Events

We promote and list here the major events, seminars, and conferences focused on higher education that are concerned with access, outreach, school liaison, participation, admissions, recruitment, student retention and success, and events which focus on those with particular identities or characteristics.

To promote to your event information to the sector (no cost) send to … contact@actiononaccess.org

 

5-7 September 2022: ‘Global Perspectives of Equity & Inclusion in Higher Education: Challenges & Opportunities’, Joint International Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Coventry University

Coventry University and NADOHE (National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education) from the United States, are delighted to announce the first Joint International Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Conference.  This will be a first of its kind in the UK and will be a great opportunity to hear and share different perspectives, research, experiences and solutions to the current and future challenges for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in the Higher Education Sector.  Note the website will be being updated regularly with further details.

It will also be an opportunity to establish new networks with international experts, practitioners and activists, as well as perhaps renew relationships, post lockdown.  Places are limited; registration is now open.
For more information about NADOHE, please visit their website using this link: https://nadohe.memberclicks.net/presidents-message

 

7 September 2022: Managing Students in Distress Workshop, UKAT, at Middlesex University

Following the very successful April workshop. the Managing Students in Distress workshop is being held again, this time at the Middlesex University

Similar to the April workshop, this highly-engaging workshop will use innovative, immersive interactive theatre to explore how personal tutors can manage situations in which students come to them displaying varying levels of distress; explore the causes of distress (academic, personal, etc) and offer delegates strategies for managing situations involving distressed students, including urgent and emergency cases which require immediate support from other services within the institution. The workshop is open to member and non-members alike. Members and staff of member institutions receive a discount on the registration fee.

 

8 September 2022: ‘Learning to ‘Level-Up’? Supporting Working-Class Boys’ Progression to Higher Education’, Widening Participation Research & Practice Conference, Arts University Bournemouth

In 2019, a review by the Office for Students of Access and Participation Plans suggested that of the 838 targets set relating to university access, success and progression by providers, only 11 gave specific mention to working-class males.  As such, Arts University Bournemouth, the University of Portsmouth and the University of Winchester are convening a free joint conference for Higher Education practitioners to explore what can be done, and how, to better support working-class boys’ educational attainment and progression to Higher Education.  Speakers:

Professor Nicola Ingram, Director of Education and Social Research Institute, Manchester Metropolitan University.  Author of Working-class Boys and Educational Success: Teenage Identities, Masculinity and Urban Schooling, Nicola is professor of sociology of education with an interest in analysing social class based educational inequalities across the whole education sector, and their connection to labour market outcomes.  Her research is politically motivated by a personal history of growing up on a council estate with multiple markers of deprivation in Belfast, and a conflictual experience of social mobility through education.

Susan Morgan, Taking Boys Seriously, Ulster University.  Building on the seminal ‘Taking Boys Seriously’ study by Ken Harland and Sam McCready (2012 ), Taking Boys Seriously 2 drive an innovative approach to closing the attainment gap with working-class boys in Northern Ireland.  Their 10 principles of engagement situate young men as relational learners in a context where success comes down to ‘the tenacity of the relationship between the learner and the educator. Where the relationship is marked by trust, empathy and respect, any challenge or setback c an be worked out’.

Future Men .  Future Men are a multi-award-winning specialist charity that supports boys and men along the path to becoming dynamic future men.  Through practice-led services, Future Men encourage boys and men to explore, celebrate and build on the seven key characteristics which contribute to positive masculinity.

To register for a place as a delegate at this free conference, please complete the booking form here.  For more information on the conference you can email Alex Blower ablower@aub.ac.uk.

 

12-14 September 2022: THE Digital Universities MENA.
The Times Higher, in partnership with Khalifa University, offer this in-person event in Abu Dhabi on the theme of World-class education for a digital-first future, which offers university leaders the chance to gather and network and listen to expert speakers including the presidents of Khalifa University, The American University in Cairo, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and many more.
THE Digital Universities MENA will bring together more 200 delegates from across the MENA region. They will participate in a packed agenda of panel discussions, exclusive roundtables, keynote sessions and case studies, as well as enjoying an exclusive tour of Khalifa University and an opening drinks ceremony.
The THE Digital Universities MENA programme will cover a broad range of relevant topics, including: how technology will unlock world-class universities in MENA; how to create a world-class learning environment; student engagement in an online environment – challenges and opportunities; what an Open MENA university could look like; IT leadership for a smart, sustainable campus; and top IT challenges for today’s chief information officers.

