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Connect with Coffee - February 2024

Thursday 29th February 2024 11am – 12pm

Join us for the second Connect with Coffee of 2024.  Come and share any ideas, thoughts, reflections you have on any aspect of WP or any news you have to share with colleagues.

This is an informal networking event for new, and not so new, colleagues across the sector.

Register here  to join us on the 29th February

Connect with Coffee - March 2024

Wednesday 20th March 2024 11am – 12pm

Join us for the third Connect with Coffee of 2024.  Come and share any ideas, thoughts, reflections you have on any aspect of WP or any news you have to share with colleagues.

This is an informal networking event for new, and not so new, colleagues across the sector.

Register here  to join us on the 20th March

Passing the Baton - Stand Alone

21st March
Online, programme TBC

This final, free Stand Alone event is for colleagues from England, Scotland and Wales to come together to celebrate the successes and achievements of the Stand Alone higher education project launched in 2016 and for Stand Alone to pass the baton to the sector to make sure what has been achieved will neither be lost nor stand still.

It is the space for colleagues from institutions, sector bodies and third sector organisations to pledge to continue to drive forward the support for estranged students. There is still work to be done to bring about true equality of opportunity for estranged students with other cohorts.

The event is the opportunity to hear from

  • estranged students on how support from their institution is helping them in their studies and their views on how the sector should continue the work of Stand Alone.
  • from university and college practitioners about how Stand Alone has helped influence the development of support for their estranged students.
  • about new areas of research and practice such as addressing the intersectionality of estrangement with other characteristics.

Please note: the timings for the event are provisional and a programme will be available towards the beginning of March.

Please register here to attend.

The Hub for Success

Care Experienced Students, changing culture and practice through a trauma informed lens

Tuesday 26th March
The Horizon Suite –
Edinburgh Napier University, Sighthill Campus

Please join The Hub for Success for a fun, action packed and interactive day, where they will share the learning from their independent evaluation and help you become more trauma informed and ready to drive change!

Through a series of lightening talks, workshops and group activities you will have the opportunity to explore –

  • Stories of change – What does it means to be a trauma informed practitioner and how can you put this into practice?
  • How can you inform and influencing policy, practice and systems to help support care experienced students?
  • How can you drive change across your workplace and help to Keep the Promise Scotland?

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Debbie Duncan and Louise Martin, Senior Widening Access Support Officers from the University of Strathclyde, who will share the support they have developed for care experienced students in their place of learning, and offer insights into what really makes a difference for their care experienced learners.
  • Dr Autumn Roesch-Marsh, University of Edinburgh who will explore how being trauma aware is integral to making sure care experienced students feel connected and feel safe in places of learning.
  • Dr Zoe Baker, University of York will share the most recent phase of her Care-Experienced Graduates research project, which seeks to understand care-experienced students’ plans for after graduation, their choices and decisions informing these plans, and actual graduate destinations. It will offer insights into how we better support graduate transitions

The HUB for SUCCESS a partnership helping people with care experience to get in, stay in and return to education.

Express your interest by registering here and save the date in your diary.

SCAPP Seminar Series

Exploring the Impact of a Criminal Record on Access to University in the UK

Charlotte Brooks, Doctoral Researcher, University of Nottingham

Wednesday 24th April 2024

10am – 11:30am, Online (Teams)


Please register your details here to digitally attend this online Seminar.

There is no cost to attend this online session. This will be a live session, and not recorded.


About this Session:
Applicants to non-regulated UK degrees are no longer required to disclose criminal records that are unspent under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974), on their university application form. Yet most universities continue to ask applicants to disclose unspent criminal records at a later stage in the admissions process. Despite this, there is a relative silence in the literature about the impact of a criminal record on access to university in the UK.

This workshop draws upon Charlotte’s PhD research which explores the policies and practices of UK universities for applicants with a criminal record.

Format of this seminar:
The session will begin with a talk explaining the policy context around applicants with a criminal record and set-out what typical admissions processes currently look like for people with a criminal record.  This session will highlight some of the challenges applicants with a criminal record could encounter when applying to university and explain the importance of creating fairer admissions practices for people with a criminal record.

The workshop will make practical suggestions about how you, and your institution, can contribute to creating a fairer admissions process for people with criminal records. There will be an opportunity to attend a breakout session to reflect on these suggestions with colleagues. The workshop will conclude with a Q&A session.

Who is this session for?
Widening Access and Participation Practitioners and Managers, those working in Admissions, Policy, Student guidance and Support, or other professionals and Researchers with an interest in this area. Those from universities, colleges, third and public sector, and interested individuals are all welcome. While this information is relevant for colleagues across the UK, this session will focus on the Scottish context.

