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Join us at the 9th annual Access to higher education and student success summit for 2019, dedicated to tackling issues surrounding access and participation in higher education. Featuring sector experts and seasoned practitioners, this event will provide you with the insight and practical tools you need to execute an effective strategy at your institution.
In February Universities Minister Chris Skidmore called for greater improvement on access, and last year the Office for Students rolled out new regulation on this topic. This conference will give you the opportunity to receive up-to-date briefings on the current issues and regulation surrounding widening participation and student success, as well as an opportunity to discuss with experts and colleagues on how best to drive student access and success.
Who should attend?
This conference is essential for staff who have responsibility for or play a part in improving attainment, retention and student success. Anyone with an interest in the topic is welcome to attend, however particularly relevant job titles include:
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Professor John Storan, Director, Continuum, University of East London and Principal, Action on Access
Helen Thorne, Director of External Relations, UCAS
Vivi Friedgut, Founder and CEO, Blackbullion
Gary Loke, Director of Knowledge, Innovation and Delivery, AdvanceHE
Dr David Grey, Chair, UKAT
Dr Emily McIntosh, Director of Learning, Teaching and
Student Experience, Middlesex University, London and Board Member and
Vice Chair (Research), UKAT
Emma Maslin, Widening
Participation Officer, York St John University
This interactive session, facilitated by UK Advising and Tutoring (UKAT), focuses on the role that academic advisors and personal tutors play in supporting the success of all students, but particularly widening participation students. The session begins by exploring common issues faces by widening participation students in higher education, before exploring the role of academic advisors/personal tutors and how they work with students to provide support and promote success. We will consider how effectively academic advisors/personal tutors work with student services to support widening participation students, and what can be done to develop and enhance that working relationship. The session will conclude by considering how UKAT is working across the sector to enhance the student-tutor partnership and academic advising/personal tutoring practice to benefit the success of all students.
Steve McArdle, Assistant Head, Durham Johnston Comprehensive School
Alice McLaren, Head of Access and Participation, University of Surrey
Hannah Trott, Aspirations Lead, King's College Guildford
This session will present case studies and examples of how partnership work between schools, colleges and universities can really ignite the imaginations of school students to the reality of Higher Education. The speakers will discuss partnership work with both pre and post 16 students, as well as presenting the school's perspective on the benefits and challenges of such partnerships.
Gemma Standen, Outreach Officer, University of East Anglia
Nadeine Asbali, Community Engagement Coordinator, King's College London
Sharma, Widening Access Project Worker, Newcastle University Students' Union
session will explore different institutions approaches to collaborative
working supporting students throughout the whole student lifecycle.
Participants will gain insight into the different approaches taken to support
widening participation agendas from both a university and students’ union
Dr Abi James, Senior Accessibility Consultant, AbilityNet
Our speaker will discuss how accessibility of online content can either empower or impede students in reaching their full potential. She will step the audience through the key requirements of the regulations and offer tips and ideas to a) ensure that compliance is achieved and easy to monitor and b) create a culture of ‘accessibility first’ engaging hearts and minds on designing and producing online content to meet the needs of the entire student body thus providing a welcoming digital online experience for all your students regardless of disability or impairment.
Joanne Griffiths, Undergraduate Aspiring
Professionals Programme Manager, The Social Mobility Foundation
Linda O'Neill, Education Lead, Centre for Excellence for Children's Care and Protection, (CELCIS)
Dr Katie Ellis, Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, Lecturer in Child and Family Health and Wellbeing, University of Sheffield
Claire Johnston, Research Associate, University of Sheffield
Sam Turner, Voice and Influencing Manager, Become
Faye Banks, Deputy Chair of IET Engineering Council and graduate care leaver
This interactive breakout session will give delegates the opportunity to discuss, share and develop good practice in relation to supporting care experienced students to go to, stay at and achieve in higher education. Two recent research reports, one from England and Wales and one from Scotland, asked care experienced students about what hinders and what enables their success and experience of higher education. Using these brave and honest insights, the reports make a range of recommendations which, if implemented well, could further improve experiences and outcomes, and widen access for care experienced students. Our session will give a brief explanation of the current policy contexts across the UK and an overview of the research findings, focussing discussion on what we can be doing and saying differently in our own practice and within and across our institutions to improve educational experiences for students with experience of care.
