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.

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8 December 2021: Marketing and communications in higher education 2021, Universities UK

This conference will bring together communications, marketing, external relations, public affairs and digital professionals to explore how the sector can navigate the new landscape it finds itself in. How have student expectations changed, and how can we utilise digital tools and platforms such as TikTok to improve communication with students? And with the UK having officially left the EU and the world still experiencing travel restrictions, what will the future of student recruitment look like?

Delegates will be able to choose whether you attend the event in-person or online.


9 December 2021, morning: ‘Next steps for science education in England’, Westminster Education Forum policy conference:

This conference will discuss priorities for delivering high-quality science education in England and what is needed to support the workforce to boost quality and attainment in science education. It will also look at priorities for the recruitment of specialist teachers and strategies to encourage early career teachers to specialise in science. Delegates will also consider the research review of science education from Ofsted, which sets out the key factors that enable schools to deliver a high-quality education and identifies areas of concern in current provision.

With a further government investigation into the provision of science education in schools expected to report in 2022, this conference will be an opportunity to discuss the review’s recommendations for best practice, including:

  • coherency within the broader science curriculum
  • work focused on content and progression rather than practical activities in isolation
  • frequent assessments to monitor learning, retention, and progression
  • sufficient curriculum time combined with specific CPD for teachers and technicians.

Speakers include:

Gill Collinson, Director of Education and Programmes, STEM Learning; Professor Jonathan Osborne, Chair, Science Advisory Group, Programme for International Student Assessment, OECD; and Professor Emeritus, Graduate School of Education, Stanford University; Hannah Russell, Chief Executive, The Association for Science Education; Colby Benari, In2scienceUK; Dr Lynne Bianchi, University of Manchester; Andrew Croydon, Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry; Helena Dodd, Imperial College London; Annette Farrell, Royal Society of Chemistry; Clare Harvey, The Ogden Trust; Amie Hewish, Oxford University Press; Dr Lauren M?Leod, Royal Society of Biology; Jo Pennington-Wright, Tring School; Kate Redhead, Primary Science Teaching Trust; Dr Michelle Saunders, St Matthew’s Catholic Primary School, Prudhoe; James Tooze, Campaign for Science and Engineering; Charles Tracy, Institute of Physics; and Jack Worth, National Foundation for Educational Research. Book here.


10 December 2021, 10.00 am: ‘Findings from Advance HE’s student experience surveys’

In this Survey Insights event Advance HE share key findings on student mental health and wellbeing across their three large student surveys: Postgraduate Research Experience SurveyPostgraduate Taught Experience Survey and the UK Engagement Survey.

The event will focus on student mental health and wellbeing, access to support, as well as student’s perception of HEIs’ handling of Covid-19. You will hear from the insight team at Advance HE as well as students and staff about their interpretation of the key findings, and how the student voice can be used to enhance undergraduate and postgraduate students’ experience within their own context. This event will be facilitated by Maddie Pitkin Research and Insights Executive, Knowledge, Innovation & Delivery, Advance HE and Hannah Griffin-James, Researcher, Knowledge, Innovation & Delivery, Advance HE.


13 December 202, 13.00-`5.00: ‘Mental Health Declarations by Black Students’, Open University
In September 2020 the Open University established a Task & Finish group under the Access & Participation Plan (APP) to explore the gap in mental health declaration rates by Black students (compared to White students).
This seminar presents feedback and findings from this group to the sector and includes the following:-

  • hear about scholarship with OU students & staff
  • learn from desk research on best practice from across the sector
  • how do policies and procedures impact the success of students
  • new resources created to support students and staff
  • learn from the group’s experience of setting data baselines.

The seminar will be recorded and shared after the event but attendance is recommended to enable you to interact with other delegates and ask questions from the presenters.


