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17-21 May 2021: ‘Transforming teaching, learning and the campus experience’, THE Digital Universities Week
Taking a whole-sector approach, THE’s first-ever Digital Universities Week will bring together higher education institutions from across the UK to exchange knowledge and discuss best practice regarding their rapid and ongoing digital transformation journeys.

A virtual meeting place for ideas, THE is bringing together pioneering voices in the edtech sector for three days of must-attend sessions. Including a virtual exhibition area, as well as an exclusive ‘innovation hour’, in which cutting edge start-ups will display the latest products to enable institutions to plan their digital future. Register for free.

Key take-aways:

  • How to use technology to assist graduate employability and the student journey
  • How to support faculty to maintain quality control in online learning
  • How to build digital trust and protect from cyber threats
  • How to plan for the class of 2030


18 May (12pm – 1.30pm): The Covid effect: the positives and negatives for the Student Experience, Creative Approaches: Lunchtime Sharing Sessions (Spring 2021) UALL

This the ‘Universities’ Association for Lifelong Learning’ (UALL) Student Experience Network session sessions reflecting on the experiences of part time, mature and widening participation learners throughout their higher education journey.

All our lives have been affected by the pandemic, and both students and staff in Higher Education have had to adjust their teaching and learning methods. It has been a steep learning curve for many, and the impact of the changes is uncertain. In this session we will identify and explore what might have made a positive contribution to the student experience over the past year, and what might have been difficult and disappointing.

What to expect at this event: These will be participative, collaborative events to share creative ideas and good practice: ‘what works’ (or not!).

Facilitated by Pauline McManus (Centre for Lifelong Learning, University of Warwick)


19th May 2021, 11-1pm: Care Leaver Support at University: What it looks like and How to access it’, Aimhigher London in partnership with NNECL.

Benchmarking support for Care Leavers at University: latest update from NNECL on the Quality Mark; Top tips to prepare for transition and navigate support onto and at University. Click here for more information and to register. Free CPD event.


19 May 2012: Evidence & Impact Conference 2021, Go Higher West Yorkshire

This conference features an array of paper sessions presenting evidence of ‘what works in widening participation and why’ from across West Yorkshire. Conference themes relate to under-represented groups, community engagement and collaborative approaches to outreach. The conference will also apply findings to collaborative conversations about the value and application of data, theory and insight at a strategic and operational level.

This free event is open to HE providers, Uni Connect partnerships, policymakers and others across the country.

19 May 2021, 09:30 to 13:30: ‘Self-care in Student Services: looking after yourself and your teams’, AMOSSHE

We all know that working in Student Services can be challenging at the best of times, with stressful situations to manage and workloads that can often feel overwhelming. With our focus on the wellbeing and welfare of students, it’s easy to downplay or neglect our own self-care. This practical workshop for Student Services leaders in higher education provides ideas, techniques and perspectives to help you support your own mental health and wellbeing at work, as well as that of your colleagues.

Explore how you can support yourself and your colleagues when managing stressful situations directly (handling difficult people or traumatic situations, pressure to perform or deliver, disrupted work-life balance) and also when encountering other people’s stress and distress. Take part in activities designed to develop your approach to self-care, and learn ways to ensure that your teams are as well considered and supported as your students. Discover for yourself how creativity can enhance your wellbeing, and share your experiences and ideas with peers in a supportive, positive space.


20 May 2021, 6.00pm to 8.15pm. ’Right2Learn is Right for Now’

The inaugural Right2Learn (R2L) campaign launched in December 2020. The R2L vision is that everyone should have a statutory right to learn whatever their age or background. R2L acts as cross sector campaign that advocates for the development/implementation of policy and practices related to lifelong learning. The Right2Learn campaign is supported by the National Education Opportunities Network (NEON).
The conference will bring speakers and delegates together from across sectors to identify the key challenges and opportunities for lifelong learning in our post Covid recovery and in addressing the challenges of the decade ahead.
Speakers and panelists include: David Blunkett, former Education Secretary now in the House of Lords; Kirstie Donnelly, Chief Executive Officer, City & Guilds; Professor John Holford, University of Nottingham & The Joint Secretary of The Centenary Commission on Adult Education; Ann Limb, Founder of the Helena Kennedy Foundation; Joy FE; Simon Parkinson, General Secretary, Workers Educational Association (WEA); Dame Ruth Silver, Further Education Trust for Leadership (FETL); Dave Ward, General Secretary, Communication Workers Union (CWU)
Conference issues include:
Collaboration between HE and FE

  • Maximising initiatives and driving forward opportunities to learn both formally and informally
  • How to upskill and reskill across all ages
  • Innovation and provision to support learning for those from the most disadvantaged groups and areas
  • The roles of government (across all UK nations), Mayors, combined authorities, businesses, unions, third, public and private sectors in driving forward a lifelong learning agenda.

20 May 2021: OnlineEd 2021, Henry Stuart Events

This global online event is dedicated to reviewing and discussing how best to implement and reap the rewards of the wide range of new resources and ways of supporting learning and teaching in higher education. The mission of this event is to provide an environment and forum to review and discuss what is now possible and how best to implement and reap the rewards of the wide range of new resources and new ways of supporting learning and teaching in higher education.

Key topics addressed will include learnings from the pandemic, online testing, gamification, student expectations, the library in the age of online education, platforms and technical infrastructure for curation and delivery and much more.

For more information contact: Aleesha Nagra, Editorial & Marketing Manager, Henry Stewart Events


25 May 2021: ‘Graduate employability and Progression’, NERUPI event

The number of students progressing to graduate jobs or postgraduate study is highly differentiated by class, ethnicity and gender. Drawing on research findings, this event will describe some of the material and cultural mechanisms that maintain inequalities and explore strategies for addressing them. Confirmed Speakers: Dr Richard Waller, UWE Bristol; and Kareen Kufuor, University of Westminster. For further information on all this event.