About the SCAPP Seminar Series:
The SCAPP Seminar Series intends to help bridge the gap between research and practice in Widening Participation work. We work collaboratively with academics to bring research pertinent to WA & WP practitioners for discussion, debate, analysis and reflection. In each seminar an academic is invited to present examples of their own recent, relevant research, allowing time for discussion and Q&As with practitioners.

If you have any questions please email

Reimagining Transitions: Conference Outcomes

Reimagining Transitions: Conference Outcomes
Articulation Matters event 

The Articulation Matters network will be hosting a short event on Wednesday 8th May 2024,  4pm – 5pm

This will be of interest to colleagues involved in any aspect of articulation work across the sector.

Following on from their highly attended workshop at the SCAPP conference in 2023, as promised the presenters will deliver a session on the feedback from the conference workshop and the themes identified to support institutions to work together to ensure all students are supported on their articulation journey.

Register here for the event

European Access Network Conference, in collaboration with SCAPP

11-12 June 2024
Abertay University, Dundee

After the success of the SCAPP Conference 2023, SCAPP is delighted to collaborate with the Abertay University team, to deliver the European Access Network Conference 2024!

The theme for 2024 is New Beginnings for European Access – Designing Equity, Transitions and Student Success, and is focused on preparation, diversity and partnerships.

Conference registrations are open and SCAPP have secured a 20% discount for Paid SCAPP Members to attend the conference. Please note there are a limited number of tickets available on the 2-day delegate rate, and this discount is available on a first-come-first served basis. Once this discounted ticket allocation is exhausted, the standard rates will apply.

Conference fees include a delegate pack, attendance at all of the day sessions (for the day/s of the booking), refreshments, lunch and the evening activity (Welcome Reception on Tuesday or end of Conference Celebration on the Wednesday).

Book your place at the EAN Conference, here.
Please note that all delegates must be registered individually, and Abertay University can only accept card payment.

Those who have submitted an abstract to the conference will be notified of the outcome by 1 March 2024. They may wish to note the key dates here.
(Presenters will also be required to register, and pay for a ticket to attend).

Read all details about the conference at
Please contact with any questions.

Refugee Festival Scotland 2024

RISE in multiple languages

Refugee Festival Scotland 2024 will run from 14th-23rd June!  The theme for this new festival edition is RISE.  

Thousands of people arrive in Scotland every year after being forced to abandon their homes and flee to safety. We see individuals rise every day to build new lives and pursue new livelihoods, despite facing many challenges and deep uncertainty. Packed with unique events and exceptional talent, the festival honours the resilience and courage of New Scots and celebrates a vision for a Scotland where everyone can blossom and has equal opportunity to thrive.   

This festival coincides with Refugee Week 2024, which runs 17th – 23rd June and has the theme ‘Our Home’. You can read about Refugee Week here.

Read more about Refugee Festival Scotland here.

SCQF Upcoming Workshops

Please see below for upcoming SCQF Workshops:

An Introduction to Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) – 22 February

Would you Credit It? – 27 February

The SCQF For Employers – 6 March

Would you Credit It – 21 March

Read more and book a place on the SCQF Events Website.

SCQF School Ambassador Programme


The SCQF School Ambassador programme offers schools the opportunity to learn more about the benefits of the SCQF and the wider ways in which it supports learners such as recognising wider achievement, developing Senior Phase learning pathways in line with the Developing the Young Workforce strategy and giving equality between vocational and academic qualifications.

There are already 50 schools involved and SCQF are keen to include more schools to participate.

Benefits include:

  • Free training with school staff to raise awareness of the SCQF and the School Ambassador programme
  • Access to a set of practical resources to help deliver in house training for pupils, parents and staff. As with many great Ambassador programmes, Pupil Ambassadors are the key. We’ll give you the tools to deliver training sessions with them so they can help raise awareness and use their creativity to engage parents and their peers.
  • Essential resources to help everyone involved in the school community understand the SCQF and how it can be used to develop learner pathways.
  • Share ideas and best practice with over 200+ schools in Scotland covering subject pathways, understanding qualifications and recognising personal achievement.
  • Regular support and engagement and showcasing of what’s working well with your school.
  • Attend SCQF best practice events and projects.
  • Progress through SCQF  recognition programme, showcasing the great work you’re doing but also get the recognition you deserve!
  • Take part in SCQF competitions through our social media.

Colleagues are asked to share information about this scheme amongst their networks


See SCQF  School Ambassador Programme for more info