Getting In and Getting On: Widening Participation in Higher Education

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Greg Brown, Widening Participation Research and Evaluation Unit (WPREU), University of Sheffield
  • Jessica Woodsford, Access and Participation Manager, Office for Students
  • Richard Boffey, Deputy Head, AccessHE
  • Anand Shukla, Chief Executive, Brightside 
  • Kirsty Wilkinson, School and College Liaison Manager, Loughborough University
  • Anna Bird, Head of Education, Behavioural Insights Team


Equality of opportunity not only enables students to realise their potential but also strengthens your university. The Office for Students has placed widening participation at the core of its Regulatory Framework. Their bold ambition to transform access and participation in 2019, through ‘Access and Participation Plans’ and mandatory monitoring of their impact, involves a new approach to eliminate inequalities. HEIs need to ensure their WP policies successfully close inequality gaps.

Attend this timely Westminster Briefing to understand the key findings from the consultation on the OfS’s new approach and hear about submitting your APP before the deadline. Devise your next steps in how to comply with the Regulator’s aims and learn from other providers who are successfully identifying underrepresented groups, tailoring outreach programmes and creating flexibility in their admissions process.

Key Issues to be Addressed:

  • The Office for Students: the Regulator’s 2019 timescales and targets
  • Submitting your Access and Participation Plan
  • Preparing to self-assess: utilising the access and participation dataset 
  • Identifying underrepresented student groups and tailoring outreach strategies
  • Flexible admissions: transforming the process
  • Establishing partnerships with schools, colleges and universities to improve access to HE

About the Day:

The morning session will focus on the impact of the regulatory framework on student social mobility and the OfS commitment through Access and Participation Plans to tackle barriers and gaps.

The afternoon session will explore best practice in widening participation. Attendees will hear from leading institutions who are taking innovative approaches to create equality of opportunity. 

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.

Morning refreshments will be served upon arrival with a networking lunch to follow. Any special needs or dietary requirements should be notified to us upon booking.

The event is CPD certified, and a certificate is available confirming your attendance.

For registration enquiries please contact: | 0207 593 5657

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Wednesday 27th March 2019

11.00am - 3.30pm (including networking lunch)

Private Sector | 1 Place: £295 | 2+ Places: £245 each
Public Sector & Not for Profit | 1 Place: £245 | 2+ Places:£195 each

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