Access, Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion: Collaborative Provision Conference: 19 and 20 October 2021 (online)


Colleagues from the Collaborative Provision Group and the Digital Technologies Network hope that you will find the two days of interactive presentations a useful opportunity to share interest and expertise across a range of topics.

To register for the conference please email V.L.Parker@hull.ac.uk

Programme – Day 1: 9.30am – 11.40am

9.30 – 9.40IntroductionViv Parker,
Senior Advisor UK Partnerships University of Hull
‘…. to ensure that every student, whatever their background, has a fulfilling experience of higher education that enriches their lives and careers’. OfS
9.40 – 10.15Session 1
Grimsby Institute
 
Presenter:
Nathan Michael, Group Academic Registrar TEC Partnership
‘The discordance of higher education policy: A think piece analysing the ways in which the relationship between Access and Participation policy and Conditions of Registration B3 has brought real risks to widening participation in college based HE’.
10.20 – 10.50Session 2Leeds Conservatoire
Presenter:
Dermot Daly, Senior Lecturer – School of Performance
EDI Projects Coordinator.
Whose stories are told? Whose stories are not?
‘After the murder of George Floyd many drama schools shared public statements in solidarity with the resultant protests and social zeitgeist. This is the first presentation of the results of research into the tangible changes that have happened over the year as seen through the prism of the third year productions. What has changed? What has stayed the same? Who does it affect? Why is it important?’
10.55 – 11.25Session 3Lincoln College
Presenter:
Becki Hamnett
Assistant Director of HE
‘Mindskills’
Research concerning the effectiveness of’Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)’ programmes with higher education students has been scarce, despite a significant increase in the number of students reporting mental health issues over the past decade (Thorley, 2017).
The main aim of this qualitative study was to explore the student experience of an eight-week ACT intervention within a General Further Education College.
The presentation provides a brief outline of the intervention, along with the key findings and next steps identified for further development.
11.25 – 11.40Plenary
Viv Parker, Senior Advisor UK Partnerships University of HullAnswering points raised during the day

Programme – Day 2: 9.30am – 12.40pm

9.30 – 9.35IntroductionViv Parker,
Senior Advisor UK Partnerships University of Hull
‘…. to ensure that every student, whatever their background, has a fulfilling experience of higher education that enriches their lives and careers’. OfS
9.40 – 10.10Session 4
Craven College
Presenter:
Gillian Thom, HE Business and Development Leader
‘Catching the students that slip through the DSA net’.
At College about 20% of students declare an additional need on entry and many more are identified during their course. Of these approximately a third are in receipt of DSA leaving many students potentially without the help they need. In this session I will outline the processes that we have in place to identify and support these students.
10.15 – 10.45Session 5RNN Group
Presenters:
Andy Birch,

Head of HE and Skills.
Beth Hall
HE Achievement Coach.
‘RNN Group – The role of the HE Achievement Coach in supporting under- represented groups.’
The role of the HE Achievement Coach was created to provide academic and pastoral support for the HE students at the RNN Group. The role places particular focus on supporting students from the under-represented groups identified, as part of the college’s Access and Participation Plan. This session will focus on the purpose of this role, how it has been implemented and the impact this has had on HE students.
10.50 – 11.20Session 6DN Colleges Group.
Presenter:
Karen Dainty

Associate Director for Higher Education (Widening Participation)
‘Evaluation Framework and Theory of Change’ and applying it to APP interventions’
The discussion/presentation will be focused on how as HE in FE we operate a robust evaluation framework/methodology and differentiate between those activities that are widening participation and general recruitment and what impact, if any, this has on the type of evaluation that can be undertaken?
As well as how we work towards everyone in the organisation understanding the importance of evaluation including the WP Team (assuming partners have one), Professional Services, Academics and Students.
With an opportunity to share examples of good practice or challenges by partners who have applied evidence and evaluation of APP interventions to drive improvements.
11.20 – 11.40Coffee breakChat time
11.45 – 12.15
Session 7
Presenters:
Clare Hagerup,
Director of HE
University Centre Wakefield College
Julia Holdsworth,

Academic Director of Collaborative Provision University of Hull
‘Making Molehills out of Mountains: an autoethnography of developing and doing a research project when you ‘have no time for research’
This paper explores the perceived lack of opportunity for research within an FE setting as opposed to the assumed time and space that our HE colleagues have afforded to them. It explores barriers and potential solutions as experienced by the writers
12.20 – 12.40Plenary
Viv Parker, Senior Advisor UK Partnerships University of HullAnswering points raised during the day