Widening Participation 2019: Ensuring Access and Opportunity For All


Who Should Attend?

Delegates who will have an interest in this event will be people who work in the higher education sector.

*This Conference is open to Public, Private and Third Sectors

For more information or to make a booking please call 0330 058 4285

Registration, Refreshments and Networking
Chair’s Welcome Address

Anand Shukla, Chief Executive, Brightside (CONFIRMED)


Keynote Presentation: Widening Participation in Higher Education – Addressing Social Mobility
  • Updates on State of the Nation 2017: Social Mobility in Great Britain
  • Enhancing basic skills: improving provision alongside higher level study
  • Investigating how improving access into HE for those from disadvantaged backgrounds, black and minority ethnic backgrounds and mature students fits in with the University provision
  • The latest research on barriers into higher education access
  • Strengthening collaboration: increasing links between higher education institutions, local authorities, schools and employers

Rachael Millar, Head of Secretariat, Social Mobility Commission (CONFIRMED)


Keynote Presentation: Securing Student Success in Higher Education
  • Understanding the role of the Office for Students and how it will strengthen efforts to ensure fair access to HE
  • How universities and colleges work can with schools and employers and how they support students through all stages of the lifecycle
  • Using the HESA widening participation data to identify areas for improvement
  • Looking into the Access and Participation Guidance for 2019-2020
  • Sharing best practice advice for universities preparing and creating access and participation plans

Chris Millward, Director for Fair Access and Participation, Office for Students (invited)


Unlocking Talent, Fulfilling Potential: Working in Partnership to Improve Social Mobility
  • Implementing a cross-sector approach bringing together HE institutions (HEIs), schools, colleges, the voluntary sector, professional bodies and employers
  • increase the professionalisation of widening access work through the development and accreditation of practice
  • Model B – ‘Bottom up’ model: assessing all subjects in full, giving them a TEF rating of bronze, silver or gold and feeding subject ratings into the assessment of the college or university as a whole
  • Piloting new data based on contact hours and staff to student ratios
  • Subject pilot 2018-19: building on the first year of the pilot to test a single model and produce ‘statements of findings’ at subject level

Steve Kendall, Chair, National Education Opportunities Network (CONFIRMED)


Questions and Answers Session
Refreshments and Networking

How UCAS Support Widening Participation Through Their Products and Services

  • Working in partnership with charities and other sector organisations, to provide practical and inspiring information, advice and resources for under-represented groups, as well as producing reports to inform public debate
  • Barriers and motivations associated with progression to higher education
  • Alternative pathways through higher education
  • Insight into application trends and behaviours
  • Toolkits with information and advice to help support under-represented groups applying to higher education

Carys Fisher, Senior Policy Executive, UCAS (CONFIRMED)


Case Study: Widening Access to and Success in Higher Education
  • Supporting students, whatever their backgrounds, to reach their potential and fulfil their ambitions
  • Creating a portal to bring together policy and practice across the four nations of the UK, encouraging debate and dialogue through access to our Access Observatory Blog and Twitter feed
  • Supporting the Supporters: Caring Experienced Learners
  • How to widen participation and combat social exclusion in education
  • Links between research and theory, and policy and practice in the promotion of widening participation in post-compulsory education and lifelong learning

Dr John Butcher, Associate Director, The Open University (CONFIRMED)


Questions and Answers Session
Lunch and Networking

Creating an Opportunity for Everyone in Higher Education

  • Providing all students with opportunities to get into Higher Education
  • Ensuring students directly benefit from Higher Education
  • Understanding how Universities engage with and support schools to raise pupil attainment and aspiration
  • Looking at the current system of how Universities implement contextual admissions and the range of different data sources used
  • Developing skills for employment and supporting disadvantaged students

Daniel Hurley, Policy Manager, Universities UK (invited)


Using Behavioural Insights to Improve Widening Participation
  • The latest evidence: How small nudges can improve access, success, and retention for under-represented students
  • Lessons learned: What does and doesn’t work to boost WP student engagement
  • Next steps: How behavioural insights can close attainment gaps between black and white students and help meet new OFS targets

Anna Bird, Head of Education, Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) (CONFIRMED)


