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IntoUniversity virtual conference Being There: Addressing Educational Disadvantage through Place Based Work, Tuesday 9 June 2020 9.30 am – 12pm

Please find information below  about the IntoUniversity’s virtual conference, Being There: Addressing Educational Disadvantage through Place-Based Work.

The conference will be taking place via Zoom on Tuesday 9th June, 9.30am – 12.00pm, with a keynote speech from Emma Hardy MP, Shadow Minister for Further Education and Universities, as well as two panel discussions.

Further information below

Professor Charlie Jeffrey, Vice Chancellor of the University of York David Johnston MP, member of the House of Commons Education Select Committee Tim Young, Director of Education for The Rank Foundation Richard Brabner, Director of the UPP Foundation

IntoUniversity invites you to join us for our virtual conference, exploring the role of place-based working in tackling educational disadvantage. Focusing on long-term relationships and localised needs, place-based work can play a significant role in the future of the education and non-profit sectors. The 2016 referendum illuminated the depth and extent of inequalities between communities in different parts of the country. We also came to understand how educational disadvantage is a geographical phenomenon and the importance of the places young people live in shaping their futures. Universities are also exploring their civic role and the relationship each university has with its local communities. Place-based work in widening access can be a powerful way for universities to engage with those local communities where people feel most excluded from higher education.

The conference will feature panels on the role of the civic university and the importance of place-based work in disadvantaged communities. We will be hearing the experiences and perspectives of a university Vice-Chancellor and key funders of place-based work, as well as a keynote speech from Emma Hardy MP, Shadow Minister for Further Education and Universities.

Date and time: Tuesday 9th June 2020, 9.30 – 12.00 Platform: Zoom webinar

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Once you have registered, you will receive a link and further details about the conference’s three sessions closer to the time.

IntoUniversity welcome attendees from across the UK. I hope that you will find this a useful event.


Best wishes, Muriel Alexander