Up and coming Conferences

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The Higher Education Academy in the UK run an extensive workshop and seminar series. Some will be listed on this page but you can view the full listings by clicking on the following link  http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/seminar-series

Visualising & communicating your research-SRHE (UK)

4th Sep 2019 - SRHE, 73 Collier St, London N1 9BE

Research impact is linked to the ability to engage others with it. Indeed, peer review, publication and presentation are core academic standards but so is public/stakeholder engagement - formal and informal. Importantly, and as researchers, we need to be able to communicate our research effectively so our work can inform future activities be these continued research, linked activities or contextual application.

This workshop will be delivered in partnership with academics and artists who specialise in illustration. Specifically, it will explore the medium of message and the development of visual communication. This will include the use of illustration, presentations, posters, and the psychology of communication/visual impact. The workshop will be hands-on and participants will engage in creative activities.

To get the most out of this workshop, participants are asked to bring a piece of their research they would like to work on. This could be an abstract, poster, presentation, paper or other output. They are also asked to bring a laptop.
By the end of the workshop, successful participants will be able to:
1.    Articulate the necessary elements for impactful visual communication;
2.    Construct a visual presentation for a named piece of research;
3.    Critically analyse visual research communication to discern elements of good and poor practice;
4.    Explore the role of creativity in research communication.

Higher Education Institutional Research (HEIR)Conference 2019 on: “Measuring Excellence” in Higher Education: Approaches and their Impact (UK)

11th-13th Sep 2019 - City Centre Campus, University of Wolverhampton

For more information on the Higher Education Institutional Research (HEIR)Conference 2019 on: “Measuring Excellence” in Higher Education: Approaches and their Impact, go to: http://www.wlv.ac.uk/heirconference.

Evidence-based policymaking - priorities for closer alignment of academic research and policy development (UK)

8th Oct 2019 - Central London, UK

Delegates will discuss priorities and best practice for supporting evidence-based policymaking, including how systemic barriers to innovation - such as risk-averse cultures in some policymaking circles and entrenched policies - can be addressed.
They will discuss best practice in science communication, particularly at a time of concern that political and popular culture is increasingly influenced by emotional and ideological motivations, rather than scientific evidence.
Those attending will also address the role of a range of stakeholders - including Parliamentarians, government departments, universities, businesses and research charities - in improving policy engagement.

Latest thinking on embedding evidence-based policy across Government and the role of the What Works Network. Sessions look at translating behavioural science into effective policy, thinking about how behavioural science research and intervention can be used to anticipate the impact of policies and potential problems relating to policy enforcement and implementation.

The agenda
•    The use of evidence in Parliament - priorities for building partnerships between academics and policymakers;
•    Opportunities for embedding evidence-based policy across government;
o   From ‘nudge theory’ to outcomes in practice: translating behavioural science into effective policy;
o   Are What Works Centres working? - evaluating impact so far and priorities for maximising the Network;
o   Positioning data at the heart of policy processes - priorities for identifying and collecting data, and conducting analysis; and
o   Engaging the public in the call for evidence.
•    Addressing the barriers to evidence-based policymaking;
o   Reforming entrenched policy and supporting policymakers to innovate;
o   Building public confidence in official statistics in a post-truth era;
o   Engaging policymakers and academics in dialogue - developing networks, awareness and partnerships; and
o   Addressing tensions between evidence and cultural norms.
•    Policy priorities for supporting evidence-based policymaking.

For more information, go to: https://www.westminsterforumprojects.co.uk/book/supporting-evidence-based-policymaking-19

Supporting disabled students - widening participation, accessible campus design and adjusting practice to the social model of disability (UK)

14th Oct 2019 - Central London, UK

The agenda in summary
•    Policy priorities for supporting disabled students;
•    Closing the access and participation gaps for disabled students;
•    Barriers to access - reforming the admissions process and improving the transition to university;
•    Supporting student success - developing an inclusive curricula, the impact of DSA reform, staff training and promoting employability;
•    Improving accessibility and ensuring effective campus design; and 
•    Responding to disabled student complaints.
New targets for participation, retention and attainment - and the social model of disability - Discussion will focus on the practical steps that can be taken by providers to deliver higher rates of disabled student participation, retention and success, including the practicalities of adopting the ‘social model of disability’ as endorsed by the OfS.
They will also consider what further steps could be taken to support the sector in achieving these aims. 

For more information contact Westminster Higher Education Forum policy conference or go to https://www.westminsterforumprojects.co.uk/book/priorities-for-improving-the-support-for-disabled-students-19

Higher technical education in England - qualification reform, regulation and delivery (UK)

31st Oct 2019 - Central London, UK

The agenda in summary
•    Reforming higher technical education in England - policy priorities;
•    What should higher technical qualifications look like? - design, collaboration with employers and improving uptake;
•    The regulatory landscape; and
•    Establishing Institutes of Technology Funding and key issues for the delivery of the reformed qualifications - funding, infrastructure, staffing and regional coverage.

For more information contact Westminster Higher Education Forum policy conference or visit https://www.westminsterforumprojects.co.uk/book/higher-technical-education-19

Improving provision for care leavers - implementing the Care Leaver Covenant and local offers and the transition into further education and employment (UK)

9th Jan 2020 - Central London, UK

The agenda
Areas for discussion include:
•         Policy priorities for supporting care leavers;
•         Implementation of local offers, funding for local authorities and developing effective partnerships;
•         Progress in implementing key measures for supporting young people leaving care - the care leaver covenant, social impact bonds and raising attainment in higher education;
•         Inspecting the standard of support for care leavers; and
•         Case studies in improving outcomes for care leavers - transition to further and higher education, supporting care leavers into work and ensuring effective support is available until 25.
The Care Leaver Covenant
With more than 50 employers, charities and all central government departments committing to the Covenant, delegates will assess progress made in its implementation and how to ensure young people are aware of and take up the opportunities it offers.

For more information, go to: https://www.westminsterforumprojects.co.uk/book/provision-for-care-leavers-20

Priorities for supporting student mental health-Westminster Higher Education Forum policy conference (UK)

21st Jan 2020 - Central London, UK

The agenda in summary
•    The development of the University Mental Health Charter;
•    Supporting first year students as they transition to university;
•    Improving visibility and accessibility of mental health services and new approaches to identifying students at risk;
•    Developing a collaborative, multi-agency approach to mental health provision on campus; and
•    Innovative approaches to promoting emotional wellbeing and building resilience.
The University Mental Health Charter - With renewed focus by Government on student mental health, delegates will discuss the development and implementation of the Government-backed University Mental Health Charter, which is due to be published in December 2019.
Attendees will assess the Charter’s key principles, which are expected to include an emphasis on university-wide involvement, an evidence-based and collaborative approach to Charter development and implementation, and a recognition of diversity both amongst HEIs and their varying approaches to support, as well as within the student population and individual needs.
There will be a keynote contribution from Rosie Tressler, Chief Executive Officer, Student Minds, which is leading the development of the Charter, on key messages from the consultation and next steps for developing assessment and piloting the scheme in 2020. 

Strategies for the prevention of mental health issues- Delegates will consider how schools, colleges and universities can better support students transitioning to university, with a particular focus on students from disadvantaged or non-traditional backgrounds.
It follows the Government announcement of a new taskforce, the Education Transitions Network, dedicated to developing measures to support students in four key risk areas for mental health - arising from the pressures of living and learning independently, and the challenges of forming healthy relationships and access to support for their wellbeing.

For more information, go to: https://www.westminsterforumprojects.co.uk/book/supporting-student-mental-health-19