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


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                                                          CALENDAR OF EVENTS


22 June 2017: Re-framing adult education in the wake of Brexit, SRHE Offices, London

At this, part of the SRHE’s Post-Compulsory and Lifelong Learning and Access and Widening Participation Network, Dr John Butcher and Wendy Fowle from the Open University will present preliminary findings from a recent research project funded by the Office for Fair Access exploring the impact of the evaluation of outreach for disadvantaged adult learners. John Widdowson, Principal New College Durham and  Chair of the Mixed Economy Group of Colleges who will draw on work undertaken by the Mixed Economy Group of Colleges and others to explore the particular needs and issues of adult learners and what more may need to be done to ensure that their contribution to widening participation is recognised and supported. Michael Hill an independent consultant will explore the development of strategies for attracting adult learners to HE and how the Greenwich School of Management (GSM) London, is tackling issues around transition. SRHE members are free to attend. Guests £60.

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22 June 2017: Next steps for Scottish schools: funding, governance and policy priorities, Scotland Policy Conferences Keynote Seminar, Central Edinburgh

This seminar will provide a timely opportunity to discuss future changes to governance structures within Scottish education. It follows completion of the Scottish Government’s governance consultation in January 2017, consultation on proposals for a funding formula which is expected to begin in March 2017 and allocation of the £120 million Pupil Equity Funding scheme to schools.

Delegates will consider how they can contribute to, and prepare for, future plans to transfer powers from local authorities to schools – including decision-making and educational funding – as well as next steps for the expansion of school clusters and the intention to form new educational regions.

Areas for discussion include: Assessment of the current governance structure and options for the future; Discussion on the challenges and opportunities for creating educational regions; Plans to devolve power in Scottish education: partnerships, funding and implementation; and Priorities for developing the workforce – leadership, standards and professional learning.

Keynote addresses from: Larry Flanagan, General Secretary, Educational Institute of Scotland; Gillian Hamilton, Chief Executive, Scottish College for Educational Leadership; Professor Christopher Chapman, Co-Director, Robert Owen Centre for Educational Change, University of Glasgow; Linda Brownlow, Deputy Head, School of Education and PGDE Professional Specialisation Module Leader, University of Strathclyde; Shona Struthers, Chief Executive, Colleges Scotland and a senior speaker confirmed from COSLA. Further information:


23 June 2017: Leading the Way: Shaping Practice in the Workplace and the Academy, UALL Work and Learning Network 2017 Annual Conference, Middlesex University
The overarching theme this year is about exploring the ways in which employers, academic practitioners, and learners in the workplace co-design university study that is both flexible and fit for purpose. Conference themes may cover all or some of the following: Apprenticeships and Skills; Leadership in the Academy; International Developments; Sector Partners; Adult Education and Coaching; Staff Development; Flexible Curricula and Work Based Studies; Mature Students and Social Mobility.

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26-28 June 2017: National Association of Student Money Advisers (NASMA) Annual National 2017 conference, Majestic Hotel, Harrogate
Conference theme, ‘Making a Difference’ with a range of diverse, engaging and professional workshops offered building on members’ recommendation providing a perfect opportunity to update your skills and knowledge, network, share good practice with other sector professionals aiming ultimately to be a hugely beneficial and enjoyable experience.

The conference website provides a full descriptions of the workshops for use as a guide when making workshop choices and which also gives information on the suitability and ‘level’ of workshops, along with Trainer Profiles for each session.

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27 June 2017: People Matter 2017: What’s next for widening participation in health and care, The Strand Central London

This one-day conference from Health Education England in partnership with the National Education Opportunities Network and Skills for Care focuses on widening participation in the health and care sectors. This conference is essential for anyone interested in addressing workforce supply challenges and how widening access to education and employment opportunities and increasing the talent pool will enable a more diverse and inclusive workforce for the future. The conferecne will explore the following themes: Widening Participation in Health – Achievements and Challenges; Setting the Scene in Social Care; Widening Participation and Social Mobility – Why It Matters; What Comes Next for a Widening Participation Strategic Framework?; How to Take Widening Participation Forward in Your Organisation; Widening Participation in Health and Care – Why It Matters to Government.

Following the conference, the annual Health Education England’s National Widening Participation Awards ceremony will take place at the Palace of Westminster, where we will recognise the achievements in the health sector of outstanding widening participation initiatives. Nominations are now open until 12th May 2017.

