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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

Connect with Coffee

 

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

 

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 Experienced Graduates' Decision-Making, Choices and Destinations

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.

Programme Agenda
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/

Invitation to a Right2Learn and NEON event ‘What does levelling up mean for lifelong learning?’ - Monday 16th May - 2.00pm to 3.30pm

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:

  • Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top, Chair of the House of Lords Public Services Committee
  • Professor Jonathan Michie, President, Kellogg College
  • Jamie Driscoll, Mayor of the North of Tyne
  • Kevin Rowan, Head of Organising, Services and Learning, TUC
  • Kirsty Donnelly, Chief Executive of the City and Guilds Group
  • Julie Mills, CEO and Group Principal, Milton Keynes College
  • Helen Higson, Professor of Higher Education Learning and Management in Aston Business School
  • Gordon Marsden, ex Shadow Minister for Higher Education, Further Education and Skills
  • Professor Graeme Atherton, Head Centre for Inequality and Levelling Up, University of West London

 

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.

Access All Areas event 10 May 2022

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

Book now

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

Access all areas | Wonkhe

NextGen: HN Qualifications grading - SQA Academy Course

NextGen: HN qualification grading – SQA Academy course
SQA recently launched an e-learning course on SQA Academy to introduce the prototype grading approach for Next Generation Higher National qualifications (NextGen: HN). NextGen: HNs use overall qualification grading rather than a single graded unit which is used in current HN qualifications, creating more time for learning and teaching.

The course provides information on whole qualification grading and grading narratives alongside the three prototype approaches to whole qualification grading.

View NextGen: HN Grading course on SQA Academy
Grading Models webinar

You can also book your place on the  Grading Models webinar, part of the NextGen: HN webinar series, which will take place on Thursday 21 April.

You can book your place using their online event booking system. If you have not used the system before, you will need to register as a new user.

If you have any enquiries about the webinar, please call the Events team on 0345 213 5580 or email sqaevents@sqa.org.uk

NextGen: HN Qualifications grading - SQA Academy Course

NextGen: HN qualification grading – SQA Academy course
SQA recently launched an e-learning course on SQA Academy to introduce the prototype grading approach for Next Generation Higher National qualifications (NextGen: HN). NextGen: HNs use overall qualification grading rather than a single graded unit which is used in current HN qualifications, creating more time for learning and teaching.

The course provides information on whole qualification grading and grading narratives alongside the three prototype approaches to whole qualification grading.

View NextGen: HN Grading course on SQA Academy
Grading Models webinar

You can also book your place on the  Grading Models webinar, part of the NextGen: HN webinar series, which will take place on Thursday 21 April.

You can book your place using their online event booking system. If you have not used the system before, you will need to register as a new user.

If you have any enquiries about the webinar, please call the Events team on 0345 213 5580 or email sqaevents@sqa.org.uk

NNECL Webinar 14 June 2022 1pm - 2pm

NNECL Webinar

‘Rent guarantors for care experienced and estranged students’

14 June 2022, 1-2pm

 

Stand Alone is joining NNECL & Unite Foundation Scholarship Students for a NNECL webinar on the issues around rent guarantors for care experienced and estranged students.

In addition to the general difficulties of finding somewhere to live when going to university, these students without family support often struggle to secure appropriate accommodation for their time in higher education as they are unable to access a guarantor or cannot pay the prohibitive cost of a private rent guarantor provider. As a result many face frequent moves and unsuitable accommodation choices while yearning for stability and a ‘home’ during their studies.

Register for this NNECL webinar here

Further details on the programme and speakers to be announced by NNECL shortly.

CDN Expo 14 and 15 June 2022

College Development Network
CollegeExpo 2022

Tuesday 14 and Wednesday 15 June 2022

@ColDevNet #CollegeExpo22

Book your free place here

The theme of Virtual College Expo22 is:

Rewrite the College Story: Learning Experiences, Skills Development, Anchoring Communities

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

SCQF Upcoming Online Workshops

SCQF Upcoming Online Workshops

Two of our most popular workshops will be running in June before we have a well earned break for the summer period.

Would You Credit It? is aimed at organisations who are in the process of developing a learning programme and are considering having it Credit Rated for the SCQF. This is a very popular workshop and we recommend you book early to secure a space.

My Skills, My Future is aimed at those involved with Community Learning, Developing the Young Workforce, or who provide careers advice and guidance. It helps advisers become familiar with, and understand the benefits of, the ‘My Skills, My Future’ resources in order to use them to help and guide a wide range of individuals.

Future online workshop dates
Workshops reconvene in September with the return of a limited number of face-to-face workshops being held in our office at West George Street, Glasgow (subject to restrictions):

Thursday 01 September – Would you Credit It? (online workshop)
Tuesday 13 September- My Skills, My Future (face-to-face workshop)
Tuesday 20 September – Introduction to Recognition of Prior Learning (online workshop)

Would You Credit It? Online Workshop
Thurs 9th June 2022, 10:00am – 4:00pm
This online workshop (split into 2 x 2 hour sessions) is designed to support individuals and organisations who are developing, or who already have, a learning programme which they are considering having Credit Rated for the SCQF.
Register Now
My Skills, My Future Online Workshop
Thurs 16th June 2022, 10:00am – 3:00pm
An interactive online workshop (split over a morning and afternoon session) for those wishing to use the ‘My Skills, My Future’ suite of resources to support individuals in identifying the skills they have gained from other experiences outwith formal qualifications
Register Now
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