World Access to Higher Education Day – Beyond Borders

NEON Global Events

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      9:00 am - 4:30 pm

UK Hub Conference
Aston University, Birmingham, UK
28th November 2018

Beyond Borders is the UK hub conference for the first ever World Access to Higher Education Day, a new day of awareness that aims to bring global attention to inequality in access to higher education and accelerate action. This conference will bring together, for the first time in the UK, organisations engaged in widening access and equity work from across the world.

This is a unique opportunity for delegates to strengthen their existing work by learning about policy, research and practice in widening access work for home and international students from Europe, Asia, Australia and the US. It is crucial that if we are to continue to reduce inequalities in access to higher education in Europe, we connect with those from across the world who are addressing this challenge and share ideas and experiences.

For more information, see the programme.



The event will feature fascinating presentations and discussions on key access issues by the following speakers, with more to be confirmed very soon.

  • Gillian Golden, Lead Analyst, Directorate for Education and Skills, OECD
  • Julie Anderson, Policy Officer, European Commission, speaking via Skype
  • Chris Millward, Director for Fair Access and Participation, Office for Students
  • Professor Sue Trinidad, Director, National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (NCSEHE), Australia
  • Professor Helen Higson, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Aston University
  • Hâkim Hallouch, Head of Social and Educational Innovation, Sciences Po, France
  • Dr Rebecca Ward, Senior Technical Adviser, Higher Education, IREX
  • Celia Partridge, Assistant Director, Partnerships and Mobility, Universities UK International (UUKi)
  • Cliona Hannon, Director of Trinity Access Programmes, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
  • Dr Graeme Atherton, Director, National Education Opportunities Network (NEON)

Why attend Beyond Borders?

Learn about international practice in the delivery of widening access work at leading global universities.

  • Connect with those leading cross-sector widening access partnerships in different countries.
  • Build new international partnerships.
  • Understand how to make international education accessible to those from lower socio-economic groups.
  • Become part of a global conversation on how to make higher education accessible and exchange ideas and practice with those from four different continents.

Who should attend Beyond Borders?

  • Vice Chancellors/Pro-Vice Chancellors
  • Senior managers and team members with responsibility for widening access
  • Senior managers and team members with responsibility for international recruitment
  • Educational researchers with an interest in widening access to higher education
  • Voluntary sector organisations working on social mobility

A truly global event

Beyond Borders will form part of World Access to Higher Education Day on 28th November 2018 and events will be taking place around the world to support access and success in higher education on the same day. In addition to speakers from Europe and beyond, the opening of Beyond Borders will feature a link-up with the Australian hub conference hosted by the National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (NCSEHE) at Curtin University, Perth – this will be a truly global event.

Where is the Beyond Borders conference taking place?

Beyond Borders is taking place at Aston University in Birmingham. With its green, compact campus in the heart of the city, the university will be a fantastic venue. Easily accessible using UK transport links and located a short distance from an international airport, this is a convenient venue for both UK and international delegates.

For more information on World Access to Higher Education Day or the conference, please go to