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

Events

  WP Events for your diaries

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Note re Action on Access’s 8th annual Summit…….. see full information further below

21 November 2018: 8th Access to Higher Education and Student Success Summit 2018Woburn conference centre, London

The 8th annual national one-day Widening Participation Summit organised by Action on Access and Universities UK in partnership, essential for anyone with responsibility for or securing improvement in attainment, retention and student success will examine the key institutional and operational issues currently surrounding access, participation and success in UK universities, and explore the implications of recent and upcoming changes in the sector.  The programme is designed to give insight and tactical information to successfully plan and manage institutional practice and strategy, plus the opportunity to receive the most up-to-date briefing on the current issues surrounding access, participation and success, and to discuss the implications and how to successfully navigate sector changes.

The Summit will examine a range of themes, including but not limited to:

  • Access and Participation Plans – where are we and what’s to come?
  • Understanding and adapting to the changing regulatory landscape
  • Tackling ethnicity attainment gaps
  • Re-attracting mature students
  • Discussion and review of successful university case studies
  • Engaging in meaningful and effective collaboration
  • Engaging students, raising their attainment, ways to work successfully with a range of disadvantaged and under-represented students.

Full details below.

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20 November 2018: Additional Learning Needs in Wales: priorities for shaping, implementing and monitoring the ALN Code, Policy Forum for Wales Keynote Seminar, Central Cardiff

The agenda focuses specifically on issues in Wales, the seminar is bringing together key policymakers and stakeholders to discuss the development and implementation of the Additional Learning Needs Code – focusing on governance, funding and regulation.

It is timed as the Welsh Government conducts its public consultation on the ALN Code which will set out procedure and best practice – including for disagreement resolution, increased collaboration and remits of responsibility.

Speakers: Charlie Thomas, Head of ALN Transformation, Welsh Government; Huw Davies, Additional Learning Needs Transformation Lead, South West Wales and a senior speaker confirmed from Estyn - together with further speaking contributions from Aneurin Bevan University Health Board; Cardiff and Vale College; SNAP Cymru; Swansea University; Undeb Cenedlaethol Athrawon Cymru and Ysgol Y Deri, Vale of Glamorgan.

Those attending will also consider the potential challenges for implementing the Code, other areas for discussion include: Shaping the draft ALN Code: avoiding disagreements, promoting collaboration, and supporting best practice; Driving change: the role and responsibilities of the new regional transformational leads; Ensuring smooth implementation of the ALN Code: workforce training and development, funding, and parental involvement; Monitoring and adjudicating ALN provision: and implementing the changes brought about by the Code. Further information: https://bit.ly/2HFUcJY

 

21 November 2018: 8th Access to Higher Education and Student Success Summit 2018Woburn conference centre, London

The 8th annual national one-day Widening Participation Summit organised by Action on Access and Universities UK in partnership will examine the key institutional and operational issues currently surrounding access, participation and success in UK universities, and explore the implications of recent and upcoming changes in the sector.  The programme is designed to give insight and tactical information to successfully plan and manage institutional practice and strategy, plus the opportunity to receive the most up-to-date briefing on the current issues surrounding access, participation and success, and to discuss the implications and how to successfully navigate the sector changes.

Chaired by Professor John Storan, Director Action on Access, and Continuum, University of East London.  Keynote speakers include: Chris Millward, Director for Fair Access and Participation, Office for Students; Professor Steven Spier, Vice-Chancellor, Kingston University; Professor Stephanie Marshall, Vice-Principal Queen Mary University; Ross Renton, Pro Vice-Chancellor, University of Worcester;

With workshops from: Karina Berzins, Research Fellow, Continuum, University of East London; Charlie Brown, Lead Data Scientist, Contextual Data Service, UCAS; Phil Dent Director SCiP Alliance; Sahar Erfani, Head of Access and Naureen Abubaker, Birkbeck University; Mike Hill, Head of Retention and Success, GSM London; Johnny Rich, Chief Executive, Push; Dr Gurnam Singh, Principal Lecturer in Social Work, Coventry University; Christopher Stacey, Co-director, Unlock; Ambassadors from STAART Achievability, Greenwich; Holly Staynor, Policy Officer, NUS; Liz Thomas, Liz Thomas Associates.

