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The Sanctuary Group - A Practitioners' Network: Access to Further and Higher Education for Refugees and People Seeking Asylum

The Sanctuary Group

A Practitioners’ Network: Access to Further and Higher Education for Refugees and People Seeking Asylum

Monday 27 September 2021, 2pm – 3pm

Practitioners with an interest in refugees’ access to Further and Higher Education in Scotland are invited to join a sociable speed-networking style gathering. We will be able to meet and talk in small groups, hopefully build cross-sectoral informal connections, and explore how we can collectively shape the future focus and activities of this new Community of Practice group.

SCAPP and Universities of Sanctuary hosted two events during 2020 and 2021 for widening access and participation colleagues across Scotland who have an interest in improving access to Higher Education for refugees and people seeking asylum. Interest and enthusiasm for a community of practice was expressed at both events.

We are now building on this interest and will be launching this network with this event on Monday 27 September 2021 2pm – 3pm.

SCAPP (Scotland’s Community of Access and Participation Practitioners) is a cross-sectoral professional practitioners network supporting colleagues in Scotland engaged in widening access and participation activity, evaluation and research.

Universities of Sanctuary is an initiative that seeks to support universities and colleges to develop a culture and a practice of refugee welcome and to do this in a networked way, with other further and higher education institutions.

To register for this event click here  

Articulation and Higher Education in Scotland

SCAPP’s Articulation Working Group invite their networks and colleagues to attend two virtual events, on the topic of Articulation in Higher Education in Scotland.

These will take place on

Thursday 23rd September 1 – 2pm – An Introduction to Articulation

Thursday 30th September 1 – 2pm – Articulation from the College perspective

These sessions are designed for education professionals looking for an introduction to articulation, or those who wish to refresh their knowledge.

These events are suitable for those working in, or with an interest in the role of articulation in widening access and participation in Higher Education. This might include Higher Education professionals and academics, researchers, college and university support staff, widening participation and access practitioners, those in the third sector, education advisors and secondary school teachers.

There will be 2 short live events.  At these events, the SCAPP Articulation Working Group team will launch a new, short online learning module for practitioners and education professionals: An Introduction to Articulation.  We intend to record the presentations from these live events and make the recording available as part of this new module.

See below for further details and to register or click here   Please note to attend both events you must register separately for each one.

If you have any questions about these events, please contact Laura Kwiatkowski on laura.kwiatkowski@ed.ac.uk

 

 

 

 

In Brief

In Brief….

Monday 11 October 2021 11am – 12pm

How many reports, research outcomes or publications do you receive that are central to your work that you really must read but which end up in  the “To Do”  or “Research” pile for you to catch up on?

To try and address this we are introducing short, lightening briefing sessions which will run every 2 months, looking at two recent or relevant reports, publications or research and covering the salient points, key outcomes, the things you need to know and be aware of.

There will be an opportunity for short discussion, how the reports and their outcomes/recommendations might impact on your work and the chance to share views. These collaborative sessions, led by widening access and participation practitioners and researchers, will enable you to leave the events hopefully with a clear idea of the main aspects under discussion and with perhaps the aspiration to read more!

Each session will last for one hour, 20 minutes for each report/research/publication and 10 minutes of discussion.

The first of these sessions will take place on Monday 11 October at 11am where we will be looking at two reports:

  • SFC Report on Widening Access 2019-20, June 2021

and

  • Sir Peter Scott’s fourth annual report Re-Committing to Fair Access – A Plan for Recovery, June 2021.  

This session will be led by Laura Kwiatkowski, and Jenny Edwards, both from LEAPS.

These sessions support the SCAPP objectives of Networking, Training and Development and Evaluation and Research and are designed to bring together practitioners and researchers interested or working in widening access and participation.

Equally, as a collaborative, partnership approach  their success will rely on support and input from practitioners and researchers across the WA and WP community to lead them.

If you would like to lead one of the “In Brief” sessions, or if you have any suggestions for reports, publications or research that you would like to see discussed or would like to share, please contact Jenny Edwards jenny.edwards@ed.ac.uk

To register for the event please click here 

Connect with Coffee

Thursday 28 October 2021 11am – 12pm

18 months on, we are still working remotely with a gradual return to the office for some of us.  To address this in some way, we are holding SCAPP Connect with Coffee events which will give you a chance to meet new colleagues, or catch up with existing ones.

Whether you can join from your organisational or home office, these are designed to enable staff to meet, share news, catch up with colleagues you might not have seen in a while or meet  new colleagues.

We begin each event with a short ice breaker or presentation by a colleague on a topic of interest – e.g. hobby or interest, their career journey through WP – followed by an opportunity to meet for 20-25 minutes with someone attending the event too.

 

With Estranged Students Solidarity week approaching, November 22-29, Peter Tormey from Edinburgh Napier University will deliver a brief overview of some of the activities planned to promote the work supporting students studying without family support.

To register for Connect with Coffee click here

 

An Introduction to Articulation

An Introductory session on the background and context of articulation in Scotland.  Thursday 23rd September 1pm – 2pm

We are delighted to welcome Anna Wallace, Senior Policy Analysis Advisor at the Scottish Funding Council, who will present at this event. There will be time for a Q&A presentation.

This event will be held virtually. Please register to attend  on Eventbrite here and click on the first listing entitled SCAPP – An Introduction to Articulation

 

Articulation from the College Perspective

Thursday 30th September, 1 – 2pm –

Articulation from the college perspective

Angela Vettraino, Academic Partnership Manager from Dundee and Angus College, will be presenting on the role of articulation within the college. There will be time for a Q&A post presentation.

