Overview

26 Apr, 20229:30 am-1:00 pm27 Apr, 20229:30 am-1:00 pm
Online Conference

The Higher Education Care Experienced Students Forum 2022 will examine leading research and practice in supporting access, success and progression for all care experienced students. The Forum will examine how high-quality interventions can be delivered by universities and the next steps in enhancing student services to meet the needs of those with experience of care.

The Forum will allow attendees to evaluate how universities can improve the impact of their offering within Access and Participation Plans, how providers can tackle common barriers to success and will assess what a holistic programme of support looks like throughout the student lifecycle.

Key Speakers

Expert Speakers and Practitioners

Sally Griffin photo
Sally Griffin
Widening Participation and Access Manager
Bath Spa University
Debra Vice-Holt photo
Debra Vice-Holt
Programme Manager
Sussex Learning Network
Dr Jim Goddard photo
Dr Jim Goddard
Chair
The Care Leavers Association
Natalie Latham photo
Natalie Latham
Head of Education Partnerships
The Care Leaver Covenant
Dr Aleata Alstad-Calkins photo
Dr Aleata Alstad-Calkins
Director of Student Support Services
University of Roehampton
Susannah Hume photo
Susannah Hume
Director of Evaluation, Policy Institute
King’s College London
Natalie Bracher photo
Natalie Bracher
Access and Success Officer
University of Exeter

Agenda

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
9:00 am
Online Login and Registration
9:30 am
Chair's Welcome Address: Day 1
Dr Jim Goddard
Dr Jim Goddard
Chair
The Care Leavers Association
Confirmed
9:40 am
An OfS Update: Enhancing Outcomes for Care Experienced Students and Looked After Children
  • Outlining the equality gaps for care experienced students on access, progression and outcomes
  • Assessing the Office for Student’s expectations on delivering support for care experienced students within Access and Participation Plans
  • Examining how providers can drive success and progression throughout the student lifecycle
  • Exploring OfS recommendations on delivering consistent and high impact support
  • Discussing the role of enhanced data collection and analysis in identifying care leavers and offering support prior to enrolment
Adam Lambert
Adam Lambert
Access and Participation Manager
Office for Students (OfS)
Invited
10:00 am
A Research Deep Dive: Delivering a Consistent Approach to Support in Higher Education

This deep dive session will examine the core findings emerging from the NNECL research commissioned by the OfS and early evidence from the new NNECL Quality Mark. It will explore how higher education providers deliver support for care experienced students across a range of areas including admissions, information advice and guidance, and pastoral and financial support.

The session will consider:

  • What is the current state of service provision and support for care experienced students?
  • How can a more consistent and impactful offering be developed across the sector?
  • What does effective practice look like and how can it be delivered more widely?
Patricia Ambrose
Patricia Ambrose
Director
National Network for the Education of Care Leavers (NNECL)
Confirmed
10:30 am
Break and Virtual Networking
10:50 am
Transitions to Higher Education from Care

This session will share findings from the Leverhulme funded research ‘Pathways to University from Care’. Findings are based on the views and perspectives 234 care experienced university students studying in 29 universities across England and Wales. The session will consider:

  • Common barriers facing care leavers moving into higher education
  • Financial constraints that exclude care experienced students from fully taking part
  • The impact of insufficient support on student retention and mental health
Dr Katie Ellis
Dr Katie Ellis
Lead Researcher
The Pathways Project
Confirmed
11:10 am
Panel Discussion: Access and Participation Routes in Practice

In this panel session, leading practitioners will share their insights on what it takes to deliver effective information and support that can enhance access routes for care experienced students entering higher education. The panel will discuss:

  • How the admissions, applications and enrolment process can successfully support access
  • The role of effective information and career guidance to support decision making
  • What financial, accommodation and pastoral support is needed to make access possible
  • How higher education providers can deliver a joined-up response with local authorities and further education providers
Fiona Ellison
Fiona Ellison
Director
Unite Foundation
Confirmed
Helen Sykes
Helen Sykes
Manager
Go Higher West Yorkshire
Confirmed
Nicola Turner
Nicola Turner
Policy Adviser
UCAS
Confirmed
12:00 pm
Break and Virtual Networking
12:20 pm
Workshop: Delivering a Joined-Up Approach on Success and Progression

