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RESCHEDULED!! - OU Access, Participation and Success (prev. WAS) Conference 2020

Date: 
Wednesday, March 17, 2021 - 09:30 to Thursday, March 18, 2021 - 17:00
Location: 
Doubletree by Hilton Hotel (part of the MK Dons Stadium), Bletchley, MIlton Keynes

!!  UPDATE  !! 

Due to Covid-19, our conference has been rescheduled and is now taking place

from 17th to 18th March 2021.  All other details remain the same - see below for further information.

Registration is currently 'on hold'. 

We will send out further information when registrations re-open for this event.

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OU APS - 6th International Biennial Conference, 22nd & 23rd April 2020 – Milton Keynes

Whose voice is it anyway?
Putting students at the heart of widening participation policy and practice

Latest update - Registration for the conference is now open!

Register for the conference with Eventbrite here!

 

Confirmed keynotes

  • Professor Sir Peter Scott - Commissioner for Fair Access in Scotland
  • ​Chris Millward - Director of Fair Access and Participation, Office for Students (OfS)
  • ​Victoria Winkler - Director, Bevan Foundation 
  • ​Dr Liz Marr - PVC-Students, The Open University 
  • ​Dr John Butcher - Director, Access & Open - The Open University 

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
·         Carers

Delegates will enjoy a mix of student and policymaker panel discussions, lightning talks and workshops plus keynotes from leading sector practitioners and academics.

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The CALL FOR PAPERS is now closed!

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Call for papers - information only 

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

·         Carers

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. 

Lightning talks

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. 

Workshop

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.

Posters

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 - Friday 10th January 2020