14th December 2021: ‘How to recognise and promote a neurodiverse workforce’, AbilityNet’

The webinar will include a chat between Jane Hatton, CEO of Evenbreak, a coach and a successful candidate, followed by a panel discussion between a panel of speakers, exploring:

  • perceived barriers to career progression and how to challenge them
  • the panel’s personal experiences and their top tips for progression
  • how employers can support inclusive career development
  • what are companies doing to support people with neurodiverse needs?
  • differences between the private and public sector (Jess Gosling)

The panel includes: Jane Hatton, CEO of Evenbreak, social enterprise which helps inclusive employers attract and retain more talented disabled candidates; Jess Gosling, who works in the UK government on matters of diplomacy, and is a public speaker on unseen disabilities and championing neurodiversity in the workplace; and Rina Wharton, Junior Accessibility and Usability Consultant who regularly runs audits and checks of clients’ websites and mobile applications and offers recommendations on how to fix them.


14 December 2021, 9.00 am to 14.00: ‘Looking Back, Moving Forward: Conversations about student inclusion and belonging in higher education’
This event will look back at three years of #IBelong by sharing what has been collaboratively done and learned to improve sense of belonging in a disruptively changed context. Changes erupted due to Covid-19, due to the prevalence of global social movements against racism, sexism and hetero-sexism, and due to the existing inequities in access and persistence in higher education. The event considers what a sense of belonging means to students and university lecturers in different regional and national contexts of the consortium partners while also learning from other contexts by colleagues working at universities in the Global South.


14/15 December 2021and 2 February 2022: ‘Blended approaches to widening access – what works’. NEON

This three-day course builds on the ‘outreach online’ course that supported over 200 widening access practitioners in 2020-21 and will once again feature Dr Jon Rainford, Associate Lecturer, Open University and Martin Webster, Operational Consultant, NEON as the facilitators.
This course will reflect upon what has worked with online delivery, what might have been lost and what innovation can be driven by adopting a blended approach going forwards, covering subjects such as
What blended learning is; what value does it bring to outreach; how to audit your provision and developing an effective sustainable face to face and online offering. As part of this programme, you will develop a project that will enable you to better support learners.


15 December 2021, 14:00 – 15:30: ‘Widening participation in higher education: longitudinal research on the ‘first in family’ student experience and labour market outcomes’, Centre for Longitudinal Studies, UCL

This online event explores the findings of a research project on ‘first in family’ students, funded by the Nuffield Foundation, and aims to address how ‘first in family’ students, those whose parents do not have a degree but who go on to achieve one themselves, navigate the higher education system and the labour market compared to their peers. The project findings have important implications for both social mobility and educational inequality. A unique opportunity to hear from ‘first in family’ students and leading inequality researchers
The event includes a presentation of results from the project and a discussion on how the research adds to evidence and thinking on widening participation in higher education. Two ‘first in family’ students will speak candidly of their experiences, and we will hear from experts from both the policy and the research community.
Presenters include:

  • Dr Anna Adamecz-Volgyi, UCL Centre for Longitudinal Studies
  • Dr Nikki Shure, UCL Social Research Institute
  • Sam Friedman, Professor of Sociology, London School of Economics
  • Penny Longman, Senior Careers Consultant, UCL Careers
  • Laura Kwiatkowski, Development Officer, Lothians Equal Access Programme for Schools.



11 January 2021, morning: ‘Key priorities for education recovery in the wake of COVID-19 – raising attainment, student catch up, and improving social mobility’

This conference is looking at priorities for supporting educational attainment in England in the wake of the pandemic and particular approaches needed for supporting disadvantaged families. The agenda in summary:

  • attainment in the wake of COVID-19 and priorities for recovery
  • strengthening early educational foundations and supporting educational attainment in the long term
  • priorities for the early years sector
  • how has COVID impacted on progression?
  • attainment at secondary level
  • the future role of technology in tackling educational underachievement
  • case studies in supporting and improving educational attainment:
  • policy priorities for driving achievement going forward.

