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

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WP Events for your diaries

Presentations: ‘Developing your access agreements for 2016/17′ conference

Following the successful and important annual conference “Developing your Access Agreement for 2016/17″ from OFFA, AonA and UUK on the 24 February you can see the presentations on the UUK website section for past events, and a link to the OFFA guidance for access agreements in 2016/17:

http://www.universitiesuk.ac.uk/events/Pages/DeliveringyourAccessAgreement2016-17.aspx

Following Professor Storan, Director Action on Access, setting out the aims for the day please see the OFFA keynotes laying out their vision and expectation for institutional access agreements; HEFCE keynote exploring the wider context and the areas of importance for related HEFCE funding spend; as well as the workshop presentations on writing access agreements, DSA change implications, College HE access agreements and mature and part-time learners.

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

Advance notification of another conference Action on Access is delivering with the Association of Colleges and which focuses on higher education delivered in Colleges and aims to improve planning, evaluating, improving outreach, exploring partnership, promoting success within the college HE access and widening participation community, with the opportunity to investigate further networking opportunities to develop and explore widening participation and access issues in College HE.

Presentations from: Chris Millward, Director (Policy), Higher Education Funding Council for England on ‘WP in Colleges and Localism’; John Widdowson, CBE, Principal, New College Durham and Chair, Mixed Economy Group on ’WP and Colleges, a Strategic Priority’; David Walrond, Principal, Truro and Penwith College on ‘Internal Progression and Local Partnerships’; and Sharon Smith, Higher Education Access Tracker Service (HEAT), University of Kent and Dr Viv Wylie, Consultant, Action on Access on Data Analysis, Targeting, Tracking and Evaluation and on Evaluating Impact.

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

 


4 March 2015: AoC College HE conference and exhibition 2015, 
The Russell, London

“Probably the best conference of the year for networking with Heads of college HE.” said a previous delegate. The conference will take place in the midst of the 2015 election campaign – with all political parties trying to address the conundrum of how we develop a higher education skills policy within the context of a respected OECD report criticising the size of England’s post-secondary VET system. Last year, one of the author’s of that report spoke at the conference.

How have the HE policy community responded and what are the political parties saying: Technical degrees (Liam Byrne); Bridging the HE and FE divide (Vince Cable); lifting the cap on student number controls (David Willetts). See AoC discussion paper – Breaking the Mould – on the subject.

As importantly – what can colleges do to meet the technical education agenda? How are we faring in QAA Higher Education Review? What is BIS and HEFCE’s thinking around these issues? Are higher apprenticeships working? What do employers want from technical education? What are the labour market experts saying?

Further information: http://bit.ly/1MVX4wS

WP Events for your diaries

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>


4 March 2015: AoC College HE conference and exhibition 2015, 
The Russell, London

“Probably the best conference of the year for networking with Heads of college HE.” said a previous delegate. The conference will take place in the midst of the 2015 election campaign – with all political parties trying to address the conundrum of how we develop a higher education skills policy within the context of a respected OECD report criticising the size of England’s post-secondary VET system. Last year, one of the author’s of that report spoke at the conference.

How have the HE policy community responded and what are the political parties saying: Technical degrees (Liam Byrne); Bridging the HE and FE divide (Vince Cable); lifting the cap on student number controls (David Willetts). See AoC discussion paper – Breaking the Mould – on the subject.

As importantly – what can colleges do to meet the technical education agenda? How are we faring in QAA Higher Education Review? What is BIS and HEFCE’s thinking around these issues? Are higher apprenticeships working? What do employers want from technical education? What are the labour market experts saying?

Further information: http://bit.ly/1MVX4wS

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

11 March 2015: How does student financial support contribute to access, retention and success? Woburn conference centre, London
A one day conference on March 11 2015 will discuss the impact of financial support on students from widening participation target groups. This is a unique opportunity to be part of the first conference of its kind to bring together in one place all the UK, international and institutional evidence on the impact of financial support for discussion from an academic standpoint. The event will therefore be of particular interest to academics and researchers who work in this area or who are interested in doing so, as well as those involved in shaping policy and practice. The conference will address the following questions:

What does the national and institutional evidence tell us about the relative contribution of financial support to widening access and improving student retention and success?

What different types of financial support exist in the UK and beyond?

How are different students affected by different financial support packages?

Is there a ‘tipping point’ where high fees and living costs affect access and/or retention and/or success?

What is the contribution of financial support to access to postgraduate study?

