Higher Education and Schools Partnerships Conference
19 May 2011
Ensuring access; maintaining relationships. 3rd Annual conference. Held at Westminster Studio, London SW1

Headline Speakers

This conference brought together vice-chancellors, head teachers and college principals, along with partnership and widening participation managers, to discuss the latest policy developments and the future for partnership working.

Programme
10:00
Wes Streeting, Chief Executive, Helena Kennedy Foundation
Welcome and introduction from conference chair

10:15
Professor Steve West, Vice-Chancellor, University of the West of England
Widening participation in a changing landscape

10:35
Lord Professor Robert Winston, Professor of Science and Society, Imperial College London
Keynote Address

10:55
Questions and discussion: Session 1
11:30
Refreshments, networking and exhibition
12:00
Andrew Rawson, Deputy Director, Action on Access
Making use of the Aimhigher legacy

12:20
Kevin Mattinson, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Community and Partnerships), Keele University
Pooling resources: how HEIs can work together on partnerships

12:40
Liam Owens, Head of Student Recruitment, Edge Hill University and Chair, Higher Education Liaison Officers Association (HELOA)
IAG in an age of austerity: supporting and delivering information, advice and guidance

12:50
Questions and discussion: Session 2
13:00
Buffet lunch, networking and exhibition
14:00
Dr Graeme Atherton, Executive Director, Aimhigher London West, Central and North (WECAN) Partnership
What do schools want? Results from a direct funding pilot

14:20
Stephen Grundy, National HE Programme Co-ordinator, Specialist Schools and Academies Trust (SSAT)
Successful partnerships with specialist schools and academies

14:40
Steve Kendall, Associate Dean of Partnerships, University of Bedfordshire
Building a comprehensive partnership programme

15:00
Questions and discussion: Session 3
15:15
Refreshments, networking and exhibition
15:30
Key issue seminar 1: Working together to prepare applicants for the HE admissions process: interviews, tests, use of contextual data
Annie Doyle, Senior Project Officer, Supporting Professionalism in Admissions (SPA)

15:30
Key issue seminar 2: Inspiring pupils to progress into STEM subjects
Jo Hutchinson, Deputy Head of Centre, International Centre for Guidance Studies (iCeGS), University of Derby