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

Priorities for improving the quality of apprenticeships in England (UK)

17th Jan 2019 - Central London, UK

This Westminster Employment Forum Keynote Seminar will look at priorities for improving the quality of apprenticeships in England.

Overall, areas for discussion include:
•Regulation and inspection: challenges for the IfA, Ofsted, and now OfS, in maintaining and improving quality;
•Key issues for providers: with focus on the impact of the review of the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers;
•Employer’s needs: how levy funding can best be utilised, navigating the apprenticeship provider market and ensuring confidence in accreditation;
•Improving the pathway: ensuring the 20% off-the-job training is enforced, finding suitable end-point assessors and apprenticeship experience; and
•Next steps for policy: key findings from the Education Committee inquiry and priorities for future policy.

For more information, go to: http://www.westminsterforumprojects.co.uk/book/apprenticeships-in-England-19

Learning Gain: Different perspectives -SRHE (UK)

18th Jan 2019 - SRHE, 73 Collier St, London N1 9BE

This conference will explore findings from one of the 13 pilot projects into learning gain funded by the Office for Students. Working in collaboration with the University of Southampton, Royal Holloway, and the University of the Arts London, the University of Portsmouth have led a mixed-methods project. The aims of our particular project have been to explore different stakeholders’ perspectives of learning gain, as well as to develop psychometric measures of learning gain as defined by the development of non-cognitive skills (implicit theories of intelligence, self-efficacy and graduate capital to name a few), with a view to understanding the transformational potential of Higher Education.

With data from parents, employers, and of course students, our data allows for an in-depth understanding of different stakeholders’ conceptions of learning gain, as well as exploring the similarities and differences between them. We will explore learning gain through both a creative and economic lens, and will end by discussing how findings from the project may be used to inform policy and practice, especially through identification of where expectations are and are not being met.

For more information, go to: https://www.srhe.ac.uk/events

Graduate Employability Forum (UK)

28th Jan 2019 - Central London, UK

Westminster Insight’s Graduate Employability Forum aims to help educators understand how to better prepare graduates for the world of work. The employment prospects of graduates and the level of employment they gain has been subject to increased scrutiny in recent years, due to increasing tuition fees, the continued existence of skills gaps and wider labour market patterns.

Expert speakers include:
•Bahram Bekhradnia, President, Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI)
•Roberta Blackman Woods MP, Chair, All Party Parliamentary Universities Group
•Liz Bromley, Acting CEO, University Alliance
•John Cope, Head of Education and Skills, Confederation of British Industry
•Stephen Isherwood , Chief Executive, Institute of Student Employers
•Neha Agarwal, Head of Research & Insight, Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA)
•Dr Bob Gilworth , President, Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS) and Director, Careers Group - University of London
•Andy Gardner, Careers Adviser and Operations Manager, Central Careers Hub
•Dr Kate Daubney, Head of Careers and Employability, King's College London/The Careers Group
•John Watkins, Director of Employability, University of Law
•James Corbin, Head of the Careers and Employability Service, University of Kent
Senior Conference Producer

For more information call: 0845 647 9000  or email: john.smith@westminsterinsight.com

Priorities for international student recruitment: next steps for the visa system, pricing strategies and the international student experience (UK)

7th Feb 2019 - Central London, UK

This Westminster Higher Education Forum Keynote Seminar will focus on the priorities for international student recruitment: next steps for the visa system, pricing strategies and the international student experience.

Key developments to be discussed include:
•The MAC report on the impact of international students in the UK, which recommended that international students should not be removed from migration targets, leading to concerns from some within the sector;
•Government’s Immigration White Paper, which is planned to be published before the seminar and is expected to set out the next steps for the student visa system; and
•Announcement of next phase of EU Settlement Scheme, following its trial launch in the North West of England, which will grant the opportunity for students from the EU to stay in the UK post-Brexit.

 
For more information, go to: http://www.westminsterforumprojects.co.uk/forums/agenda/international-student-recruitment-19-agenda.pdf



Next steps for student housing: investment opportunities, regulation, impact of new providers, and the integration of students within local communities (UK)

26th Feb 2019 - Central London, UK

This Westminster Higher Education Forum Keynote Seminar will look at the next steps for student housing: investment opportunities, regulation, impact of new providers, and the integration of students within local communities.


Overall, areas for discussion include:

·         The investment climate: opportunities and market competition within the student housing sector;

·         Priorities for developing new student accommodation: the mix of student housing provision going forward, the effect of the New Homes Bonus and affordability;

·         Ensuring safe, quality housing for students: maintenance, the impact of PBSA and stakeholder responsibility; and

·         The place of student accommodation within communities: local authority and university collaboration, ensuring a balance between the needs of students and permanent residents and fostering beneficial integration.

For more information, go to:  http://www.westminsterforumprojects.co.uk/book/student-housing-19

evaluating the impact of their widening participation initiatives (UK)

28th Feb 2019 -

The OU’s Widening Access and Success Research and Evaluation team are hosting a joint, one-day workshop with Queens University Belfast and supported by the Forum for Access and Continuing Education (FACE) on Thursday 28th February 2019. The event will explore the challenges facing HE providers in relation to evaluating the impact of their widening participation initiatives.

This workshop will be of interest to:
•Academics and practitioners working in widening participation (WP);
•Research and evaluation officers;
•Policy-makers and those responsible for developing Access and Participation Plans.

For more information, go to: http://www.open.ac.uk/about/wideningparticipation/events/evaluating-wp-initiatives-overcoming-challenges


Next steps for widening participation in higher education (UK)

12th Mar 2019 - Central London, UK

This Westminster Higher Education Forum Keynote Seminar will look at the next steps for widening participation in higher education - developing collaboration between schools and universities, supporting disadvantaged groups and key priorities following the OfS review.

 
Areas for discussion include:
•The key findings from the OfS review of its approach to widening participation, and the implications of those findings;
•Barriers to higher education faced by target groups, and how to tailor outreach strategies accordingly;
•Strategies for promoting collaboration between schools, colleges and universities through partnerships such as those coordinated by the NCOP;
•The role of the admissions process in promoting equal opportunities; and
•Alternative approaches to consider for widening participation.

For more information, go to: http://www.westminsterforumprojects.co.uk/agenda/widening-participation-policy-practice-2019-agenda.pdf

Technology in higher education: the future of learning environments, the use of Artificial Intelligence and the impact of online courses (UK)

28th Mar 2019 - Central London, UK

This Westminster Higher Education Forum Keynote Seminar will look at technology in higher education: the future of learning environments, the use of Artificial Intelligence and the impact of online courses.

This conference focuses on the use of technology in the higher education sector, assessing its effectiveness and discussing ways forward for maximising its potential in both learning and teaching.

For more information, go to: http://www.westminsterforumprojects.co.uk/agenda/technology-in-higher-education-19-agenda.pdf