Fair access to higher education is a challenge everywhere but geographical differences remain a key influencer of outcomes for underrepresented pupils. The Social Mobility Index highlights that social mobility coldspots are concentrated in remote rural or coastal areas and in former industrial areas.
In 2018/19 The Brilliant Club worked in 42 out of 65 social mobility cold spots in England, supporting over 13,000 pupils nationally to develop the knowledge, skills and confidence to progress to university. This session will look at the practical steps that can be taken to ensure outreach interventions in coldspot areas have a positive and sustained impact on increasing progression to higher education for underrepresented pupils.
Phil Simcock, Volunteering Manager, Royal Holloway, University of London
Bex Alexander, Sport Outreach Project Officer, University of Nottingham
Stacey Trainer, Sports Volunteering Officer, Nottingham Trent University
Santiago Torchiaro, Volunteering Student Leader (3rd Year Psychology Undergraduate), Royal Holloway, University of London
Helen Hallett, Foodbank Manager, Runnymede Foodbank
The #iwill campaign aims to encourage young people under the age of 20 to get involved in social action. During this one hour breakout session we will hear case studies from Nottingham University and Royal Holloway, University of London on their involvement in the #iwill campaign, including why they have got involved, what they have been doing, lessons learnt and more. The breakout will give delegates the opportunity to ask questions and find out more about social action and leave the session with practical examples to take back to their own institutions.
Our panelists will be examining the evidence on affordable widening participation schemes that universities and colleges can implement on a budget. The panel is made up of university departments, research bodies and external providers to give a well-rounded view on the most effective schemes to increase participation rates. Dan Hurley, Policy Manager, Universities UK (chair)
Luke Chapman, Head of Widening Participation (Post-16), King's College London
Eliza Kozman, Senior Advisor, Behavioural Insights Team
Richard Evans, Founder, The Profs
Stephen Isherwood, Chief Executive, Institute of Student Employers
John is Director of Continuum, the Centre for Widening Participation Policy Studies at the University of East London and Visiting Professor at Malmo University in Sweden.
He is also Director of Action on Access which is the national co-ordination team for widening participation originally funded by HEFCE. As founding and current Chair of the Forum for Access and Continuing Education (FACE) he represents communities of practitioners involved in HE Access and Lifelong Learning from across the UK and beyond.
John has been a highly influential regional, national and international figure on Lifelong Learning and Widening Participation in HE. Over recent years he has been advising and supporting funding agencies, government bodies and also stakeholder groups concerned with access and participation in HE both in the UK and internationally. In addition to his extensive UK experience he also has enormous international experience as result of his keynotes and conference inputs and involvement in a large number of research and development projects. In 2014, John was appointed the UK representative on the Bologna working group for the Social Dimension and Lifelong Learning and in 2016 he was invited to become a member of the Social Mobility Advisory Group (SMAG) which reports directly to the Minister for Universities and Science.
Helen is responsible for the development of UCAS' strategy and new market opportunities, product management, marketing, content and PR, and UCAS' UK-wide portfolio of exhibitions and conferences.
With a degree in biology from the University of York, Helen began her career in pesticides regulation and managing food safety research for the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.
Following a period at the Natural Environment Research Council, she led the Research Councils UK team for five years from its inception. She was responsible for establishing and leading the Research Councils UK office in the United States, strengthening collaboration between UK and US universities. She was awarded an MBE in 2007 for services to the administration of science.
Prior to joining UCAS Helen worked at the Russell Group of Universities.
Helen is proud to be an independent governor at Northumbria University, Newcastle and at Swindon Academy and Nova Hreod School, Wiltshire.
Vivi is founder and CEO of Blackbullion, the award-winning edtech start-up. Prior to founding Blackbullion, Vivi spent almost a decade managing the wealth of high net worth families and individuals. This inspired her mission of making financial education accessible for all - by helping students to build their financial capability, open up the conversation around money and cultivate a healthy, money smart mindset.
