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

Events

 

WP Events for your diaries

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ADVANCE NOTICE: 19 May, 2015: College Higher Education – Widening Participation and Access

Action on Access and the Association of Colleges, and supported by NIACE. One of the major aims of college HE provision is to increase access and widening participation to HE, and to effectively spend the HEFCE Student Opportunity Grant and OFFA access agreement monies in order to best impact on outreach activities and retention strategies.

This event focuses on: evaluating (keynote sessions), improving outreach (workshop), improving partnership (workshop), promoting success (workshop), networking within the college HE access and widening participation community. Presentations: ‘WP in Colleges and Localism’, Chris Millward, Director (Policy), Higher Education Funding Council for England; ’WP and Colleges, a Strategic Priority’, John Widdowson, CBE, Principal, New College Durham and Chair, Mixed Economy Group; ‘Internal Progression and Local Partnerships’, David Walrond, Principal, Truro and Penwith College; ‘Data Analysis, Targeting, Tracking‘, Sharon Smith, Higher Education Access Tracker Service (HEAT), University of Kent; ‘Evaluation: evaluating Impact‘, Dr Viv Wylie, Consultant, Action on Access.

The conference also aims to provide future networking opportunities to develop and explore widening participation and access issues in College HE please consider joining us at the end of the conference for the session entitled Access and WP Advisory Group.

For further information see below and to book: http://www.niace.org.uk/campaigns-events/events/aocaction-on-access-aoa-access-and-widening-participation-conference

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24th April 2015: Helping student carers access and succeed in Higher Education’. The University of Winchester. Carers Trust, in partnership with The University of Winchester and The National Network of Universities Supporting Young Adult Carers.

There are approximately 375,000 young adult carers in the UK aged 14-25, who are providing unpaid support and assistance to family and friends who have an illness or disability, mental health condition or who misuse drugs or alcohol. For a young person who has caring responsibilities, trying to transition to, through and beyond university, can be extremely challenging and for some a barrier.

Carers Trust and The National Network of Universities have developed the resource ‘Supporting students with caring responsibilities: Ideas and practice for universities to help student carers access and succeed in Higher Education’.

Drawing on this resource, this event will highlight the challenges that student carers face and provide practical examples of what you can do to support them through the student lifecycle – from outreach, through to applications and admissions and student support.

Young adult carers will also be there to discuss first-hand their experiences and what changes they would like to see. For more information, please email rharris@carers.org.

Further information: http://bit.ly/1yL3O5H

30 April 2015: University of Leeds Teachers’ and Advisers’ conference 2015, University House, University of Leeds  

A free conference designed to provide those working in the post-16 sector with an update on developments at the University and key issues affecting students applying to higher education.  Attendees will also have the opportunity to meet with academics, admissions tutors and widening participation/outreach staff. The conference will include sessions covering: Post-16 qualifications; A level reform; The graduate job market; Specialist admissions workshops covering some of the University’s most competitive courses including; Dentistry, Design and Law. Keynote Speaker: Mary Curnock Cook, UCAS Chief Executive will provide delegates with an update from UCAS focusing on the changing trends in Higher Education applications and the future landscape for 2015 onwards, of interest to Heads of Sixth Form, Sixth Form/FE Tutors, Careers/Higher Education Advisors.

To register your interest in this Leeds conference, please email Sarah Stephenson at s.stephenson@adm.leeds.ac.uk or phone 0113 343 4072, providing your full name, job title, organisation and contact details (email, postal and telephone).

To view the full conference programme: http://bit.ly/1F2zU0N

7 May 2015: WP Terminology, OU, Milton Keynes

The Centre for Inclusion and Collaborative Partnerships at the Open University series of seminars relating to Widening Participation. For further details, booking a place or to discuss speaking at one of these events, please contact: cicp-wp-research-seminars@open.ac.uk<mailto:cicp-wp-research-seminars@open.ac.uk>

15 May 2015: Social Mobility and Widening Access to Higher Education in Scotland: Policy, Practice and Research, University of Strathclyde
Following the success of last year’s Scottish national summit conference at the University of Glasgow, the University of Strathclyde will be hosting the second national conference on social mobility and higher education. This day-long conference is being organised in partnership with the Forum for Access and Continuing Education (FACE), the FOCUS West Programme and the Equality Challenge Unit. It will continue discussions about the future of widening access in post-referendum Scotland by examining policy, practice and research.

With the new First Minister of Scotland’s announcement in November 2014 that ‘at least 20% of university entrants should come from the most deprived 20% of the population’, access has remained high on the political and education agenda.  How such an ambitious target can be achieved will be a central topic of debate at the conference, particularly since the most recent access report published by the Scottish Funding Council refers to a ‘significant attainment gap’ within secondary schools and suggests that, for universities, widening access progress has been ‘incremental’. They are seeking presentations and workshop proposals on the themes of social mobility, access and barriers to HE. Further information: http://bit.ly/1E3odYj

19 May, 2015: College Higher Education – Widening Participation, The Studio, Birmingham

This conference from the Association of Colleges and Action on Access, and supported by NIACE, focuses on Higher Education delivered in Colleges and looks to explore and develop:

  • planning
  • evaluating (keynote sessions)
  • improving outreach (workshop)
  • improving partnership (workshop)
  • promoting success (workshop)
  • networking within the college HE access and widening participation community.

