Book your place at the HEA conference on social mobility
The Higher Education Academy's (HEA) conference on social mobility is open to bookings. The two-day residential conference (26 and 27 March 2013, Manchester) will consider 'What can higher education contribute to improving social mobility in the UK?'
Through a series of keynote presenters, panel discussions, workshops and paper sessions the conference will explore themes including the curriculum to improve social mobility, the benefits of part-time HE study, and fees and fair access to more prestigious UK universities. Keynote speakers include David Barrett, Deputy Director, Office for Fair Access to Higher Education (OFFA), Carl Gilleard, Chief Executive, Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR) and Rajay Naik, Director of Government & External Affairs, the Open University.
The student perspective on social mobility will be provided by a student jury, made up of 12 students from across the UK. Professor Liz Thomas, Academic Lead for Retention and Success at the HEA, said: "We were thrilled with the level of interest in they jury and the competition for places was very high. We are confident that the diversity of the 12 jurors will enable a range of student voices to be engaged with and reflected on throughout the conference.
"The student jurors will participate in the sessions and at the end of the conference they will 'give their verdict' on the actual and potential of higher education to improving social mobility. We value student perspectives in addition to those of academics, practitioners, researchers and policy makers."
The event will take place at the Macdonald Manchester Hotel, Manchester city centre. Further information about the conference, including the full programme and booking details, can be found here on the HEA website.