The event is for Members only, but you can join NERUPI by going to


25 May 2021: ‘A Spotlight on Inclusion: The thoughtful and inclusive leader’, Advance HE

This half-day, impactful online workshop, first in this year’s series of Spotlight Series II for Senior Strategic Leaders will be led by Doug Parkin (Principal Adviser for Leadership and Management, Advance HE) and Clare Pavitt (Principal Advisor for EDI, Advance HE).

The multiplicity of backgrounds, personalities and characteristics that diversity seeks to celebrate and enable is rendered still more complex by the challenges of leading virtual and disconnected teams/organisations. This workshop holds that deliberate and intentional inclusion holds the key to ensuring that quiet, remote and marginalised voices have the opportunity to speak with influence alongside everyone else.

The importance of inclusive practice for leadership is well worth reflecting upon including the benefits connected to enhancing performance and strengthening innovation.

Workshop delegates will have the opportunity to:

  • discuss with others the leadership balances that resonate in your context, and how achieving balance enhances leadership impact and effectiveness
  • explore the numerous acts of enabling that help create a positive and progressive culture of inclusion
  • reflect on the link between thoughtful, balanced processing and inclusive leadership practice
  • review the impact of unintended consequences during periods of rapid change or disruption, and how to constantly reassess leadership decisions for the benefit of all
  • focus on the collective advantage of diversity as a potent source of innovation
  • consider strategies to enhance inclusion in key contemporary challenge areas, for example, the leadership of virtual teams.


25-27 May 2021: The Canadian Association for University Continuing Education (CAUSE) annual spring conference and meeting

This year’s conference will proceed in a safe and accessible virtual environment fand this year’s theme is re-imagining the role of Continuing Education in Higher Education.

CAUCE would like to know how you are re-imagining your practice to improve the careers and lives of people in your community and beyond.  The deadline for submission is February 15th 2021. Submit your presentation proposal today.

You can also visit the CAUCE conference website for complete details about the conference theme, streams and the submission process.


26 May 2021: Leading Student Engagement in Times of Crisis and Transformation: Student Engagement Conference 2021’, AdvanceHE

This conference is an important and timely opportunity for the sector to come together to review where we’ve been and to consider where next. Through the lens of leadership, we will discuss not only the challenges but also the opportunities presented by the pandemic experience. This conference will focus on the engagement of students in all aspects of their higher education, from the ‘classroom’ to extra-curricular activities including leadership and governance.

What does it mean to lead student engagement, and how can we reboot our vision of student engagement as we build towards the 2021/22 academic year. Three workshops:

  • Engagement in the classroom focussing on teaching and learning online:
  • Engagement in institutional leadership and governance focussing on student/staff partnership research group
  • Engagement in co-curricular and personal development opportunities focussing on improving employability and leadership through student engagement.

Student engagement has become more critical than ever. The effect of Covid-19 has been to magnify and to amplify: to magnify existing inequalities and injustices, and to amplify the impact of both good and poor educational practices. One message from this is that good practices matter more than ever, and we must find ways to take those good practices into new and sometimes challenging teaching and student engagement scenarios.


26- 27 May 2021: ‘Improving Digital Service Delivery’, Inside Government event

This event is aimed primarily at voluntary sector organisations, intending to provide the opportunity to learn best practice from across the voluntary sector on digital service delivery and enhancing digital inclusion of service users.

The event will discuss

  • Innovative methods to deliver engaging and effective service delivery which meets the needs of your service users
  • Leading insights from organisations at the forefront of tacking digital inclusion and how to reach digitally isolated communities
  • An opportunity to assess best practice in advancing the digital skills of the voluntary sector workforce
  • Engagement with live workshops and breakouts to ensure practical implementation
  • Expert speakers sharing leading updates and insights from innovative initiatives to enhance digital service delivery
  • On demand content: watch anything you missed across the 2 days for 30 days after the event.

If you’d like to join other voluntary sector organisations that are looking to improve their digital service delivery, you can register for the event here.


27 May 2021, 10.00am to noon: ‘Lifelong options: Improving opportunities for adult learners, supporting local and national prosperity’

The event will explore approaches for ensuring the higher education sector is accessible and responsive to the needs of adult learners. Keynotes from Michelle Donelan MP, Minister of State for Universities and Lord Bilimoria of Chelsea CBE DL will consider what the government’s new lifelong learning policy means for adult learners and how higher education and industry working together can develop a workforce for the future. We will also be looking at the impact of COVID-19 on these students.

These presentations will be followed by a panel discussion and audience Q&A on ‘what opportunities and challenges do universities, colleges, employers and local communities face in improving access to higher education for adult learners?’.

Confirmed panellists include:

  • Jo Barlow, writer and part-time mature student. OfS panel member
  • Professor Elizabeth Johnson, deputy vice-chancellor education, Deakin University Australia
  • Professor Claire Callender, professor of higher education policy, deputy director of the Centre for Global Higher Education
  • Professor Wendy Reid, Director of Education & Quality, Medical Director, Health Education England.

The panel will be chaired by Brooke Storer-Church, head of skills, OfS.

The event will conclude with a keynote from Chris Millward, Director for Fair Access and Participation at the OfS, to reflect on how the OfS is using its regulatory powers and functions to address the decline in adult learner participation and the opportunities that lie ahead.


1-15 June 2021: Re-Imagining of Higher Education Quality in an Age of Uncertainty, QAA

This Conference will take place over an extended period at the beginning of June. Being online presents an opportunity for a workshop per day and so you will have an opportunity to register for all of them if you wish.

The conference will focus on four emerging themes in higher education:

  • Digital disruption for HE brings disruption for quality assurance
  • New quality agendas for external and internal quality assurance
  • Quality assurance supporting changing learner journeys
  • Maintaining trust in the face of uncertainty

This is an essential event for these rapidly changing times in higher education globally. It is an opportunity for INQAAHE members, senior representatives of quality assurance agencies, quality professionals and academics to explore these key themes and more.


