Getting In and Getting On: Widening Participation in Higher Education | 12 February 2019 | Central London
Equality of opportunity not only enables students to realise their potential but also strengthens your university. HEIs need to ensure widening participation policies close the gaps between underrepresented groups and other students by playing a central role in overcoming barriers these groups face.
Join Westminster Briefing one year on from the Office for Students coming into force for an update on the policy landscape. Attendees will examine the impact of the OfS’ “Access and Participation Plans” and explore how their institution can widen participation at all stages of the student lifecycle.
Mental Health in Universities: Developing a New Approach to Outcomes for Students | 27 February 2019 | Central London
Mental health issues among students are a fundamental barrier to success. UUK revealed a fivefold rise in students disclosing a mental health condition over the past decade. HEIs need to work with health services, charities and new government initiatives to ensure no student’s success is stifled by their mental health.
Join Westminster Briefing to examine the current policy landscape. Explore how your university can secure funding from the new OfS Challenge Competition and best practice in providing support for students.
Addressing the challenges of evaluating WP initiatives | 28 February 2019 | Milton Keynes
The Open University, and Queen’s University Belfast widening participation teams, with the support
of the Forum for Access and Continuing Education (FACE), are hosting this one-day event which seeks
to address some of the challenges HE providers are facing in evaluating their widening participation
initiatives, and to explore some of the alternative evaluation methods being adopted.
This workshop will be of interest to:
• Academics and practitioners working in widening participation (WP);
• Research and evaluation officers;
• Policy-makers and those responsible for developing Access and Participation Plans.
Next steps for widening participation in higher education – developing collaboration between schools and universities, supporting disadvantaged groups and key priorities following the OfS review | 12 March 2019 | Central London
This timely seminar will examine the next steps for widening participation in higher education.
It will be an opportunity to discuss the ongoing review by Office for Students (OfS) of its approach to fair access and participation in higher education, including issues around implementation and funding – and measures that could be taken towards universities that do not go far enough with their Access and Participation Plans (APPs).
The seminar will also follow the expected publication of the Government’s interim report on post-18 education and funding, which will have key implications for strategies aimed at widening participation.
Learning Gain Conference (Office for Students) | 12 March 2019 | Birmingham
The Office for Students’ (OfS) national conference on learning gain will present the findings to date from its learning gain programme.
The outcomes from the Pilot Projects and National Mixed Methodology Project (NMMLGP) will be explored and the work from the Higher Education Learning Gain Analysis (HELGA) will be discussed as we look to the future of the Learning Gain programme. There will also be a series of breakout sessions which will focus on a number of themes related to learning gain.
The Secret Life of Students | 25 March 2019 | Central London
At this unique one day event, Wonkhe will rethink the student experience – bringing together sector leaders and managers, as well as student leaders and students’ union managers, to get a rounded picture of the state of the student condition in 2019.
Increasing Student Retention Across Higher Education | 26 March 2019 | Central London
With student retention now an important metric in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), this event provides an excellent opportunity for institutions to examine effective ways to improve student retention and enhance its TEF rating in this area to attract and retain students within an increasingly competitive HE market.
Attendees will join experts from Advance HE, Social Market Foundation and gain insight into how early preventative approaches can be adopted to identify students at risk of dropping out of university and better support them to complete their studies.
Lifelong Learning and Innovation | 10-12 April 2019 | Telford Innovation Campus
Learning and place: focusing on where innovation occurs, including both the role of learning in responding to innovation and new initiatives linked to place and the way learning is embedded in it, for example, Learning Cities, Towns or Communities, or learning in the changing context of work, leisure, family, travel and tourism.
Transformational change: focusing on how innovation occurs and the link to Lifelong Learning, for example emerging technologies, practice based approaches.
Innovation in Daily Life and Lifelong Learning: focusing on ensuring that innovation is shared by all, for example innovative inclusive or accessible responses to learning in work, leisure, travel education.
The conference is underpinned by three principles:
- Sustainable futures
- Lifelong Learning practice in order to respond to a changing world