 

12-16 September 2022: ‘Bridges between disciplines: Gender in STEM and Social Sciences’
The main aim of this Conference, held in a safe hybrid environment (online and onsite), is not only to bridge the gap between what has been thought of as separate and decoupled fields of knowledge (STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics- and Social Sciences), but also to think about gender differences in Science(s) from an intersectional perspective.
If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact Soledad De Esteban-Trivigno, PhD. at communication@bridges2022.com

 

14 September 2022: ‘Getting the Grades: Working Together to Raise Attainment’,

NERUPI Convention 2022, Friends House, Euston, London

The annual NERUPI Convention will take place face to face this year.  Please note, this event is only open to NERUPI members, prior booking on the NERUPI events page is required:

 

14 September 2022, 10-11:30am: A Policy Forum on Young Carers and the Schools Census Return’, Young Carers Alliance

From Spring 2023 there is going to be a new Young Carer indicator on the schools census return for all schools (not nurseries). This indicator will record whether the pupil has been identified as a young carer and by whom.

Join other from schools, young carer organisations, local authorities and elsewhere at this Policy Forum event to understand more about what this means in practice for schools, young carer organisations and most importantly, young carers and their futures.  It will also provide an opportunity to discuss what work may need to be done in preparation for this change.   SOLD OUT

 

15 September 2022: ‘Steps to Success, Project management in Student Recruitment, Outreach and WP’, HELOA Professional Development conference, Crowne Plaza Birmingham.
This HELOA conference gives a wide-ranging programme covering project management, analysis and evaluation will be of great use to so many across recruitment, WP, and affiliated areas.  One delegate place per institution free (until Monday 15th August) for HELOA member institutions: additional members/non-members at £130/£175.

 

 

20 September 2022: ‘Digital Inclusion Policy and Research 2022’, University of Liverpool

There are many challenges at the intersection of research policy and practice around digital inequalities, inclusion, and literacies. These are at the heart of this fourth edition of the #DigitalInclusion, Policy and Research Conference (DIPRC) 2022.
Join this online conference from the Digital Poverty Alliance and Learning Foundation team to hear experts and researchers participate and share their knowledge on best practice and key insights around #DigitalPoverty across the globe. Full agenda to be released shortly.

 

27 September 2022, 10:30-12:00. The Fostering Network’s #TickTheBox webinar

A date for your diary.  Learn more about the support available for people with care experience at university, featuring UCAS, NNECL and universities from the UK.

This free webinar will include UCAS, NNECL and a university from each country and will be an opportunity for people with care experience, foster carers, social workers and anyone involved with people with care experience to hear more about the application process, the support available and ask any questions they may have. More details will be coming soon, so keep an eye out.  thefosteringnetwork.org.uk

For more information on Tick the Box visit the Fostering Network website or email Policy and Campaigns Officer, eve.hatcher@fostering.net

 

27 and 28 September 2022: Governors for Schools Conference 2022

This free two-day, CPD accredited online conference for school governors, school leaders and those interested in school governance. Both days will feature a variety of panels and workshops on topics to suit every attendee. Whether you’re interested in issues surrounding Pupil Premium, succession planning, onboarding new governors, or academisation, there will be plenty to explore at the conference.

 

29 September 2022, morning: ‘The next steps for the children’s care system in England and improving provision for care leavers’, Westminster Education Forum

Speakers include: Mark Riddell, National Implementation Adviser for Care Leavers Department for Education on key policy priorities for the children’s care system moving forward; Dan Turnbull, Director, Markets, CMA; Dr Lucille Allain, Middlesex University London; Cathy Ashley, Family Rights Group; Jane Collins, Foster Support; Councillor Clare Curran, Surrey County Council; Harvey Gallagher, Nationwide Association of Fostering Providers; Rachel Harrison, GMB Union; Councillor Cordelia Law, Torbay Council; Hannah McCowen, Catch22; Tim O’Neill, Action for Children; Rebekah Pierre, BASW; and Peter Sandiford, The Independent Children’s Homes Association

This conference will be an opportunity to discuss priorities for the children’s care system in England.  Taking place following the expected publication of the final findings of the Independent Review of Children’s Social Care, the conference will be a timely opportunity to consider lessons that can be learnt from the review, as well as to assess its recommendations.  There will be further discussion on issues faced by children and families throughout their time in the care system, their relationships with social workers, and on future provision for care leavers.

