Can We Make Access to Higher Education Fairer?

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      12:45 pm - 2:00 pm

Can we make access to Higher Education fairer?

National Education Opportunities Network (NEON) Fringe Event, Conservative Party Conference 2016, Hyatt Hotel, Birmingham, Tuesday 4th October, 12.45 – 2.00pm – COMPLEMENTARY LUNCH provided

NEON is happy to announce that it is hosting a policy fringe meeting at the Conservative Party Conference on 4 October 2016. ‘Can We Make Access to Higher Education Fairer?’ will bring together policy makers, researchers and heads of sector bodies to discuss whether the move of HE into the DfE, the creation of the new Office for Students and the new Teaching Excellence Framework will make access to HE fairer or hamper the progress the government wants to make in this area?

This meeting is open to delegates attending the Conservative Party Conference 2016. Please see below for a list of speakers who will be presenting at the event.


The Lord Lucas – All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) Education (Confirmed)

Sorana Vieru – Vice President, Higher Education, NUS (Confirmed)

Anand Shukla – Chief Executive, Brightside (Confirmed)

Brett Wigdortz – Chief Executive, Teach First (Confirmed)

Dr. Graeme Atherton – Director, NEON (Confirmed)

The meeting will also see the launch of a new report by NEON ‘Access to Higher Education: State of the Nation’, produced with the support of the Office for Fair Access (OFFA), which brings together for the first time data from a range of sector bodies to show the progress being made in England to make access to HE fairer the and the challenges that remain.

There are a limited number of places at this event. It will be occurring inside the secure zone. To reserve your place please email