Throughout the day delegates will examine a range of themes, including but not limited to:

  • Access and Participation Plans – where are we and what’s to come?
  • Understanding and adapting to the changing regulatory landscape
  • Tackling ethnicity attainment gaps
  • Re-attracting mature students
  • Discussion and review of successful university case studies
  • Engaging in meaningful and effective collaboration
  • Engaging students, raising their attainment, ways to work successfully with a range of disadvantaged and under-represented students.

This conference is essential for anyone with responsibility for or securing improvement in attainment, retention and student success.

Further information and to book: https://bit.ly/2vyF6P0

 

22 November 2018: ‘How can HE providers support students with mental health difficulties better?‘ – OU Widening Access and Success (WAS) Seminar, OU, Milton Keynes

Mental health issues can be seen or unseen, declared and not declared but can have significant impact on study and results for students. This FREE seminar (10.15am to 1.30pm) is part of the regular programme of seminars from the Widening Access and Success team at The Open University is open to all with an interest in improving how higher education can better support students with mental health issues.  Confirmed speakers include Ross Ren ton, Pro Vice Chancellor (Students), University of Worcester and Kate Lister, Learning & Teaching Development Manager (Accessibility), The Open University.

Places are restricted and will be offered on a first come, first served basis.

Further information and to book: https://bit.ly/2Er2uoB

 

28 November 2018: NNECL annual conference, Conference theme: Wellbeing and Belonging, University of Birmingham

The NNECL conference at the University of Birmingham this year, will again bring sectors together to unite staff striving to champion the educational success of care experienced students. This year’s focus will be on Wellbeing and Belonging with a range of workshops and speakers following this theme.

Keynote speakers and workshop contributors include: the Office for Students; Spectra First (Care Leaver Covenant); Become; National Teaching and Advisory Service; British Association of Social Workers; The Care Leavers’ Association; University of Wolverhampton; Leeds Beckett University; University of Salford; Aimhigher London.

Further information: https://bit.ly/2yQW6kH

 

28 November 2018: Next steps for widening access to further and higher education in Scotland: strengthening pathways, admissions and student support, Scotland Policy Conferences Keynote Seminar, Central Edinburgh

The agenda focuses specifically on issues in Scotland and will provide a timely opportunity for stakeholders and policymakers to discuss next steps for widening access to further and higher education in Scotland.

Delegates will examine The Scottish Government’s recent response to Jayne-Anne Gadhia’s Independent Review of Student Financial Support in Scotland. They will also consider how to strengthen data sharing between relevant agencies, following publication of the Commissioner for Fair Access’ 2017 Annual Report, and on priorities for the effective implementation of the Framework for Fair Access, ahead of its expected publication later this year.

Speakers include: Dr Dee Bird, Assistant Director/ Head of Policy (Brexit, and Student Experience), Scottish Funding Council and Rob Phillpotts, Managing Director, Statutory, HESA; Dr Neil Croll, Head of Widening Participation, University of Glasgow; Rebecca Gaukroger, Director, Student Recruitment and Admissions, The University of Edinburgh; Ben Jordan, Senior Policy and Qualifications Manager, UCAS; Yvonne MacDermid, Chief Executive, Money Advice Scotland; Liam McCabe, President, NUS Scotland; Professor Sally Mapstone, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, University of St Andrews and Member of Main Committee, Universities Scotland; Vonnie Sandlan, Senior Policy Officer, Colleges Scotland and Jamie Szymkowiak, Co-Founder, One in Five.