6 June 2021: ‘Opening the Doors – realising GTRSB access and participation in higher education conference’, University of Winchester

There are very few Gypsy, Traveller and Roma (GTR) university students and graduates in the UK, with an estimated average of 200 students coming from these communities studying in higher education at any one time. GTRSB students bring great value to the higher education community, including a range of diverse perspectives as well as links and networks into traditionally harder to reach communities.

The ‘Opening the Doors’ conference will provide an opportunity to start the conversation on how the sector is initiating change, forging collaborations, and championing best practise on this important agenda. This free online conference will bring together the perspective of academics, practitioners and students from Gypsy, Traveller, Roma, Showman and Boater communities.

The University of Winchester is passionate about providing opportunities for individuals and communities to flourish.  We are proud to be committed to ‘The GTRSB into Higher Education Pledge’ to support access to higher education for students from Gypsy, Traveller, Roma, Showman and Boater communities (GTRSB).


8 June 2021: on ‘Moving Online – Taking outreach into the digital age’, NEON
COVID-19 has caused all of us to radically change both the way we access learners and deliver content. Over the past year higher education has had to adapt its outreach to reach learners from widening access backgrounds in more innovative ways and develop new approaches to evaluating such work. This one-day summit will consider the progress that has been made over the last twelve months and how the work invested in digital outreach can reap benefits as we move forward over the coming years.
Delegates to the event will:

  • understand why digital outreach should now be considered a key aspect of widening access to support advice, guidance and the progression of learners from under-represented groups.
  • engage with key policy makers.
  • discuss strategies to take forward digital outreach.
  • reflect on current progress and the implications for future outreach work, both regarding the access to learners and the delivery of content.
  • share best practice to inform future approaches.

Speakers include:
Jon Baldwin, Managing Director of Higher Education, JISC; Sarah Howls, Head of Access & Participation Funding and Programmes, Office for Students; James Kewin, Deputy Chief Executive, Sixth Form Colleges Association; Carys Fisher, Senior Policy Executive, UCAS; Kizzi Keast, Access and Outreach Manager, University of Reading; Dr Jon Rainford, Digital Learning and Development Officer, University of Bedfordshire; Chloe Warsop, Senior Student Recruitment Manager, The University of Law


9 June 2021: ‘Generation Z in Higher Education’ conference, Centre for Student engagement, University of Winchester

Aimed at practitioners and students interested in learning all about the new generation of students entering UK Higher Education, with the aim of including a broad array of students and staff working in any relevant area of Higher and Further Education to share their research, experience and practice through our unique session formats and conference themes.

The overarching purpose of the conference will be to contextualise Generation Z students’ educational journeys and synthesise the array of research, practice and considerations about these students so that we may appropriately cater to their needs. We hope to welcome

Conference themes:

Theme 1 – The Educational Learner Journey of Generation Z (pre HE)

Theme 2 – Pedagogical Practice for and with Generation Z

Theme 3 – Understanding Generation Z: Beliefs, Motivations and Student Diversity

Theme 4 – Careers and Future Aspirations of Generation Z

For any queries, please contact:


10 June to 1 July 2021: ‘Working with Adult Learners and Mature Students: Conversations with Practitioners’, Lifelong Learning Centre, University of Leeds

The Lifelong Learning Centre (LLC) passionate about working with adults, is keen to share and discuss approaches with others engaged in or seeking to develop similar activity. The pandemic has meant a change in methods of delivery and we’re now reviewing what we’ve learnt from the online experience. The purpose of these conversations is to critically explore our practice, to determine with colleagues the lessons that have been learnt and exchange thoughts on developing new ways of working – and, more broadly, how we as a sector can increase engagement with adults in local communities.

The Lifelong Learning Centre has a specific widening participation remit and is organising these 4 conversations on Thursday lunchtimes (11am – 1pm) in consecutive weeks. These will take place online.

  • 10th June – Impartiality in adult outreach
  • 17th June – University contribution to adult community learning
  • 24th June – Belonging and Relationship-Building for adults progressing to Higher Education
  • 1st July – Reflections on the intertwining of civic engagement and adult widening participation

There is no fee for attending. More information and to register here.


14-18 June 2021: Bristol Data Week 2021 (Online)

The Jean Golding Institute invites you to Data Week Online 2021, a jam- packed week of complimentary workshops, renowned seminar speakers and interactive events showcasing the latest in Data Science and AI. All of these events, including the workshops, are free of charge.

Please find an interactive schedule of Data Week events here. If you click on the event title, you will be redirected to the Eventbrite page for that event where you can sign up to (virtually) attend the event by registering for a ticket. Please note, not all events have active registration pages set up and we will continue to update them as we receive the relevant details.


16-17 June 2021: Employability and skills conference 2021, Universities UK

Even before Covid-19, the UK job market has been facing systemic disruption. The rise of technology and the digital revolution mean that students starting their studies now will often end up working in roles that do not exist yet. This, combined with the normalisation of remote learning and collaboration, mean that digital skills and agile, transferable skills are more important than ever before.

This online conference will bring together leaders from both the higher education and private sectors to scope out what the future of work will look like for today’s students and graduates. We will explore what skills will be most needed for students to thrive in t-he future workforce, as well as scan the horizon for the new opportunities that the increased adoption of online and remote working present. Featuring practical case studies and leading voices on skills policy, this conference is an ideal opportunity to reflect on and review your organisation’s employability strategy.