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27 June 2017: College HE Research and Scholarship Conference, Association of Colleges, The Studio, Birmingham

For colleges to be successful in Higher Education, they need to ensure that they are actively embedding a scholarly ethos amongst staff and students. This conference, now in its third year, provides the opportunity to showcase and explore how this is being actively pursued in innovative ways and in a range of provider contexts. You will hear about, and be able to discuss, emerging models of institutional research and scholarship, providing you with ideas to enhance your own college’s policies and practices.

This is a unique national event, aimed exclusively at advancing research and scholarship in college settings; You will learn about the latest research and developments in the field of college higher education; It will provide you with ideas to enhance your own college’s scholarly practices and policies. You will also learn about the latest developments on the AoC/HEFCE catalyst funded ‘Scholarship Project’.

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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). Delegates will hear from Robin Ozz, President of the National Association for Developmental Research; Vonnie Sandlan, President, NUS Scotland; Professor Sir Peter Scott, Commissioner for Fair Access to Higher Education in Scotland; Alan Sherry, Principal, Glasgow Kelvin College and Shirley-Anne Somverille MSP, Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science, The Scottish Government.

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 June 2017: ‘White working-class boys’ and attainment, Dr Chris Brown (UCL Institute of Education),1:30-2:30pm, UCL, central London.

UCL Access and Widening Participation team lunchtime research seminars focus on Access to HE and Social Mobility and provide a space for debate and analysis of current issues affecting policy, practice and research in WP, led by key researchers in the field. Further information and to book:

28 June 2017, SCiP Alliance conference, University of Winchester

Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP (Chair APPG Armed Forces Covenant) will deliver the keynote and join a panel of experts for a discussion and Q and A. This conference will provide networking, research, policy and practice development opportunities for those completely new to this work, as well as those with years of experience. (The University of Winchester leads the Service Children’s Progression (SCiP) Alliance, which is funded by the Directorate of Children

Join us in Winchester in June to share and build knowledge and strategies for supporting young people from military families into and through higher education.

OFFA’s 2018-19 guidance challenges institutions to continue their focus on target groups including children from military families. Professor Les Ebdon (Director of Fair Access, OFFA) said, ‘what we know about military children is that while they do well at school, we find that their progression to university is less than that of other groups – they are underrepresented.’ Further information:


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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3 July 2017: Next steps for technical education in England – T-levels, implementing the Post-16 Skills Plan and financial stability, Westminster Forum, central London

Sessions focus on key issues in the roll-out of the proposed T-levels and a framework of 15 routes for technical education from 2019 aiming to increase the number of hours for students on technical routes to over 900 per year on average; and providing an additional £500 million in funding per year for technical education from 2019-20. The conference will also explore the design of individual employer-led qualifications, how to ensure the content of each route is sufficiently demanding, and the impact of the possible move to a single awarding body per qualification.

Delegates will also consider future involvement of schools and priorities for the proposed new Institutes of Technology in creating effective progression routes to higher level qualifications. Delegates will also assess the sustainability of technical education and the resourcing to support reforms, following the announcement of additional funding in the Spring Budget and in light of Area Review findings. Speakers include: Naomi Nicholson, Director of Strategic Relationships for Vocational Qualifications, Ofqual; Richard Atkins, Further Education Commissioner, Department for Education.

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4 July 2017: Aimhigher West Midlands Teachers’ & Advisers’ Conference 2017, Birmingham City University

Aimhigher’s 15th Annual Conference will be taking place on Tuesday 4 July at Birmingham City University. There is an excellent range of keynotes and workshops lined up with contributions from leading sector speakers including:

·         Jan Eliss – Chief Executive of The Career Development Institute

·         Tristram Hooley – Director of Research at The Careers & Enterprise Company

·         Janet Graham – Director of SPA – Supporting Professionalism in Admissions

It’s sure to be a valuable, interesting and thought-provoking opportunity for teachers and advisers who support the careers progression of young people. The conference is free with lunch and refreshments included. Further information and to book:

4 July 2017: What next for adult learners post-election/post-Brexit?, Open University, London

The seminar is framed within recent research funded by the Office for Fair Access (OfFA) in England which explored examples of outreach for disadvantaged adult learners and the challenges in evaluating its impact.  Professor Les Ebdon will formally launch the report and will be joined by Peter Horrocks, Vice-chancellor, Open University; Dame Ruth Silver, Co-chair of the Skills Commission and member of the Royal Society and the British Academy joint working group on educational research;  Chris Hayle, Director of Policy, Universities UK; Rob Humphreys, Director, Open University in Wales and John D’Arcy, Director, Open University in Ireland.  The symposium will explore the key challenges for provision of HE for adult learners, as a result of the divergent political contexts across the UK and the potential post-election and post-Brexit impact.
The event is free but places are restricted and will be offered on a first come, first served basis.  As a courtesy please let us know if you are no longer able to attend in order that we can reallocate your ticket.  Please be aware that un-notified non-attendance may result in exclusion from future events. Further information:


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. Further information:

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.