Speakers include: Graham Archer, Director for Education Recovery, Department for Education; Paul Finnis, Chief Executive Officer, Learning Foundation and Digital Poverty Alliance; Ben Jordan, Senior Policy Unit Manager, UCAS; Neil Leitch, Chief Executive Officer, Early Years Alliance; Tom Bewick, Federation of Awarding Bodies; Lisa Capper, Nacro; Vanessa Linehan, Sandbrook, Hackney; Frank Norris, Northern Powerhouse Partnership; Dr Alicia Shaw, SHINE: Support and Help IN Education. Book here.


From 11 January 2022: Inclusive Engagement Workshops

These Advance HE virtual two-part workshops will introduce the latest literature, practitioner learning, and sector insights to support participants in ensuring inclusivity for all as they embark on co-production and partnership initiatives with students in relation to teaching, learning and assessment. Participants will also have the opportunity to critically apply their learning to a ‘live’ initiative or proposal within their own institution. This session will be delivered by Advance HE Senior Advisers specialising in both EDI and learning and teaching: Jess Moody, Senior Adviser, Advance HE focusing on inclusive learning and teaching, and tackling structural inequalities across the staff and student lifecycles in higher education. And Dr Patrick Baughan, Senior Learning Advisor, Advance on all aspects of pedagogy, including learning, teaching and assessment, and Education for Sustainable Development .


12 January 2022, morning: ‘Next steps for the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework’, Westminster Higher Education Forum policy conference

This conference will examine next steps for the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF) and the measurement of teaching excellence in higher education.

Attendees will have the opportunity to look at:

  • latest thinking on the development of the new TEF framework
  • OfS proposals for what the future TEF will look like and priorities for its implementation
  • the future role of the TEF in improvement
  • how to enhance its utility for providers and students.

Speakers include: Graeme Rosenberg, TEF Manager, Office for Students; Afua Acheampong, Nottingham Trent University; Professor Thom Brooks, Durham University; Professor Graham Galbraith, University of Portsmouth; Professor Janice Kay, University of Exeter and OfS; Dr Helena Lim, Evasys; Professor Catherine O’Connor, Leeds Trinity University; Professor Matt O’Leary, Birmingham City University; Steve Taylor, Warwickshire College Group and OfS; and Suellen White, The London Institute of Banking & Finance. Book here.


20 January 2022: Evaluating Outreach Work 2022, NEON

First of a programme of four full day training sessions in London around the evaluation of widening access activities. The following sessions will be held on Wednesday 9th February, Tuesday 1st March and Tuesday 22nd March 2022.
The events will be facilitated by Professor Graeme Atherton (Director, NEON & Head, Centre for Levelling Up, University of West London) and have been designed to cover key elements of the evaluation process. Evaluation of outreach activities helps us understand the nature, and type, of activities that will best facilitate the transition to higher education for those from underrepresented groups. The programme offers continued support to improve their own policies and practice in this area of widening access.


24 January 2021, morning: ‘Improving support for care leavers – educational progression and employment, coordination, addressing long term challenges, and priorities for policy’, Westminster Education Forum policy conference

This conference focuses on policy priorities for care leavers – discussing next steps for the provision of support, strengthening the system, and helping the workforce deliver improved outcomes. It will be an opportunity to consider the ongoing Independent Review of Children’s Social Care and the outlook following publication of its interim report, the Case for Change.

Delegates will discuss progress in implementing a joined-up system of support for care leavers and how best to enable key agencies to work effectively together, as well as how to tackle long-term challenges faced by those leaving care, and improve access to future pathways into employment and further study. Book here.

Speakers include: Mark Riddell, National Implementation Adviser for Care Leavers, Department for Education; David Graham, National Director, Care Leavers Association; Nick Smith-Patel, Head of Education, MyBnk; Julie Bunn, NYCC and NAVSH; Jane Collins, Foster Support; Councillor Clare Curran, Surrey County Council; Cllr Neil MacDonald, Ipswich Borough Council; Hannah McCowen, Catch 22; Jennifer Mohammadi, Live Unlimited; Claire Preston, ENGIE UK; Julie Towers, Penna; and Nicola Turner, UCAS.


