Admissions to Higher Education
19 Oct 2010
8th Annual National Conference. New pressures, new solutions. Held at Cavendish Conference Centre, London

This conference looked at best practice in widening participation, fairness and accessibility in the applications process, and asked how demand can be managed efficiently to ensure the best outcome for both students and HE institutions.

Programme
10:00
John O’Leary, Editor, Policy Review
Welcome and introduction from Conference Chair

10:10
Janet Graham, Director, Supporting Professionalism in Admissions
Professional admissions in a changing environment: 2011 entry and beyond

10:30
Professor Steve West, Vice-Chancellor, University of the West of England
Widening participation in an over-subscribed system

10:50
Aaron Porter, President, National Union of Students
Fair access for all? Is participation really being widened?

11:10
Sir Martin Harris, Director, Office for Fair Access
Keynote address

11:20
Questions and discussion: Session 1
11:30
Refreshments, networking and exhibition
12:00
Sir Alan Langlands FRSE, Chief Executive, Higher Education Funding Council for England
Higher Education funding: the challenges ahead

12:15
Sir Alan Langlands FRSE, Chief Executive, Higher Education Funding Council for England
Question and answer session

12:20
Case studies and panel discussion
Gaynor Glover, Head of Admissions, University of Liverpool Nicola Rawlins, Head of Admissions, Sheffield Hallam University Lindsay Neil, Head of Admissions and Student Funding, University of Westminster Speakers to be joined by: Dan Shaffer, Senior Project Officer, Supporting Professionalism in Admissions

13:10
Buffet lunch, networking and exhibition
14:00
Mary Curnock Cook OBE, Chief Executive, UCAS
Afternoon keynote address

14:15
Liam Owens, Head of Student Recruitment, Edge Hill University and Chair, Higher Education Liaison Officers Association
Recruitment and marketing: attracting the right applicants

14:25
Tim Oates, Group Director of Assessment Research and Development, Cambridge Assessment
Recruitment and marketing: attracting the right applicants

14:35
Eleanor Simmons, Associate Director, Higher Education, Opinionpanel Research
What applicants want: open days and induction activities to enhance the student experience

14:50
Delyth Chambers, Consultant
More efficient admissions offices

15:05
Questions and discussion: Session 3
15:20
Refreshments, networking and exhibition
15:50
Seminar 1: Mature and part-time students
Hannah Jones, Academic Registrar, Ruskin College

15:50
Seminar 2: Pre-admissions testing: an overview
Tim Oates, Group Director of Assessment Research and Development, Cambridge Assessment

15:50
Seminar 3: IAG for progression to HE
Jo Wiggans, Director, Aimhigher Greater Manchester

15:50
Seminar 4: International admissions: an update
Bharat Pamnani, Assistant Director, Partnership and Engagement Manager, Temporary Migration, UK Border Agency George Shirley, Assistant Director, Sponsor Management & Student Controls, UK Border Agency