Overview

23 Jun, 20229:30 am-4:00 pm
Online

Following the Office for Students’ announcement of the next steps in access and participation in February 2022, this event will provide practical guidance for institutions to improve the implementation and evaluation of their access and participation plans in line with the Office for Students’ new priorities.

Ahead of the deadline to request variations to access and participation plans for the 2023-24 academic year at the end of July, this event will use practical workshop sessions and case study examples to support you in:

  • Understanding the practical and implementation challenges surrounding the OfS Reforms
  • Assessing how your institution can build up its evidence base to inform the development and delivery of effective interventions
  • Examining how your institution can enhance partnership working with schools, further education colleges, and third sector organisations as part of the reforms
  • Using data to develop an evidence base for investment and measure outcomes from APP interventions

Following the Office for Students’ announcement of the next steps in access and participation in February 2022, this event will provide practical guidance for institutions to improve the implementation and evaluation of their access and participation plans in line with the Office for Students’ new priorities.

Ahead of the deadline to request variations to access and participation plans for the 2023-24 academic year at the end of July, this event will use practical workshop sessions and case study examples to support you in:

  • Understanding the practical and implementation challenges surrounding the OfS Reforms
  • Assessing how your institution can build up its evidence base to inform the development and delivery of effective interventions
  • Examining how your institution can enhance partnership working with schools, further education colleges, and third sector organisations as part of the reforms
  • Using data to develop an evidence base for investment and measure outcomes from APP interventions

Key Speakers

Jon Datta photo
Jon Datta
Deputy Head of Widening Participation
University of Cambridge
Rain Sherlock photo
Rain Sherlock
Evaluation Manager
TASO
Marie Muir photo
Marie Muir
Head of Student and Community Engagement
Nottingham Trent University

Agenda

9:00 am
Login and Accessing Platform

*This event will run entirely via an online platform. Specific joining instructions and guidance will be provided to registered delegates

9:30 am
Welcome and Clarification of Learning Objectives

Note that all of today’s sessions will be interactive, and attendees will have regular opportunities to pose questions to our experts, have their concerns heard, and leave the day equipped to improve access and participation planning at their institutions.

Jon Datta
Jon Datta
Deputy Head of Widening Participation
University of Cambridge
Confirmed
10:00 am
Session 1: Introduction to the Next Steps for Widening Participation

This session will discuss:

  • The impact of the OfS’s reforms on access and participation planning
  • How to vary 2023-24 APPs in line with the OfS’s new priorities for access and participation
  • How the updates affect universities’ outreach work
  • Best practice for measuring and assessing the impact of interventions
Jon Datta
Jon Datta
Deputy Head of Widening Participation
University of Cambridge
Confirmed
10:45 am
Morning Break
11:00 am
Session 2: The Future of Access & Participation Plans & Social Mobility

This session will discuss:

  • The opportunities for improving social mobility presented by the OfS’s reforms on access and participation planning
  • Discussing the role of universities in addressing the widening attainment gap in primary and secondary education
  • Sharing how universities can work with communities, schools, and third sector organisations to improve social mobility
Sonia Blandford
Sonia Blandford
Professor of Social Mobility
Plymouth Marjon Univeristy
Confirmed
11:30 am
Session 3: Understanding Best Practice for Evaluating Interventions

This session will discuss:

  • The existing evidence landscape for different attainment raising activities on student outcomes
  • Intermediate outcomes and evaluating outreach interventions

This session will also include significant time for discussion. Please bring questions for TASO regarding your own evaluation activities, and how to measure the impact of interventions.

Rain Sherlock
Rain Sherlock
Evaluation Manager
TASO
Confirmed
12:30 pm
Lunch Break
1:30 pm
Session 4: Case Study – Proactive Partnership Working to Raise Attainment Locally

This session will discuss:

  • Nottingham Trent’s approach to outreach through the Centre for Student and Community Engagement (CenSCE)
  • Best practice for effective community engagement and partnership working to improve attainment and drive social mobility
  • Guidance on working with teachers and schools to identify and deliver effective and appropriate interventions
  • The impact of effective outreach practices on local attainment
Marie Muir
Marie Muir
Head of Student and Community Engagement
Nottingham Trent University
Confirmed
2:10 pm
Session 5: Developing an Effective Strategy for Collaboration to Support Attainment-Raising

In this workshop, you will:

  • Develop a place-based strategy for working alongside schools and third sector organisations to raise attainment
  • Learn how to collaborate with schools and third sector organisations to reduce the attainment gap
  • Deepen your understanding of the role of universities in supporting students admitted with lower grades to achieve good outcomes
Jon Datta
Jon Datta
Deputy Head of Widening Participation
University of Cambridge
Confirmed
2:45 am
Afternoon Break
3:00 pm
Session 6: Breakout Discussion - Implementing Changes in Response to APP Reform

In this session, delegates will split into breakout rooms to:

  • Discuss with other delegates how you plan to implement changes in response to the APP Reforms ahead of the next cycle
  • Share knowledge, opportunities, and challenges of implementation thus far
  • Develop strategic plans to improve evaluations of APP interventions
  • Discuss how best to engage key stakeholders to ensure your strategy is understood and supported
Jon Datta
Jon Datta
Deputy Head of Widening Participation
University of Cambridge
Confirmed
3:45 pm
Feedback, Evaluation, and Close

*programme subject to change

Jon Datta
Jon Datta
Deputy Head of Widening Participation
University of Cambridge
Confirmed

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