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A national one-day conference giving you the opportunity to examine the key institutional and operational issues which are currently surrounding access, participation and success in UK universities. Organised by Universities UK and Action on Access, the conference will explore the implications of the recent changes in the sector for your institution, and will provide insight and the information you need to successfully plan and manage around them.
Understanding the changing sector landscape and the implications
Successful models of collaboration
Research findings and how best to use these
Using toolkits and resources effectively
Peer to peer networking and knowledge exchange
More than ever for this 2017 annual summit on Access, Widening Participation and Student Success, delegates face a raft of changes – the new Higher Education and Research Act, the introduction of the Office for Students and the Teaching Excellence Framework, the merging of sector agencies, merged quality agencies, and sharp apprenticeship developments, all set in the context of Brexit, changing UK governments and the many strands of devolution. The Summit will give you the opportunity to receive the most up to date briefing on the current issues surrounding access, participation and success, and to discuss the implications and how to successfully navigate the sector changes.
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Professor John Storan, Director, Action on Access and Director, Continuum, Centre for Widening Participation Policy Studies, University East London
Regional Schools Commissioner for the South East and South London, Department for Education
Professor Les Ebdon, Director, Fair Access to Higher Education
Professor Mary Stuart, Vice-Chancellor, University of Lincoln
Head of Programmes, Office for Fair Access
This workshop will provide delegates with the opportunity to explore with OFFA the sector’s response to the challenge of raising attainment to support widening participation and the future direction of this policy area. It will also be an opportunity to think about how institutions in different contexts can develop their strategies in this area.
Annette Hayton, Head of Widening Participation, University of Bath
This workshop will present the theoretically grounded NERUPI (Network for Evaluating University Participation Interventions) approach to assessing the impact of WP Activities. Based on five broad aims drawn from research findings into the reasons for under-representation of some socio-economic groups, the Framework provides structure and clear objectives for planning and evaluation of WP activities but allows flexibility in the choice of methods.
The session is a workshop session involving three toolkits or frameworks for approaches to working with staff or students. The key theme will be to give delegates the opportunity to examine three frameworks or toolkits to address certain issues: unconscious bias (ECU), employability (HEA) and evaluating work with adult’s learners (OU). This session which will be repeated again in the afternoon.
Jess Moody, Senior Policy Officer, Equality Challenge Unit
Gedminte Mikulenaite, Policy Officer, Universities UK
This workshop will give delegates the opportunity to explore three programmes which work within universities and colleges to transform their students on some way or other. Delegates attending this session will be given the opportunity to learn about ways to improve their students' student experience and encourage them to see that experience building beyond the straightforwardly academic.
Chris Hale, Director of Policy, Universities UK
Ilyas Nagdee, Black Officer, National Union of Students
Stephen Isherwood, Chief Executive, Institute of Student Employers
Dominic Herrington started in his role on 1 July 2014. Before his appointment Dominic was Director of the Academies Group at the Department for Education. Earlier in his career he has also led a range of policies and programmes at the Department for Education including specialist schools, school improvement, 14 to 19 reform and education legislation, went on secondment to a management consultancy, and worked at Warwick and Birmingham Universities.
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.
That 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.
Professor Mary Stuart is Vice Chancellor of the University of Lincoln. She is a graduate of the University of Cape Town and the Open University where she obtained her Doctorate in Social Policy in 1998. Her research interests are focussed on life histories, social mobility, higher education students and community development.
Mary has a strong track record in all aspects of University management, having worked in senior roles in three different universities. Since joining Lincoln she has established and grown the first new Engineering School to be created in the UK for more than 20 years (in collaboration with Siemens plc). Mary has also successfully led the development of Science provision at Lincoln (including the Schools of Chemistry, Pharmacy and Physics and Mathematics) and has established the Lincoln Institute of Agri-Food Technology, to develop the future of farming and grow our food industry’s competitiveness.
Passionate about the student experience, Mary seeks to continually drive change and improvements in the partnership with students and the academic community, working closely with the Students’ Union at Lincoln.
Mary is currently a Board member of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), Chair of HEFCE’s Teaching Excellence and Student Opportunity Committee, member of Universities UKs task force on Social Mobility, and Vice Chair of the Equality Challenge Unit and Trustee of Universities Partnership Programme (UPP). Mary is also Chair of the Lincoln Cultural and Arts Partnership (LCAP) and the Founding Director of the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership (GLLEP), and a member of the Greater Lincolnshire Leaders Board.
Jess is a Senior Policy Adviser at Equality Challenge Unit, focussing on student diversity issues including recruitment, admissions, inclusion and progression. She leads ECU’s work on the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and the ‘Increasing Diversity’ project supporting 11 HEIs in England and Wales to tackle underrepresentation of different groups in particular disciplines, professions, levels or regions. She also advises universities on using Positive Action provisions under the Equality Act 2010 to tackle persistent underrepresentation and disadvantage.
Gedminte Mikulenaite, Policy Officer (Mental Health), Universities UK
Gedminte is a Policy Officer at Universities UK, with a specific focus on mental health in higher education.
She has previously worked as a project administrator for student support and a project officer for postgraduate research education teams at the University of Essex.
Gedminte studied International Relations at the University of Essex.
Sammy has delivered pioneering equality initiatives with student bodies, executive management teams, and external partners on various protected characteristics and intersectionality topics. Sammy’s track record of inclusion work has earned him multiple awards and an extensive network within higher education sector and national equality organisations. His hybrid background of faculty and corporate management experience in higher education spans across inclusive curriculum, doctoral supervision, and research on identity, inclusivity, and perception. His current portfolio includes development and implementation of institutional equality strategies for 34,000 students in the UK and the upcoming branch campus in Dubai. He also chairs the LGBT+ Network of Networks in Higher Education in collaboration with ECU and Stonewall. Having been educated in world leading universities for business and management in Hong Kong and the UK, his international background enables him to be involved with a range of projects in Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Asia Pacific.
Chris Hale is Director of Policy at Universities UK, leading on the development and delivery of UUK’s policy work. Previous to taking up the Director role, Chris was Assistant Director at UUK and led on a number of areas of work including efficiency and effectiveness and the regulation of higher education. Chris has significant expertise in research policy, working as a policy adviser on this issue for UUK for a number of years. Prior to working at UUK, Chris worked at the General Medical Council and holds a degree from the University of Sussex and MSc from University College London. He is also a governor of the Eliot Bank and Gordonbrock Schools Federation in south east London.
Ilyas Nagdee is the Black Students’ Officer at NUS, representing over one million Students of Colour (African, Arab, Asian and Caribbean descent) in universities and colleges across the UK. This year Ilyas is working to close the attainment gap and tackle institutional racism both within universities and colleges and the wider student movement. He will also be continuing the #StudentsNotSuspects campaign, pushing against the implementation of the Prevent agenda in spaces of learning.
Stephen Isherwood was appointed Chief Executive of the organisation 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.
Stephen started his HR career at Coopers & Lybrand recruiting experienced management consultants before moving into graduate recruitment when the firm merged with Price Waterhouse to form PwC. After PwC he lead the graduate recruitment and development programme at Safeway before 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 with a focus on the career development and employment of students.