20 Tavistock Square
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:
If you have any questions about this or any other of our events, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 7419 5535.
We also have a range of sponsorship opportunities available at this event. Please contact Esther Dudley, Head of Events and Engagement for information. tel: 020 7419 5412; email: email@example.com.
Professor John Storan, Director, Continuum University of East London and Principal, Action on Access
Chris Millward, Director of Fair Access and Participation, Office for Students
Helen Thorne, Director of External Relations, UCAS
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
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
Gemma Standen, Outreach Officer, University of East Anglia
Nadeine Asbali, Community Engagement Coordinator, King's College London
Co-leads for the National Education Opportunities Network (NEON) Students' Unions and Widening Access for Effective Partnerships Working Group.
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.
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
Our panellists 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. Luke Chapman, Head of Widening Participation, Kings College London Susannah Hume, Director, TASO Richard Evans, Founder, The Profs
Stephen Isherwood, Chief Executive, Institute of Student Employers
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.
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.
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.
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.