This event will be held virtually. Please register to attend  on Eventbrite here and click on the second listing entitled SCAPP – An Introduction to Articulation

SQA NextGen: HN

SQA NextGen: HN.
Thursday 4 November 2021 4pm – 5pm

This session will provide an overview of, and background to, SQA’s our NextGen: HN project, including the principles governing qualification design, current and future work streams, meta-skills and other significant features.

There will be a focus on SQA’s work around articulation and progression, and opportunities for you to feedback to the SQA.

The session will be led by members of the NextGen: HN team.

These events are suitable for those working in, or with an interest in the role of articulation in widening access and participation in Higher Education. This might include Higher Education professionals and academics, researchers, college and university support staff, widening participation and access practitioners, those in the third sector, education advisors and secondary school teachers.

Register to attend on Eventbrite here

This event will be recorded.  

Setting up a new Sanctuary Scholarship: A workshop for University staff

Setting up a new Sanctuary Scholarship: A workshop for university staff


Wednesday 29 September
1.00pm-2.00pm

Are you interested in setting up a Sanctuary Scholarship at your institution, but unsure where to start?

Join STAR’s Access to University Coordinator Siobhán Coskeran, Universities of Sanctuary Coordinator Maryam Taher and members of staff from universities with established scholarship programmes for an introduction to the process.

Register for the event here

Other events

Engaging Ageing 21- The Future of Ageing and the Silver Economy 1 – 3 November 2021
Cost 50 Euros

Dublin City University  Age-Friendly is proud to host its third international conference “Engaging Ageing ’21 “The Future of Ageing and the Silver Economy”, November 1 – 3, 2021.

This industry-focused three-day event will bring together global experts and practitioners to provoke conversations and pioneer solutions seeking to harness the opportunities of rising demographics. The first day is dedicated to an academic Symposium, followed by 2 days of presentations and discussion from global and national practitioners in business, services, and industry.

The conference offers an excellent opportunity to understand this emerging area of increased focus while helping to shape the nascent concepts of business opportunities and the Future of Ageing and the Silver Economy.

Conference Schedule

Day 1 – Monday, Nov 1st 4pm – 8.00pm GMT: Academic Symposium.

Day 2 – Tuesday, Nov 2nd 3pm – 7pm GMT: Future of Ageing and the Silver Economy – A Global Perspective.

Day 3 – Wednesday, Nov 3rd 10am – 5.00pm GMT: The Future of Ageing and the Silver Economy – A National Perspective.

Call for Abstracts now open here.

For more information and to register Click here to reserve a ticket for all three days via  Eventbrite page.

 

Other events

Triangulating Novel Mixed-Method Educational Data to Develop Effective, Evidence-Based Policy – 28 September, 1pm – 2pm

 

The Urban Big Data Centre’s Educational Disadvantage & Place (ED&P) group – whose membership includes core CR&DALL members Dr Muir Houston, Professor Catherine Lido, Dr Phil Mason and Professor Mike Osborne – at the University of Glasgow has employed a spectrum of complementary quantitative and qualitative methods, often blurring the lines between, to address educational inequalities, with a view to informing the development of more effective policy solutions to the educational attainment gaps at all stages of life-long/life-wide education in Scotland and elsewhere.

In an online session on 28 September 2021 from 1230-1400 BST, we will use examples from the work of the UBDC’s Education work package to illustrate the impact of a range of the mixed-methods approaches, namely using:

Such approaches will be demonstrated by using three projects which have already generated impact in academic, media and government policy domains:

  • Integrated Multimedia City Data (iMCD) as applied to adult learning and greenspace in Learning Cities
  • Open data to demonstrate educational inequalities during the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) exam moderation as linked to measures of deprivation
  • Exploration of food insecurity of older adults in Scotland and effectiveness of food support services to tackled these inequalities

We hope these wide-ranging and diverse examples show a common thread of drawing together diverse data strands to argue for holistic and integrated solutions to Learning City issues and urban inequalities.

For more information about the event and to register please visit on UBDC website: Triangulating Novel Mixed-Method Educational Data Webinar | Urban Big Data Centre (ubdc.ac.uk)

OU-APS Seminar - Intersectionality: how the multiplier effect divides and reduces student success

OU-APS Seminar – Thursday 30th September 2021_09:30-12:30

Intersectionality: how the multiplier effect divides and reduces student success

We are very pleased to invite you to the first of our OU-APS seminar series of the new academic year.  This online seminar themed ‘Intersectionality: how the multiplier effect divides and reduces student success’ is free to attend and will be held on Thursday 30 September 2021 from 09:30-12:30.

At this seminar we will be sharing examples of good work in practice where two or more protected characteristics meet to amplify the negative impact on student outcomes.  We are very pleased to confirm and thank the following presenters for agreeing to present at our seminar:-

  • Rehana Awan – The Open University: How do we talk about race, and mental health?

  • Rebecca Breen and Danielle – University of South Wales: Being a student with Dwarfism and coming from a low income, single parent family – Higher Education from a different perspective.

  • Catherine Pestano – The Open University: Change required to address The Change

  • Andrew Potter, Diane Butler and Afua Acheampong – The Open University: Intersectionality in STEM: Gender and Ethnicity

Presentations will last a maximum of 20 minutes plus 10 minutes for questions, and will be recorded and shared afterwards on our website. However, do sign up to attend in person for the chance to take part in the interactive elements of the seminar.

A full agenda will be available on our APS website shortly.

To register for the event, please use this Eventbrite link.
For further information about this seminar please see our APS website or contact access-participation-success@open.ac.uk