Tuesday 28 June 2022 11am – 12pm
Join us for the final Connect with Coffee event of the current session.
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 start each session with a short presentation or ice breaker.
To register for Connect with Coffee click here
Launch of SCAPP Widening Participation Evaluation Guide
Tuesday 17 May 2022 10am – 12pm
This event will showcase SCAPP’s new Widening Participation Evaluation Guide.
Designed and delivered by research consultant Dr Karen Campbell, and Alison Browitt, Research Associate, University of Glasgow – and working collaboratively with support from SCAPP’s Evaluation and Research Working Group – this guide provides practical “how to” and “what to remember” guidance on evaluating access and widening participation initiatives, programmes and projects with the Scottish WP context, key stakeholders and funding bodies in mind.
The guide is aimed at busy practitioners without a background in education research working in schools, colleges universities or the third sector and offers practical tips and key considerations to bear in mind when developing an evaluation in order to plan and conduct evaluation of their widening participation interventions.
The event will demonstrate this web-based resource with input from practitioners on how they intend to use the guide in application to their own activities and roles. There will be opportunities for discussion and feedback at this event.
Please share with any colleagues for whom you feel this guide would be of relevance and use.
Care-Experience Graduates’ Decision-Making, Choices and Destinations
Queen Margaret University, Friday 13 May 2022 12.15pm – 4.30 pm
As you know, care-experienced students often overcome profound challenges to access higher education, such as educational disruption, and mental health issues arising from childhood trauma. Yet, we know little about their onward trajectories into employment and/or further study as graduates.
In this event, Dr Zoe Baker (University of York) will present interim and emerging findings from the first phase of the Care-Experienced Graduates’ Decision-Making, Choices and Destinations project.
The project, funded by the British Academy, provides insights into how care-experienced students from England and Scotland make their graduate plans, what helps or hinders their transitions into graduate life, and how a background of care affects this. It does so by exploring care-experienced students’ narratives from their final year of higher education, through to 12 months following graduation.
Dr Baker will share narratives from the first phase of the project – those of final year care-experienced higher education students. She will highlight what their key concerns are when approaching graduation, challenges they perceive when transitioning out of higher education, their thoughts about entering employment, and finally, the role of care histories in these.
This will be followed by a student panel chaired by Dr Baker, where students with care experience will provide their thoughts on transitioning out of university, highlighting challenges faced and how this transition can be best supported.
The event will conclude with an opportunity for attendees to explore and discuss in break-out groups what actions policy makers, higher education institutions, local authorities, and employers can take to ameliorate these challenges and create more stable, supported and equitable transitions into graduate life for those with care experience.
12:15 – Delegate arrival, lunch served
13:15 – Seminar begins
14:00 – Student panel
14:30 – Breakout sessions
15:15 – Afternoon tea and coffee
16:30 – Event ends and guests depart
Please note numbers are limited so please book early to ensure your place. Booking deadline is Monday 9th May 2022.
There is a small charge of £12.50 for this event
To book your place please go to: https://www.qmu.ac.uk/news-and-events/events-listing/care-experience-seminar-13th-may-2022/
Right2Learn and NEON event ‘What does levelling up mean for lifelong learning?’ – Monday 16th May – 2.00pm to 3.30pm
As the government moves forward with its levelling up agenda in the wake of the white paper released earlier this year, what this means for lifelong learning is a key issue. The white paper included a commitment to increasing the number of people successfully completing high-quality skills training by 2030 with over 200,000 successfully completing high-quality skills training annually and 80,000 more people completing courses in the lowest skilled areas. How will this commitment be delivered though? Is it ambitious enough? Is lifelong learning being given a high enough priority in the government’s contemporary Medici model? Is the potential for lifelong learning to drive forward economic growth and social inclusion being realised?
This FREE online event led by the Right2Learn campaign, and the National Education Opportunities Network (NEON) brings together leading national figures from politics, higher and further education, skills and the union movement to examine the implications of the levelling up agenda for lifelong learning.
Speakers confirmed so far are:
To register for this event please go to: https://www.educationopportunities.co.uk/right2learn-and-neon-event-what-does-levelling-up-mean-for-lifelong-learning/
The Right2Learn campaign was founded in 2020 to promote a statutory right to learn for everyone whatever their age or background. Our aim is to show how important properly funded lifelong learning is to the life chances of millions. The event will also be an opportunity to hear about the future of the R2L campaign and how you can get involved.
10 May 2022, London
Join us for Access All Areas, a Wonkhe event about how the access and participation agendas are changing across the UK’s diversifying education systems.
Who should go to university and why? What different models of social mobility are in play, and are we heading for a more joined-up tertiary education system in England and across the UK?
At Access All Areas, we’ll assess the current access and participation landscape and consider what will need to change in outreach, information, advice and guidance, partnerships and pathways between providers, and on-course student support to sustain and grow education opportunities in the years ahead.
We’ll bring together policymakers and practitioners to work through the challenges and identify the things that will make the most difference to future students’ ability to get in and get on.
Agenda and booking
Confirmed speakers include:
John Blake, Director for Fair Access & Participation, Office for Students
Clare Marchant, Chief Executive, UCAS
Natalie Perera, Chief Executive, Education Policy Institute
Sam Freedman, Senior Adviser, Ark
Geoff Layer, Chair of the Disabled Students’ Commission
Bronwyn Parry, Director of the King’s Sanctuary Programme, KCL
Graeme Atherton, Director, National Education Opportunities Network
Sinead Gallagher, Deputy Director, Higher Education at Llywodraeth Cymru / Welsh Government
Charlie Ball, Head of Higher Education Intelligence, Jisc
Cathy Mitchell, Head of Market Insight & Analysis, Heriot-Watt University
Leonie Ansems de Vries, Co-Director of the King’s Sanctuary Programme, KCL
Peter Scott, Commissioner for Fair Access in Scotland
Yana Williams, Chief Executive, Coleg Cambria
Wonkhe’s editorial team and others to be confirmed soon
It will be an essential event for anyone working in access and participation as well as student success, strategy and policy roles in universities, colleges or schools. Group discounts are available.
Find a full agenda and further details here
College Development Network
Tuesday 14 and Wednesday 15 June 2022
The theme of Virtual College Expo22 is:
Virtual College Expo22 is the most exciting professional learning event for the college sector in Scotland, offering inspirational keynotes, workshops, seminars, and panel debate.
This year we also recognise Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022 as we celebrate and share student stories from across the country.
Call for session submissions is now open!
We are inviting you to share your knowledge and experience at this year’s Virtual College Expo by submitting your online session and/or students’ stories proposals.
Deadline date is Friday 25 February