Sessions include: sessions: A breakthrough to job outcomes; Can ex-offenders make good apprentices?; Collaboration: working together works; Data, evidence and information: hidden gold; Engaging women: why it works to have a specific approach to supporting women on employability; Inclusive apprenticeships; Learning Together: innovative partnerships in adult education; Make it happen! Transforming recruitment for people with disabilities; Tracking the prospects of half a million low income Londoners over two years.

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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.  Further information:

8th July 2017: The Brilliant Club’s 4th Annual Conference, in partnership with King’s College London, King’s College London

The theme of this year’s conference is supporting students not only to make successful transitions between each stage of their educational journey, but to maximise their success and achievements. The student life cycle follows pupils from their entry into schooling, through primary and secondary education, to higher education and beyond. It embraces a truly holistic approach to widening participation and requires everyone’s voice.

The conference includes: research from King’s College London, The Bridge Group and the launch of The Brilliant Club’s Teacher Toolkit, and a Parliamentary-style show debate, including Prof. Tom Ward, Pro Vice Chancellor at the University of Leeds and Debate Mate trained students to discuss the challenges in widening participation.

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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 impacts 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. Further information:


18 July, 2017: UKAT Webinar - Transition, Tutoring and Technology, 12:30

It is widely recognised that the transition to university study is difficult for many students. Personal tutors have a crucial role to play in supporting students through this transition and helping them to succeed in the higher education environment. This webinar explores fundamental issues around transition, tutoring practices for supportive interventions, and the role that technology can play in both supporting students and identifying those students in need of support.

This webinar is presented by David Grey (UKAT/York St John University), Emily McIntosh (UKAT/University of Bolton) and Jamie Rawsthorne (Unique Insights)

Attendance at this webinar is free of charge. To register:


18th July 2017: Next steps for Additional Learning Needs provisions in Wales, Policy Forum for Wales Keynote Seminar, Central Cardiff

The agenda focuses specifically on issues in Wales, which will provide an opportunity to discuss the future of Additional Learning Needs (ALN) provision in Wales.

Delegates will discuss the implementation of the transformation programme which places an increased focus on early identification, changes all references to SEN to ALN, sees the creation of an individualised plan for each young person with ALN, and simplifies the dispute resolution system.

Keynote addresses include Tania Nicholson, Head of ALN Legislative Programme, Welsh Government; Charlie Thomas, Head of ALN Transformation, Welsh Government, and Professor Phil Reed, Professor of Psychology, Swansea University.

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19 July 2017: Addressing differential outcomes for BME learners, central London

OFFA and the National Education Opportunities Network are holding a joint event to discuss the findings from their recent surveys of HEIs in establishing the steps being taken to improve outcomes for BME students. This event has been rearranged from its original date due to the calling of the 2017 General Election. The latest analysis of entry rates by UCAS shows that there are significant differences in higher education entry rates between different ethnic groups. Retention rates are lower for almost all ethnic groups, in comparison to their white peers, and further disparities exist in the progression of BME students. Disadvantage for ethnic groups exists both into and beyond higher education but we know there are lots of examples of good practice within the HE sector.
It is vital we share this practice to find out what works and, just as importantly, what strategies have been not as successful. This is not just part of the public-sector equality duty but a vital aspect of our work as the widening access community. As well as contributions from both NEON and OFFA there will be input from HEFCE and from HEIs who will share examples of their practice. Further information:


24 July 2017 ‘How to Conduct Low-Cost, High-Quality Evaluations using Technology-Enhanced Survey Methods’, London

Practical workshop on how to evaluate science communication activities, how to design and evaluate student volunteer training programmes and how to organise and evaluate public engagement events and festivals; addresses the following questions:

What are the challenges and opportunities involved in using technology-enhanced evaluation methods? How can you implement robust impact evaluation using automated evaluation systems? How can you establish evidence-based decision-making rooted in technology-enhanced evaluation? How can you reduce costs while improving the quality, reach and value of evaluation at your organisation through automation? Focuses on the steps involved in establishing technology-enhanced evaluation solutions.

