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See what’s on and sign up for anything that interests you. This page will be updated as events are arranged.

Please get in touch if you have an event your organisation would like to be promoted or if you have an idea for an event that our practitioners would be interested in

The Scottish Widening Access/Participation Professional Standards Framework and Professional Accreditation Scheme

Information and Consultation events Thursday 24th June 10.30 am – 11.30 am or Monday 28th June 10.30 am – 11.30 am.

SCAPP’s key aim is to provide a practitioners’ network to support the development and professionalisation of a strong widening access and participation community in Scotland and by doing this embed, enhance and support effective practice in Scotland. Central to this is the Quality Standards objective which aims to ensure quality of practice by supporting and promoting the alignment of practice with evidence.

To support this objective, SCAPP is developing a new Professional Accreditation Scheme that will provide professional recognition for individuals working in Widening Access/Participation (WA/P). The Scheme will support and promote continuing professional learning and development of staff working in WA/P across all sectors.

We expect the Professional Accreditation Scheme to offer the following benefits:

  • Provide professional recognition for your work and achievements in WA/P
  • Enhance the quality of practice in WA/P and endorse the value and experience of your professional practice.
  • Reward your commitment to WA/P and illustrate the impact your work has had to enable those most marginalised in society to reach their potential.
  • Provide a vehicle for you to benchmark your practice against national WA/P standards and evidence quality assured professional practice to employers and other key stakeholders such as funding bodies.
  • Enhance your Professional Learning/CPD portfolio and provide opportunities that allow you  to stand out in a competitive job market by being able to evidence the contribution you have made to the development of WA/P.
  • Provide an opportunity for you to learn and keep up with the latest professional practice.
  • Provide an opportunity for you to engage with and contribute to a growing community of WA/P practitioners in Scotland and beyond.

The Professional Accreditation Scheme is currently in development and has at its core a Professional Standards Framework which sets out professional practice in WA/P under three inter-related themes:

  • What We Value
  • What we Do
  • What we Know and Understand

Professional accreditation will be offered  at three levels:  Affiliate level; Practitioner Level; and Leadership Level.

The final draft of the Professional Accreditation Scheme will be completed by the end of May 2021 with a view to piloting it from September 2021.

To find out more and ask any questions that you may have please register for one of the events below:

Thursday 24 June 2021 10.30 am – 11.30 am

OR

Monday 28 June 2021 10.30 am – 11.30 am

First in Family as an Indicator or Widening Participation in University

First in Family as an indicator of Widening Participation in university, with Dr Morag Henderson

Thursday 24th June, 3:00pm – 4:30pm

LEAPS, in Partnership with SCAPP, invite you to join us at the following webinar:

In this LEAPS webinar, Dr Morag Henderson (UCL Institute of Education) will give a presentation on her paper ‘Is First in Family a good indicator for widening university participation’, which uses longitudinal data from England to analyse whether FIF is a good indicator of disadvantage, over and above other sources widening participation (WP) indicators. This paper and presentation will provide a springboard for a discussion between attendees.

As with previous LEAPS seminars, this session is intended to help bridge the gap between research and practice in the WP sector, create dialogue informed by academic analysis and observation, and generate ideas across the practitioner community to meet the challenges under consideration.

Please see further details, and register to attend on Eventbrite, here

Connect with Coffee

As we continue to work remotely, we realise that our opportunities to meet, network, share news and practice or just say “hello” – in the train, corridor, coffee queue or water cooler – are limited. 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.

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.

Coffee Connect normally takes place on the last working day of each month from 11am – 12pm.

Next event Wednesday 30th June 2021 at 11am 

More Information and Register

Brunch and Blether

Brunch and Blether events normally last between 1 hour and 90 minutes with presentation (s) then opportunity to ask questions or discuss the topic under question.

If you have something that you’d like to share  and present, please get in touch at scapp@stir.ac.uk

Lunch and Learn

Our Lunch and Learn events are designed to bring practitioners together to share practice, drawing on innovative ways that staff have developed activities for delivery to a variety of stakeholders.

The topics will reflect current practice and are designed to be informative, informal and hopefully useful!

Lunch and Learn events normally last between 1 hour and 90 minutes with presentation (s) then opportunity to ask questions or discuss the topic under question.

