We’ve put together a list of upcoming events within the WP, access and lifeling learning sectors. If you’d like your event listed here, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Westminster Education Forum Keynote Seminar: Raising pupil attainment in the North of England and the Midlands | 7 Nov 2016, Central Manchester
Focusing on raising pupil attainment in the North of England, this timely seminar takes place following the allocation of £20 million in new funding in the 2016 Budget for the Northern Powerhouse Schools Strategy and in light of the recently announced government commissioned report, to be conducted by Sir Nick Weller, into transforming education across the Northern Powerhouse regions.
Delegates will consider barriers to attracting high quality teachers and teaching leaders to Northern cities, and the conference will be an early opportunity to assess the impact of Government initiatives such as the launch of the National Teaching Service from September – as well as best practice examples in teaching from schools in the North of England that have made improvements in overall attainment.
We are delighted that Sir Nick Weller, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Principal, Dixons Academies, Bradford and Cathy Kirby HMI, Interim Regional Director for North East Yorkshire and Humber, Ofsted have agreed to deliver keynote addresses at this seminar.
UPP Foundation and Wonkhe Policy Forum: The student journey, admissions, access & WP | Nov 8 2016, Nash Lecture Theatre, King’s College London, Strand, London
An evening event with an opportunity for UK HE ‘wonks’ to come together, debate topical HE issues and then carry on the discussions over drinks.
- Anne-Marie Canning, Director of Widening Participation, King’s College London
- Mark Leach, Director and Editor, Wonkhe
- Sonia Sodha, Chief Leader Writer, The Observer
- Wes Streeting, MP for Ilford North
- Ryan Shorthouse, Director, Bright Blue
Action on Access: 6th annual Access to HE and Student Success Summit, Action on Access and Universities UK | 9 Nov 2016, Woburn House Conference Centre, 20-24 Tavistock Sq, London
The 6th Annual Access to Higher Education and Student Success Summit will once again debate, assess and explore current access, participation and student success issues in HE; including a unique early opportunity to hear and discuss the findings, analysis, and recommendations made by the cross sector Social Mobility Advisory Group invited by government to explore what universities are doing that works and address what more needs to be done.
Speakers at the Summit include: Les Ebdon Director OFFA; Chris Millward, Director, Policy, the HEFCE; Jane Chafer, Director of Communications and Corporate Affair, University of Exeter and Vice Chair, Universities’ Marketing Forum; Nicola Dandridge Chief Exec, Universities UK; representatives from each of the sectors represented on the Social Mobility Advisory Group; and we have organised workshops tackling current areas of interest for practitioners. We are expecting a ministerial address (yet to be confirmed).
Some of the key themes of the summit are: the findings and recommendations of the Social Mobility Advisory Group; how the sector might take the Social Mobility Advisory Group recommendations forward; student retention and success; inclusion (BME students, white working class boys, disabled students); collaborations with schools and colleges; and Marketisation, its threats and opportunities.
The conference will be expertly chaired by Professor John Storan, Action on Access and the University of East London. Please book your place below.
Higher Education Funding Council for England: Widening Participation Together: Achievements of the National Networks for Collaborative Outreach | 16 Nov 2016, Prospero House, London
You are invited to help celebrate the key achievements of the National Networks for Collaborative Outreach scheme.
The scheme built networks of higher education providers to help co-ordinate the outreach activity offered to schools. This conference will showcase the work of the networks, offer an opportunity to demonstrate effective practice and share the emerging findings from the scheme’s evaluation.
The conference will be of interest to everyone across the education sector interested in providing choice to young people deciding on their next steps after school and college.
Note: You must register by Nov 1.
Aimhigher London South CPD Conference – Participation to support SEND progression: Collaboration in practice | 17 Nov 2016, St Mary’s University
The conference aims to outline key changes to SEND reform which impact on school, university and college provision and explore what these changes mean for supporting the student through the transition into Higher Education.
The purpose of the day is to enable staff to identify and share effective practice, generating ideas and opportunities to work in partnership to support the progression of students with learning difficulties and disabilities.
Who is it suitable for?
Secondary and 6th Form SENCos & Support staff in schools
- CIAG Practitioners
- Heads of 6th Form
- Disability Advisers
- HE Admissions staff
- Inclusion Managers
- Anyone involved in the process of supporting students with additional needs
Higher Education Policy Institute and UPP Foundation: Roundtable Dinner on university access | 17 Nov 2016, British Academy, London SW1
HEPI Roundtable Dinner in partnership with the UPP Foundation on university access with guest speakers Alan Rusbridger, Principal, Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford and Professor Tim Blackman, Vice-Chancellor, Middlesex University.
Invite-only. For further information please contact Sarah Isles, HEPI Development Director, email@example.com
Social Partnerships Network and Action on Access: Re-thinking the tertiary system: The future of learning and work | 21 Nov 2016, Unison, Central London
The Social Partnerships Network and Action on Access have joined forces to organise a one-day event on the theme of Re-thinking the tertiary system: The future of learning and work.