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4-6 September 2017: The Article 26 2017 conference, University of Warwick

Article 26 is a project of the Helena Kennedy Foundation. The main aim of Article 26 is to promote access to Higher Education for people who have fled persecution and sought asylum in the UK. Every year a UK higher education institution hosts the Article 26 conference. This brings together sanctuary scholars and those who support them. This year, at the University of Warwick, we have added a third day for sharing research into access to higher education for forced migrants. Find more information below and on the links to the right and above.

This 7th annual conference takes place over three days, participants can attend the day/s most relevant to them; the first day focuses on forced migrant students studying in higher education, the second on university practitioners and the third and final is a research symposium. No prior knowledge or experience in the field of forced migration and access to higher education is required – we welcome everyone. Any questions, please contact Rebecca Murray

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5 September 2017: Education and Transformative Practice, International Paolo Freire conference, Larnaca, Cyprus

You are invited to the second International Paulo Freire Conference, organized by the Freire Institute and the University of Central Lancashire. The conference will be on the theme of ‘Education and Global Transitions’ and will include the following sub-themes: Education with Migrant and Transient Communities; Gender and Education; Popular Education Theory and Practice; Education and Development; Social Media, Technology and Culture; Inequality and the Commodification of Education

Call for papers Submissions of papers are welcome for this conference.

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4 October 2017: Priorities for apprenticeships in Northern Ireland: standards, promotion and the impact of policy, Belfast

This timely seminar will bring together stakeholders and policymakers to consider the future for apprenticeship provision in Northern Ireland.

Delegates will examine the implementation of the apprenticeship levy – including the response to the levy from the Department for the Economy – its impact on employers, and the potential effect on apprenticeship provision in Northern Ireland, including on the delivery of the Securing our Success and Generating our Success strategies.

Those attending will assess the latest thinking in relation to the future of apprenticeship provision in Northern Ireland, the role of apprenticeships in meeting the aims of the industrial strategy – including in the promotion of higher level apprenticeships, and in developing the workforce in those industries targeted for growth by the Strategic Advisory Forum and skills barometer – and how to best promote apprenticeships as an attractive entry into employment for young people.

Further sessions will look at the priorities for raising standards in apprenticeships, including the role of inspectors, providers and learning institutions in promoting excellence in qualifications – including through enhanced collaboration – and the latest thinking on ensuring that qualifications are of high quality, are flexible and of relevance to the needs of young people and the wider economy. Further information:


9 October 2017:  Next steps for postgraduate taught education – funding, teaching quality and student experience, central London

This conference will discuss future priorities for postgraduate taught policy. Delegates will assess the changing landscape of the postgraduate market, including the wider impact of new loans and further strategies for improving access. Further sessions focus on quality assurance in postgraduate education, including supporting excellence in teaching, securing a high standard of student experience and improving employability outcomes for graduates.

Areas for discussion include: Postgraduate loans, Improving access to postgraduate study, Teaching excellence and student experience in postgraduate education - the potential for a ‘postgraduate TEF’ and the challenges of implementation this could entail, models of collecting and assessing student feedback, using data to improve student experience and approaches for improving the employability of postgraduate students.

Speakers include: Chris Millward, Director (Policy), Research, Education and Knowledge Exchange Directorate, HEFCE; Paul Williams, Deputy Director, Student Funding Policy, Department for Education (subject to Departmental business); Mark Bennett, Content Editor, FindA University; Professor Julia Clarke, Dean and Pro-Vice Chancellor, Faculty of Business and Law, Manchester Metropolitan University, and Council Member, Chartered Association of Business Schools and Professor Rosemary Deem, Professor of Higher Education Management, Royal Holloway, University of London and Chair, UK Council for Graduate Education have also agreed to speak. Further information:


9 October 2017: Next steps for science at secondary level – implementing reformed GCSEs, priorities for the teaching profession and increasing participation, central London

This timely seminar focuses on science at secondary level in England. Timed to follow the completion of the first full year of teaching the reformed GCSE science qualifications, delegates will share latest thinking on the new key stage 4 curriculum and assessment patterns rolled out in September 2016. They will also discuss key issues for the science teaching profession and how to further increase interest in science careers, in light of Government’s December 2016 announcement of a £12.1m investment into science teacher training and Continuing Professional Development.

Further sessions look at science careers and preparation for university, as well as how schools might further increase participation in science to tackle the productivity gap and drive growth in the UK economy – following the £170m investment into higher level technical education in STEM subjects announced in the Government’s Modern Industrial Strategy and in light of the Science and Technology Select Committee’s on-going inquiry into closing the STEM skills gap.