The conference will also explore how the college HE sector can more effectively spend the HEFCE Student Opportunity Grant and OFFA access agreement monies in order to impact on outreach activities and retention strategies. One of the major aims of college HE provision is to increase access and widening participation to HE.

Presentations:

WP in Colleges and Localism’, Chris Millward, Director (Policy), Higher Education Funding Council for England

WP and Colleges, a Strategic Priority’, John Widdowson, CBE, Principal, New College Durham and Chair, Mixed Economy Group

Internal Progression and Local Partnerships’, David Walrond, Principal, Truro and Penwith College on

Data Analysis, Targeting, Tracking‘, Sharon Smith, Higher Education Access Tracker Service (HEAT), University of Kent

Evaluation: evaluating Impact‘, Dr Viv Wylie, Consultant, Action on Access.

The conference aims to provide future networking opportunities to develop and explore widening participation and access issues in College HE so we hope delegates will arrange their travel so that they can join us at the end of the conference for the session entitled Access and WP Advisory Group.

Target audience: Admissions, Access and Widening Participation Officers and Managers, and HE Teachers in FE Colleges. The conference will also give colleagues in universities opportunities to better understand College-delivered HE to improve university-college partnership and collaboration.

Further information and to book: http://www.niace.org.uk/campaigns-events/events/aocaction-on-access-aoa-access-and-widening-participation-conference

21 May 2015: Developing the higher level vocational education system and the next steps for Higher Apprenticeships, London

This conference will provide a timely opportunity to discuss the future for higher level vocational education in England. It follows the Government’s call for engagement in the creation of elite National Colleges, intended to help the development of high level technical skills in those industries or sectors where there is an identified skills gap. Delegates will examine key challenges for creating these colleges and the steps that can be taken to encourage further engagement from employers in the development of their workforce’s skills. Further sessions will assess the future for Higher Apprenticeships and the role that universities can play in the delivery of higher level vocational education, including the lessons that have been learnt from the UK Commission for Employment and Skill’s report Forging Futures.

Keynote speakers include: Professor John Coyne, Vice-Chancellor, University of Derby and Commissioner, UK Commission for Employment and Skills; Neil Bates, Group Chief Executive Officer and Principal, Prospects College of Advanced Technology and Peter Seddon, Senior Policy Adviser, Knowledge Exchange & Skills Policy, and Helen Thorne, Director of Policy and Research, UCAS. Further information: http://bit.ly/1F9Zao1

9 June 2015: University of Leeds Teachers’ and Advisers’ conference 2015, The Strand Palace Hotel, London WC2R 0JJ

A free conference designed to provide those working in the post-16 sector with an update on developments at the University and key issues affecting students applying to higher education.  Attendees will also have the opportunity to meet with academics, admissions tutors and widening participation/outreach staff. The conference will include sessions covering: Post-16 qualifications; A level reform; The graduate job market; Specialist admissions workshops covering some of the University’s most competitive courses including; Dentistry, Design and Law. Mary Curnock Cook, UCAS Chief Executive as our keynote speaker will provide delegates with an update from UCAS focusing on the changing trends in Higher Education applications and the future landscape for 2015 onwards, of interest to Heads of Sixth Form, Sixth Form/FE Tutors, Careers/Higher Education Advisors.

To register your interest in this London conference, please email Sarah Stephenson at s.stephenson@adm.leeds.ac.uk or phone 0113 343 4072, providing your full name, job title, organisation and contact details (email, postal and telephone).

To view the full conference programme: http://bit.ly/1F2zU0N

22-23 June 2015: ‘Does data matter? Can evidence improve practice?’, NEON 2015 Summer Symposium, University of Sussex

The conference will consider a number of questions round the application of research and data and welcome papers/workshops which focus on this topic – http://bit.ly/1DcPoC9

There will be roundtable discussions as well as you having the opportunity to network with other colleagues, share practice and participate in a range of workshops. Keynote speakers will include: Bill Rammell, Professor Clare Mackie, Dr Claire Crawford, Sarah Howls, Helen Thorne. Further information: http://bit.ly/1LKRe0K

23 June 2015: Challenges and opportunities for increasing outward student mobility, Central London

Guests of Honour: Anne Marie Graham, Head of Programme, Outward Student Mobility, UK HE International Unit; Brian Johnson, Head of International Higher Education, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and Rebecca Hughes, Director of International Higher Education, British Council

As the final stages of the UK Strategy for Outward Mobility are implemented, delegates at this seminar will consider the progress of the strategy so far, along with the future priorities and funding options following the end of the programme in 2016. The seminar also comes a year into the new Erasmus+ programme and will evaluate its performance as well as the key priorities that should be addressed for the next five years.