Delegates will also consider the future of the social care market following the CMA’s market study, which outlines key recommendations for the sector moving forward.  Further areas for discussion include: priorities for children’s care system; children and families; the workforce; best practice.  Book here.

 

6 and 20 October 2022, 1 and 15 February 2023: ‘Challenging privilege, navigating intersectionality’, Advance HE

These virtual workshops is designed to provide participants with the skills, knowledge and confidence to adopt an intersectional approach to understanding and dealing effectively with a range of equality and diversity issues in the workplace. If you’re involved in teaching or management, and interested in improving inclusivity in your practice, this will be for you.  Find out more, and confirm dates with Advance HE.

 

12 October 2022: ‘Next steps for student mental health in Higher Education’, Westminster Higher Education Forum online policy conference

Strategies and best practice, resources and government policy, joint working, academic rigour, and support for vulnerable groups.  This conference focuses on the provision of mental health support in higher education, in the face of challenges and concerns for students in the wake of the pandemic.

The conference will be an opportunity to examine a range of policy initiatives, along with funding, announced by the government including the scheme aimed at bringing universities together with the NHS and other services to enhance support and improve the student experience – and the appointment of Professor Edward Peck, who is a keynote speaker at this conference, as the first Student Support Champion.

Areas for discussion include:

  • mental health strategies
  • resources
  • joint working
  • teaching, learning and assessment
  • higher-risk student communities.

Speakers include: Professor Edward Peck, Vice-Chancellor and President, Nottingham Trent University; and Student Support Champion, Department for Education; Dr Omar Khan, Director, Centre for Transforming Access and Students Outcomes in Higher Education (TASO); Dr Dominique Thompson, Founder, Buzz Consulting; Jem McKenzie, Reading University Student Union; Helen Moulinos, POhWER; Dine Romero, Bath & North East Somerset Council; and Nicola Turner, UCAS.  Book here.

 

18 October, 3 and 10 November 2022: ‘Inclusive Leadership’, AdvanceHE

Inclusive Leadership is aimed at HEI leaders, senior leaders and policymakers who can engender departmental and institutional change.
Participants in this virtual session will engage with questions surrounding their individual role as a change agent in relation to their institution, the need to adopt a systemic approach to creating equality for all and the changing nature of the drivers for inclusive leadership.

Three half day modules: 18 Oct, 3 & 10 Nov. Participants need to attend all three modules

 

20 October 2022, 2-3 pm: Young Carers and Higher Education – A virtual roundtable

Young Carers Alliance and Carers Trust looking at opportunities around identification and support for students at university who have got caring responsibilities. Invitation for people who are either doing work in this area or are interested in improving their own setting’s provision to join a virtual roundtable.

This will be the chance to talk about work you are doing, or that you are hoping to do and also discuss ideas for wider development. The idea would be this would be the springboard for a wider Research, Policy and Practice forum on the topic in early 2023.

If you would be interested in attending this roundtable, or to be kept updated on any developments, please e-mail Andy McGowan, Head of Engagement, Caring Together youngcarersalliance@caringtogether.org

 

2 November 2022: ‘Equality Diversity and Inclusion Colloquia’, Advance HE

These face-to-face sessions Location TBC focus on key areas of work for inclusive practice in higher education.  Each colloquium is facilitated by a Senior Advisor from Advance HE with specific expertise in the area being discussed.  The events offer staff a useful forum to encourage the exchange and dissemination of different ways of thinking about key EDI challenges and new approaches and will be of interest to anyone wishing to improve their knowledge and upskill their practice.

This one-day, in-person colloquium will focus on current issues relating to equality, diversity and inclusion, provide examples of good practice within the sector to address these, and will provide a safe space for discussion.  The colloquium will include keynote speakers, interactive sessions and oral presentations from EDI practitioners and lecturers.  This colloquium will provide practitioners with access to an open and supportive environment and a valuable peer network to share and discuss contemporary practice and initiatives. It will enable participants to develop a principled, evidence-informed approach to devising subsequent support and guidance for change in enhancing student success in HE.

