5 June 2018

NEON Summit – Data and widening access to higher education: What does it show and how do we use it?

Tuesday 5 June 2018
9.30 – 16.00 (Registration from 9.30 – 10.00)
Central London


How we use data to underpin effective practice in widening access, success and retention work is a key priority in the development of the field and in how HEIs deliver their access and participation plans. There is a significant and growing amount of data available on who participates, progresses and succeeds in HE, with HEIs and others using this data in more innovative ways to drive forward the impact of their work. However, the risk with this increasing amount of data is that it can actually make it harder to understand what progress is being made, and how data can be best used to support practice. This event will address these challenges and navigate a way through what can be confusing landscape.

  • Understand the emerging data landscape and the data that is available in the field of widening access to HE
  • Learn about innovative work being undertaken here and abroad which uses data to drive forward widening access work
  • Examine what progress in widening access to HE work means and new ways of understanding this
  • Gain insights into how the effective use of widening access data can strengthen Access and Participation Plans

We are also delighted to be launching the new NEON report on this vital issue: ‘The Widening Access Scorecard – measuring progress in making HE more equal’.


Confirmed Speakers
Louis Coiffait, Associate Editor, Wonkhe
Dr Diana Beech, Director of Policy and Advocacy, HEPI
Dr Nadine Zacharias, Senior Research Fellow, National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (Curtin University, Australia)
Carys Fisher, Senior Policy Executive, UCAS
Professor Christine Broughan, Professor of Higher Education, Coventry University
Maggie Smart, Principal Analyst – Analysis for Policy, Office for Students
Dr Graeme Atherton, Director, NEON
Emma Church, Widening Participation Research & Evaluation Coordinator, EMWPREP


‘I will be looking for all providers to improve their use of evidence and evaluation so that we can make sure the investment is being focussed on the activities that are most effective. A key issue here will be the availability and use of data and evidence and the sharing of innovative and effective practice.’

Chris Millward, Director for Fair Access and Participation, Office for Students.


Booking for this event have now closed.

If you have any questions, please contact Maria-Anna Petrou at Maria-Anna.Petrou@Londonhigher.ac.uk