24 January 2022, morning: ‘Next steps for improving apprenticeship quality in England’, Westminster Employment Forum policy conference

This conference will be an opportunity to discuss priorities for driving up quality, both in the wake of the pandemic – and following the recent changes to post-16 qualifications, which designate apprenticeships as one of the main options for post-16 progression alongside A Levels and T Levels.

Delegates will assess remaining issues and next steps in light of the areas of emphasis highlighted in the IfATE apprentice guide to quality apprenticeships – with a focus on centring the perspective of apprentices in areas such as the apprentice induction process, partnerships between apprentices, training providers, and employers, training quality, end-point assessments, and supporting apprentice mental and wider wellbeing. The discussion will also consider lessons learned from past provision, looking at examples of best practice to inform future delivery. Book here.

Speakers include: Simon Field, Director, Skills Policy; Jonathan Mitchell, Deputy Director, Portfolio and Partnerships, Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education; Thomas Burton, National Open College Network; Naomi Clayton, Learning and Work Institute; Kevin Davis, Ladder for Greater Birmingham; Caroline Larissey, National Hair and Beauty Federation; Cllr William McCaughey, Mid and East Antrim Borough Council; Jacqui Molkenthin, JEML Consulting; David Phillips, City & Guilds Group; Andrew Turner, Rochdale Borough Council; and a senior speaker confirmed from Association of Apprentices


26 January 2021, morning: ‘Next steps for careers advice in England’, Westminster Employment Forum policy conference

This conference will be an opportunity to discuss the Skills for Jobs White Paper and the Skills and Post-16 Education Bill and their implications for the careers landscape in England. There will also be wider discussion on the structure and organisation of careers advice, developing a long-term careers strategy in England, improving careers services in educational settings, and the implementation of the Baker Clause.

It will also be a timely opportunity for delegates to consider how the provision of careers advice in England can link with wider policy priorities, such as the Government’s Levelling Up agenda, and contribute to social mobility, as well as helping to address labour market and skills needs. Book here.

Sessions in the agenda:

  • policy priorities and key issues
  • developing a long-term careers strategy
  • progression to the job market
  • careers services in educational settings
  • looking forward.

Speakers include: Oli de Botton, Chief Executive, The Careers and Enterprise Company; Sir John Holman, Independent Strategic Adviser on Careers Guidance and Senior Advisor in Education, The Gatsby Foundation; Michael Houlihan, CEO, Generation UK; Ben Jordan, Senior Policy Unit Manager, UCAS; Paul Price-Hazlehurst, CEO, The Futures Group; Zac Aldridge, NCFE; Aveek Bhattacharya, The Social Market Foundation; Jan Ellis, Qdos Education; Ryan Gibson, Academies Enterprise Trust; Rachel Kitley, Cowes Enterprise College; Susanna Lawson, OneFile; Esther McVey MP, If Chloe Can; David Morgan, Career Development Institute; and Vikkie Morton, Education Partnership Northeast


26 January 2021: Volunteer Management Conference, Central London

This year we’ve flipped the ‘traditional’ Conference on its head, and now you can decide what you want to get out of the day, choosing your learning goals with three core areas to explore: Transformation and Leading change; The Future of volunteering; Recruitment, Retention and Management.

Though designed for the Voluntary sector this conference offers a day of practical sessions exploring the latest insights and practice from across the sector; looking to transform volunteering operations, looking at volunteering trends and demographics as well a volunteer management, recruitment and retention.

You will hear from the top speakers including the NCVO and Association of Volunteer Managers, but you’ll also be linked up in a team to develop an action plan for your organisation and share insights in a high-energy format featuring 9 workshops across the day.


