WP Events for your diaries
Advance notice Action on Access events
9 November 2016: Access to HE Summit, Action on Access and Universities UK conference, Woburn Conference Centre, London. The annual Access to HE Summit takes place on 9th November this year. Please put the date of this un-missable conference in your diary now.
21 February 2016: Developing your OFFA access agreement for 2018/19, with OFFA and UUK at the Woburn conference Centre, London. Another date for your diaries for this fourth annual conference with its always timely conversation between OFFA and higher education providers about planning and writing access agreements. Information to follow later in the year.
7 September 2016: Discussing the Impact of Brexit: Universities, Higher Education and Research Funding, Central London
As the country confronts uncertain times, universities are expected to face unprecedented challenges, particularly with regard to research funding. Despite the uncertainties, this symposium provides an invaluable opportunity for key stakeholders across the higher education sector, to discuss the most challenging issues, share ideas and develop strategies to ensure that universities remain committed to collaboration and will continue to be global in their impact to safeguard Britain’s status as a world-leading place to study and research at such a critical time.
Key speakers include: Andrew Jones, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research and Enterprise),
City University; Richard Black Pro Director (Research and Enterprise), SOAS
Further information: http://bit.ly/2acIs28
13 October 2016: Reforming careers advice and guidance in England, central London
Delegates at this conference will consider the further steps that can be taken by Government, schools and others to improve the standard of careers advice and guidance in England. The conference is scheduled to follow the publication of the Government’s new comprehensive careers strategy, expected to be published later this year.
Discussion will also be informed by the findings of the Parliamentary Sub-Committee on Education, Skills and the Economy’s current inquiry http://bit.ly/1Q34vow on Careers advice, information and guidance and a keynote address from the committee’s co-chair Neil Carmichael MP.
Delegates will consider opportunities for improving the quality, consistency and impartiality of careers provision within schools, including the options for extending careers education throughout a student’s time in education and at key transition points when they are making important educational choices. Further sessions will explore the challenges for balancing local and national approaches to careers advice, improving employer engagement, and the role of careers advice within the Government’s Apprenticeship strategy for England.
Keynote addresses from Neil Carmichael MP, Chair, Education, Skills and the Economy Sub-Committee; Claudia Harris, Chief Executive Officer, The Careers & Enterprise Company; Joe Billington, Director of the National Careers Service, Skills Funding Agency and Paul Warner, Director of Policy and Strategy, Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP).
Further information: http://bit.ly/1SuRLbv
19 October 2016: Understanding the Challenge: best practice in supporting
estranged students into and through HE. Woburn House, London.
Many universities are already offering support for this cohort. This Stand Alone
conference will provide a space to hear about good practice already implemented
at a number of university and to share experiences working with this group of
vulnerable students. We will discuss the issues facing estranged students and
how we can do more to provide them with the right information, advice and
support to progress into HE and to succeed on course.
Further information: http://bit.ly/29GBbBX
19 October 2016: Higher Education Admissions. Central London
This CAPITA organised conference provides crucial insight into the leading strategies for developing effective recruitment and admissions procedures. With the removal of student control numbers and recent reforms to secondary and further education assessment, there has never been a more critical time to ensure your institution is well placed to attract the best applicants in this increasingly competitive environment.
Designed to address the most pertinent issues for recruitment and admissions professionals, this event covers key topics including predicting candidates’ grades in the absence of AS level results, utilising incentives to attract high calibre applicants, and assessing the impact of contextual admissions on improving access to higher education. Hear from UCAS and Ofqual on the impact of qualification
reform on the admissions process for universities. Understand the leading approaches for increasing participation among students from disadvantaged backgrounds by utilising evidence based approaches. Examine the anticipated effect of core maths on academic
development in higher education. Take away expert advice on the consequences of increased
competition on delivering a fair and transparent admissions policy. Explore the implications of reformed qualifications on higher education institutions. Discuss the potential ramifications of withdrawing from the European Union on attracting international students.
Further information: http://bit.ly/29HKNhR
25 October 2016: Widening Participation in HE Conference 2016: Access for all, University of Salford
An update on government legislation, panel discussions with widening participation experts, case studies on effective strategies for supporting disadvantaged students entering higher education and networking with other professionals who face similar challenges every day.
high level speakers will give their views on the debate surrounding widening participation and the importance of helping disadvantaged students overcome barriers to entering higher education in light of the serious disadvantages they face in comparison to their non – disadvantaged peers.
Further information: http://bit.ly/1TUMS7O
2 November 2016: Next steps for improving 16-19 provision in England, Westminster Education Forum seminar, central London
This conference will focus on key issues and next steps for 16-19 providers as the Government reviews post-16 education and training, and will focus on key issues and next steps for 16-19 providers as the government reviews post-16 education and training, as wellas the likely impact of the ongoing area reviews on 16-19 providers including any potential changes to funding, the range of qualifications offered and changes to the organisational structures of FE colleges.
In light of this, sessions will also look at options that can support 16-19 education and training providers to deal with financial and budgetary constraints facing the sector including better management of finances, considering a move to academy status, collaborative cost-saving partnerships, and streamlining intervention measures when a college runs into difficulties.
Other topics for discussion: efficiency in the FE sector; post-16 qualifications; delivering post-16 Maths and English; the new Progress 8 performance measure; Employer engagement; and access to higher education.