This workshop will allow you to explore what high quality and integrated service delivery looks for students as they progress through higher education. The workshop will explore evidence-based solutions on:

  • Student co-production and review
  • Engagement and retention
  • Mental wellbeing and pastoral support
  • Routes to employability and future accommodation
Dr Aleata Alstad-Calkins
Dr Aleata Alstad-Calkins
Director of Student Support Services
University of Roehampton
Confirmed
Dr Heather Lloyd
Dr Heather Lloyd
Head of Access and Participation
Edge Hill University
Confirmed
1:00 pm
Close of Day 1
9:00 am
Online Login and Registration
9:30 am
Chair's Welcome Address: Day 2
Dr Jim Goddard
Dr Jim Goddard
Chair
The Care Leavers Association
Confirmed
9:40 am
Embedding the Lived Experience into Service Design and Provision
  • Assessing what effective co-production of services looks like for care experienced students in higher education
  • How can student review and feedback inform the development of support?
  • Exploring the challenges and obstacles facing the students from care backgrounds and translating this into action points within an institution
Carrie Wilson-Harrop
Carrie Wilson-Harrop
Young Person’s Project Coordinator
The Care Leavers Association
Confirmed
10:00 am
What Works? Understanding the Evidence Base of Interventions for Care Experienced Students
  • Examining the evidence for effective support for care leavers and the gaps in the evidence base within the sector
  • Assessing examples of successful practice that enhance outcomes for care experienced students
  • Action points on targeting, monitoring and support delivery
  • The case for a collaborative approach with local authorities and virtual schools
Susannah Hume
Susannah Hume
Director of Evaluation, Policy Institute
King’s College London
Confirmed
10:30 am
Break and Virtual Networking
10:50 am
Putting The Care Leaver Covenant into Practice: Supporting Life Transitions for Students

How can higher education institutions go beyond the university experience to offer vital support in the transition from local authority care to independence within adulthood?

This session will examine the role of institutions in supporting independent living, financial security, safety and wellbeing both during and beyond their time in higher education.

Natalie Latham
Natalie Latham
Head of Education Partnerships
The Care Leaver Covenant
Confirmed
Lemn Sissay MBE
Lemn Sissay MBE
Chancellor
The University of Manchester
Confirmed
Sally Griffin
Sally Griffin
Widening Participation and Access Manager
Bath Spa University
Confirmed
11:40 am
Break and Virtual Networking
12:00 pm
Outstanding Practice Walk Throughs: Insights from Intervention Leaders

In this series of case studies, you will hear practical insights from providers and leading practitioners that have developed high impact support programmes that improve outcomes for students from care backgrounds.

Case Study A: Linking Care Leavers with Local Families and Support Networks During University
Debra Vice-Holt
Debra Vice-Holt
Programme Manager
Sussex Learning Network
Confirmed
Case Study B: Supporting Guidance and Decision Making for Entering Higher Education
Helen Sykes
Helen Sykes
Manager
Go Higher West Yorkshire
Confirmed
Case Study C: A Student Lifecycle Approach at the University of Exeter
Natalie Bracher
Natalie Bracher
Access and Success Officer
University of Exeter
Confirmed
1:00 pm
Close of Day 2

*Programme subject to change

Audience

This Forum is specifically designed for all those concerned with supporting care experienced students entering higher education, including in the university sector, further education and the voluntary sector. Those in attendance will include:

  • Heads of Access and Participation
  • Access and Participation Managers
  • Heads of Student Success
  • Student Success Managers
  • Heads of Outreach
  • Directors of Student Services
  • Access and Success Officers
  • Pro Vice Chancellors

Pricing

For group discounts and enquiries about your registration please contact us on 020 3770 6580 or [email protected]