27 January 2021, morning: Priorities for the higher education admissions system, Westminster Higher Education Forum policy conference

This conference will consider priorities for the admissions system in light of the recent confirmation of the Government’s intentions to move forward with post-qualification admissions reform, in collaboration with the sector, as soon as possible, as well as:

  • the recent Government consultation on a move to a post-qualifications admissions (PQA) system with Government expected to formally respond in due course
  • the publication UCAS report, Reimagining UK Admissions, which advocated a move to a post-qualification offer (PQO) system
  • the admissions reviews led by the OfS and the UUK.

This will also be an opportunity for delegates to assess the impact that COVID-19 has had on university admissions, with the OfS ban on ‘conditional unconditional’ offers, and research from UCL which found predicting A-Level grades to be a ‘near-impossible task’, and that it has harmed high achievers from disadvantaged backgrounds.

The agenda is structured to bring out latest thinking on:

  • government priorities for admissions reform
  • the challenges presented by PQA models and how best to overcome them
  • supporting and empowering students throughout reform, and ensuring no one is left behind
  • making sure reform is UK-wide and takes into account priorities for devolved nations, such as timetabling and qualification options.

Speakers include: Dr John Blakeley, Policy Advisor, Widening participation and Student Experience, Department for Education; John Cope, Director, Strategy, Policy & Public Affairs, UCAS; Rebecca Gaukroger, Director, Student Recruitment and Admissions, The University of Edinburgh; Jazreel Goh, Country Director, Malaysia, British Council; Dr Beth Linklater, UCAS; and Professor Graham Virgo, University of Cambridge


8 February 2022: ‘Diversifying Leadership’

Part of Advance HE’s Race Equality in Higher Education programmes and events portfolio for 2021-22, this Diversifying Leadership programme is designed to address the issue of underrepresentation of Black, Asian and minority ethnic leaders in HE institutions in the UK at all levels, particularly at senior levels. The programme does this by exploring themes of power and influence, demystifying leadership, cultural identity and cultural capital, increasing participant visibility and authentic leadership. Participants build confidence, feel empowered and expand their professional strengths.


9 February 2022: Student Retention and Success Symposium, Advance HE

Retention and attainment remains a key issue across the HE sector with providers engaged in a range of approaches and interventions to improve the learning experience and outcomes across different student groups. Based upon stimulus presentations and case studies, the symposium will provide attendees with a space in which they can exchange and disseminate new and different ways of thinking about retention as well as considering structures and culture that support and impact on student retention, transition, and success. The symposium call for contributions inviting practitioners to submit an abstract on their work as a stimulus presentation or case study to support the discussions expires on 11 November 2021..


23-24 February 2022: ‘Useful Knowledge’, Birkbeck, University of London

Useful Knowledge, is being held to mark the institution’s 200th anniversary, and will feature talks by leading historians and critics including Sir Richard Evans, Sally Alexander, Jerry White and Marai Larasi. The conference, being organised by Professor Joanna Bourke’s ‘Birkbeck Knowledge’ research group, is set to focus on the long history of the college, but also on the past, present and future of part-time and mature higher education more broadly. Professor Bourke’s PhD students Ciarán O’Donohue and Jonny Matfin have recently launched a Call for Papers aimed at all academics with an interest in the history of part-time and mature higher education.

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3 March 2022: Mental Health and Wellbeing Conference 2022, Advance HE

It is increasingly recognised how important mental health and wellbeing is for staff and student success. Universities and colleges are fast developing ‘whole institution approaches’ to mental health and wellbeing, not only to improve academic outcomes and retention, but to provide a holistic and positive experience, even in the most challenging times. This one-day conference, organised by the Mental Wellbeing in Higher Education Expert Group in collaboration with Advance HE, will discuss new ideas and will aim to provide a boost in motivation and a fresh vision for all delegates. It will explore established and successful examples from the sector, share good practice, discuss the challenges when looking at mental health and wellbeing, and review ways to overcome possible difficulties.


14-18 March 2022: Digital Universities Week UK, Pullman Hotel, London St Pancras.