What are the implications for national policy and institutional practice about the most appropriate ways to widen access and improve retention and success through student financial support?

Do we have sufficient evidence to answer these and related questions, or what additional evidence do we need?

This is part of an ongoing research project on financial support at an institutional level, in which the Office for Fair Access is exploring new ways of collaborative working with the sector.

The conference will be of particular interest to academics and researchers who are investigating the impact of financial support, or who are interested in doing so, and so we would like to encourage WP practitioners to share the details with colleagues elsewhere in their institutions. Some practitioners may be interested in attending as well, if they have particular interest in improving the evidence base around financial support.

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

25th March, 2015: Student-Generated Induction: A Social Identity Approach”, the Royal Hotel, York.
A social and participative approach to student induction and transition based on a peer-to-peer relationship and providing a strong fit with modern concepts such as ‘Student-As-Producer’ and ‘Student-As-Partner.’ This experiential staff development workshop will provide new group-level theory and practice for student induction developed from doctoral research at University of Glasgow. Participants will have the opportunity to experience an approach already in use in different universities. Participants will use this scalable approach to share and discuss aspects of their current practice. Further information: http://bit.ly/17ZjcGT


25 March 2015: UK Drive-in event. Academic Advising and Personal Tutoring – UK Network launch
, University of Sheffield in association with NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising

The emergence of an Allied UK group launched here with its first event. Speakers from the UK, the USA and The Netherlands. An international team of practitioners will deliver talks and posters throughout the day. At the end, all participants will be invited to attend the first UK Steering Group Meeting, to determine the leadership of the UK group. Contact Ida Kemp i.kemp@sheffield.ac.uk for more information. Further event information: http://bit.ly/1C4zPdW

26 March 2015: Widening Participation in Postgraduate Study, March Postgraduate Marketing Forum, Central London
This Forum session will be looking at both strategic and practical issues and responses relating to this ‘new’ area of postgraduate recruitment. How do we define widening participation for postgraduate study, and which students as individuals or groups might be included within this term? How do we decide who is included? Have we been communicating with these students and groups already, or are any of them new? What do we know about them and what they might find useful? Where do we find them and how do we talk to them? What support, information and messages do they need?
The session will include an in-depth case study which will share insights from students and staff and feedback on pilot activity undertaken as part of the Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) strand of the HEFCE Widening Access to Postgraduate Taught Study and
the Professions Project; one of a number of HEFCE Postgraduate Support Scheme 2014/15 projects and involving the universities of Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle, Sheffield (lead institution), Warwick and York. We are also planning to include a student panel where students can give their views on potential worries, concerns and barriers on their journey to
postgraduate study. Further information: http://bit.ly/1CYt9iP

31 March 2015: Widening Participation in Higher Education, University of Salford

This conference will provide delegates with the opportunity to discuss and debate how Higher Education institutions can overcome challenges in widening participation and consider the new opportunities to improve social mobility. Delegates will examine key plans for raising participation in Higher Education and will hear a number of different perspectives and best practice case studies as to how this can be achieved. Further information: http://bit.ly/1CQt0zr

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/1yL3O

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

This conference from the Association of Colleges and Action on Access, focuses on higher education delivered in Colleges and aims to improve planning, evaluating, improving outreach, exploring partnership, promoting success and networking within the college HE access and widening participation community.

One of the major aims of college HE provision is to increase access and widening participation to HE. Approximately 15% of college HE income comes from the HEFCE Student Opportunity Grant (SOG) – which is under threat as reductions are sought in government HE expenditure. The college HE sector needs to better capture of how the grant is spent and its impact on outreach activities and retention strategies.

Presentations from: Chris Millward, Director (Policy), Higher Education Funding Council for England on ‘WP in Colleges and Localism’; John Widdowson, CBE, Principal, New College Durham and Chair, Mixed Economy Group on ’WP and Colleges, a Strategic Priority’; David Walrond, Principal, Truro and Penwith College on ‘Internal Progression and Local Partnerships’; and Sharon Smith, Higher Education Access Tracker Service (HEAT), University of Kent and Dr Viv Wylie, Consultant, Action on Access on Data Analysis, Targeting, Tracking and Evaluation and on Evaluating Impact.

The conference has a very definite aim to investigate further 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 at the Access and WP Advisory Group.

Target audience: Heads of HE, Heads of Recruitment or Student Services, Heads of Department with HE students, Widening Participation Officers and Managers, HE Teachers in FE Colleges

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

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

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

 

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