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18 October 2017: Meeting England’s higher-level skill needs – where next for Degree Apprenticeships? central London

Delegates at this seminar will consider the future of Degree Apprenticeships (DA) in England. The seminar will follow the introduction of the apprenticeship Levy in April 2017, and comes at a time when many employers are expressing concern at their ability to meet their higher-level skills needs, post-Brexit. Delegates will discuss the lessons that can be learnt following the introduction of the DA programmes, as well as further opportunities for engaging employers and promoting Degree Apprenticeships as an option for young people.

Further sessions will consider the challenges for maintaining the quality of programmes and the lessons that can be learnt from higher-level apprenticeship programmes from other countries. Speakers include: Dr Brooke Storer-Church, Senior Policy Advisor, Subjects and Skills, HEFCE; Ben Jordan, Senior Policy Executive, UCAS; Bob Soper-Dyer, Head of Apprenticeships Programmes, BT; Professor Pat Bailey, Deputy-Vice Chancellor, London South Bank University; Petra Wilton, Director of Strategy and External Affairs, Chartered Management Institute; Clare McNeil, Associate Director, Work and Families, IPPR. Further information:


19 October 2017: The Admissions Fair for Access to HE Students, Newcastle Upon Tyne

Last year’s event was the first Higher Education admissions fair for Access to HE Students in the North of England. The event was a success with positive feedback received from both students and tutors who attended on the fantastic opportunity it gave both students and higher education providers to meet, also 75% of learners found out something that they didn’t know or discovered a new university that offered courses they were interested in.

We are delighted to continue to facilitate this important event which offers HE Institutions the opportunity to promote their courses, advice and support services to Access to HE students. The event will be promoted across all Access to HE providers in the North of England and flyers will be sent to over 2500 students studying the Access to HE Diploma.

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

Equality Challenge Unit’s conference theme for 2017 is inclusivity, intersectionality, action: moving forward the equality agenda in higher education.

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

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14 November 2017: Next steps for developing the 2021 Research Excellence Framework, Westminster Higher Education Forum Keynote Seminar, central London

This timely seminar will be an opportunity to discuss the composition of the next cycle of the Research Excellence Framework (REF), following the publication of outcomes from HEFCE’s consultations on REF 2021.

Delegates will discuss suggested reforms to the framework proposed by Lord Stern’s review which included recommendations for a broadening of the definition of impact, and for all active research staff in an institution to be submitted as part of the REF process, ending the portability of research outputs if an academic changes institution. Areas for discussion include: Moving forward from REF 2014; Reforming the framework structure; Using the REF to incentivise developments in research; Reforming ‘impact’ and ‘research environment’.

Speakers include: Kim Hackett, REF Manager and Head of Research Assessment, HEFCE; Professor Dianne Berry, University of Reading and REF Equality and Diversity Advisory Panel; Tom Frostick, University Alliance; Matthew Guest, GuildHE; Jonathan Legh-Smith, BT; Professor Martin McQuillan, Kingston University London; Dr Malcolm Skingle, GSK;Professor Deborah Smith, University of York and N8 Research Partnership; Dr Carl Walker, University of Brighton and National Senior Management Survey and a speaker confirmed from MillionPlus. Further information:


6 December 2017: Next steps for apprenticeships and skills development in Scotland, Scotland Policy Conferences Keynote Seminar,

The agenda focuses specifically on issues in Scotland, and this seminar will assess the next steps for Scotland’s apprenticeships and skills development policy. Delegates will consider next steps for promoting vocational education pathways for young people – looking particularly at careers advice and pursuing parity of esteem between vocational and academic qualifications; policy priorities for improving diversity in vocational education; including encouraging young women to study STEM courses; the expansion of foundation apprenticeships and the introduction of graduate apprenticeships across Scottish universities, with further discussion on implementation of the Apprenticeship Levy; priorities for youth training and employability: vocational qualifications and developing a diverse workforce; challenges for expanding foundation apprenticeships – including improving employability and building further partnerships between education and industry; assessing the assessing their initial performance and their potential of graduate apprenticeships: contribution to addressing the mid-career skills gap and embedding lifelong learning; and assessing the impact of the levy and the Workforce Development Fund.

Speakers include: Ian Hughes, CITB Scotland; Maggie Morrison, CGI; Aileen Ponton, SCQF Partnership; Gregor Scotland, CBI Scotland; Dr Sally Smith, Edinburgh Napier University; Talat Yaqoob, Equate Scotland; Helen Young, West Lothian College and a speaker confirmed from the Career Development Institute; and a Senior speaker confirmed from Skills Development Scotland. Further information: