“DEVELOPING YOUR ACCESS AGREEMENTS FOR 2015/16″
The presentations at the conference which took place on Tuesday 25 February are now available to view if you were not able to attend – at http://bit.ly/K3jvE4
Don’t miss the important messages and key advice and guidance for completing this year’s access agreements from both the Director and the Assistant Director of the Office for Fair Access, together with a presentation on Widening Participation across the student life cycle from the Head of Student Opportunity at the HEFCE – all of which opened the conference.
Delegates also attended ten very diverse workshops celebrating the practice that is the underpinning of institutional access agreements, and there was much stimulating and fruitful debate and discussion. If you missed it you can view the presentations on the same webpage.
The conference also heard a pragmatic and illuminating presentation from the perspective of strategic institutional approach from the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Teeside University.
“David Barrett’s presentation helped formulate a more structured approach”,
“Strategic steer from OFFA has been really helpful”,
“Excellent to see high-level attendance and buy-in”
“It was one of the best conferences I have been to in a while…”
See the report on our third annual Access to HE Summit which took place on 3 December: HERE
Fourth Annual Access to HE Summit, Thursday 27 November 2014, please put the date into your diaries
WP Events for your diaries
11 March 2014: The future for adult vocational qualifications and the employer’s role in developing skills frameworks, Westminster Employment Forum Keynote Seminar, central London
This seminar focuses on the outcomes of the recently released Adult Vocational Qualifications (AVQs) Review - and next steps for policy in this area. It includes keynote addresses from the Review’s Lead Commissioner, Nigel Whitehead and the Minister of State for Skills and Enterprise, Matthew Hancock MP.
Sessions will focus on the steps to improve the quality and employer perceptions of AVQs, including greater direct employer involvement in course design and reform of the National Occupational Standards. Delegates will also assess the impact of the Employer Ownership of Skills pilots - which gave funding directly to employers to develop qualifications, apprenticeship frameworks and other vocational skills and training frameworks – with a focus on how the lessons learned from the pilots could be applied, as Government considers its options for further developing the programme.
Further information: http://bit.ly/1aBpE4q
25 March 2014: Part-time and Mature Study – Increasing participation and improving retention, Central London
This seminar will assess the challenges for universities and colleges in expanding part-time and mature student recruitment as well as issues affecting these students throughout their time at university, and is timed to follow the release of the UUK review of part-time and mature study later this autumn. Topics for discussion include: Current perceptions of the value of part-time and mature study in the context of increased tuition fees; Funding arrangements available for part-time study and the confusion surrounding new student loans; Improving the experience of part-time and mature students with regard to the accessibility of student services; and Steps to increase take up and retention rates of part-time and mature students Further details: http://bit.ly/15tji3d
31 March 2014: Higher Education Summit, A Socially Mobile Scotland? Social Mobility and Widening Access to Higher Education in Scotland: Policy, Practice and Research’, Glasgow
A national summit conference on widening access to further and higher education will take place on Monday 31 March 2014 in Glasgow. In co-operation with FOCUS West and the Forum for Access and Continuing Education, CR&DALL will be running the event. The conference is intended to introduce more colleges and universities in Scotland to the work of FACE and its professional support to staff working in this field. Another purpose of the conference is to bring together colleagues working in research in widening access with practitioners and policy makers. The Access Summit Meeting in Scotland is entitled ‘and will be hosted by the University of Glasgow. More details will follow shortly.
Further information: http://cradall.org/content/access-summit-meeting-university-glasgow-31-march-2014
9-11 April, 2014: UALL 2014 ANNUAL CONFERENCE, Transforming pedagogy? Flexible learning, teaching and innovation in the 21st century, University of London
The conference will give and explore national and international perspectives on current issues, workshop and poster sessions and network presentations. It will be of particular interest to policy makers, senior management, academic providers in lifelong learning both nationally and internationally. Keynote speakers: Professor Diana Laurillard, Professor of Learning and Digital Technologies, Institute of Education and Professor Penny Jane Burke, Professor of Education, University of Roehampton)
Further information: http://bit.ly/1dHgk1x
15th April 2014: Removing Student Number Controls: What to Expect and How to Prepare, Westminster Briefing
This conference will examine the implications of the removal of student number controls for your organisation, with discussion and guidance on funding, recruitment and meeting high quality standards. Learn how to make the most of the opportunities presented through best practice in planning, marketing and admissions strategies.
Further information: http://bit.ly/1ae8AOC
Wednesday 2nd April 2014, Aimhigher Teachers’ and Advisers’ Conference 2014, University of Birmingham
The Aimhigher West Midlands Teachers’ and Advisers’ Conference gives professionals working with students considering higher education an ideal opportunity to get up to date information on current issues. Attracting a wide audience, the conference is a great opportunity to share good practice in all aspects of higher education related careers information, advice and guidance.
Attending will support the provision of impartial careers guidance for students in Years 8 to 13, particularly for disadvantaged students considering higher education. Workshops and plenaries will cover HE financial support, engaging hard to support students, UCAS systems and processes, developments in Higher Apprenticeships, graduate employability and working in partnership to support progression. Keynote Speakers Include: Professor Les Ebdon, Director for Fair Access to Higher Education. Further information: http://bit.ly/1kNyul9
28-29 April 2014: CRAC annual ‘Decisions at 18’ conference, Manchester.
