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

Events

 

WP Events for your diaries

24 February 2015: Developing your access agreement for 2016-17, Woburn House Conference Centre, London, WC1H 9HQOFFA will be publishing guidance to institutions on how to produce 2016-17 access agreements in early 2015. To supplement this guidance, this one-day conference will give practitioners the chance to discuss OFFA’s expectations with them and share in good practice and experiences with other institutions. The conference will include:

  • speeches from Professor Les Ebdon, Director of Fair Access to Higher Education, and Sarah Howls, OFFA Advisory Group member and Head of Student Opportunity at HEFCE, which will explain our access agreement guidance in detail, and provide an update on the latest developments in the sector
  • an in-depth look at our guidance with Assistant Director of OFFA, David Barrett
  • opportunities to discuss our requirements with OFFA staff
  • practical workshops focusing on priority areas, where you can hear about and share effective practices
  • NUS Higher Education Consultant Sarah Kerton, who will put access agreements in context from students’ point of view
  • a chance to input into the development of Student Finance England’s new quality award for institutions
  • a panel discussion led by Dr John Storan, Director of Action on Access and Director of the Centre for Widening Participation Policy Studies at the University of East London.

For the conference programme and details of how to book: http://bit.ly/1Au7bRw

 

WP Events for your diaries

9 February: Conference on ‘Learning gain’ in higher education, Royal Society, London

HEFCE is hosting a conference on 9 February at the Royal Society in London with a range of English and International speakers to explore and debate different conceptions and measures of learning gain used by institutions, disciplines or departments, and the potential purposes of such measures in England. Learning gain is defined as the difference between the skills demonstrated by students at two points in time, including for example at the start and end of a degree programme.

The conference is aimed at senior HEI management and practitioners who want to influence the debate on learning gain from the beginning. HEFCE want to develop a better range of indicators to measure and assess  the impacts and outcomes of learning and teaching in English higher education. One element of which is their current research on learning gain.

Further information and to book a place: http://bit.ly/14FaPO9

24 February 2015: Developing your access agreement for 2016-17, Woburn House Conference Centre, London, WC1H 9HQOFFA will be publishing guidance to institutions on how to produce 2016-17 access agreements in early 2015. To supplement this guidance, this one-day conference will give practitioners the chance to discuss OFFA’s expectations with them and share in good practice and experiences with other institutions. The conference will include:

  • speeches from Professor Les Ebdon, Director of Fair Access to Higher Education, and Sarah Howls, OFFA Advisory Group member and Head of Student Opportunity at HEFCE, which will explain our access agreement guidance in detail, and provide an update on the latest developments in the sector
  • an in-depth look at our guidance with Assistant Director of OFFA, David Barrett
  • opportunities to discuss our requirements with OFFA staff
  • practical workshops focusing on priority areas, where you can hear about and share effective practices
  • NUS Higher Education Consultant Sarah Kerton, who will put access agreements in context from students’ point of view
  • a chance to input into the development of Student Finance England’s new quality award for institutions
  • a panel discussion led by Dr John Storan, Director of Action on Access and Director of the Centre for Widening Participation Policy Studies at the University of East London.

For the conference programme and details of how to book: http://bit.ly/1Au7bRw

28th January 2015: Redesigning the Student Experience, Neil Stewart Associates, London

This one day conference will showcase expert best practice case studies and furnish you with the knowledge to help develop the student experience offering of your institution, and covers the following: Mapping out the fast changing landscape for the student experience; Hearing from alternative models of higher education; Looking at the elements of personal development, professional development and employability; Developing strategies for improving student academic satisfaction; Understanding new choices, a new deal for developing partnership between students and their academics and institutions

Further information: http://bit.ly/1Gq2Hz3

24 February 2015: Developing your access agreement for 2016-17, Woburn House Conference Centre, London

OFFA will be publishing their guidance to institutions on how to produce their 2016-17 access agreements in January 2015. This one-day conference offers a unique opportunity to find out more about OFFA priorities for 2016-17 access agreements and to discuss and debate how to address them. The event will include keynote speeches, workshops and a question and answer session to support the development of your 2016-17 agreement. OFFA is working with Action on Access and Universities UK to bring you this conference.

The conference will feature keynote speeches from Professor Les Ebdon, Director of Fair Access to Higher Education, and Sarah Howls, Head of Student Opportunity, HEFCE, which will explain the access agreement guidance in detail, and provide an update on the latest developments in the sector. The workshops will be practical and topic-based, and will focus on key areas from OFFA’s guidance. They will allow you to explore our priority areas in more detail, and to hear about and share examples of effective practice.

The conference will include a panel discussion session to allow delegates to ask key figures from OFFA and the sector about the challenges and opportunities facing universities and colleges in their access agreements. There will also be opportunities to speak with OFFA staff who will take part in discussions throughout the day.

