How can HEIs attract greater numbers of mature learners?

NEON Summit

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    9:30 am - 4:00 pm

In the recently released Office for Students (OfS) report, “Transforming opportunity in higher education”, it is stated that “Mature students have not been prioritised by many providers despite low and decreasing proportions of such students in their populations and the sector more broadly.”

There is a clear expectation that higher education institutions (HEIs) will make enhanced steps in order to reverse this trend, and this will need to be reflected in their access and participation plans (APPs).

This NEON Summit will bring together key policy makers, researchers and practitioners to discuss how the educational sector can react in order to increase the participation of mature learners and ensure the equality in participation rates, that OfS are seeking, by 2038.

During the day we will:

  • Review the latest research into the progression, retention and success of mature learners;
  • Hear about the progress that has been made;
  • Share insights into current practice that specifically supports this target group;
  • Discuss future strategies to ensure HEIs can make progress in this important area.



Nicola Turner MBE, Head of Access and Participation, Sector Practice, Office for Students
More information coming soon.


Draft agenda

Time Session
09:30 Registration
10:00 Welcome from Chair
10:10 Keynote Speaker: Nicola Turner MBE, Head of Access and Participation, Sector Practice, Office for Students

Mature students – the current landscape

10:40 Keynote Speaker – TBC
11:10 Refreshment break
11:30 Effective interventions
12:30 Lunch
13:30 Keynote Speaker – TBC
14:00 Facilitated Group Discussion
15:00 Panel discussion: What are the practical steps the HE Sector can take to increase the numbers of mature students progressing to HE
16:00 End of event


Membership organisation rate: £169 – 35% discount for members
Non-member organisation rate: £259
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Date: Wednesday, 13th May 2020
Time: 9.30am registration, 10am start until 4pm
Location: London, 2 minute walk from Euston Station