Further information: https://bit.ly/2LCUhfr

 

28 November 2018: ‘Beyond Borders – Widening access to higher education through international co-operation’, the UK conference for World Access to Higher Education Day, Aston University

This conference organised by the National Education Opportunities Network will enable the higher education sector to gain insights from across the world in how to obtain successful outcomes in widening access activities. Beyond Borders features:

  • The Director of Access and Participation from the Office for Students, Chris Millward, on the importance of learning from international practice & collaboration.
  • The National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (NCSEHE) Australia on the Higher Education Partnership Programme (HEPP) which is the 650 million Australian dollar national widening access initiative.
  • The European Commission on how countries across Europe have been taking forward widening access initiatives in the last 5 years.
  • Science Po from France, on their innovative work to broaden access to one of the leading research intensive universities in Europe.
  • Trinity College Dublin on the Higher Education Access Route (HEAR) initiative in Ireland which combines contextualised admissions with outreach work in an innovative national widening access initiative.
  • The LEAPS widening participation programme from Scotland which has been bringing together schools, universities and colleges since 1996.

This event is a unique opportunity for those working in widening access to learn from international best practice on how widening access has been sustained and taken forward. In addition, speakers from the following will also feature at the conference with more to be confirmed very soon: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), IREX, Universities UK International (UUKi), Asia-Europe Foundation, Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas (UPC)

Further information: https://bit.ly/2xK6ye3

 

3 December 2018: Engaging with Key Influencers – models of best practice, London
NEON’s Summit on Engaging with Key Influencers – models of best practice. It is universally recognised that key influencers play a major role on the pathways of young people and, despite the impact of activities designed to widen access for young people, they often rely upon the information and advice given by the people with whom they have close, sustained relationships. Such information and advice, is often affected by a person’s own experience of higher education (or lack of it) and can be inaccurate or out of date.
As part of our role, we need to engage key influencers to inform their views and dismiss many of the myths associated with higher education level qualifications.
Join colleagues from other HEIs to learn from each other and hear from keynote speakers: Catherine Cameron, Senior Higher Education Policy Adviser, Office for Students; Dr Hugh Rayment-Pickard, Director of Development, IntoUniversity; Becca Bland, Chief Executive, Stand Alone. Further information: https://bit.ly/2JR326t and https://bit.ly/2F63RJL

 

4 December 2018: Establishing an effective mentoring scheme, National Education Opportunities Network (NEON), Central London

Mentoring schemes are a key part of widening access work.  In the past few years many organisations are not only using mentoring as an aspect of their outreach work but also as part of both their induction, retention and success strategies for learners from under-represented groups.  Making sure you develop an effective mentoring scheme is therefore a key concern for those working in widening access.  This one-day course will also enable delegates to share their current practice and help each other to overcome the challenges through the sharing of best practice.
Part of their on-going series of NEON Access Academy training events.  By the end of the day delegates will: understand the role of mentoring in the widening access context; grasp the advantages and challenges of different approaches to mentoring; look at different approaches to engaging your audience in mentoring; consider the skills and techniques needed for successful mentoring; improve their own knowledge around what could go wrong and how to mitigate these risks; discuss and evaluate the different mentoring frameworks; produce an action plan on how to develop mentoring at their own institution
Further information: https://bit.ly/2AdvJXT

 

10 December 2018: Small-scale ‘experimental’ innovation projects: Dissemination event, Office for Students, London venue

The OfS will be hosting a dissemination event for the 67 small-scale ‘experimental’ innovation projects in learning and teaching. Projects will showcase and discuss the extremely positive lessons learned, both in terms of the processes and outcomes of innovation and the impact on students’ broader learning and self-development. It will be a chance to hear how projects were executed, how the results are making positive changes to practices and how this has contributed to developing learning and best practice within institutions

The event is open to those in the wider higher education sector with an interest in innovative learning and teaching practices.

Further information: https://bit.ly/2NeWhQz

 

8 January 2018: Improving ing the local offer and integration into employment, further education and training, Westminster Education Forum Keynote Seminar, Central London

This seminar will examine the priorities for improving provision for care leavers in England, including discussion on the transition of care leavers to higher education, and the role higher education institutes can play in this process. Planned sessions will focus on the development of a multi-agency approach in supporting care leavers, as each local authority in England implements its local offer for care leavers and introduces personal advisers for care leavers up to 25.