Keynote addresses from: Dr David Collins, Further Education Commissioner, Department for Business, Innovation & Skills; Martin Doel, Chief Executive, Association of College; Kevin Gilmartin, Colleges Specialist, ASCL; Sue Southwood, Programme Manager, Professional Standards and Workforce Development, Education and Training Foundation; Paul Warner, Director of Policy and Strategy, Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) and John Winkley, Director, AlphaPlus Consultancy and Chair of Academy Trustees, Beckfoot Trust. Further information: http://bit.ly/1U4xNGb
3 November 2016: Policy priorities for SEND – implementing local area inspections, raising educational outcomes and extending support for families, central London
Bringing together key stakeholders and policymakers from across the education sector, this seminar will consider policy priorities for special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). It is being scheduled to discuss early indications from the implementation of a new joint Ofsted-Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection framework for SEND services, to be introduced from May 2016, which will assess how effectively local areas are meeting their obligation towards children with special educational needs.
Planned sessions will also look at measures to improve the educational attainment of children with SEND, including government’s new review into assessment of pupils with lower attainment. Delegates will also assess the implementation and progress to date of the SEND Code of Practice - two years on from its introduction.
Speakers include Dr Adam Boddison, Chief Executive, nasen; Nigel Thompson, Head of Children and Health & Justice; a senior speaker from SENJIT (Special Educational Needs Joint Initiative for Training), Institute of Education, University College London; Matthew Ellis, Associate Director, South West Maternity and Children’s Strategic Clinical Network, NHS England; Simon Knight, Deputy Headteacher, Frank Wise School, Oxfordshire; Laxmi Patel, Solicitor and Head of Education, Boyes Turner and Julie Stockdale, Head of Schools & Commissioning, Surrey County Council have also agreed to speak.
Further information: http://bit.ly/1U1PC9d
9 November 2016: Access to HE Summit, Action on Access and Universities UK conference, Woburn Conference Centre, London. The annual Access to HE Summit takes place on 9th November this year. Please put this date in your diary now (beware both the 8th and 10th November have been dates advertised for the Summit – it is definitely to be held on Wednesday 9 November 2016.). The programme will be finalised nearer the time but you can be sure the conference will be ultimately unmissable.
29-30 November 2016: ECU’s 2016 conference, Nottingham.
The theme will be Connect, collaborate, share: building the equality community in HE. The conference aims to foster connections between institutions on common areas of their equality work and to build a stronger community of practice for equality in HE.
Bookings for the conference will open in July.
Further information: http://bit.ly/1NRKbYr
29 November 2016: Supporting the Long Term Success of Care Experienced Students in Education, (National Network for the Education of Care Leavers (NNECL) 4th national conference, University of the West of England, Bristol
Conference themes, relating to all services and institutions in the team around the child:
Engaging – how do professionals successfully engage children from an early age in their education and in seeking to achieve positive aspirational outcomes
Retaining – what works best to keep young people engaged in education at all levels, and how do we retain young people in care and leaving care in their education.
Empowering – what protective factors enable young people to succeed pre and post entry to HE and what part does resilience play, and how can young people be empowered to make the right decisions.
NNECL are inviting all stakeholders including colleagues at HEIs, FE colleges, charities, academics and local authorities (including virtual schools and leaving care teams) to submit proposals for 30-minute plenary sessions and 60 to 90 minute workshops. Please indicate on your submission whether the workshop is aimed at Beginner, Intermediary, Advanced or All levels. Workshops should be interactive and include opportunities for discussion and sharing of good practice.
8 December 2016: Priorities for skills development and apprenticeships policy, central Edinburgh
Guest of Honour: Senior speaker from Skills Development Scotland
This seminar will provide a timely opportunity to discuss the policy priorities for skills development in Scotland, bringing together key policymakers in the Scottish Government and Parliament with stakeholders in education and training, including schools, colleges, training providers, awarding bodies and skills professionals, and the wider business community. It takes place in the context of the 2016 annual report on the Scottish Government’s Developing the Young Workforce strategy for reducing youth unemployment, due to be published in December 2016.
Sessions will assess progress being made, and next steps, in key areas outlined in the strategy including the development of college partnerships, senior vocational pathways, and measures to encourage employer engagement with Scottish youth. Delegates will also consider plans to reduce gender imbalance and stereotyping within education and employment, in addition to the potential impact of the new Professional Baccalaureate qualification. Further sessions will discuss the direction of apprenticeships policy in Scotland, with the Apprenticeship Levy due to be introduced as of April 2017 and Foundation Apprenticeships to be rolled out in every secondary school by 2020.
At this early stage further speakers include: Russell Gunson, Director, IPPR Scotland; Julie-Anne Jamieson, Chair of Scotland Committee, Career Development Institute; Barry McCulloch, Senior Policy Advisor, Federation of Small Businesses; Joanna Murphy, Vice-Chair, National Parent Forum of Scotland and Iain White, Principal, Newlands Junior College.
Further information: http://bit.ly/1QTILqS
21 February 2016: Developing your OFFA access agreement for 2018/19, with OFFA and UUK at the Woburn conference Centre, London.
Another date for your diaries for this fourth annual conference with its always timely conversation between OFFA and higher education providers about planning and writing access agreements. Information to follow later in the year.