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.

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ADVANCE NOTICE: 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

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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/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>

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 and access, the Studio, Birmingham

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, 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. 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.

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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