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Part time, distance and flexible study in Higher Education
12 Oct 2011
National Conference: A new deal for part-time and distance students? To be held at Westminster Studio, 10 Greycoat Place, London, SW1
Set in the context of the forthcoming Higher Education White Paper this conference will bring together leaders in higher education to discuss how to open up more flexible, part-time provision. While initial participation rates for part-time students has been in decline for a number of years from 2012-13 part-time students studying between 25 and 75 per cent of a full-time course will be eligible for tuition fee loans, effectively leveling the playing field with full-time students. The new fees regime will increase interest and demand in part time, flexible and distance learning. Both universities and further education colleges are challenged to create this new modern era of higher education which promotes opportunity, flexibility, quality and the crucial role of part-time study in delivering future economic growth and social mobility.
Derek Longhurst, Independent Consultant
Welcome and introduction from conference Chair

Professor Claire Callender, Professor of Higher Education Policy, Birkbeck, University of London
Setting the scene: Changing financial support for PT students

Professor Bill Jones, Member of the Executive Board, Universities Association for Lifelong Learning (UALL)
Future directions for life-long learning

Rajay Naik, Director, Government Relations, The Open University
Widening access through greater choice

Tricia King, Pro-Vice-Master for Student Experience, Director of External Relations, Birkbeck, University of London
Understanding the part-time student experience

Questions and discussion: Session 1
Refreshments, networking and exhibition
What's on now:
Ed Lester, Chief Executive, Student Loans Company
Keynote address

Kate Butland, Head of Postgraduate Services, UCAS |
Peter Mulligan, Information & Advice, UCAS Admissions review process

Questions and discussion: Session 2
Questions for Ed Lester, Student Loans Company and Kate Butland and Peter Mulligan from UCAS

Panel discussion: Ensuring fair access in the new environment
Professor John Storan, Director of Continuum, University of East London and Co-Director, Action on Access; Leslie Currie, Senior Project Officer, Supporting Professionalism in Admissions.

Buffet lunch, networking and exhibition
Professor Julie McLeod, Assistant Vice-Chancellor, Learning Teaching and the Student Experience
Regional growth and prosperity

Dr Chris O'Malley, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Regional & International Development, University of Wales, Newport
The critical role of part-time provision for local and regional regeneration

Gary Warke, Deputy Chief Executive and Deputy Principal, Hull College
Effective regional collaboration with FE

Questions and discussion: Session 3
Refreshments, networking and exhibition
Seminar 1: Strategies to enhance retention - transition and integration
Angela Dierks, Head of 'My Birkbeck' Student Services, External Relations, Birkbeck, University of London

Seminar 2: Developing a competitive part-time offer
Professor Jonathan Garnett, Dean, Institute for Work Based Learning, Middlesex University

Seminar 3: Supporting part-time work for part-time students for employability
Ilze Skujina, Unitemps Manager, Careers and Employability Service, University of Nottingham

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