20 Tavistock Square
Join us at this national one-day conference organised in partnership with Action on Access, where we will examine the key institutional and operational issues surrounding access, participation and success in UK universities, and explore the implications of recent and upcoming changes. You will walk away with the insight and tactical information you need to successfully plan and manage your institutional strategy.
As part of this year's conference we will look at the Office for Students' work as it seeks faster progress from the sector towards real equality of opportunity across access, participation, attainment, the student experience, and student outcomes.
The conference will give you the opportunity to receive up-to-date briefing on the current issues surrounding access, participation and student success, and to discuss the implications and how to successfully navigate the numerous sector changes still to come.
Throughout the day we will examine a range of themes, including but not limited to:
The programme will include keynote lectures, panel discussions and breakout sessions, giving delegates the opportunity to listen to, learn from and engage with speakers and colleagues.
This conference is essential for staff who have responsibility for or play a part in improving attainment, retention and student success. Relevant job titles include
John Storan, Principal, Action on Access and Director of Continuum, University
of East London
Professor Colin Bailey President and Principal, Queen Mary, University of London - invited
Chris Millward, Director for Fair Access and Participation, Office for Students
Phillipa Lloyd, Director General, Higher and Further Education, Department for Education – invited
Ross Renton, Pro Vice Chancellor Students, University of Worcester
Professor Liz Thomas, Higher Education Researcher and Consultant, Liz Thomas Associates, Holly Staynor, Policy Officer, National Union of Students and Johnny Rich, Chief Executive, Push
Rebecca Cordina, *AccessAbility Ambassador, University of
Greenwich and Bradley R Cory, *AccessAbility Ambassador, University of Greenwich
Professor Steven Spier, Vice-Chancellor, Kingston University
Philip Dent, Head of Community Engagement, Social Justice and Impact, University of Winchester and Director, SCiP Alliance Director, Mike Hill, Head of Retention and Success, GSM London (chair), Professor Louise Morley, CHEER Director, University of Sussex- invited and Sam Baar, Director of Research, LKMco - invited
Karina Berzins, Research Fellow, University of East London (lead for the London Schools' Data
Charlie Brown, Lead Data Scientist – Contextual Data Service, UCAS
Emily Archer, Widening Access Manager, Brunel University - invited
Sahar Erfani, Head of Access, Birkbeck University of London and Naureen Abubacker, Outreach and Access Senior Officer (Refugees and Asylum Seekers), Birkbeck University of London
Winners of this year’s Guardian Awards for Widening access and outreach
Dr Gurnam Singh, Principal Lecturer in Social Work, Coventry University
Mike Hill, Head of Retention and Success, GSM London
Professor John Storan, Principal, Action on Access and Director of Continuum, University of East London