Gary Loke is Director of Knowledge, Innovation and Delivery at Advance HE where he is responsible for leading on research, thought leadership and content delivery of Advance HE's services. Prior to his current role, Gary was Deputy Chief Executive at Equality Challenge Unit, which he joined in 2008. Gary's career has centred on higher education and equality policy and public affairs. He is currently a member of the gender equality commission of the Swiss National Science Foundation and has most recently contributed to Arday, J. and Mirza, H. S. (2018) 'Dismantling Race in Higher Education: Racism, Whiteness and Decolonising the Academy'.
David Grey is a Senior Lecturer in Academic Practice with over 25 years' experience as an academic and personal tutor and a leadership focus on learning and teaching, and personal tutoring. He leads a range of institutional projects relating to the enhancement of personal tutoring provision.
David is Chair of UK Advising and Tutoring (UKAT), a sectoral association focused on ensuring that every HE student experiences effective personal tutoring which personalises their learning and enables them to flourish. He works closely with NACADA, The Global Community for Academic Advising, and is a member of the NACADA global research committee and publications advisory board.
Emily joined Middlesex
University, London in November 2019 as Director of Learning, Teaching &
Student Experience. Emily was previously Director of Student Life at the
University of Bolton where she had responsibility for leading a number of strategic,
cross-institutional initiatives including academic development, student
engagement and transition, academic advising and tutoring, learning analytics
and student learning development. She is a Principal Fellow of the Higher
Education Academy (PFHEA), Vice-Chair (Research), Trustee and Board Member of
UKAT (UK Advising and Tutoring), the cross-sector organisation championing
advising and tutoring in HE. Emily’s research focuses on the impact of
advising and tutoring, peer learning and learning analytics.
Emma is the Student Widening Participation Officer within Student Services at York St John University. Her role is to support and advocate for students from a range of backgrounds who are underrepresented in higher education and who may need additional support during their time with us. This includes mature students, commuting students and student parents. Previous to this Emma worked as an Aspirations Coordinator in a secondary school in the North East with a remit to raising the aspirations of children aged 7-16 in the local area.
Steve McArdle is Assistant Head at Durham Johnston, responsible for Post-16 education and for Personal Development 11-19. Currently the North-East England representative on council for the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) whom he has represented in a number of specialist post-16 roles including HE admissions. In particular, he is ASCL representative on the Secondary Education Advisory Group at UCAS and the HMC/GSA Universities Committee. Previously he chaired ASCL’s Post-16 and Higher Education Committee, was on the steering group for SPA, sat on the advisory group of OFFA and was a member of the UUK Social Mobility Advisory Group.
Alice has over nine years' experience of working in higher education across three different institutions: the University of Surrey, UCL, and London South Bank University. She began her career in higher education as a widening participation practitioner and has remained in roles that advocate for students who are underrepresented in higher education. In her current role as Head of Access & Participation at the University of Surrey, she is responsible for strategically implementing the Access & Participation Plan and for driving forward the University's commitment to widening participation across the student lifecycle.
Hannah has been a widening participation coordinator at the University of Surrey for three years with direct responsibility for the university's formal partnership with a local secondary school, Kings College. Her role is to develop and deliver a sustained programme of aspirations, attainment and career support from Years 7-11, focusing on bringing the university and school's communities together.
Since starting her role in Outreach in 2016, Gem has been building up relationships with UEASU to work collaboratively on a project that encapsulates a whole student lifecycle approach to widening participation activities delivered across departments. Since 2018, Gem has been working in partnership with KCLSU to run a NEON working group focussing on universities and students' unions working collectively to advocate the whole lifecycle approach and collaborative working in support of both APP targets and inclusivity. The group focusses on key issues, with our next event in May 2020 looking at mental health and wellbeing.
Nadeine works in Widening Participation across both King's College London and the university's Students' Union. She is responsible for looking after key groups of WP learners when they arrive at King's and to train and support all King's students in designing and delivering their own outreach projects. She also runs a programme called Kings of King's which aims to expose care-experienced Key Stage 3 students in South London state schools to the co-curricular side of university.
