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

Events

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27 November 2014: Fourth Access to HE Summit: Building the Access and WP Consensus, Woburn conference centre, London

Action on Access and Universities UK‘s fourth Access to HE Summit takes a focused look at establishing Consensus and working Collaboratively.

‘Consensus’ means a ‘general or widespread agreement’ and ‘an opinion or position reached by a group as a whole’. Synonyms include: agreement, like-mindedness, common consent, unity, unanimity, solidarity. Are our views and does our work show a true consensus and display the ‘more coherent, collaborative and coordinated approach’ asked of us by the OFFA-HEFCE National Strategy document?

Speakers from OFFA, HEFCE, UUK, the NUS; and expert-led, practice-focused discussion workshops led by colleagues from Universities UK, the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission, HELOA, and the HEFCE including policy and research experts on themes such as building evidence for a sustainable and fair funding regimes; collaborative and sustainable outreach networks; building the evidence base in data research and use; the role of HE in the delivery of Information Advice and Guidance; and college and HEI relationships with a focus on part-time study – all exploring consensual and collaborative approaches in HE’s contribution to increasing social mobility.

Your contribution as delegate is the final necessary ingredient to strengthen the consensus, to further develop collaboration and to make it a fourth successful Summit. The Summit will ask the questions and stimulate the debate on how we can all, together, build this consensus; underpinned – if not by unanimity – then by unity, comment consent and solidarity. This year’s Summit aims to help the sector to review, to re-evaluate and to re-state what we are thinking and working for. Book now and take advantage of the early bird rate:

http://www.universitiesuk.ac.uk/Events/Pages/AccesstoHESummit2014.aspx

WP Events for your diaries

 

20 October 2014: Motivated or Mandated: engaging adults in learning and supporting them to succeed, UCU Headquarters, London
Joint annual conference to support adults with maths and English, 20th October 2014, UCU Headquarters, London. This conference will encourage dialogue between practitioners and researchers in order to explore the ways to motivate adults to engage and succeed in literacy, language and numeracy learning. (Call for Workshop Proposals – deadline 11th August.) Further information: http://bit.ly/1tjo6XM

21 October 2014: MOOCs and technology-enhanced learning in HE: next steps and challenges, Westminster Higher Education Forum Keynote Seminar, London

Delegates at this conference will discuss the future for Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) – and the increased use of technology-enhanced learning more widely in Higher Education. The seminar will also be an opportunity to assess the outcomes and recommendations from FutureLearn’s BETA pilot courses, running throughout this year.

The agenda includes keynote addresses from Dr Ellie Clewlow, Head of Learning and Teaching Policy, HEFCE; Stephen Haggard, Author, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills Research Paper, The Maturing of the MOOC and Independent Consultant, Online Learning; Dr Alison Le Cornu, Academic Lead, Flexible Learning, Higher Education Academy and Simon Nelson, Chief Executive Officer, FutureLearn.

Overall, areas for discussion include: the development of MOOCs so far and their potential for the future of online learning and Transnational Education; concerns around the implementation of MOOCs and accreditation of modules as well as the possible threat these teaching methods pose to traditional teaching; latest thinking on blended and e-learning, and the increased influence technology is having on ways in which Higher Education is taught.

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

24-30 October 2014: National Care Leaver Week

The theme of this year’s National Care Leavers’ Week is ‘keep dreaming’.

National Care Leavers’ Week is about highlighting the needs of care leavers, and encouraging the agencies responsible for looking after them to work in a coordinated and effective way. The week is also about focussing the minds of politicians on the lack of support for these uniquely vulnerable individuals and raising public awareness about an invisible minority who face a particular set of challenges as they enter adult life. It’s easy to brush them and their problems under the carpet – we are determined not to let that happen. What are you doing for National Care Leavers week?

Further information and a diary of events planned so far: http://bit.ly/1jyOcfj

9 November 2014: second annual Careers Education & Guidance Summit, London.

This Careers England in partnership with Westminster Briefing conference will provide an opportunity for schools and colleges working with CEG providers to examine how government policy is being implemented and what more can be done to design and deliver provision which meets their new statutory duty. You will hear directly from a series of expert speakers including the Government, opposition, Ofsted, careers providers, award winning schools and colleges, employers and universities. Further information: http://bit.ly/Ox6HHM

27 November 2014: Fourth Access to HE Summit: Building the Access and WP Consensus, Woburn conference centre, London

Action on Access and Universities UK’s fourth Access to HE Summit takes a focused look at establishing Consensus and working Collaboratively.

‘Consensus’ means a ‘general or widespread agreement’ and ‘an opinion or position reached by a group as a whole’. Synonyms include: agreement, like-mindedness, common consent, unity, unanimity, solidarity. Are our views and does our work show a true consensus and display the ‘more coherent, collaborative and coordinated approach’ asked of us by the OFFA-HEFCE National Strategy document?

