20 Tavistock Square
The 6th Annual Access to Higher Education and Student Success gives the opportunity to learn about and discuss the ‘state of the nation’ with regard to access, participation and student success issues in HE; including a unique 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.
Findings and recommendations of the Social Mobility Advisory Group
Taking the Social Mobility Advisory Group recommendations forward
Inclusion of BME students
Inclusion of white working class boys
Changes to school careers and IAG
Collaborations with schools and colleges
Marketisation; the threats and opportunities
In January 2016 Universities UK announced the launch of the Social Mobility Advisory Group, which, following an invitation from the government, will publish a report in the summer for the Minister for Universities and Science, Jo Johnson MP.
Recommendations in the report will also be fed back to the Prime Minister, following recent announcements about proposed changes for the education sector, which will affect access and participation in higher education.
The summit will be a mixture of plenary sessions and expert-led workshops, which will set out and debate political, institutional and operational perspectives on access and widening participation issues for 2016/17 and beyond.
This one-day national conference - organised by Action on Access and Universities UK - will bring together sector leaders to discuss and debate the challenge of widening participation to higher education in a changing policy landscape.
We have a range of sponsorship opportunities available at this event. Please contact Rachael Firth, Head of Events and Conferences for information. tel: 020 7419 5402; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Professor John Storan, Director, Action on Access
Alistair Jarvis, Deputy Chief Executive, Universities UK
Steve McArdle, Assistant Head at Durham Johnston School and member of the Social Mobility Advisory Group representing the Association of School and College Leaders
Anne-Marie Canning, Director of Widening Participation (Student Lifecycle), King's College London
Gaenor Bagley, Head of People, Community and Sustainability, PwC
Sorana Vieru, Vice-President (Higher Education), National Union of Students
Omar Khan, Director, The Runnymede Trust
Anne-Marie Canning, Director of Widening Participation (Student Lifecycle), King's College London
Professor Liz Thomas. independent researcher and consultant for higher education, Lizthomasassociates, lead consultant What Works? Programme
Dr Joan O’ Mahony, Academic Lead, Retention (Wales), Higher Education Academy
Dr John Butcher, Deputy Director, Centre for Inclusion and Collaborative Partnerships, The Open University
Fiona Waye, Senior Policy Lead, Social Mobility Equality and Diversity, Universities UK
Chris Millward, Director (Policy), Higher Education Funding Council England (HEFCE)
Professor Les Ebdon, Director of Fair Access to Higher Education
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. 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 higher education. 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.
Alistair Jarvis is Deputy Chief Executive of Universities UK. He has strategic oversight of UUK's communications and political affairs work, as well as its operational services. He works with the Chief Executive on senior external engagement, strategy and development of the organisation.
Currently Alistair is leading UUK’s work to address the implications of Brexit and is also coordinating an internal programme to enhance UUK’s business infrastructure and systems. Before taking up this role, he was Director of Communications and External Relations at Universities UK.
Before joining us in 2013 he was a Director at the University of Birmingham and has previously held communications, campaigning and political relations roles for national organisations in both the public and private sectors. He is also currently Deputy Chair of the board of wonkhe.com, a higher education policy media company and is a fellow of the RSA. He was educated at the Universities of Kent, Leicester and the Institute of Education, University of London.
Gaenor has been a partner at PwC for over 15 years. She currently is Head of Corporate Purpose at PwC, appointed in July 2016, where she is responsible for convening PwC's work around trust and corporate responsibility. Prior to this she spent 5 years as Head of People on the Executive Board of PwC, responsible for all HR matters for the 19,000 employees of PwC in the UK, including recruitment, training, performance management and engagement. As a client partner, Gaenor specialises in M&A and private equity tax, and was market leader for M&A tax between 2008 and 2011. Gaenor graduated from Cambridge University with a first class degree in Mathematics and Management. She trained in audit and spent three years in an investment bank corporate finance team before joining the tax department of PwC in 1992.