Delegates will assess progress and look ahead to implementation with local authorities required to publish their local offers by December 2018 - and amid concerns surrounding the funding burden as they take on increased responsibility for care leavers until the age of 25.

Those attending will also discuss the integration of care leavers into further education, employment and training following the announcement of three Social Impact Bond Projects by Government and the confirmation of a delivery partner for the Care Leaver Covenant, which aims to increase opportunities for care leavers to access practical support such as apprenticeships and work experience. The seminar includes a speaking contribution from Matthew Gordon, Chief Executive, Spectra First – the Government’s delivery partner for the Care Leaver Covenant;  Mark Riddell, National Implementation Adviser for Care Leavers, Department for Education; Councillor Garry Bridges, Manchester City Council (subject to council business); Matthew Gordon, Spectra First and Mark Walker, Oxfordshire County Council. Further information: https://bit.ly/2zD6cXL

 

9 January 2019: Changing the Story: Pushing down Barriers to Higher Education, University of Central Lancashire, Burnley

This event by the Centre for Volunteering and Community Leadership, provides an opportunity to collaborate with community stakeholders in developing interventions that challenge dominantly perceived views of education, creating a culture where Higher Education is viewed in terms of benefits rather than barriers.

The University of Central Lancashire is part of an AdvanceHE (Equality Challenge Unit) initiated consortium of 13 UK universities exploring issues relating to equality of access to Higher Education and the barriers certain communities face.  The University of Central Lancashire is focusing on South Asian communities, Eastern European Migrants and White British young men from low participation backgrounds in Pennine Lancashire and peripheral areas.  The purpose of this event is to share our findings and provide opportunities for educators and policy makers to listen to the voices of people and communities who have overcome the barriers to Higher Education and those who are facing those barriers.

The themes for the event are: The Youth Voice; Gender Barriers; Social Mobility and Social Inclusion; BAME communities.  Speakers include: Wajid Khan MEP Labour; Professor Alethea Melling MBE; The Freire Institute.

Do you want to share your story, or the story of your group and community? Please contact Alethea Melling on amelling@uclan.ac.uk and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Further information: https://bit.ly/2POxm6V

 

23 January 2018: Priorities for student mental health: developing the new University Mental Health Charter, facilitating the school-university transition and improving co-ordination between support providers, Westminster Higher Education Forum Keynote Seminar, London

The conference will be an opportunity for stakeholders and policymakers to examine the priorities for student mental health and discuss the development of the Universities Minister’s University Mental Health Charter together with his announcement of a series of new measures and wider issues for universities as they seek to improve their provision of mental health services.  The agenda also looks at the transition for students from school and college to university, as the Department for Education prepares to set up a working group looking at potential ways to ensure that students get the best possible support, particularly in their first year at university.

Expected areas for discussion include: identifying students at risk; supporting first year university students; embedding mental wellbeing into curricula; tackling organisational and cultural challenges.

Keynote addresses from: Yvonne Hawkins, Director, Teaching Excellence and Student Experience, Office for Students; Rosie Tressler, Chief Executive Officer, Student Minds; Dom Kingaby, Student Experience Policy Lead, Mental Health, Department for Education; Sue Baillie, Pastoral Director, Royal Grammar School, Newcastle; Paul Jenkins, Chief Executive, Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust; Siân Jones-Davies, Senior Associate, Eversheds Sutherland; Dr Nihara Krause, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Founder and Chief Executive Officer, stem4; Dr Denise Meyer, Head of Wellbeing, University of Portsmouth Student Wellbeing Service; Rowan Munson, Student; Rachel O’Brien, Disabled Students’ Officer, National Union of Students; Stuart Rimmer, Chief Executive Officer & Principal, East Coast College; Professor Judith Squires, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Education and Students, University of Bristol and a senior speaker confirmed from the Office for National Statistics.  Further information: https://bit.ly/2zHatIq

 

30-31 January 2019: STEM conference 2019: Delivering next generation teaching in STEM, Advance HE, Millennium Point, Birmingham

This two-day conference, featuring a mix of peer-led workshops, presentations and respected keynotes will provide a forum for each of the individual STEM disciplines as well as opportunities to learn from cross-disciplinary practice.

