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Seminar Series: Access, 14 July 2016, Manchester

Thursday, July 14, 2016 - 11:00 to 15:00
The Open University, 351 Altrincham Road, Sharston, Manchester, M22 4UN

The seminar will be of interest to those undertaking research, scholarship and evaluation around this theme.

The seminar will be of interest to those undertaking research, scholarship and evaluation around this theme. Presentations will be presented by:-

  • Louise Higham, ARC Network team: Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.A review of key changes in widening participation policy from Aimhigher to date. Louise is a Director of ARC Network, a not for profit research and consultancy company established 5 years ago by the senior management team of Aimhigher Greater Manchester. Louise is an experienced researcher and project manager with a background in widening participation. She has recently contributed to a study on behalf of the Social Mobility Commission examining barriers to professional careers in the life sciences sector and to a review of post 16 learning in Bradford.  Louise is currently working with three Networks for Collaborative Outreach (NCO), this includes a study on school engagement for Greater Manchester Higher and evaluation of Higher York NCO. Louise’s professional background is in Careers Education & Guidance; she held the role of IAG project manager with Aimhigher Greater Manchester where she managed a range projects delivering innovative information and advice to schools across the region.
  • Julia Billaney (HE Registrar, Hull College):  The ‘student as producer’ – A partnership approach to access. Julia currently works as HE Registrar for the Hull College Group, leading on the development of Access Arrangements for Higher Education. Julia and Lee have worked together on enhancing the mechanisms for capturing student feedback to support HE Review and have initiated this project as a means of testing the real impact of support measures from the student perspective. Julia has enjoyed a long career in the sector, specialising in College Based Higher Education, particularly in the development of flexible learning opportunities and comprehensive student support packages.
  • Catherine Marks (Widening Participation Co-ordinator, Manchester Metropolitan University): How evaluation has informed the development and implementation of the pre-16 outreach offer to schools from Manchester Metropolitan University. Catherine is the Widening Participation Co-ordinator of the Pre-16 Schools Outreach programme at Manchester Metropolitan University.  She is responsible for the design and implementation of MMU’s outreach programme with target schools across Greater Manchester and Crewe.  Catherine has worked in Further and Higher Education for over 10 years in various roles including Schools Liaison, Mentoring Co-ordinator Project Manager of a national Widening Participation initiative.
  • Andrew Rawson (Principal, Action on Access): Better access to higher education for care leavers. Currently Principal of Action on Access I have a national expertise, together with a long commitment and experience in access, widening participation and student success with all age groups. Previously as Policy Officer and currently as Director and Principal I have been responsible for delivering or over-seeing the quality, value and usefulness of much of the organisation’s research that can be found on the Action on Access website at I have also developed the organisational experience and networks of contacts to drive and ensure Action on Access success. A background in the national careers service, further education leading student services and adult guidance services and networks underpins my commitment to work to widen and deepen access and participation in education and training, particularly higher education in its diverse forms. My overarching aim is to contribute to breaking down some of the barriers still faced by many young and adult learners so that they grasp their life chances and fully maximise their potential. Action on Access is a support and change management organisation and has been providing national-focused coordination and support for furthering widening participation and access to higher education across the UK since 1999. Action on Access is an essential first stop for those wanting to stay current and involved in all the latest Widening Participation and access initiatives, news, events, vacancies, resources, information and networking through a highly-valued, well-used electronic platform reaching over 1,400 managers and practitioners.

The seminar is open to all, so please share it with others who may be interested. There is no charge for attendance.  Please feel free to bring along your lunch.

To reserve your place, please email and provide your name and the name of your institution or department.