21-24 June 2021: NASMA’s Annual Conference 2021

NASMA’s first wholly virtual conference exploring and discussing all elements of student funding, aiming to offer delegates even more flexibility and the option to attend a greater number of sessions, moving from a 2-day format to a four-day one. The conference offers a range of diverse engaging and professional workshops on offer, as well as some interesting keynote sessions. All workshops will be allocated on a first-booked, first-served basis, some with a limited number of spaces so book as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

An ideal opportunity for you to update your skills and knowledge, network, share good practice with other sector professionals and ultimately be a highly beneficial and enjoyable experience

NASMA is the National Association of Student Money Advisers with members in all four countries in the UK and the leading authority on all matters relating to student advice and funding. NASMA acts as a focus for information exchange between practitioners in the field of student funding, bringing together professionals from across the sector and encouraging the free exchange of ideas. It works closely with national decision makers and their influencers on student finance policy, and with other relevant sector organisations to promote the needs of students and our members. Members from: Student Money Advisers in Universities, Colleges of Higher Education, Students’ Unions, Guilds and Associations; Discretionary Fund and Bursary Administrators in Higher Education Institutions; and staff in Further Education Colleges whose remit includes money advice and/or discretionary fund administration


23 June 2021: ‘Student Mental Health: responding to the crisis,’ The Royal National Hotel, London
COVID-19 has intensified dislocation amongst campus communities, propelled healthcare students onto the front line of a global pandemic and upended traditional teaching models; but it will pass – and when it does, pre-existing issues will resurface compounded. This conference will break-down the cultures, economic factors, social and institutional pressures that contributed to dramatic rises in disclosures of mental health issues and student suicides at universities in the UK – providing delegates with the knowledge and tools to ensure that students return to campuses better equipped to support them after the pandemic.
Delegates will take away 10 CPD points as well as exploring why more students are turning to unconventional incomes during their studies, how the university experience can compound cultural and environmental conditions that lead students to access and supply drugs; as well as discussing how cross-institutional co-operation as well as legislative reviews of attitudes towards information sharing could prevent students reaching a point of crisis. Book here.

23-24 Jun 2021, 09:30 – 16:30: Enhancing the student experience 2021, Universities UK

Covid-19 has disrupted the student experience as we know it. From online learning to bubbles in student accommodation, the student experience has been in the spotlight on a national scale like never before.

This online conference hosted by Universities UK will bring together sector leaders to look at how the sector can enhance the student experience in a drastically fast-moving world. The conference is an opportunity for delegates to hear from and engage with experts as well as network with colleagues and speakers.

During the day delegates will have the chance to hear from experts from institutions across the United Kingdom. We will be looking into how to build on the experience of students, and explore new opportunities to ensure that your student experience strategy is ever evolving to meet the needs of a changing generation of students.

particularly useful for staff who have responsibility for or play a part in any aspect of the student experience.

If you have any questions about this or any other of our events, please contact us on or 07500 441505.


24 June 2021, morning: Next steps for skills and apprenticeships in Northern Ireland, Policy Forum for Northern Ireland keynote seminar

This conference will examine current policy priorities for skills and apprenticeships in Northern Ireland. The agenda focuses specifically on issues in Northern Ireland, though the content might still be of interest.

The discussion is timed to follow the expected opening of consultation on a new skills strategy for Northern Ireland, to succeed the Success through Skills – Transforming Futures strategy which ran from 2011 to 2020 – as well as the recently announced Economic Recovery Action Plan, with a focus on upskilling the workforce and driving R&D activities.

The agenda will bring out latest thinking on:

  • up-skilling the workforce post-pandemic
  • addressing skills shortages in the digital, creative and construction sectors
  • strengthening the overseas talent pipeline
  • preparing the workforce for the green transition
  • widening access to apprenticeships and supporting lifelong learning

Speakers include: Jackie Henry, Chair, Skills Strategy Advisory Group; and Senior Partner, Deloitte Northern Ireland; Graeme Wilkinson, Director of Skills, Department for the Economy; Julian David, Tech UK; Dr Margaret Duddy, Education and Training Inspectorate; Terry Fennell, FDQ; Dr Declan Keeney, Ulster University; John Kennedy, Education and Training Inspectorate; Richard Kirk, Workplus; Maggy McCartney, Fleming Agri; Gavin McGuire, Federation of Master Builders; Philip McNally, KPMG Ireland; Gordon Parkes, Northern Ireland Electricity; Professor Terri Scott, Northern Regional College; and Ken Webb, South Eastern Regional College and College Principals’ Group. Book here.

30 June 2021: ‘Equality Diversity and Inclusion: championing work and learning 

that empowers and sustains change’, UALL Work and Learning Network

This event is set out to explore and contribute to themes surrounding equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI). There will be key speakers to bring EDI into focus, brief presentations and a final EDI panel discussion. The Colloquium will address the following questions:

  • What does EDI look like in your current programme of studies or curriculum?
  • How does this relate to work and learning practice from past decades?
  • What does EDI look like in the workplace?
  • Are there areas of synergy or dissonance between educational and work places?

The event will consider the following themes:

  • how EDI issues are championed within learning and work studies e.g. work-integrated learning (WIL), apprenticeships, placements, internships, continuing education, doctoral studies, staff training, voluntary and community context, coaching, part-time and full-time work-based learning (note that work can be considered as paid or unpaid).
  • power and social justice – looking at EDI activism in today’s higher education setting.
  • organisational and partnership imperatives for EDI
  • how do we align and reconcile older practices with newer practices in EDI?
  • decolonising the curriculum, what needs to happen?
  • ageism and working with various generations (mature students to apprenticeships).
  • policy and practice, realising social justice goals – case studies that champion change.

Please send your 300 word abstract for a poster or paper by Sunday the 6th June 2021.

Proposals from new practitioners and researchers are particularly welcome.