If you have something that you’d like to share  and present, please get in touch at scapp@stir.ac.uk

Tea and Talk

Our Tea and Talk events are designed to bring practitioners together to share practice, drawing on innovative ways that staff have developed activities for delivery to a variety of stakeholders.

The topics will reflect current practice and are designed to be informative, informal and hopefully useful!

Tea and Talk events normally last between 1 hour and 90 minutes with presentation (s) then opportunity to ask questions or discuss the topic under question.

If you have something that you’d like to share and present, please get in touch at scapp@stir.ac.uk

Other Events

The College Development Network will be hosting a Virtual College Expo21 on Wednesday 9th June and Thursday 10 June 2021.

The theme of the Virtual College Expo21 will be Press the reset button: Reimagining college learning and life

Over the two days there are panel sessions and seminar workshops and in particular there is a workshop about the NextGen HN, led by Graeme Clark at the SQA. This may be of particular interest to colleagues who are involved in articulation arrangements and activities who wish to find out more about the development and delivery of the next generation of HNQs.

For more information about the event and to register click here  Virtual College Expo21

Other Events

Other Events

Kirkcaldy High School: A Year of Challenges and Opportunities

Tuesday 22 June 4pm – 5.30 pm

QAA Scotland, in partnership with Kirkcaldy High School and Abertay University, is offering the following opportunity for colleagues in Scottish higher and further education institutions to learn about the experience of schools in 2020-21. Please circulate to anyone you think may be interested.

To register and find out more click below:

Kirkcaldy High School: A Year of Challenges & Opportunities

This session, delivered by two teachers and a S6 pupil from Kirkcaldy High School, will focus on the challenges faced by young people in a High School setting throughout the last year of the pandemic. We will discuss issues such as: mental health; online home learning; the demands of alternative assessment model in predicting grades; and the challenges young people may face in transitioning to further or higher education. The session will also highlight many of the positive aspects for our young people over the past year in areas such as digital literacy and building resilience.

Other events

Working with Adult Learners and Mature Students: Conversations with Practitioners

Events at Lifelong Learning Centre, University of Leeds 

Here at the Lifelong Learning Centre, University of Leeds we’re passionate about working with adults. We’re keen to share and discuss approaches with others engaged in or seeking to develop similar activity. Obviously the pandemic has meant a change in methods of delivery and we’re now reviewing what we’ve learnt from the online experience. The purpose of these conversations is to critically explore our practice, to determine with colleagues the lessons that have been learnt and exchange thoughts on developing new ways of working – and, more broadly, how we as a sector can increase engagement with adults in local communities.

Join us for this series of online conversations in June!

(**Please note that there is no fee to attend these sessions**)

 

Thursday 10th June

(11.00am-1.00pm)

Impartiality in adult outreach:                             

i)                    community partnerships

ii)                  information, advice and guidance

Thursday 17th June

(11.00am-1.00pm)

University contribution to adult community learning
Thursday 24th June

(11.00am-1.00pm)

Belonging and relationship-building for adults progressing to higher education
Thursday 1st July

(11.00am-1.00pm)

Reflections on the intertwining of civic engagement, adult education and widening participation

 

You can book your place at these sessions here.

If you have any questions please contact:

The Communities and Partnerships Team

Lifelong Learning Centre

Level 11, Marjorie and Arnold Ziff Building

University of Leeds

LEEDS

LS2 9JT

United Kingdom

T: +44 (0)7592 328670

E: candp@leeds.ac.uk

W: http://www.leeds.ac.uk/info/130603/lifelong_learning/1007/our_work_with_community_organisations

Gender in STEM and beyond: the implications of precarity in the academic workforce for gender diversity in STEM fields

Gender in STEM and beyond: the implications of precarity in the academic workforce for gender diversity in STEM fields with Barbara Read, CR&DALL core member.

This webinar will take place on June 22nd, 13:00-14:00 as part of the School of Education’s Education Leadership and Policy Series.

In this paper Barbara will be discussing the issue of gender in/equalities in STEM fields, in the UK, India, and Rwanda – the three countries where fieldwork is being conducted by the Gendered Journeys project team, looking at the experience and trajectories of students and employees in skilled employment in STEM fields.

It will combine this focus with a look at precarity in the academic workforce, and the extent to which this affects issues of equality and diversity in terms of representation in STEM fields, and the potential effects of the ongoing Covid pandemic on these dynamics.

Register here. to attend