Nadeine is also a Teach First Ambassador and prior to joining King's College London, Nadeine worked as an English teacher in the Midlands and East London.
Rohit runs projects to enhance the experience of Newcastle University students from all backgrounds. He also runs the Participation Bursary scheme which gives students funding to get involved in extracurricular activity, as well as other exciting projects such as the Inclusivity Ambassador Programme.
Abi is an accessibility consultant and researcher with the assistive technology charity AbilityNet, where she supports universities, public sector bodies and companies to ensure that their content, websites and apps are accessible to all. Motivated by her own experiences of using technology to overcome barriers, she is passionate about communicating the benefits of assistive technology. Working with the University of Southampton and the British Dyslexia Association, she is also involved in research on how accessible technologies can help disabled students and the drivers for embedding accessible digital culture within universities.
Jo Griffiths manages the Social Mobility Foundation's programme of support for students within London and for university students nationally. The Social Mobility Foundation is a charity aimed at supporting high-achieving young people from low-income backgrounds into the top professions. Prior to her current role, Jo worked in Communications for the European Commission's Education, Audiovisual and Culture Agency in Brussels. Before this, she held roles within major giving fundraising in the arts and third sector, including at the Barbican and Barnardo's.
Linda O’Neill is Education Lead at CELCIS, the Centre for Excellence for Children’s Care and Protection at the University of Strathclyde in Scotland. Linda leads projects in collaboration with national agencies, the Scottish Government and local authorities aimed at improving the educational outcomes and experiences of children and young people with care experience. Prior to joining CELCIS Linda worked as a children’s services practitioner in a range of settings including social work and education; developing a particular interest in parental engagement, widening access and the effective local implementation of national strategic policy.
Dr Katie Ellis is a lecturer in Child and Family Wellbeing at the University of Sheffield. She uses research to advocate for young people living in out-of-family environments and has received funding from The Leverhulme Trust, ESRC and the British Academy. Her current research, 'Pathways to University from Care' explores young people's transitions out of care and provides a series of recommendations for universities seeking to support care leavers.
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Claire is completing a PhD in Criminology. Her research interests focus on young people's interactions with social institutions and agencies.
Sam is the Voice and Influencing Manager at Become, the charity for children in care and young care leavers. His role involves listening to children and young people with experience of the care system and working to ensure their opinions are heard and acted upon by decision makers. Sam also manages Propel.org.uk which provides care leavers with information on the support available to them from colleges and universities in the UK. Sam’s background is in widening participation and he has previously worked for the University of Cambridge, King’s College London and AccessHE.
Faye Banks spent her childhood in local authority care, she left school with no formal qualifications. Her career options were limited, however she gained an unskilled role in a local factory and soon became bored. She went to night school whilst working 12 hours shifts and gained 10 As at GCSE the following year. Today she is a Fellow and Chartered Electrical Engineer with the Institution of Engineering and Technology she is also a Fellow and Chartered Manager with the Chartered Management Institute. She went on to complete an Advanced Apprenticeship in Electrical Engineering and has gone on to win a number of national awards including UK Young Woman Engineer of the Year 2004, National Higher Education Gold Award 2005, Named in the Telegraph's Top 50 UK Female Engineers list 2016, Open University Alumni of the Year 2018. Faye has recently been elected onto IET Engineering Council, she is a committee member on UK Energy Policy Committee and a STEM ambassador. She was elected as Deputy Chair of IET Engineering Council in 2019. After completing her apprenticeship Faye started studying with the Open University and has completed a number of qualifications including MBA and MSc, she is now studying to become a Doctor of Professional Studies (DProf) Leadership.
As National Programme Director at The Brilliant Club, Susie oversees The Scholars Programme which aims to increase the number of underrepresented pupils that progress to highly-selective universities. Susie has been committed to tackling educational inequality throughout her career. As part of Teach First, Susie taught English in a London secondary school and set up a charity to support pupils to run fundraising campaigns. She subsequently worked as a Literacy Consultant for the DFE's National Strategies programme.
