Collaboration matters for improving social mobility in London

Our AccessHE division is putting on a half-day conference entitled Collaboration matters: How can we collectively improve educational outcomes and increase social mobility in London? on the afternoon of 30 November at the University of East London’s Stratford campus. The day proves to be an exciting one with two keynotes and three specialist panels. Below is a spotlight on our sessions:

Our keynotes

John Blake, Director for Access and Participation, Office for Students Anne-Marie Canning MBE, Chief Executive Officer, The Brilliant Club

Our panel sessions

Working together to raise attainment

  • Chair: Dr Sal Jarvis, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) University of Westminster
  • Marlon James-Edwards, Upward Bound Project Manager, London Metropolitan University
  • Trevor Cook, Assistant Director, Education Services, LB Havering
  • Further speakers to be announced

This session will look at attainment raising work in the pre-16 space in London, sharing best practice examples and identifying how London HE can further support the attainment-raising agenda in the capital.

Working together to improve graduate outcomes

  • Chair: Marie Green, Director, Global Mobility, Vialto Partners
  • Sana Shafi, Co-Founder, STRIVE Talent
  • Further speakers to be announced

This session will explore the benefits of university-industry partnerships in closing progression gaps and supporting London students into high-skilled work.

Working together to know when we’re making a difference

  • Chair: Maggie Leggett, Director of External Relations, Queen Mary University of London
  • Tej Nathwani, Principal Researcher, HESA
  • Further speakers to be announced

This session will consider how we can better target and evidence the impact of widening participation work in London. It will present new evaluation resources developed by the AccessHE network and consider the suitability of different widening participation metrics in the London context.

Drinks reception sponsored by StudyPortals

The drinks reception will see the launch of Dr Michelle Morgan’s report entitled Prior learning experience, study expectations of A-Level and BTEC students on entry to university and the impact of Covid19 – Findings from the undergraduate Pre-Arrival Academic Questionnaire 2019 and 2021 which has contributions from sector leading practitioners and policy experts. There will be a chance for informal networking after.

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