We further invite you to write up your work as a paper for the Work Based Learning e-Journal International

For information and to send your extended abstracts and case studies – contact: Paula Nottingham


30 June 2021: Reforming post-16 technical and academic qualifications at level 3, Westminster Education Forum policy conference

This conference will examine the future of post-16 technical and academic qualifications at level 3 and below following the DfE’s recent consultations – and takes place in the context of the Skills for Jobs white paper, and the second wave of the T Level rollout due to take place in September 2021. Areas for discussion include:

  • balancing quality and choice in the qualification system
  • delivering for labour market needs
  • progression routes and providing clarity to students and employers.

Speakers include:
Lucy Andrew, Deputy Director, Technical Education & Qualifications Reform Division, Department for Education; Angela Fairchild, Deputy Director, Technical Education & Qualifications Reform Division, Department for Education; Tom Bewick, CEO, Federation of Awarding Bodies; Robert Nitsch, Chief Operating Officer, Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education; Paul Steer, Head of Policy, OCR; Adrian Anderson, University Vocational Awards Council; Dr Graeme Atherton, National Education Opportunities Network and AccessHE; Alun Francis, Oldham College; Ruth Gilbert, Career Colleges Trust; Siân Owen, Pearson Education; Jane Paterson-Todd, Cambridge Ahead; Catherine Sezen, Association of Colleges. Book here.


1-2 July 2021: NEON 2021 Annual Symposium
The theme of the online 2021 Summer Symposium is “Access, Participation and the Post-Covid Tertiary System”. As the higher education system, like the rest of the world, grapples with the Covid-19 and its impact this year’s symposium will focus on the how the pandemic will interact with broader social and political trends to shape the work of those in the access and participation field. Alongside the pandemic there is a desire amongst policymakers to re-shape the curriculum at Level 3, extend provision of higher technical qualifications and reform the higher education admission system to ‘level up’ opportunities across the country. In this context the symposium will consider how access and participation work can be pivotal to enabling what could be a very different tertiary system to provide opportunities to succeed for students from all backgrounds.
The conference will look at the impact of Covid-19 on access/participation work and innovations in delivery that have emerged as well research and practice with learners undertaking vocational qualifications or studying in further education settings and/or collaborations between further education and higher education. We would also examine the relationship between higher education participation/access & participation practice


13 July 202, morning: ‘Improving children’s mental health in the wake of the pandemic – policy priorities, services and targeted support, workforce development, tackling root causes’, Westminster Education Forum policy conference

The seminar will examine current policy priorities for improving child mental health in England, with a particular focus on the impact of the pandemic. The agenda includes:

  • How multi agency partnerships identify and support children with mental ill health – key findings from joint targeted inspection
  • Immediate priorities for supporting child mental health post-pandemic – the return to in-person education, identifying children most affected, and strengthening support networks
  • Tackling root causes behind poor mental health affecting children and offering targeted support for disproportionately-impacted groups in society
  • Improving child mental health services – capacity and demand, sharing data and best practice, preventative measures and fostering a whole-system approach
  • Key policy priorities for supporting child mental health going forward

Speakers include: Dr Prathiba Chitsabesan, Associate National Clinical Director, Children and Young People’s Mental Health, NHS England; Wendy Ghaffar HMI, Specialist Adviser, Cross Remit Safeguarding, Social Policy, Ofsted; Richard Andrews, Healios; Dr Arnon Bentovim, The Child and Family Practice; Cecilia Corbetta, Place2Be; Dr Julie Greer, Cherbourg Primary School, Eastleigh; Katie Ghose, KIDS; Enid Lewis, Park Lane Primary School, Wembley; Dr Elaine Lockhart, Royal College of Psychiatrists; Dr Karen Street, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health; Sally Thomas, National Education Union; and Fiona Venner, Leeds City Council; and Dr Polly Waite, University of Oxford. Book here.

14-16 July 2021: AMOSSHE National Conference 2021

The AMOSSHE National Conference 2021 is an opportunity to reflect on this year’s good practice, establish strategic connections, and take achievements forward. The conference takes place online to enable participation from across the UK, as well as drawing on expertise from around the world. The conference is an inspirational, collaborative space for Student Services leaders to share expertise and good practice, develop strategy and skills, and build professional networks. It is an opportunity to reflect on this year’s good practice, establish strategic connections, and take our achievements forward. The key themes for this conference are reflections, connections and ambitions.


1 – 2 September 2021: ‘Student engagement in the context of COVID-19’
This RAISE Network conference will look back at the challenges faced in 2020/1 and look forward to where we go next. Our online conference will offer the opportunity to discuss practice and research, and the future of student engagement and pedagogical practice. There will be a mixture of fantastic and inspiring keynote sessions, online workshops, papers and presentations.
Staff in all roles, students, and others interested in university and college higher education are encouraged to attend. Registration will open in May. Please email any queries to

1-3 September 2021: deferred NET2020 Conference, University of Bath

The leading annual international conference for networking in healthcare education, the deferred NET2020 will address all areas of healthcare education across all healthcare professions. The conference will focus on the following themes:

  • student experience, engagement and achievement: including the sub-themes of Inclusivity in healthcare education; Widening participation; Student support and wellbeing; and Retention and success in healthcare education
  • Educational enhancement: including the sub-themes of Humanising healthcare education; Assessing the impact of pre- and post-registration learning on clinical practice; and Partnership working
  • learning, teaching and assessment strategies: including the sub-themes of Evidence-based learning, teaching and assessment; Inter-professional learning and working; Education in clinical practice and practice development; and technology enhanced learning
  • key challenges in healthcare education: including the sub-themes of Global challenges in healthcare education; Developing the future healthcare education workforce; and Social, economic and policy drivers in healthcare education.

Bookings are currently not open but see conference website for further details.