The Key Role Technology Plays in Widening Participation
  • Understanding how Technology has a key role to play in delivering these more personalised student experiences successfully and making equality of opportunity happen
  • The ways digital technologies can help encourage a wider demographic of students to apply to your institution
  • Taking a strategic approach to embedding inclusive digital capability and developing an accessible organisation that will welcome all learners
  • Understanding our digital student project and enhancing the student digital experience guide contains useful information to help develop inclusive digital learning environments which will meet expectations and encourage wider participation
  • The ways technology can be used to attract and retain the widest range of students

Julia Taylor, Subject Specialist (accessibility and inclusion), Jisc (invited)


Questions and Answers Session
Refreshments and Networking
Improving Access To Learning For All: Specialist Support For Disabled Students
  • Exploring the OPERA (Opportunity, Productivity, Engagement, Reducing barriers, Achievement) project
  • Implementing a range of accessibility initiatives to raise awareness of the potential for inclusive design and assistive technologies
  • Shifting towards anticipatory reasonable adjustments and inclusive practice by design as a means of tackling accessibility barriers at source
  • Working in partnership with Jisc, enabling the collaborative development of a practice-based model for inclusive information delivery applying Jisc theoretical approaches
  • Utilising external best practice examples, support and networking opportunities to drive the institution’s development, knowledge, and capability

Dr Alison Dean, Associate Dean for Social Sciences, University of Kent (CONFIRMED)


TEF Gold Award Case Study:  Ensuring Equality Of Opportunity For All Students As A Fundamental Part Of The University Ethos
  • Viewing accessibility from a wider social mobility lens
  • Engendering a sense of belonging and purpose to disadvantaged students to increase the chances of academic success and provide opportunities and life experiences that support social mobility
  • Recognising that many students come from backgrounds where there is little experience of higher education and effective learning spaces may not be readily accessible
  • Supporting achievement and welfare throughout the student journey

Professor Quintin McKellar, Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive, University of Hertfordshire (invited)


Questions and Answers Session
Chair’s Summary and Close

*Programme subject to change


Who Should Attend

Who Should Attend?

Delegates who will have an interest in this event will be people who work in the higher education sector.

*This Conference is open to Public, Private and Third Sectors

For more information or to make a booking please call 0330 058 4285

Sponsorship and Exhibition

We are now taking bookings for our wide range of sponsorship and exhibition packages; we also offer bespoke packages tailored for your organisation.

Why Sponsor and Exhibit at this event:

 Network with key decision makers across the Higher Education sector
 Meet your target audience in the Sector
 Listen and Learn from leading industry experts across the Sector
 Opportunity to demonstrate your products or services
 Speak alongside industry leading experts
 Work with your dedicated account manager to generate the maximum amount of leads

Exhibition and Sponsorship Packages:

Strategic Headline Sponsor:

  • 20-minute speaking slot followed by Q&A
  • 3x2m Exhibition Space (In the Refreshments and Catering room)
  • Pre show marketing email to all registered delegates
  • Post show inclusion on presentation email
  • Branding on Website and Event Guide (Logo and 100 Word Profile)
  • A4 Insert or A4 Chair Drop
  • 5 Delegate Conference Passes
  • 1 Speaker Pass

Key Supporter Package:

  • 20-minute speaking slot followed by Q&A
  • Branding on Website and Event Guide (Logo and 100 Word Profile)
  • A4 Insert or Chair Drop
  • 1 Speaker Pass
  • 2 Delegate Conference Passes

Exhibition Stand:

  • 3x2m Exhibition Space (In the Refreshments and Catering room)
  • Power, Wifi, Table and 2 Chairs (If required)
  • Branding on Website and Event Guide (Logo and 100 Word Profile)
  • 2 Delegate Conference Passes
  • 1 Stand Manager Pass

Insert or Chair Drop:

  • 1 Delegate Conference Pass
  • A4 insert into delegate pack or A4 Chair Drop

For more information or to discuss the available option please call 0203 961 5002 or email [email protected] 

Prices and Discount

Public Sector Rate:

  1.    £379
  2.    £349
  3. + £319

Private Sector Rate:

  1.    £550
  2. + £520

Voluntary Sector Rate:

  1.    £299
  2. + £269

Event Documentation: *If you can’t attend the event you can purchase the event documentation

Electronic – £99 Printed – £99

Group bookings: If you would like to make a group booking of 5 or more please call 0330 058 4285 to find out if we can offer any more discount.

*All prices are excluding VAT

For more information or to make a booking please call 0330 058 4285

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