able to hear from institutions outside of the programme who are implementing changes in their institution inspired by What Works? Phase 1.
The What Works? Student retention and success second phase and change programme is a Paul Hamlyn Foundation initiative working with the Higher Education Academy, Action on Access and 13 UK universities across 43 discipline areas. The programme examined what works in terms of retention and success and, crucially, developed understanding about how to implement change.

Further information and to book your place:

20 April 2017: Gentle Introduction to Survey Design for Evaluation, London

This workshop is designed as a gentle introduction to survey design evaluation. You will learn why, how and when to use surveys for evaluation and common pitfalls in survey design to avoid. The workshop addresses the following topics: Why use surveys for evaluation; When you shouldn’t use surveys for evaluation; How to develop a “good” survey questions and response options; How to spot a bad survey question and response options: Avoiding common pitfalls in survey design; How open-ended questions in your survey; Options for online, iPad-based and automated surveys; How to pilot test your survey.

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26 April 2017: The Academies Show, Excel,London

Free-to-attend event for schools and academies. Delegates gain from best practice case studies, unrivalled networking and opportunities to better understand the latest education policies. Further information:


11 May 2017: the HEA Surveys Conference 2017: understanding and enhancing the student experience, Manchester

The conference will explore how insight from student surveys, metrics and other research can be used to understand and enhance the student experience. The event will revolve around four themes exploring student, staff, and institutional perspectives.

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24 May 2017: Designing and Evaluating Accessible Learning Experiences London

Ensuring accessibility is a vital part of delivering inclusive programmes. This workshop will address the following key aspects: How is content presented for your audiences? How to encourage them to express themselves? How to support their motivation to learn?

This workshop will help you prepare for the diverse learning needs of different audiences, and evaluate whether your programmes are experienced as accessible by participants. Research can be key to widening participation in higher education. Learn how to ensure programmes are accessible with this workshop on designing and evaluating accessible learning experiences; attend the Designing and Evaluating Accessible Learning Experiences workshop, with Prof. Eric Jensen and Lisa Taylor-Sayles. Further information:


8-9 June 2017: 2017 NEON Summer Symposium: Widening Access in Higher Education – Are we there yet?, Leeds Beckett University
Widening access to higher education has been an imperative for policy makers and higher education providers since the late 1990s. As we approach twenty years of concerted efforts to widen access to HE in England the 2017 NEON Summer Symposium will look at what progress means and whether it is being made? What have we learnt in the last two decades and crucially, what should the goals for the next decade and beyond look like in the area of access and equity in HE participation?
The 20 Symposium will look at a number of specific issues including: Understanding the nature of widening access practice – how do HEIs and others plan and design their portfolios of work and what do these portfolios look like?; How are HEIs, schools and others working together to raise attainment and what are the challenges in meeting government policy goals here?; Outcomes from the NNCO – what projects were developed? Are they being sustained? What did we learn about building partnerships and supporting learners?; The use of data to both shape who is targeted and what is delivered – is practice as data informed and led as it should be?; Helping students from widening access backgrounds achieve their potential in HE – inclusive learning and teaching and/or targeting approaches?; Connecting access and identity – challenges and innovation in supporting white disadvantaged males/females and those from BAME backgrounds.
Keynote Speakers include: Sarah Howls, Head of Student Opportunity, Hefce, Professor Peter Slee, Vice Chancellor, Leeds Beckett University (tbc)
Invitation to submit papers/workshops. We would welcome papers/workshops which focus on the topics above or any other relevant areas. All presenters will be offered a substantial discount on the cost of the Symposium. For further details of how to submit a paper/workshop: the deadline is 5.00pm Friday 17 March 2107.

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28-30 June 2017: Concepts of Value and Worth: National and International Perspectives on Widening Access and Participation, the 24th FACE Annual Conference in Glasgow, Glasgow School of Art and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

The FACE annual conference is an opportunity for national and international practitioners, researchers and policy makers to come together to discuss the latest issues. These small and specialist creative institutions combine to offer a platform for FACE members, non-members and students to share in knowledge exchange sessions and workshops, with plenty of opportunity to network, socialise and be entertained with like-minded colleagues in an inspiring and unusual conference setting.

The conference is framed around the themes of Reaching out (Community engagement, Early years activity, Support for migrants, asylum seekers and refugees), Reaching in (Innovative access routes, cross sector working, Adapting Learning and Teaching to value access and the Learner journey), Reaching over (Inclusion and diversity, Opportunities offered by technology, Interdisciplinary approaches to access, International opportunities for access), and Reaching up (Influencing the decision-makers, Regional approaches to access and lifelong learning, Partnerships with business and the third sector). Proposals sought by 17 February closing date.