Speakers from OFFA, HEFCE, UUK, the NUS; and expert-led, practice-focused discussion workshops led by colleagues from Universities UK, the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission, HELOA, and the HEFCE including policy and research experts on themes such as building evidence for a sustainable and fair funding regimes; collaborative and sustainable outreach networks; building the evidence base in data research and use; the role of HE in the delivery of Information Advice and Guidance; and college and HEI relationships with a focus on part-time study – all exploring consensual and collaborative approaches in HE’s contribution to increasing social mobility.

Your contribution as delegate is the final necessary ingredient to strengthen the consensus, to further develop collaboration and to make it a fourth successful Summit. The Summit will ask the questions and stimulate the debate on how we can all, together, build this consensus; underpinned – if not by unanimity – then by unity, comment consent and solidarity. This year’s Summit aims to help the sector to review, to re-evaluate and to re-state what we are thinking and working for. Book now and take advantage of the early bird rate:

http://www.universitiesuk.ac.uk/Events/Pages/AccesstoHESummit2014.aspx

3 December, 2014: Developing young people’s skills: vocational education, partnerships and modern apprenticeships, Scotland Policy Conferences Keynote Seminar, central Edinburgh

The agenda focuses specifically on issues in Scotland, and focuses on next steps for preparing Scotland’s young people for the work place but the content might still be of interest to you or others in your organisation.

The agenda is being structured to bring out latest thinking on the Commission for Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce final report and the £12million funding announcement from The Scottish Government to take forward its recommendations on tackling youth unemployment. Delegates will consider the implementation of the Commission’s recommendations, as well as what more can be done to fulfil the Scottish Government’s ‘Opportunities for All’ commitment.

This event is CPD certified. Further information: http://bit.ly/1sRpReh

4 December 2014: Postgraduate Research – funding, accessibility and career progression, Westminster Higher Education Forum Keynote Seminar, central London

This CPD certified event, chaired by Dr Julian Huppert MP, Member, All-Party Parliamentary University Group will assess the future for policy relating to postgraduate research – focusing on funding and access, development of research skills during PGR study and progression into careers.

Areas for discussion include: access to postgraduate research courses including the current funding streams available and how institutions can increase the number of researchers from disadvantaged backgrounds; available training and support for researchers in their early careers and typical destinations; and wider developments including the impact of the Research Excellence Framework on early career researchers.

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

9 December 2014: Inspiring future generations: embracing plurality and difference in higher education, Newer Researchers Conference, Newport, Wales, UK
Invitation to participate and a call for Abstracts. Submission deadline: Friday 11th July 2014
The SRHE Newer Researchers’ Conference provides a unique space for newer researchers in higher education to share and discuss their ongoing work with peers in the international higher education research community in a stimulating but supportive environment. This year, echoing the theme of the SRHE Annual Research Conference, we invite you to contribute to the critical discussion around Inspiring future generations; embracing plurality and difference in higher education from the perspective of the Newer Researcher. This will involve exploring patterns of plurality and difference in and across higher education and asking how these are influencing those who study and work in the sector. This Conference provides the opportunity to present your own work whilst learning more about topics other newer researchers in higher education are exploring from a wide range of perspectives. As part of our commitment to promoting the development of higher education research and researchers, we welcome papers or posters reporting on on going research as well as pilot or completed studies and work of a conceptual, theoretical or empirical nature. All submissions are peer-reviewed, resulting in a broad range of high quality presentations.
Please see the link below for further details about the conference theme and how to submit your abstract for a paper, poster or symposium. We look forward to welcoming you to Celtic Manor for what we know will be another stimulating and inspiring Conference.
Further information: http://bit.ly/1qjEOiP

24 February 2015: The Future for undergraduate and postgraduate taught tuition fees,

Central London

With Higher Education funding expected to be a major point of debate at the coming General Election, this seminar will be a timely opportunity to bring together key policymakers and stakeholders to discuss the future of arrangements for tuition fees for undergraduate and postgraduate taught courses in England. It will be informed by the recent outcomes of the House of Commons BIS Select Committee Report into student loans which called for Government to urgently review the student loans system.

Further information: http://bit.ly/1tgSD7S

5th March 2015: Tackling student welfare issues and improving student retention, Westminster Higher Education Forum, Central London

Delegates at this seminar will discuss ways that universities can tackle student non-continuation rates, focusing particularly on tackling welfare issues. It follows the release of the HEFCE and OFFA joint National Strategy for Access and Student Success, which called for universities to increase their focus on retention as part of a move towards support throughout the ‘whole student lifecycle’. This event is CPD certified.

Professor Les Ebdon, Director, Office for Fair Access; Mark Fiander, Strategy and Innovation Director, Money Advice Service and Colum McGuire, Vice President, Welfare, NUS have agreed to deliver keynote addresses at this seminar. Further information: http://bit.ly/1rH7khj

 

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