Getting In and Getting On: Widening Participation in Higher Education

** Please note the date of this event has changed due to new OfS guidance scheduled for February**

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Professor John Storan, Director, Continuum Centre for Widening Participation Policy Studies, University of East London & Director, Action on Access (Chair)
  • Greg Brown, Widening Participation Research and Evaluation Unit (WPREU), University of Sheffield 
  • Further speakers TBC

Context: 

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. 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
  • Meeting the mandatory requirement to publish 'access and participation plans'
  • 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:
Customer.services@westminster-briefing.com | 0207 593 5657

To discuss event sponsorship, speaking opportunities and agenda content, please email: hollie.allen@dodsgroup.com

Wednesday 27th March 2019

11.00am - 3.30pm (including networking lunch)

Central London (Venue TBC)

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

Prices above exclude VAT



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