14 September 2021, morning: ‘Next steps for SEND provision in England – reform, inclusivity and access, and priorities in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic’, Westminster Education Forum policy conference

The conference, focusing on the future for improving SEND provision in England will be an opportunity to assess priorities for the delayed SEND Review expected later this year and challenges faced in the wake of COVID-19. Areas for discussion include:

  • reforming of SEND provision – key areas for improvement and policy priorities going forward
  • in the wake of COVID-19 – mental health needs and recovery, staff wellbeing and workload, catch-up tutoring, and lessons for future practice
  • inclusivity and access to education – educational facilities, assistive technologies and specialised equipment, and policy priorities for the Government’s School Rebuilding Programme
  • next steps for EHC plans, meeting demand, funding, and support for post-16 transitions.

Speakers include: Professor Adam Boddison, Chief Executive, nasen; Professor Brian Lamb, Visiting Professor of Special Educational Needs and Disability, University of Derby; Dr Helen Curran, Bath Spa University; Stephen Kingdom, Disabled Children’s Partnership; Claire Learman, Friends of Kirkleatham Hall School, Redcar; Marijke Miles, National Association of Head Teachers; Neill Oldham, Highfurlong School, Blackpool; Gurvinder Samra, Shoosmiths; and Amy Skipp, ASK Research. Book here.
The launch of This is Us marks a step change in how we work and communicate, and we’re really pleased to welcome Fiona Ellison as our new Director who joins us as we embark on this new stage of our journey. We’re excited for what 2021 will bring.




Reaching Wider Outreach Events Coordinator (Wellbeing), Student Services, Swansea University

Working as part of the Reaching Wider team to implement the Reaching Wider South West Partnership strategy, the Outreach Events Coordinator will, injter alia:

  • assist with recruitment and training of student leaders to work on Reaching Wider events
  • brief student leaders on their roles and responsibilities and to supervise them during events
  • liaise with primary and secondary schools to promote programmes and events and recruit participants who meet relevant criteria
  • liaise with academic and administrative departments including room bookings, catering, finance and HR, to ensure the smooth delivery events.
  • Prepare, develop and deliver resources, workshops and presentations to groups of school pupils, college students, parents and foster carers
  • produce written reports on events on request
  • undertake evaluations on events and maintain accurate, up-to-date records of schools and programme participants to aid monitoring, tracking and evaluation
  • monitor spend and keep up to date and accurate financial records for events
  • have residential responsibility on the Summer University.

The successful candidates will be part of an established team on the Reaching Wider programme which aims to facilitate the entrance of people from less well represented backgrounds into Higher Education. This initiative is led by Swansea University, located in Student Services and works in partnership with HEIs, local education authorities, primary and secondary schools and FE colleges in the South West Wales region.

Informal enquiries:

Full time, fixed term post to 31 July 2022. Salary: £25,941 – £29,176 per annum. Closing date: 18 May 2021.


Outreach Manager (First Campus), Communications & Marketing, Cardiff University

The Widening Participation and Outreach team are seeking to appoint an Outreach Manager (First Campus) to lead and manage the Cardiff University First Campus team, who work with a range of partners in communities around South East Wales. First Campus is the South East Wales Reaching Wider partnership, funded by HEFCW; it raises the aspirations and Higher Education awareness of underrepresented learners through activities and workshops.
First Campus Reaching Wider exists to widen access to higher education by tackling barriers to entry, progression and success in higher education; mission to engage young people aged 10 to 16 years, and adults 21 and over with no level 4 qualifications, from the bottom two quintiles of the Welsh Index of Multiple Deprivation. We also work with looked after children, care leavers and carers to help reduce the barriers to education faced by these groups. We achieve this through offering a suite of long-term interventions to support attainment raising, increase awareness and provide support and progression to higher education and level 4 learning opportunities.

The Outreach Manager will work to the First Campus Reaching Wider Director in delivering an effective and integrated programme of activity that will achieve the objectives and KPIs of the First Campus Strategy 2018-22. The key duties of the post, inter alia, to:

  • manage the operation of the Cardiff University First Campus team, planning, organising and delegating work, monitoring progress and intervening as required. Examples of projects might include: mentoring in schools; taster days on campus; provision for care-experienced young people; provision for carers; primary school programmes; flexible learning opportunities for adult learners.
  • project manage the First Campus partnership’s provision for care-experienced young people and carers. This work will be supported by First Campus Officers across the three universities.
  • contribute to the long-term management of the First Campus team at Cardiff University, interpreting First Campus strategies into work priorities, and, where possible, aligning them with strategy in order to strengthen collaboration.
  • support the First Campus Director with regards to the strategic planning of the partnership, contributing to both the development and reporting of First Campus provision.
  • work with the University strategy / planning department to ensure the First Campus strategy is aligned with the Institutional Reaching Wider strategy and reflected in the Fee and Access plans as required.
  • ensure the allocated First Campus operational budget is managed effectively to deliver all programmes to budget and on time.
  • support and guide team members in welfare issues, escalating as necessary to specialist support areas.
  • ensure the delivery of the team’s service level agreements, adapting these according to changes in workload and customer requirements.
  • develop internal and external networks to ensure the success of the First Campus’ objectives and long-term plans.
  • make recommendations for developments of established processes and procedures.

Undertake the training of others in areas relating to the team’s work.

Full time, fixed term post until 31st July 2022. Salary: £33,797 – £40,322 per annum. Closing date: 18 May 2021.

Reaching Wider Outreach Events Coordinator (STEM) in the Reaching Wider South West Wales Partnership based at Swansea University.

Working as part of the Reaching Wider team to implement the Reaching Wider South West Partnership strategy, the Outreach Events Coordinator (STEM) will be part of an established team on the Reaching Wider programme which aims to facilitate the entrance of people from less well represented backgrounds into Higher Education. This initiative is led by Swansea University, located in Student Services and works in partnership with HEIs, local education authorities, primary and secondary schools and FE colleges in the South West Wales region.

