OU APS - 6th International Biennial Conference, 22nd & 23rd April 2020 – Milton Keynes
Call for papers
We are pleased to announce that the call for papers for the 6th international Access, Participation and Success (previously Widening Access and Success (WAS)) biennial conference at the Open University is now open. Our 2020 conference shifts the focus away from policymakers and widening participation practitioners towards the voice of students who are either underrepresented or disadvantaged and how they experience higher education. It aims to explore whether the strategic direction and approaches implemented by higher education (HE) providers reflect the experiences of students who come from diverse backgrounds. Outcomes of the event will be collated to inform future policy and strategic decisions.
The conference will focus on specific characteristics associated with access, participation and success, recognising that students will inevitably present multiple characteristics. Based on sector-wide priorities the themes of the conference will be:
· Students from low socio-economic backgrounds
· Black, Asian and minority ethnic students
· Disabled students, including physical, mental and learning difficulties
· Mature learners
· Care leavers
We invite papers about innovative approaches to support students who identify with these characteristics to access HE and achieve equitable outcomes in terms of qualifications and progression to further study or higher skilled employment. We are particularly keen to receive submissions that combine academic/practitioner research alongside the experiences of students. Our registration process will include free conference attendance (not including accommodation) for students who present a paper alongside a paying member of University staff.
Delegates will enjoy a mix of student and policymaker panel discussions, lightning talks and workshops plus keynotes from leading sector practitioners and academics.
How to submit
Please submit details of your proposed contribution following the criteria below.
Submissions will be reviewed by members of the conference steering group. Text included in the abstract must not include any information which identifies the author(s) of the submission or their affiliated organisations.
150 word abstract providing a brief overview and aim of your project or research, methodology, key findings/outcomes and contribution to practice. Presentations should be no longer than 10 minutes. We encourage authors presenting lightning talks to submit a poster which will be displayed during reception dinner drinks.
500 word abstract. Workshops should be aimed at providing an interactive experience for delegates, with some practical outcomes. Submissions should include an overview of the context of the workshop, an indication of format of the workshop including any activities that delegates will undertake and proposed outcomes. Workshops will be an hour in length.
Submissions for posters must include a short description (maximum 150 words) of the intended content. Further guidance in relation to the design specification for posters will be provided at a later date.
Closing date for receipt of abstracts - Monday 16th December 2019