This in-person, week-long programme featuring speakers from Northeastern University, United Nations, UCL, Northampton University plus many more universities from across the UK as well as Minister Chris Philp who will detail what the UK government’s new AI Strategy will mean for higher education as we enter a period of transformational change.
The event will feature a diverse range of market-researched discussions, including what a hybrid model of higher education really looks like, strategies to address student digital poverty, how we are responding to the UK’s digital skills gap plus many more challenges that universities are currently facing. Through panel discussions, exclusive roundtables, keynote talks and case studies, our packed agenda will bring together more 300 delegates in person.


16-17 March 2022: Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Conference 2022: ‘Inclusive Institutions in Action’

In the last two years, we have seen a resurgence of voices protesting inequality (racial injustice and the Black Lives Matter Movement, the impact of Covid on existing inequalities, sexual harassment and violence) and a growing interest across the HE and FE sectors in responding to and working with this energy to create meaningful and sustainable change. Increasingly, we are asking what it looks like when

  • institutions respond positively to the diversity of voices, energy and scholarship advocating for change?
  • the voices from the margins are welcomed centre stage, and inclusion is at the heart of our approach to institutional culture?
  • our leadership models and practices are truly inclusive?
  • we seek out, develop, value and celebrate change agents from outside traditional hierarchies, talent pools and scholarship?
  • the complexity of identity and intersectionality informs thinking and practice and shapes new approaches to inclusion and building belonging?

This Advance HE conference offers an opportunity to think deeply and creatively about what it means to be an inclusive institution, to explore models of inclusion that challenge traditional concepts of leadership and agency, and to share innovative practice around collaboration, co-ownership, allyship and solidarity.


24 March 2021, morning: ‘Next steps for the Turing Scheme – implementation so far, growing international partnerships and the role of FE, and widening social and economic benefits’, Westminster Higher Education Forum policy conference

The conference will discuss priorities, challenges, and opportunities for implementation of the Turing Scheme, following the initial rollout of the UK Government’s replacement for Erasmus+. The agenda also looks at the role of the Turing scheme in aiding social mobility and developing international partnerships. It takes place alongside recent initiatives from the DfE which aim to boost the teaching of languages – including increased funding for Mandarin, French, German, and Spanish – as well as measures to improve the accessibility of language learning.

Speakers include: Stephanie Harris, Head of International Engagement, Universities UK; Emma Meredith, International Director, Association of Colleges; Lise Bakke Brøndbo, Oslo Metropolitan University; Alizée Cordes, Teeside University; Professor Robin Mason, University of Birmingham; and Benthe Tanghe, Newcastle University and Newcastle University Students’ Union. Book here.


29 March 2022, morning: ‘Next steps for SEND provision in England’, Westminster Education Forum policy conference

The SEND review, improving standards and coordination, and supporting progression into HE and employment. This seminar will be an opportunity to discuss the future for SEND provision in England, following the expected publication of the Government’s ongoing SEND review. Delegates will consider priorities for improving provision in the context of a range of key developments, including the publication of the Government’s Disability Strategy 2021, Ofsted’s ‘SEND: old issues, new issues, next steps review’, and the APPG for SEND report, ‘Forgotten. Left behind. Overlooked’. Overall, the agenda will focus on:

  • improving provision for children with SEND:
  • assistive technology
  • careers, post-16 advice, and future pathways – supporting progression into higher education and employment for students with SEND and ensuring adequate support post-16.

Speakers include: Andre Imich, SEN and Disability Professional Adviser, Department for Education; Professor Brian Lamb, Visiting Professor of Special Educational Needs and Disability, University of Derby; Maxine McDonald-Taylor, Specialist Adviser for SEND, Ofsted; Jeramie Sutton, Industry Adviser for Schools, Microsoft; Garry Freeman, Independent SEND Consultant; Cllr Graham Howe, Wokingham Borough Council; Clare Howard, Natspec; Stephen Kingdom, Disabled Children’s Partnership and Pears Foundation Learning Hub; Dame Christine Lenehan, Council for Disabled Children; and Hend Rahman, Make it Happen. Book here.