Sorana Vieru is the Vice President (Higher Education) of NUS, a position she has held since 2015. She was previously the Postgraduate Education Sabbatical Officer at the University of Bristol Students’ Union.
She is halfway through a PhD in Philosophy at the University of Bristol where she also graduated from an MA in Philosophy & History of Science and also holds a BA in Philosophy from the University of Birmingham.
Sorana’s policies include fighting for bursaries and other financial aid that meets increasing costs of living alongside being accessible to mature, part-time and international students as well as trying to create a more innovative representation scheme to see more activism in student politics.
Sorana is a Member of the HEFCE teaching Excellence and Student Opportunities Steering Group and a Board member at Office of the Independent Adjudicator, and blogs on the NUS website at www.nusconnect.org.uk/blogs/sorana-vieru.
Liz Thomas is an independent researcher and consultant for higher education and Professor of Higher Education at Edge Hill University, with nearly twenty years’ experience of researching the student experience. She is committed to using research to inform national and institutional policy, practice and evaluation, and has developed and led change programmes to facilitate this. Liz has directed two cross-institutional studies on independent learning in higher education on behalf of the Higher Education Academy, including the most recent study with the National Union of Students examining students perceptions and experiences. Liz is leading the What works? Student retention and success change programme, and directing a project for Health Education England to build the evidence base for widening participation and student success in NHS-funded HE programmes. Other research interests include personal and academic tutoring, student financial support, inclusive learning and teaching and institutional change. Liz is author and editor of ten books on widening participation and enhancing the student experience.
Dr John Butcher is Deputy Director (Access Curriculum) in the Centre for Inclusion and Collaborative Partnerships at the Open University, responsible for the OU Access programme and the Access Observatory. He has previously worked at the universities of Derby, Northampton and Falmouth. He recently published a UK-wide research study into the experiences of part-time students for the Higher Education Academy, finding that most students would prefer to study full-time if circumstances allowed them to.
Fiona Waye is the Senior Policy Lead in Inclusion, Equality and Diversity at Universities UK and works on a range of projects connected with promoting social mobility, equality and diversity for both higher education students and staff.
Current projects include: The Social Mobility Advisory Group. This explores how universities, working in partnership with schools, further education colleges, the third sector and employers can contribute to social mobility
The Universities UK taskforce to examine violence against women, harassment and hate crime affecting university students. The taskforce will provide guidance to universities on preventing and responding to incidents of violence and sexual harassment against women, hate crimes and other forms of harassment
Chris oversees the Research, Education and Knowledge Exchange directorate. In doing so, he is responsible for harnessing HEFCE’s expertise on research, education and knowledge exchange to inform its funding to universities and colleges, and its advice to government. Chris particularly leads on education and skills, including postgraduate policy and funding.
Before becoming Director in 2014, Chris served for five years as Associate Director, leading HEFCE’s relationships with universities and colleges in the North of England, and for two years as Regional Consultant for the East of England. Chris began his career in the Graduate School at the University of Warwick, then moved to work on international relations at the University of Edinburgh, and on research strategy and funding at the University of Durham.
Professor Ebdon has been Director of Fair Access to Higher Education since 1 September 2012. He was previously Vice Chancellor of the University of Bedfordshire, which followed an illustrious career in analytical chemistry, including more than 250 publications and several awards.
Professor Ebdon obtained his PhD at Imperial College, London, then lectured at Makerere University in Uganda and Sheffield Hallam University, before becoming Reader in Analytical Chemistry at what is now the University of Plymouth. He was promoted to a personal chair in 1986, became Head of Environmental Sciences in 1989 and then, in the same year, Deputy Director. He was promoted to Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic) in 1992. He remained in that position until 2003, when he was appointed Vice Chancellor at the University of Luton and became Vice Chancellor of the University of Bedfordshire on its creation in 2006.
Professor Ebdon was awarded a CBE in 2009 for services to local and national higher education and was appointed Deputy Lieutenant of Bedfordshire in 2011. Since 2013 he has been listed as one of Britain’s 500 Most Influential People by Debrett’s.