Established in 1993, FACE is a UK-wide network for those involved and concerned with access, continuing education and lifelong learning. As a multi-sector network, FACE and its members are at the forefront of the challenges involved in providing lifelong learning opportunities. The annual conference is an opportunity for national and international practitioners, researchers and policy makers to come together to discuss the latest issues.

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28-30 June 2017: Creating Inclusion and Diversity in Higher Education, University of the West of Scotland, Paisley, Scotland

The International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association (HETL) and The University of the West of Scotland (UWS) invite you to attend the 2017 International HETL –UWS Conference. Speakers include: Professor Craig Mahoney, Principal and Vice-Chancellor University of West of Scotland, formerly Chief Executive of the Higher Education Academy; Professor Mandla Makhanya, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of South Africa; Professor Lorraine Stefani. Professor of Higher Education Strategic Engagement, The University of Auckland, New Zealand; Dame Ruth Silver is the Founding President of the Further Education Trust for Leadership (FETL), formerly founding Chair of the Board of the Learning and Skills Improvement Service in October 2008, in 2010, was appointed by the Government to chair the National Taskforce on the Future of the Careers Profession. Proposal Submission closes on 31st December 2016.

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4-6 July 2017: Generation TEF: Teaching in the spotlight, Higher Education Academy annual conference 2017, University of Manchester

Structured over three days, the conference will provide a platform for higher education professionals to share their experiences, ideas, research and good practice in a community of their peers and learn from internationally respected speakers. A new conference format allows for cross-fertilisation of pedagogies, with a day dedicated to addressing sector priorities, such as retention, assessment and employability, sandwiched between two days of discipline-led activities. The Annual Conference is an ideal opportunity to meet like-minded peers, build networks, and expand your knowledge of sector issues and innovations, thus strengthening your own professional practice and reputation.

New for 2017 is the introduction of the HEA Annual Debate and dinner. We will be crowdsourcing ideas for the proposed motion from our communities and networks in the coming months.

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5-6 July 2017: Transforming lives in changing times, IntoWork Convention, London

The Convention is aimed at all those working in the fields of; employment; skills; health and wellbeing; criminal justice; housing; continuous learning and further education. The Convention is at the cutting edge of policy and research on employment and skills. Hear from politicians, senior professionals and top leaders from public, private and third sector organisations about the latest developments and innovations in policy and delivery.

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5-7 July 2017: 360 degree thinking: leadership / collaboration / innovation; AMOSSHE national conference 2017, Brighton

The 2017 conference takes a 360 degree approach to Student Services, taking in perspectives from all angles to drive student success – encompassing inspiring leadership, effective collaboration and innovative practice. AMOSSHE (The Student Services Organisation) national conference is the largest annual gathering of Student Services leaders in the UK higher education sector, and the keystone of AMOSSHE’s continuing professional development offering. Last year, over 240 delegates attended our national conference, representing 118 organisations. For 2017 we’re planning a similar scale event, honed to the needs and interests of Student Services professionals.

We want your proposals for informative and stimulating workshops or presentations that will engage delegates and contribute to everyone’s understanding and professional development.

Find out all about the conference theme and call for proposals, and submit your session proposal:

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6 and 7 July 2017: Ready for retention: effective systems for transition and student success, University South Wales Conference Centre – Pontypridd campus, (Treforest).

The conference is hosted by the HEA Wales Transition, Retention and Attainment Programme. We expect lively discussion across the conference’s main themes of:

  • The design and management of holistic approaches to transition, retention and attainment
  • Curriculum development and innovation – strengthening student engagement
  • Using, sharing and developing data.

The closing date for applications to present at the conference has passed but a small number of attendance places are still available. If you share an interest in the focus of the TRA programme or the conference themes above and are keen to engage in conversation and debate, you are warmly welcome to join us. Booking options include one or two days inclusive of conference dinner and accommodation.

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10-13 July 2017: The Future of Academic Advising: Connecting and Consolidating Students’ Experiences and Education, NACADA international conference, University of Sheffield

A unique opportunity at this second UKAT international annual conference for practitioners and researchers in the field of advising and personal tutoring in the UK, to explore the positive im0axts of advising and tutoring, bringing colleagues together  to discuss how the advising community needs to respond to the future needs of students and of institutional environments.

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