At this early stage planned sessions focus on the e3ffectiveness of the strategy in promoting student and institutional engagement with outward mobility, and the potential for a joined up approach. Delegates will discuss how to address obstacles – including financial barriers, particularly for those targeted by initiatives to widen participation – as well as how to encourage students outside of modern foreign language courses to consider international placements, including outside of the EU. Further information: http://bit.ly/1aJqEqm

24 June 2015: Supporting Care Leaver Well-being: Practical solutions for education and training professionals, Kent

This conference, organised by the Care Leaver Progression Partnership, offers an opportunity to gain a fresh insight into supporting the mental health and well-being needs of young people in care and care leavers, alongside practical solutions and tools to apply in everyday practice. The event is aimed at education and training professionals, as well as the wider support network.

The event will be chaired by the Earl of Listowel, Vice-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Looked after Children and Care Leavers. Delegates will have a chance to hear from a range of national and local leaders, learn more about changes being planned by central government through the Young People’s Mental Health and Well-being Taskforce, and consider the implications of new research from the NSPCC. There will also be an opportunity to hear from young care leavers themselves.

Delegates will also be able to choose from a selection of workshops, offering insight and creative solutions from a range of professional perspectives, including frontline social care, therapeutic practitioners, Virtual Schools and voluntary sector organisations. Further information: http://bit.ly/1DKFrMI

25 June 2015: International approaches to preparing WP students for HE study, OU Online Seminar

The Centre for Inclusion and Collaborative Partnerships at the Open University series of seminars relating to Widening Participation. For further details, booking a place or to discuss speaking at one of these events, please contact: cicp-wp-research-seminars@open.ac.uk<mailto:cicp-wp-research-seminars@open.ac.uk>

1st – 3rd July 2015: FACE 2015 Annual Conference, University of South Wales, Treforest campus.

“Closing the Gap” will be a platform for academics, trainers, practitioners and students to participate in plenary sessions and workshops, giving extensive opportunities to network with like-minded colleagues in a friendly and professional environment. The five conference themes are:

Crossing boundaries through partnership working.

Routes out of poverty through lifelong learning.

Learning journeys and careers.

Lifelong learning for local, regional and national developments.

Part-time and full-time learning.

Keynote speakers include: Dr John Butcher from The Open University, Dr Cerys Furlong from The National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE), Nick Davy from the Association of Colleges, Sarah Howls from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), Neil Surman from the Welsh Government

The conference also has a social programme, including a Welsh folk and cultural evening – and a visit to the National Museum of Wales  in the heart of Cardiff’s Civic Centre. We welcome further enquiries from colleagues who are interested in attending either as delegates, or as facilitators of papers, posters, and workshops. Extended Deadlines: With 60% of delegate places for this year’s conference already booked, and the conference already attracting a large number of excellent abstract papers, the 2015 Planning Team have decided to extend the published deadlines for Abstract Submission to 6th May 2015. And the Early Bird Discount Fee extended to 6th May 2015. Further information and to register: http://bit.ly/1FXjkVR  Or contact 00 44 1443 482002 Email: face2015@southwales.ac.uk or face2015abstracts@southwales.ac.uk

7 July 2015: Improving Outcomes for Young Care Leavers, central London

The Care Leaver Strategy (October 2013) sets out the steps the Government is taking – from housing to health services, from the justice system to educational institutions – to support care leavers to live independently once they have left their placement. This Public Policy Exchange symposium offers an invaluable opportunity for local authorities, children’s services, social/health services and other key stakeholders to discuss the Government’s latest policy initiatives and analyse their impact on young people leaving care. The symposium will examine how support can be better provided to care leavers in order to maximise their educational attainment and employment opportunities. Further information: http://bit.ly/1zjsowy

8th July 2015: ‘Where can we find solutions to break the link between household income and admission to the UK’s highly selective universities?, King’s College, London

Event by the Brilliant Club annual conference, in conjunction with King’s College London. Lessons from the UK education sector, university and school practice internationally, and industries beyond education. For anyone with an interest promoting fair access to higher education. More information will be available soon or contact: hello@thebriliantclub.org

8 July 2015: First in Family, OU, Milton Keynes

The Centre for Inclusion and Collaborative Partnerships at the Open University series of seminars relating to Widening Participation. For further details, booking a place or to discuss speaking at one of these events, please contact: cicp-wp-research-seminars@open.ac.uk

20-24 July 2015: ‘Working for disability equality in Higher Education – the global
perspective’, NADP International Conference,
Manchester

The conference will provide a global perspective, focusing on disabled student support from pre-entry to University or College and onto successful transition into employment. Support systems and services around the world are often recognised as being of a high quality, however, there is still much to learn and develop.

The programme is now available on the NADP website together with session descriptions for workshops. Speakers from 10 countries will be contributing to the conference programme across a range of themes – ‘Inclusive Practice and Universal Design for Learning; Service Development and Support Strategies; Transition and Employability; Technology and Disability Specific topics.

This conference will enable delegates from the global community to come together and share knowledge, practical skills and good practice in the provision of support for disabled students. Keynote speakers include: Scott Lissner (Chair of AHEAD), Ann Heelan (AHEAD Ireland) and Nicole Ofiesh (Independent Learning Consultant and Stanford University). NADP wishes to invite submissions for workshop presentations based on the conference theme from any interested parties. Further information: http://bit.ly/1uxmd7c

 

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