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Reforming Higher Education Admissions annual conference #reformhe
24 Apr 2012
Westminster Studio, London SW1

Both the Browne Review and Higher Education White Paper have signalled the need for change in higher education admissions. Now the findings from the UCAS Admissions Process Review provide a sound evidence base to move the debate forward and consider how proposed changes will affect institutional practice.

With more scrutiny than ever before on higher education admissions, and institutions facing the need to ensure that the process is managed fairly, this conference provided a timely moment to consider how institutional practice can be changed and improved.

The debate over the possible introduction of Post Qualification Application, and the most effective use of contextual data, was also be examined.

This conference brought together leaders in admissions in higher education to provide online viewers with the policy insight and management strategy and new techniques they need for success in an increasingly challenging discipline.

Aaron Porter, HE Consultant and Journalist
Welcome and introduction

Mary Curnock Cook OBE, Chief Executive, UCAS
Where next for admissions in HE - the UCAS Admissions Process Review - KEYNOTE ADDRESS

Janet Graham, Director, Supporting Professionalism in Admissions Programme (SPA)
Change and reform: how are institutions working towards fairer admissions?

Rama Thirunamachandran, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost, Keele University and Chair, UCAS Admissions Process Review Steering Group
The case for reforming HE admissions in a new era

Questions and discussion
Setting the scene

Refreshments, networking and exhibition
What's on now:
Andy Westwood, Chief Executive, Guild HE
How admissions reform cannot forget non-traditional students

Mike Nicholson, Director of Undergraduate Admissions, Recruitment & Access, University of Oxford
Putting the applicant at the heart of the admissions system

Dr Tony Hoare, Director of Widening Participation Research Cluster, University of Bristol
Using contextual data to make admissions fairer

Questions and discussion
Practical solutions for implementing and improving admissions

Buffet lunch, networking and exhibition
Fiona Waye, Policy Adviser, Universities UK
Ensuring HE admissions reform is evidence-based and learning from the Delivery Partnerships Group

Paul Travill, Registrar, University of Wolverhampton and Chair, Academic Registrars Council
Ensuring admissions reform can be implemented effectively at institutional level

Liam Owens, Head of Student Recruitment, Edge Hill University and Chair, Higher Education Liaison Officers Association (HELOA)
Communicating with potential students and parents

Delyth Chambers, Consultant, Delyth Chambers Consulting
Implications of reforms to A-level on undergraduate admissions

Questions and discussion
Ensuring reforms are fit-for-purpose

Refreshments, networking and exhibition
Is university worth it? Education liaison and outreach case study
Chris Martin, Education Liaison and Outreach Manager, University of Portsmouth; Louise Bushnell, Student Finance Information Officer, University of Portsmouth

Virtual Postgraduate Open Day Innovative case study from Teeside University
Sarah Smith, Recruitment Co-ordinator, Teeside University; Danny Honeyman, Web Developer, Teesside University

National policy changes and fair admissions what it means for your institution
Janet Graham, Director, Supporting Professionalism in Admissions Programme (SPA)

Close of conference

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