 

8 November 2022: Student Success in the context of Taught Student Education, Student Success Conference, Leeds University

This free conference at the University of Leeds will explore and reflect on the meaning of Student Success in the context of Taught Student Education.  There will be a mixture of keynotes, panels, and parallel sessions where you can engage with colleagues on a variety of themes including: 

  • what do we mean when we talk about Student Success?  
  • designing a curriculum that is engaging and fosters belonging  
  • design thinking and Curriculum change  
  • inclusive pedagogies and authentic assessment  
  • co-creation and Student Voice  
  • using data to action change. 

We would like to invite colleagues to submit proposals to present papers or best practice on these themes at the conference via this online form by Sunday 11 September 2022. 

 

22 November 2022: NNECL Annual Conference 2022

Save the date.  The NNECL Annual Conference will be held, at the Friends’ Meeting House in Central Manchester.  John Blake, the new Director for Fair Access and Participation at the Office for Students, is confirmed for one of the keynote sessions and further details of the programme will be available soon.  We have lots of great proposals for workshop sessions and will be touch shortly to discuss options for the available timeslots.

Further details to follow shortly.

 

25 November 2022, 10am-1pm: ‘Young carers and health – a Research, Policy and Practice Forum’, Young Carers Alliance

Date for your diary.  Booking details and calls for contributions will come out in the coming weeks.

 

8 December 2022: ‘Student Retention and Success Symposium’, Advance HE

This face-to-face symposium will provide an open and supportive environment within which to share and discuss contemporary practice and initiatives in student retention and success; providing evidence-informed examples and ideas for university staff and students to address the challenges of attrition, retention and student success in higher education.

The event will include a keynote speaker alongside participant-led workshops and presentations.  By way of a call for papers, we will invite participants to consider how practices can be enhanced to reduce attrition, assist with transition stages and ensure students achieve their objectives.  The call for papers will open in July 2022.

 

26 January 2923: ‘Students as Co-Creators Symposium’, Advance HE

This face-to-face symposium will provide an open and supportive environment within which to share and discuss contemporary practice and initiatives relating to students as co-creators; provide evidence-informed examples and ideas to encourage student engagement, and network with like-minded peers.  The aims of this symposium are to:

  • provide an open and supportive environment within which to share and discuss contemporary practice and initiatives in teaching and learning; and
  • provide evidence-informed examples and ideas for university staff and students to address current challenges in higher education.

The event will include a keynote speaker alongside participant-led workshops and presentations.  By way of a call for papers, we will invite participants to submit abstracts regarding successful, evidence-informed co-creation initiatives.  The call for papers will open in September 2022.

 

15-16 March 2023: ‘Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Conference 2023: The Shoulders of Giants: Listening, Learning and Improving our Practice’, Location TBC

This face-to-face conference offers an opportunity to think about how we can build our learning on equity, diversity and inclusion creatively, drawing on a wide range of experiences, thinking and practice.

Who are our ‘giants’?  What is our framework of reference for recognising them? How do we challenge exclusionary notions of scholarship, evidence and expertise, and acknowledge and value the work of scholars and practitioners from marginalised groups?

How do we ensure that we are learning from the widest diversity of sources/resources/lived experience/location?

How do we ensure diversity amongst future ‘giants’ in the way we encourage, support, value and promote our students and staff?

What can we learn from EDI thinking and practice in sectors other than Higher Education?

How do we create opportunities to share/benefit from EDI expertise with international partners?

The conference will run across two days with an optional evening dinner and entertainment on the evening of the 15 March.  Delegates can attend the full conference or choose the one day that resonates most with their work, experiences or requirements.  There will also be an early evening reception for Athena Swan and Race Equality Charter award winners from recent application rounds, these winners will also be offered the opportunity to showcase their work during specific sessions in the conference programme.

The call for proposals for this conference is now open until 12 noon on 3 October 2022.

 

4 May 2023: Equality, diversity and Inclusion Colloquium, Advance HE

This one-day, in-person colloquium will focus on current issues relating to equality, diversity and inclusion, provide examples of good practice within the sector to address these, and will provide a safe space for discussion.

The colloquium will include keynote speakers, interactive sessions and oral presentations from EDI practitioners and lecturers.

This colloquium will provide practitioners with access to an open and supportive environment and a valuable peer network to share and discuss contemporary practice and initiatives. It will enable participants to develop a principled, evidence-informed approach to devising subsequent support and guidance for change in enhancing student success in HE.