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A free conference for Post-16 teachers, careers advisers and careers leaders delivered by HFL Education in collaboration with Advancing Access and Luton Council and bringing together leading national experts and practitioners from 14 Russell Group universities. 

The event will help you keep abreast of the latest developments in higher education which will affect your students and allow you to hear first-hand from university staff from across the UK, through a programme of keynote speakers and workshops.  

Advancing Access events enable teachers, careers advisers and careers leaders to support more of their students to progress to some of the UK’s most competitive universities. The event will be attended by staff from at least 14 different Russell Group universities. Attendees will be able to take part in CPD breakout sessions, visit university exhibition stalls and network with colleagues. 

The universities attending:

  • University of Birmingham 

  • University of Bristol 

  • University of Cambridge  

  • Durham University 

  • University of Edinburgh 

  • University of Exeter 

  • University of Liverpool 

  • University College London 

  • Newcastle University 

  • University of Nottingham 

  • Queen Mary University of London 

  • University of Sheffield 

  • University of Southampton 

  • University of Warwick

Conference programme  

The event will be attended by David Bell, Programmes Manager for University Access and School Engagement at The Sutton Trust, and an update from Sam Skyes, Digital Learning Manager from UCAS on the competitve landscape, references and apprenticeship and mucn more. Delegates will can tailor their CPD experience by attending a range of high-quality workshops delivered in collaboration with representatives from universities across the Russell Group. 

Workshop programme 

Delegates will be able to take part in 3 out of the 5 sessions detailed below.  

  1. Supporting students to leave home and study at a Russell Group university 
    Presented by Bethan Holloway-Strong, Undergraduate Admissions & Outreach Coordinator at Gonville and Caius College, University of Cambridge and Eva Dodding, Undergraduate Recruitment Assistant at the University of Bristol 

  1. Looking forward - how can choices at 16 impact university and future career choices? 
    Presented by Lucy Brooks, Widening Participation Officer at the University of Warwick and Jack O’Toole, Student Recruitment Manager at Newcastle University 

  1. Understanding contextual admissions processes 
    Presented by Jen Barton, Student Recruitment Manager at Durham University and Claire Churchill, Outreach Manager at the University of Birmingham 

  1. Creating impactful encounters with HE throughout secondary school 
    Presented by Jess Spurrell and Caroline Handy from the School-University Partnership Team at the University of Southampton and Pete Bruce, Head of Student Recruitment Outreach at the University of Nottingham 

  1. Supporting students to decide between degree apprenticeships and traditional university degrees 
    Presented by Hugo Ault, Admissions and Recruitment Officer at Queen Mary University of London and Shona Whatford, School and College Engagement Officer at the University of Exeter 

To register your FREE place and select the CPD sessions you wish to attend, please complete the Advancing Access online booking form: 

Advancing Access Conference - Hertfordshire Development Centre (Summer 2023) registration 

Please note that places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Those registering once spaces have been filled will be added to a waiting list. 

For further information about Advancing Access, please visit their website: Advancing Access 

For further information or help with booking please contact or call 01438 544477

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