The call for papers is now open until 31 October 2018 and our 15% early bird discount will apply. We are asking for proposals that address one of five propositions, which explore themes around covering topics such as: interdisciplinary approaches to learning and teaching in STEM; innovation; technology; equality, diversity and inclusion; and leadership.

The deadline for submissions is 31 October 2018. Further information: https://bit.ly/2OosFwa

 

12 March 2019: Next steps for widening participation in higher education – developing collaboration between schools and universities, supporting disadvantaged groups and key priorities following the OfS review, Westminster Higher Education Forum Keynote Seminar, central London

Discuss the on-going review by Office for Students (OfS) of its approach to fair access and participation in higher education.  Planned sessions focus on key barriers to higher education for different disadvantaged groups, and latest thinking on how outreach strategies can be tailored to target support, the impact of the National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP) so far, and consider how partnerships between schools, colleges and universities can increase participation among disadvantaged groups through raising aspiration and improving pupil attainment.  Further planned sessions discuss other strategies for widening participation which go beyond the NCOP.

Speakers include: Ben Jordan, Senior Policy and Qualifications Manager, UCAS; Jessica Woodsford, Head of Programmes, Fair Access and Participation, Office for Students; Professor Tim Blackman, Vice-Chancellor, Middlesex University; Lindsey Bowes, Research Director, CFE Research; Laura Bruce, Acting Head of Programmes and Partnerships, The Sutton Trust; Rabia Lemahieu, Disability and Skills Manager, Disability Rights UK; Alexander Proudfoot, Chief Executive, Independent HE; Cathy Sinclair, Joint Head, UK Student Recruitment, Sheffield Hallam University; Dr Sonia Ilie, Director of Studies in Education, Fitzwilliam College and Senior Research Fellow, Faculty of Education & Hughes Hall, University of Cambridge and Ilyas Nagdee, Black Students Officer, NUS.

Further information: https://bit.ly/2Pozq5D

 

27 March 2019: Assessment: impacts on widening access and success, OU, Milton Keynes

Hold the date.  This FREE half day seminar is part of the regular programme of seminars from the Widening Access and Success team at The Open University is open to all with an interest in improving how higher education can better support students with mental health issues.

More information to follow.

 

10-12 April 2019: UALL Annual Conference 2019, Telford Innovation Campus, Telford, Telford, the home of the Industrial Revolution: in keeping with this Universities Association for Lifelong Learning conference will focus on these three themes:

Learning and Place: focusing on where innovation occurs including both the role of learning in responding to innovation and new initiatives linked to place and the way learning is embedded in it

Transformational change: focusing on how innovation occurs and the link to Lifelong Learning for example emerging technologies, practice based approaches

Innovation in Daily Life and Lifelong Learning: focusing on ensuring that innovation is shared by all for example innovative inclusive or accessible responses to learning in work, leisure, travel education.

The Conference is underpinned by three principles: Inclusion; Sustainable futures; and Lifelong Learning practice in order to respond to a changing world.

Speakers include Professor Mark Brown, Dublin City University.

Further information: https://bit.ly/2QK9KOo

23 May 2019: Supporting refugee learners, OU Milton Keynes

Hold the date.  This FREE half day seminar is part of the regular programme of seminars from the Widening Access and Success team at The Open University is open to all with an interest in improving how higher education can better support students with mental health issues.

More information to follow.

 

10 July 2019: Closing the Black Attainment Gap, OU Milton Keynes

Hold the date.  This FREE half day seminar is part of the regular programme of seminars from the Widening Access and Success team at The Open University is open to all with an interest in improving how higher education can better support students with mental health issues.

More information to follow.