- Angela Rayner MP (Shadow Secretary of State for Education)
- David Hughes (Chief Executive, Association of Colleges)
- Ruth Spellman (Chief Executive, Workers Education Association)
- Rob Humphreys (Director, The Open University in Wales)
- The role of colleges in technical and professional education
- What learners want: Putting learners at the heart of Area Reviews
- Plus…employer and union led workshops
At the event we will be launching the new online resources produced as part of the OU-led National Networks for Collaborative Outreach (NNCO) project. This includes the PEARL website and a new suite of six free online courses.
This high profile conference may be of particular interest to senior officers, widening participation practitioners and researchers from across the FE and HE sectors.
Top Tips for Inclusive Learning | 22 Nov 2016, *webinar*
DISABILITY RIGHTS UK and UNIVERSITY OF GREENWICH Webinar at 11am
What is inclusive learning? How does the Equality Act 2010 define disability and what are reasonable adjustments? What support is available to students?
Disability Rights UK will be hosting a webinar on “Top Tips for Inclusive Learning” presented by Dr. Melanie Thorley, *AccessAbility Co-ordinator, University of Greenwich.
This webinar will be of interest to educators from Sixth Form, FE/ HE colleges and other learning/skills providers. The webinar will offer an opportunity to increase awareness on disability issues, identify potential barriers learners can face and learn new strategies for developing an inclusive learning programme and environment.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
Universities Association for Lifelong Learning: 2016 Annual Seminar | 24 Nov 2016, Ambassadors Hotel, Upper Woburn Place, London
The UALL Annual Seminar focuses on current issues and initiatives in the higher education lifelong learning arena. This year’s Seminar will address two highly important developments:
‘Social mobility’ has become an increasingly important issue in the lifelong learning world, in recognition of which the Prime Minister set up a Social Mobility Advisory Group organised by UUK. The final report of this group will be published in mid-October and Fiona Waye of UUK will provide a history and description of the group and its workings, and present the findings.
How the lifelong learning sector conducts relationships with the European Union in a post-Brexit world is of great significance, and John Field will be presenting his assessment based on his long experience including his recent visiting professorship at the University of Cologne.
The keynote speakers are:
- Fiona Waye, Universities UK
- Professor John Field, University of Stirling
Wonkhe: Universities and Schools: Selection, Sponsorship and Social Mobility | 25 Nov 2016, Coventry University London, London E1 7JF
This one-day conference explores the relationship between schools and universities and asks what do the Government’s proposed school reforms mean for universities?
Confirmed speakers include:
- Professor Les Ebdon, Director of Fair Access
- Nicola Dandridge, Chief Executive, Universities UK
- Nick Hillman, Director, Higher Education Policy Institute
- Chris Millward, Director (Policy), HEFCE
- Mark Leach, Director and Editor-in-Chief, Wonkhe
- Guy Keith-Miller, Head of Academy and Trust Partnerships, University of the West of England
- Judy Rider, Principal, Brompton Academy (sponsored by University of Kent)
- Further speakers to be announced soon.
The conference should appeal to colleagues involved in: student recruitment and admissions; outreach, access and widening participation; schools partnerships; policy and public affairs; communications, marketing and external relations.
It should be of interest to professionals working in schools, colleges and universities, government agencies, students’ and staff unions and the private sector.
National Network for the Education of Care Leavers (NNECL) 4th Annual Conference | 29 Nov 2016, University of the West of England (UWE Bristol), Coldharbour Ln, Bristol, BS16 1QY
The title of the conference is Supporting the Long Term Success of Care Experienced Students in Education and has the following themes, relating to all services and institutions in the team around the child:
How do professionals successfully engage children from an early age in:
• their education?
• seeking to achieve positive aspirational outcomes?
• What works best to keep young people engaged in education at all levels?
• How do we retain young people in care and leaving care in their education?
• What protective factors enable young people to succeed pre and post entry to HE and what part does resilience play?
• How can young people be empowered to make the right decisions?
Enhancing the student experience | 7 Dec 2016, 20 Tavistock Sq, London WC1H 9HQ
This third annual Universities UK conference on enhancing the student experience is for those with strategic responsibility for student experience in institutions and the wider sector. This conference will examine institutional approaches to improving the student experience, in the context of the current policy landscape, increased demand for services, and greater expectations from students and parents.
The impending bill and the implications of the vote to leave the European Union herald a huge shift in the landscape and architecture of higher education. The need to develop robust strategies and effective partnership working to enhance the student experience is more important than ever. Understanding the policy changes and the impact they will have is crucial for university leaders with strategic responsibility for student experience.
Credit Re-Invented: Policy and Practice | 9 Dec 2016, Woburn House, London
Credit is back on the HE policy agenda. To address this, SEEC’s next event will focus on current policy developments and best practice in its use across the sector.
Featuring an overview from Wonkhe as well as case studies from the universities of Hertfordshire, Middlesex, and West London, the day will provide insight for both practitioners and policy professionals.