Succeeding with non-traditional learners in HE | 19 April 2018 | University of Liverpool
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RE-SCHEDULED TO APRIL 19. The University of Liverpool, Queen’s University Belfast, and the Open University, with the support of the Forum for Access and Continuing Education (FACE), invite you to attend this one-day event, which will both identify the challenges facing learners from non-traditional backgrounds and present practical solutions to enable success in higher education (HE).
Students coming to HE through alternative routes to A levels (via BTEC or Access routes) and those who have been out of education for some time, often need transitional support to enable them to fully engage with the different learning environment of university. This one day workshop seeks to explore the challenges that such approaches present and what practical solutions institutions are adopting to address them. The event will contribute to the development of institutional Access Agreements and the development of Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) metrics.
For further information and registration details, please see this flyer.
Degree Apprenticeships: A social mobility opportunity? | 23 April 2018 | Central London
Are Degree Apprenticeships the key to “smashing the Level 3 glass ceiling” of apprenticeships? Can they offer debt-free progression to higher level jobs for learners from disadvantaged backgrounds and deliver a real widening of participation in higher education? Or should we be concerned about who might be missing from new uses of levy funds? This Access HE event will explore these questions and more by sharing emerging best practice in this area, bringing together employers, universities and other organisations to explore some of the key challenges and opportunities for promoting social mobility through Degree Apprenticeships in London.
Credit transfer and social mobility | 23 April 2018 | Central London
SEEC’s next Seminar will focus on the role of credit and lifelong or work-based learning in increasing student and social mobility. Featuring a workshop session led by the OfS on the regulatory framework, the event will also include presentations on the post-18 HE review and the impact of credit transfer.
Higher Education Briefing: Preparing for the General Data Protection Regulation | 25 April 2018 | Central London
On 25th May the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect, which will have a significant impact upon how universities collect, hold and use data for a range of purposes including marketing, communications, academic research and data sharing.
Join Westminster Briefing on Wednesday 25th April for an up-to-date brief on how the GDPR will affect universities and assess the steps your organisation should take in order to become GDPR compliant.
Widening Participation Conference: Is widening participation to higher education enough? | 26-27 April 2018 | Open University, Milton Keynes
This is the fifth biennial widening participation (WP) conference hosted by The Open University. It comes at a time of considerable growth in readership of the University’s Journal Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning and when the institution’s links with policy and sector advisors (ie. the Office for Fair Access (OFFA) and Universities UK (UUK) are stronger than ever. The conference is renowned for its friendly mix of researchers and practitioners who come together to share ideas and expand their networks.
- Digital inclusion
- Progression – the social mobility conundrum and access to postgraduate studies
- Skills gaps
- Widening participation through informal learning and the recognition of prior learning
- Ethical dilemmas of targeting widening participation students – policy and practice.
Supporting BTEC Students’ Success Symposium | 30 April 2018 | Brunel University
Over the past few years, the success of students with non-traditional entry qualifications at university has been at the forefront of research and interventions on transition.
This symposium aims to bring together university, college and school staff to share collaborative approaches to transition support that are being piloted in response to the increasingly diverse student body entering higher education.
Discourses and narratives of widening participation: historical and contemporary perspectives | 03 May 2018 | Central London
This seminar offers an opportunity for academics, practitioners and managers to reflect on and discuss theoretical, historical and applied aspects of widening participation as they interact and play out in the contemporary HE sector. Three experienced actors in the field present new work encompassing tensions and debates in the framing of widening participation policies and practices; blurred boundaries between Widening Participation and Student Recruitment and an international comparison of outreach work in the UK and the US in the neoliberal context. Delegates and presenters will work together in a guided discussion activity, to pull together the threads from these distinct but related papers and apply their understanding of the issues and implications to their own contexts.
Supporting Part-Time and Mature Students within Higher Education | 9 May 2018 | Central London
With applications from part-time and mature students on the decline it is essential universities work to diversify course offerings and widen access to degree-level education.
In February 2017, the government took steps to address this worrying decline by amending the Higher Education and Research Bill to introduce increased choice for mature and part-time students and flexible learning via 2-year degree courses.
With this in mind, Inside Government invites you to join student recruitment, admissions and access specialists at, ‘Supporting Part-Time and Mature Students within Higher Education’ an interactive strategy forum taking place 9th May in Central London.
Creative Approaches to Lifelong Learning Engaging and supporting mature, part-time and widening participation learners in higher education | 17 May 2018 | University of Liverpool (London campus)
The conference is organised by the Universities’ Association for Lifelong Learning (UALL) Student Experience Network. It focuses on the journey of part time, mature and widening participation learners, from outreach initiatives through to graduate prospects. Creative ideas, experiences and good practice will be shared around the main conference themes of Engagement & Recruitment; Support & Retention and Achievement & Progression.
Supporting Disabled Students in Higher Education: Improving Access and Attainment | 26 June 2018 | Central London
With the proportion of disabled students in HE rising and direct government funding reducing, now is a critical time for HE institutions to be looking at how they support all students and create an inclusive learning environment with equality of outcome.
Join this timely Westminster Briefing on 26th June to receive an up to date brief on government plans and initiatives from the Disabled Students’ Allowances Team Leader, DfE. Hear about recent HEFCE funding increases, examine the support HEIs should be providing and learn from leading universities how inclusion can be embedded into teaching & learning practices.
Next Steps for Improving & Evaluating Outreach in Higher Education | 28 June 2018 | Central London
As the new Office for Students takes on the role of promoting and providing the opportunity of successful participation in HE to everyone who can benefit from it, attend this timely Westminster Briefing to hear the role successful outreach programmes play in achieving that goal.
Delegates will receive a full update from Richard Shiner, Head of Evidence and Effective Practice, Office for Fair Access, including the latest on the National Collaborative Outreach Programme. Up-to-date guidance on evidencing and then evaluating such provision will be presented, and you will learn from institutions that have successfully engaged with disadvantaged communities, from planning through to appraisal.
FACE 2018: Transformative Higher Education – Access, Inclusion and Lifelong Learning | 4-6 July 2018 | University of Worcester
This year’s FACE conference explores four themes:
- Transformation – Innovation and challenging approaches to widening participation in HE
- Access – Reaching wider: best practice in collaborative outreach and HE success
- Inclusion – Towards an inclusive HE system with opportunities for all
- Lifelong Learning – Institutional, National and International policy, practice and research in flexible HE learning.