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Agenda

8:45 am
Registration, Refreshments and Networking
9:30 am
Chair's Welcome Address
Nathan Sansom
Nathan Sansom
CEO
The Access Project
Confirmed
9:45 am
Back in the Room Icebreakers

With live events back, we will be kicking off the Widening Participation Conference with interactive icebreakers.

This session will allow you to get to know colleagues from across the sector and explore your key learning objectives for the day.

Expect lots of interaction and an opportunity to restart your face-to-face networking experience!

10:00 am
TASO Keynote: What Works? Using Evidence Based Interventions to Improve Outreach
  • Highlighting the importance of focusing on evidence-informed practice to maximise the impact of interventions
  • Examining the evidence behind effective interventions
  • Sharing best practice for assessing your own interventions
Jessica Hunt
Jessica Hunt
Deputy Director of Research
TASO
Confirmed
10:30 am
Interactive Panel Discussion: Targeting – Reaching Hard to Reach Groups

In this interactive session you will be able to explore the steps required for effective targeting. Ask your questions and hear our experts’ perspectives on:

 

  • Effective targeting and what is required to reach hard to reach groups
  • How to use data to make effective targeting choices and meet your Access and Participation Plan targets
  • Best practice for using effective targeting to plan long-term multi-intervention outreach activities
Jon Datta
Jon Datta
Deputy Head of Widening Participation
University of Cambridge
Confirmed
Leanne Taher-Bates
Leanne Taher-Bates
Head of Outreach & Student Success
Lancaster University
Confirmed
11:10 am
Networking Break and Refreshments
11:30 am
Sutton Trust Keynote: Exam Disruption and Widening Participation
  • Assessing the impact of teacher-assessed grades on widening participation students
  • Discussing how ongoing grade inflation will affect access and widening participation as universities begin to face capacity constraints
  • Sharing insights on how the transition back to an exam-based system will impact widening participation
Rebecca Montacute
Rebecca Montacute
Senior Research & Policy Manager
The Sutton Trust
Confirmed
12:00 pm
Networking Lunch
12:50 pm
Interactive Panel Discussion: Interventions – Working with Schools Effectively

In this interactive session you will be able to explore the steps required to work with schools to maximise the impact of interventions. Ask your questions and hear our experts’ perspectives on:

 

  • Practical guidance on working with teachers to design interventions that are appropriate for pupils
  • How to build long-term relationships with schools and collaborate to offer effective outreach activities
  • Managing the transition back to in-person activities and identifying what works well digitally
Laura Compton
Laura Compton
Managing Director
The Elephant Group
Confirmed
Marie Muir
Marie Muir
Head of Student and Community Engagement
Nottingham Trent University
Confirmed
Susie Whigham
Susie Whigham
Chief Programmes and Communities Officer
The Brilliant Club
Confirmed
1:30 pm
OfS Keynote + Q&A: Grade Inflation and Widening Participation – Assessing what Works
  • Outlining how the OfS measures success through Access and Participation Plans, and how the OfS has evaluated its own approach
  • Examining the impact of teacher assessed grades and grade inflation on widening participation
  • Answering your questions on the OfS’s evaluation of their approach to access and participation, and how it will affect institutions moving forward
Chris Millward
Chris Millward
Director of Fair Access and Participation
Office for Students (OfS)
Confirmed
2:00 pm
Networking Break and Refreshments
2:30 pm
Interactive Panel Discussion: Evaluation – Assessing the Impact of Your Interventions

In this interactive session you will be able to explore how to evaluate the impact of your outreach activities. Ask your questions and hear our experts’ perspectives on:

 

  • How to use POLAR, IMD, LPN, and ACORN data effectively to evaluate the impact of your interventions
  • Sharing how to use other factors and data when evaluating you intervention activities
  • Best practice for assessing the impact of interventions against APP targets
Dr Anna Anthony
Dr Anna Anthony
Senior Research Analyst
Higher Education Access Tracker (HEAT)
Confirmed
Rain Sherlock
Rain Sherlock
Evaluation Manager
TASO
Confirmed
3:00 pm
Chair's Closing Remarks
Nathan Sansom
Nathan Sansom
CEO
The Access Project
Confirmed
3:15 pm
Conference Close

*programme subject to change