As Executive Director of Services at School-Home Support, Susie oversaw a range of programmes tackling the barriers to learning within the home, including the Troubled Families initiative.
Phil Simcock has developed the volunteering service at Royal Holloway over the past 13 years, which now has a dedicated staff team and trained student leaders at the forefront of everything Royal Holloway Volunteering gets involved with.
He graduated with a MEng in Systems Engineering from Loughborough University and worked for BAE Systems for five years whilst studying, working for Natwest Bank for a short period before deciding to put his project management skills to use in a different way.
Phil has been married for 19 years to Tracey, and they have two young children. He suffered from a Pulmonary Embolism in 2011 due to a broken foot during Volunteers' Week from which he miraculously survived and returned to his position with Royal Holloway.
Santiago Torchiaro has been a volunteering student leader at Royal Holloway, University of London for the past two years. He has been leading the ESOL project, aimed at providing informal English lessons to young refugees, as well as the Inspire Strode's group, aimed at inspiring volunteering at a local further education college. He has also been part of many other volunteering opportunities, both in the UK and in his home country of Argentina.
Santiago is studying BSc Psychology, Clinical and Cognitive Neuroscience. He is passionate about contributing to the community and making a difference in the lives of others.
Helen is the manager for the Runnymede Foodbank which was seeded by the Trussell Trust in 2012. They have provided 38,000 meals to local families in food crisis during the last school academic year.
Helen is a wife and mum of two children.
Bex coordinates the Laureus Sport for Good Nottingham programme, aimed at using sport to improve life skills of young people in the city and providing opportunities for social action in the community. She is passionate about physical activity and increasing the opportunities for young people to develop their own skills and abilities.
Since graduating from the University of Exeter, Bex has dedicated her career to physical activity research, developing sporting events including 3 years at the British Triathlon Federation and making sport accessible to all.
Stacey coordinates the Sport volunteering programme at Nottingham Trent University. The programme aim is to use the power of sport to transform the lives of local communities by working collaboratively with local community partners to provide quality, impactful volunteering opportunities. I am passionate about inspiring, engaging and supporting students from all backgrounds to learn and grow in a way that is meaningful, creative and positive whilst providing the chance to get involved and access different opportunities that will help them to be successful later in life.
Dan is a Policy Manager overseeing two work programmes – the first being Brexit, which involves ensuring that universities are best placed to address the many challenges but also maximise on any opportunities resulting from the UK's decision to leave the EU, covering a range of issues from mobility and collaboration, through to funding.
Dan is also UUK's lead on Social Mobility, Widening Access and Participation, which involves influencing policy and decision makers to help create the right conditions that will support the sector to further improve on its work to reduce the gaps that exist in access, attainment, and graduate outcomes among various underrepresented groups of students.
Richard (NatWest's Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2018, Forbes 30U30 2019) founded The Profs to prevent disillusioned and disenchanted university students from dropping out due to academic and wellbeing issues. Now a network of over 500 ex-academics, PhDs, industry professionals and professional tutors, The Profs supports thousands of students each year to complete their courses and achieve academic success. Last year, following a Department for Education funded project, and a successful pilot with an Oxbridge college, The Profs launched its first widening participation programmes to help students from underrepresented backgrounds receive offers for the UK’s best universities through leveling up.
Stephen Isherwood was appointed Chief Executive of the ISE in June 2013 following seven years as Head of Graduate Recruitment UK & Ireland at Ernst & Young, one of the largest recruiters of graduates in the UK. Prior to EY, Stephen managed graduate recruitment and development programmes at PwC and Safeway as well as working in the public sector where he developed and managed a number of careers related programmes. Stephen has extensive experience in the recruitment and development of students, both graduates and school leavers. He has worked closely with Higher Education throughout his career and is focused on the career development and employment of students. In addition to his current role, Stephen sits on several steering groups related to higher education and employment, he is on the board of HECSU and a trustee of Ashorne Hill Management College. Stephen works with the charity Speakers for Schools and has also recently teamed up with Roding Valley High School as an Enterprise Advisor through the Careers and Enterprise Company. He has presented to various committees in the Houses of Parliament and often appears in national and local media.