31 March 2022: Race Equality Colloquium 2022

Part of Advance HE’s Race Equality in Higher Education programmes and events portfolio for 2021-22 this Race Equality Colloquium 2022 session looks at the continuing racial discrimination in higher education. With the sector’s focus on structural and institutional racism, we see growing tensions arising from differing cultural, ethnic and other identities, both on campus and in wider society.

By way of keynotes, panel sessions and workshops, this one-day virtual event will provide a safe space to discuss progress made, the challenges that lie ahead and the next steps that higher education institutions must take to address racial inequality in the sector.


4-6 April 2022: 2022 UKAT Annual Conference

Based on collective recent experiences, and new ways of doing academic advising and personal tutoring, the 2022 UKAT Annual Conference will explore how we might reimagine advising/tutoring so that it is more relevant to students, more effective at helping all students and institutions to achieve their intended outcomes, and more efficient in its operation. The conference will focus on five key themes:

  • digital technology
  • identity
  • community
  • equality, Diversity and Inclusion
  • student-Centred Transformation

The Call for Proposals is now open, closing date: 6 January 2022. The 2022 UKAT Annual Conference will be an online conference to make it as accessible as possible to all who are interested in attending. For those who are able to meet in person, we are trying to arrange in-person, one day pre-conference study day to be held on Friday 1 April. Delegate registration for the conference and study day will open early in 2022.


26 April 2022: Employability Symposium, Advance HE

The Employability Symposium will provide attendees with a useful forum to encourage the exchange and dissemination of different ways of thinking about and new approaches to employability. It’s inescapable; employability is a prominent feature of contemporary higher education. Globally, HE providers are examining the methods they use to enhance employability and increasingly there is a desire to strengthen and develop relevant activities due to a range of factors and influences such as graduate destination data, labour market detail, policy impact, and student expectations. This symposium aims to bring together cutting-edge examples of how employability can be embedded at school, faculty/college and/or institutional levels. The symposium will be preceded by a call for contributions inviting practitioners to submit an abstract on their work as a stimulus presentation or case study to support the discussions.


28 April 2022: Surveys and Insights Symposium 2022, Advance HE

Surveys, measurement tools, metrics and insight have a key role to play in helping maximise the reach and quality of provision within the sector. This symposium provides an opportunity to discuss and debate the potential of insight from surveys, metrics, qualitative research and wider methods of capturing the voice of the student for driving excellence and enhancement within higher education. The conference will feature a keynote speaker alongside oral presentations and workshops from HE practitioners, survey officers and academics.

A call for papers for this event will open in December 2021.


12 May 2022: Student Engagement Conference 2022, Advance HE

Student engagement has never been more important or more challenging. This conference will provide an opportunity for the sector to come together to review where we’ve been and to consider where we go next. It will focus on the engagement of students in all aspects of their higher education, from the ‘classroom’ to extracurricular activities including leadership and governance; asking what does it mean to lead student engagement, and how can we continue to improve our vision of student engagement? The conference will consider leadership of student engagement through a 360º lens including the role of all staff, the Student Union, and the community as well as considering how we ensure inclusive engagement and remove all inequalities.


5-7 July 2022: Teaching and Learning Conference 2022: Teaching in the spotlight: Where next for enhancing student success? Advance HE

Flagship three-day conference attracting HE practitioners involved in all aspects of HE teaching and learning from the UK and overseas.

The focus on enhancing all aspects of teaching and learning remains a critical issue for those seeking to provide an outstanding student experience at all levels of taught provision.

Advance HE’s Teaching and Learning Conference 2022 will continue to position the spotlight firmly on teaching in a global context. In particular, this year, the conference will explore how we are enhancing student success through all aspects of the student experience including transitions, curriculum design and development, enterprise and employability, assessment, engagement and inclusion, sustainability and much more. Join us to share and learn, network with passionate colleagues and work together to enhance the success of future HE students.