Meeting the Challenge of APP Targets: Boosting Student Access, Participation and Outcomes

In a sea change for access and participation, HEIs are now required by the OfS to set out targets within their Access and Participation Plans (APPs) for the 2020/21 – 2024/25 period. These long-term, outcomes-based plans are the some of the most challenging set to date and will for the first-time place HEIs accountable to self-set targets that improve access, participation and success in higher education.

The OfS states HEIs must develop APPs that eliminate gaps in four areas: 

  • Entry rates between the most and least represented groups
  • Drop-out rates between the most and least represented groups
  • Degree outcomes between white and black students
  • Degree outcomes between disabled and non-disabled students


By tackling these, HEIs are taking the first steps in a generational shift towards a fairer HE system and society.

Join this event to review how your institution can widen access and participation in order to meet APP targets.

This is your chance to review OfS guidance and the key performance measures (KPMs) for APPs as well as learn good practice of achieving targets from peers across the sector.

The day is split into 5 parts which will give you all you need to review your institution's approach to widening access and participation – from strategy through to delivery.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand Access & Participation Plan Targets against OfS Standards
  • Explore how to take a “Whole Institution approach” to APPs: Ensuring your whole University engages
  • Examine different approaches to APPs across a range of institutions
  • Review ways to close entry rate gaps: Piloting schemes which widen access to disadvantaged groups
  • Next steps: Adopting longer-term outcomes-led approaches

Expert Speakers Include:

  • Sarah Howls, Head of Access and Participation, Directorate for Fair Access and Participation, Office for Students (OfS) 
  • Alison Shaw, Professor of Practice for Student Success and Progression, Newcastle University
  • David Wooley, Director of Student and Community Engagement, Nottingham Trent University
  • Liz Carlisle, Head of Admissions, Sheffield University
  • Syreeta Allen, Head of Student Outcomes, King's College London
  • Lorraine Gearing, Director of Educational Strategies, Coventry University
  • Andrew Lagden, Education Consultant, (event chair)
  • Carys Fisher, Senior Policy Executive, UCAS
  • Laura Gray, Chief Executive, Brightside
  • Further speakers to be announced

The Event:

Due to current uncertainty surrounding live events and restrictions around social distancing, this event will now take place online.

As a delegate you can expect:

  • High quality and timely content as you would expect in a face-to-face event
  • Facilitated Q&A and panel discussions to put your questions to expert speakers
  • Access to recordings from all conference sessions post-event
  • Scheduled breaks throughout the day to minimise screen fatigue
  • CPD accreditation on request for all registrants
  • Delivered via Zoom Webinar, an accessible and user-friendly platform

Who should attend?

Anyone with an interest in widening participation in HE, including those working in:

  • Widening participation & outreach teams
  • Admissions
  • Community engagement
  • Student services & student unions

Further information:

Our events are CPD certified. This event is equivalent to 3 CPD points.
A certificate is available on request post-event to all attendees.

Please note that all speakers and the agenda are subject to change without notice.

For registration enquiries please contact: 

To discuss event sponsorship, speaking opportunities and agenda content, please email:

Tuesday 13th October 2020

10.00am - 15.00pm

Event to be held online.

Private Sector | 1 Place: £395


Public Sector | 1 Place: £195 | 2+ Places: £145 each


Above prices exclude VAT


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