This largest dedicated conference in the UK for those who advise on post-18 (school-leaver) options. Running for over 45 years, the conference is well-established as an invaluable event where careers practitioners from the 14-19 sector and others engage in constructive discussion and effective knowledge-sharing. There is an exhibition running on day one of the conference and a number of workshop sessions on a variety of topics. Further information: http://bit.ly/M3zByg
28th April – 1st May 2014: Paulo Freire and Transformative Education: Changing Lives and Transforming Communities: An International four day Conference at Preston, UK
Keynotes: Professor Ana Maria (Nita) Freire, with Professor Mohammad Nizamuddin, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Gujrat, Pakistan and Professor Tim Ireland of The Federal University of Paraíba (UFPb), João Pessoa, Brazil. Will explor segregated communities, mobility, border crossing, and associated pedagogies, the emphasis being on impact and transformation. Call for papers as described above in the What’s Wanted section in this eBulletin
30th April 2014: Better Skills, Better Careers: Reforming the Apprenticeships System, Central London
In response to a consultation on the Richard Review, the ‘Future of Apprenticeships in England: Implementation Plan (October 2013)’ set out how apprenticeships will be developed, undertaken and assessed in the future, and the process by which the new approach will be implemented. This symposium provides an invaluable opportunity to gain an understanding of the apprenticeship reforms as they are implemented and how young people can be supported into work whilst promoting a culture of work-based learning. Further information: http://bit.ly/1cPWn3u
30th April/1st May 2014: Widening Participation through Curriculum, Open University Widening Participation Conference 2014, Milton Keynes
This conference poses a range of questions for our global colleagues: What new models of partnership and curriculum delivery are addressing social inequality and what evidence is there of impact? Can we revisit curriculum theory to look afresh at redressing differential success rates for different groups in society? What is the impact of curriculum reform in higher education institutions and what lessons can be learned? How are students being engaged creatively in the process of improving the student experience of higher education for all students?
This conference will present research addressing a number of key themes about curriculum, including: Innovation in Design and Pedagogy; Impact of Curriculum Reform; Curriculum Openness; Flexibility and Modes of Delivery; Measuring and Demonstrating Impact; Revisiting Theory. Confirmed keynote speakers: John Storan, Gill Crozier, Kelly Coate, Stephanie Marshall, and Belinda Tynan.
Further information: http://bit.ly/1d80s40
6 May 2013: Competition in the Higher Education Market, London
Delegates at this Westminster HE Forum seminar will examine competition in the Higher Education market in England including the regulatory and funding frameworks under which providers operate.
Overall, topics for discussion include: the extent to which universities are currently able to compete effectively for students and fees; the impact of removing student number controls and the ways in which universities and other HE providers can meet the expected demand for places; whether the current admissions system and level of publicly available information allows students to make well informed choices; how well universities respond to students’ increased expectations and perceived value for money; and increasing diversity of the HE market through expanding ‘HE in FE’ and alternative providers as well as increasingly opening the market to new entrants. Further info0rmation: http://bit.ly/1bPcf4v
8 May 2014: SEND reform: implementation, support and widening provision, Westminster Education Forum Keynote Seminar, central London
This timely seminar will focus on a series of reforms to Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) provision in England set out in the Children and Families Bill 2013, including the announcement of the new SEN reform grant to support local councils ahead of planned implementation in September 2014. Delegates will discuss the implications for education, health, and social care providers regarding the decision to replace the ‘statements’ system with new integrated Education, Health and Care Plans. Further information: http://bit.ly/LBeO5E
10 June 2014 London, 25 June 2014 Leeds: Delivering SEN Reform: Implementing the New Code of Practice
The new SEN code of practice has now been published. In what amounts to the most significant reform of SEN in a generation, there are significant challenges and uncertainty as schools and local authorities prepare for September. By attending this Westminster Briefing you will address the practical questions of implementation including: managing changes, adapting to reform and implementing the new code. Further information: http://bit.ly/1j45hiW
26 and 27 June, 2014: The NADP Annual Conference 2014, Chesford Grange Hotel, Kenilworth.
The theme for the conference is ‘Managing complexity in disability support’. This conference will provide delegates with time and space to think about disability service provision for an increasingly complex disabled student population. It will also consider disability support provision against a backdrop of new, exciting but sometimes challenging assistive and communication technologies whilst considering a global student body and rising expectations in a new fee environment. Further information: http://bit.ly/1mphKA0
2-3 July 2014: ‘Preparing for learning futures: the next ten years’, the HEA’s 2014 annual conference, Aston University.
The conference marks the tenth anniversary of the HEA and asks what the past ten years can tell us about what the next ten years might bring. The event will focus on the future of the student learning experience and ask how we are preparing ourselves for it; it will look at how current policy and practice is (or is not) equipping us for the opportunities that lie ahead and what may need to be done to both adapt to and create new learning environments.
Further information: http://bit.ly/1c0HU7E