As part of the Reaching Wider team the main purpose of the post will be:

  • to assist with recruitment and training of student leaders to work on Reaching Wider events
  • to brief student leaders on their roles and responsibilities and to supervise them during events
  • to liaise with primary and secondary schools to promote programmes and events and recruit participants who meet relevant criteria, room bookings, catering, finance and HR, to ensure the smooth delivery events.
  • to prepare and deliver presentations and workshops to groups of school pupils, college students, parents and foster carers
  • to complete risk assessments for all events
  • to produce written reports on events on request
  • to undertake evaluations on events and maintain accurate, up-to-date records of schools and programme participants to aid monitoring, tracking and evaluation
  • to monitor spend and keep up to date and accurate financial records for events
  • to have residential responsibility on the Summer University.

The position will be based at the Singleton Campus but will include work on Bay Campus and in the local area of Swansea, Neath Port Talbot, Carmarthenshire, and Pembrokeshire

Full time, fixed term post to 31 July 2022. Salary: £25,941 – £29,176 per annum. Closing date: 18 May 2021.


Widening Participation Advisor, Registry, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is looking to recruit an experienced professional to advise us and lead on the development and implementation of strategies to widen access and participation of students from under-represented groups in collaboration with stakeholders across the School and aligned to other related work such as student experience. The Widening Participation Adviser will also be expected to review existing admissions processes to ensure equity throughout.

The successful candidate will have extensive experience working in widening participation (WP), ideally within a post-graduate environment. They will be understanding of issues in WP agenda and/or the wider role of higher education in social mobility, ideally in the context of public health. The post-holder will also have knowledge of the context and challenges for underrepresented groups in accessing post-graduate study. The post is based in London at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

Informal enquiries about the post can be made to the Head of Registry and Student Systems (

A world-leading centre for research and postgraduate education in public and global health, our mission is to improve health and health equity in the UK and worldwide; working in partnership to achieve excellence in public and global health research, education and translation of knowledge into policy and practice.

Salary: £34,854 to £40,011 per annum, inclusive of LWA. Closing date: 20 May 20212.


Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Officer, University of Oxford

To be successful in this role, you will be educated to degree level or equivalent and demonstrate a commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion. This includes the capacity to make hypotheses and suggest policy and practice interventions that will have an impact on gender equality, anti-racism and other equality and diversity issues.

The successful candidate for the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Officer role will possess strong organisational, and project management skills, and be able to work independently and flexibly to achieve objectives and meet deadlines.

You will demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills and communication skills, including the ability to write concise and clear reports, and give illuminating visual presentations.

Sound IT and numeracy skills are essential, as is the ability to propose and carry out quantitative and qualitative research.

Prior knowledge and experience of an academic department is desirable. Knowledge of Athena SWAN and experience of working on equality and diversity issues in the Higher Education sector would be an advantage.

Please note that as part of our recruitment processes applications internal to the University will be considered first. This post may be offered as a secondment opportunity.

Full-time basis (happy to consider requests to undertake on a part-time (0.8FTE+) basis), fixed term for two years in the first instance. Salary: £32,817-£40,322 per annum. Closing date: noon, 20 May 2021.


Senior Operations Director, Residential Services, University Partnerships Programme

UPP is seeking to make the crucial appointment to the key strategic role of Senior Operations Reporting to the Managing Director, Residential Services, the Senior Operations Director will take full responsibility for the operational management of the London and South East region as well deputising for the Managing Director across UPP’s broader national portfolio of 36,000 bedspaces.

This role will lead the overall management of RS delivered services to the University student residences and academic estate across the region. They will lead the regional site teams to deliver the highest standards of service to enhance the student experience, in support of the UPP corporate strategy. Other key accountabilities will be to lead on the identification and implementation of initiatives to continually drive performance improvement, operational efficiency and effectiveness across the RS business unit and the delivery of financial performance objectives for the region and wider national portfolio.

We are seeking an individual with a proven experience at a senior and influential level with responsibility for leading customer-focused operational facilities services across a large-scale, multi-site property portfolio. You will have a demonstrable evidence of experience and track record in driving continuous improvement to deliver customer satisfaction, business growth and financial benefits across a large-scale, operational function. Experience of working across the full asset development, construction, operations life-cycle and on design, build, finance, operate models would be advantageous.

The role calls for an individual who has exceptional leadership and communication skills, and that has a track record of leading and inspiring customer-focused in-house teams ranging from mid-senior level managers through to operational service delivery staff.

University Partnerships Programme (UPP) is the leading infrastructure and services partner to UK Universities. For a confidential briefing discussion please contact our retained advisors Michael Hewlett ( and Ben Duffill ( at The Management Recruitment Group (MRG) on 0203 962 9900. All direct and third-party applications will be managed by MRG.

Full time, permanent post. Salary information not available. Closing date: 23 May 2021


Head of Strategy, Sense (connecting sight, sound and life)

Sense has recently launched it’s 2021-25 strategy and this new post will support Group Director of Engagement & Trading, the Chief Executive, and the Executive team in the delivery of our ambitious objectives. The Head of Strategy role will include:

  • developing a programme approach to strategy implementation that will support and embed cultural change, building on previous work and partnering with internal stakeholders
  • working with our existing project leads and the wider leadership group to promote a consistent approach to project management
  • reviewing our approach to data as an organisation, ensuring evidence-based planning is at the core of our work.

Key skills and experience

  • experience of designing and delivering projects in a large, multi-site, complex organisation.
  • report writing and presentation skills to inform and influence key stakeholders.
  • practical understanding of and experience in project management tools including Prince2, Agile, and Trello
  • strong interpersonal skills to form effective working relationships with senior managers, project leads, and the wider organisation.

Sense is for everyone living with complex disabilities. For everyone who is deafblind. Sense is here to help people communicate and experience the world. This role can be homeworking, or based at our offices in King’s Cross, London, or Birmingham post pandemic.

Full time role, initially offered on a fixed term contract for one year, with the possibility of extension after review. Salary: Circa £55,000 per annum (plus £3,090 London allowance if applicable). Closing date: 23 May 2021.