Further information and to book: http://bit.ly/1Au7bRw

12 February, Skills Summit, Westminster Briefing, London

Delegates from colleges, training providers and employers join the Minister for Skills and Equalities to determine the best way of building effective, responsive skills and training programmes for young people and adults.  For more information see the Skills Summit website: http://bit.ly/1wuSpZp

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

25-27 February, 2015: The Social Dimension in European Higher Education, Vienna

The conference aims at creating a discursive forum for peer learning in the field of the social dimension, fostering interchange between 3 spheres – researchers, policy makers and practitioners who will share and exchange their experiences and knowledge, in order to create a fruitful mutual learning environment. Expected 500 participants from various countries within the Bologna area.

Two of the main data providers on the socio-economic situation of students, will present their most recent results: EUROSTUDENT a Synopsis of indicators, comprising results from the fifth round of the project with comparisons of student data from 30 EHEA countries; PL4SD the enhanced database of measures as well as results from 3 PL4SD Country Reviews. Our conference is the ideal place to make efforts for the improvement of the social dimension visible in a broader European context.

Please find our call for contributions, including present measures and activities you undertake to improve the social situation of students, so others can learn and benefit from your experience and knowledge as you may from theirs.

Further information: http://bit.ly/1nj89ym

26 February 2015: Practical strategies for schools, colleges, universities and employers, Blue School, Wells
The Code of Practice offers opportunities for a range of organisations and institutions to harness the power of the dyslexic mind.  But to do so may require a change in perception and practice. This presentation examines the implications of the Code and presents practical strategies which will level the playing field for dyslexic people and also ensure that they are empowered to be the best they can be. The importance of executive function and working memory in supporting dyslexic pupils, students and those in the workplace will be emphasised in ways that give insights into the learning preference that is Dyslexia. This will touch on “memory lite” approaches to spelling jargon words, reading for meaning and organising ideas for writing and assessments. Event organised by Bournemouth University, Blue School and Action Dyslexia and is open to students, staff and community. Main speaker Neil MacKay is a freelance consultant and trainer who created the concept of Dyslexia Friendly Schools. Further information: http://bit.ly/1ynp0DM

26 February 2015: College Higher Education Admissions Community of Practice, Birmingham Metropolitan College
The College HE Admissions Community of Practice works with SPA and AoC to develop and share good practice in College HE admissions, including: building an evidence base of current practice; assessing policies and procedures; raising awareness and disseminating relevant information; promoting the professionalism of admissions within FE Colleges offering HE; and establishing a supportive forum for practitioners within College HE to network.
If you are a HE Provider who currently works with partner colleges, please forward this email to your colleagues involved in HE admissions within the colleges. This free event for practitioners in colleges involved in HE admissions will focus on two themes specifically requested by the community of practice: the QAA and colleges, Higher Education Reviews and chapter B2 of the Quality Code, and Managing good University-College partnerships.

Each theme will involve presentations, followed by discussions in smaller groups to share good practice and develop action plans. The finalised agenda with confirmed speakers will be available shortly. To request one of the limited places at this event, please complete the booking form at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SPA260215

3 March 2015: Politics, Policy and WP, OU Widening Access and Success Seminar, OU, London

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>

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

5 March 2015: Women in the workplace – next steps for policy and best practice, London

This timely conference will examine the further action that can be taken – including options for policy in the next Parliament – to maximise women’s contribution to the economy, and to further improve gender equality in the workplace. Delegates will also consider the impact of key reforms including flexible working and the introduction of shared parental leave, and possible future developments. Further areas for discussion include careers education, particularly how best to increase female participation in apprenticeships and STEM subjects, and steps that can be taken to increase the number of women in senior positions and on company boards.
Key speakers include: Jo Swinson MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Women and Equalities; and Sharron Pamplin, HR Director, UK & Europe, Atkins; Sally Brett, Senior Equality Policy Officer, TUC; Gillian Howard, Employment Lawyer; Carole Kitching, Principal, Newcastle College and Professor Simonetta Manfredi, Director, Centre for Diversity Policy Research and Practice, Oxford Brookes University. Further information: http://bit.ly/1r4eEl2

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

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>

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

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, the 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:

1.    Crossing boundaries through partnership working.

2.    Routes out of poverty through lifelong learning.

3.    Learning journeys and careers.

4.    Lifelong learning for local, regional and national developments.

5.    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. Further information: http://face2015.org/

Or contact 00 44 1443 482002 Email:  face2015@southwales.ac.uk or face2015abstracts@southwales.ac.uk

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.  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

 

ARCHIVE OF ACTION ON ACCESS EVENTS

Access to Higher Education Summit, 23 October 2012
Access to Higher Education Summit, 28 November 2011