Widening Participation Evaluation Coordinator, Home Recruitment and Conversion/External Relations, University of Bristol

The Widening Participation Team is looking for an Evaluation Coordinator to coordinate all aspects of the Evaluation strategy across Widening Participation and Student Inclusion. This is an interesting and varied role, with opportunity to collaborate with a wide range of colleagues and support strategic and operational changes to the activities and programmes.

The Evaluation Coordinator will work within the Home Recruitment and Conversion Team to coordinate the evaluation strategy. This involves supporting colleagues to design effective evaluation for their projects, to assess how far they met their aims. You might do this through consulting with a range of team members at the planning stage, or co-designing interviews, focus groups or other evaluation methods. You’ll also provide training to the team and undertake data analysis projects. You’ll be the lead for the department on the HEAT (Higher Education Access Tracker) database, and work with colleagues to ensure that we operate within Data Protection regulations.

You should have experience and knowledge of a range of evaluative techniques. Our evaluation is underpinned by Theory of Change models, but you may bring other experiences and expertise of a range of qualitative and quantitative techniques. It is important that you are confident with Excel and performing complex analysis of data. You should be good at balancing multiple projects and priorities and enjoy collaborating with lots of different people. You will also work with people with varying levels of expertise, so you should be able to present difficult topics and complex reports in an engaging way.

We welcome applications from all members of our community and are particularly encouraging those from diverse groups, such as members of the LGBT+ and BAME communities, to join us.

For informal queries please contact Laura Anders;

Permanent, part time (0.8, to be worked over 4 or 5 week days). Salary: £33,797 – £38,017 per annum. Closing date: 23 May 2021.


Student Opportunities Coordinator (Widening Participation & Outreach), University of East Anglia

Students’ Unions aren’t just any membership charity – they’re active, democratic mutuals, using the energy and passion of their student members to deliver improvements to students’ lives. The student opportunities department’s mission is to take students ‘beyond their degree’. We work to provide the student of UEA the best range of student groups in the UK. Give students the opportunity to learn skills, make friends, and become more employable and finally to have some fun! We also ensure the space and welcome we provide students in our building is of the highest of standards and meet their needs. We are a vibrant team with a diverse set of roles, we work together, cohesively to achieve the best student experience possible for our members


This role will be a focal point for ensuring future and current students have access to extracurricular opportunities in Higher Education. It will support student groups in delivering outreach projects and events in local schools and assist the team to make our current opportunities provision safe spaces and accessible to all. You will work with student from underrepresented groups in HE to ensure their voices are heard and develop interventions and schemes to encourage participation, to realise their potential and build social and cultural capital. The role is dynamic, constantly changing and has a huge impact on thousands of students. UEASU are looking for someone who can analyse and evaluate data, highlight the root cause of the issue and develop solutions, and support volunteers to a deliver on their ideas. You will work with students in an organisation for students.

Full time, permanent post. Salary: £22,217 – £25,941 pa. Closing date: 25 May 2021. Interview date: 3 June 2021.


Systems Administrator and Content Officer, Directorate of Student Services, University of Cumbria

The Directorate of Student Services provides high quality services and student support to diverse learners through multi-campus locations and online programmes, to maximise their potential for success. It is undergoing a series of exciting new developments that will enhance the overall student experience by enabling timely access to a wide range of support and services.

Student Support is looking to recruit an experienced Systems Administrator and Content Officer to make a significant contribution to delivering some of these new developments, namely the implementation and ongoing development of a new student case management system.

You will act as systems administrator for application software, updating and creating self-help content and utilise effective communication channels to maximise student engagement with the system. Qualified to Degree level or with relevant equivalent experience, ideally in a higher education setting, this is an exciting time to join our newly formed team. Working closely with the Student Hub Manager, Directorate Managers, front line staff and system users, you will be able to demonstrate a good student/customer-focussed approach to your work and excellent networking skills to liaise with a range of internal and external partners. You will be involved in the writing and delivery of user training, as well as regular liaison with system users to resolve application and interface problems, alongside ongoing system development.

Although your main base will be Lancaster campus, the role is likely to involve working remotely from home initially, with some travel expected in the future to our other campuses.

Informal enquiries: Nadine Baxter-Smallwood, Student Hub Manager,

Full time, permanent post. Starting salary: £26,715 to £32,861 pa. Closing date: 31 May 2021. Interview date: 13 June 2021.


Head of Policy (Higher Education & Skills), The British Academy

As the UK’s national body for the humanities and social sciences, the British Academy champions the study of peoples, cultures and societies – past, present and future. Bringing independence, authority and objectivity to complex issues, we contribute significantly to public policy, skills, education and research and help to shape both society and the economy.

The Academy’s higher education and skills policy work aims to raise the profile and demonstrate the value of the humanities and social sciences, giving voice to Fellow’s and wider research in our disciplines, by maximising opportunities to contribute to, react to and inform the place and contributions of our disciplines in the higher education and research ecosystem.

The team’s work programme consists of a mixture of pro-active policy projects which inform and establish an evidence base for our disciplines’ contributions within and to the higher education, research, societal and economic landscape, and more responsive policy work which reacts to policy developments in the sector. The team sits within the Academy’s Policy Directorate and there are opportunities to work across our portfolio of policy activities.

The Head of Policy, HE and Skills will lead this small team and guide the Academy’s work on higher education, skills and research policy. We work in an integrated, cross cutting and interdisciplinary way, not only across the British Academy, but also working with other Academies and relevant policy, research, third sector and civil society bodies in the United Kingdom. The Academy has good links with a range of government departments and other stakeholders which the job holder will be expected to develop and expand.

You can find out more about the British Academy and EDI here.

Permanent, full-time post. Salary: £54,000 per annum, plus excellent benefits. Closing date: 12pm, 1 June 2021.