NEON Summit – Addressing attainment gaps in HE: What can be done?

NEON Summit

  • Date


  • Time

    9:30 am - 4:00 pm

There are stark gaps in attainment between different groups of students. Research has often focussed upon the gap between certain ethnic groups and this has become a vital area for higher education institutions to address. More recently the gaps in attainment, and future earnings, for those from lower social classes has been highlighted.

This event will bring together practitioners, researchers and policy makers to discuss the importance of understanding these gaps and the steps that can be taken to eliminate them in the future.


During the event, delegates will: 

• Hear from keynote speakers in the sector on the importance of addressing attainment gaps in HE
• Network with delegates from other institutions on what can be done and discuss this key issue
• Share best practice with other delegates to understand:
1. Our role in narrowing the gap
2. Identifying the problem by using data to find out where the gaps are
3. Building resilience for student success


Speakers include:

  • Nona McDuff OBE, Director of Student Achievement, Kingston University
  • Dr Ruth Ayres, Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Teaching, Learning & Academic Governance), University of Derby
  • Sherria Hoskins, Professor of Psychology and Education, Dean of Science, University of Portsmouth
  • Helen Howard, Academic Project Lead, Student Attainment Project 2, University of Derby
  • Professor Susan Smith, Associate Director, Centre for Learning and Teaching, Leeds Beckett University
  • Dr Jason Arday, Senior Lecturer in Education, University of Roehampton
  • Dr Jessica Gagnon, Senior Research Fellow, School of Education and Sociology, University of Portsmouth
  • Rebecca Allen, Head of Data and Insight, University College London
  • Paulette Williams, Head of Student Success Projects, UCL Office of the Vice-Provost (Education and Student Affairs)

For the programme of the day – please click here.

Who should attend?

• University Chancellors and Vice Chancellors
• Directors/Heads of Widening Participation
• Widening participation officers with a remit for undergraduate progression and attainment
• Heads of Equality and Diversity
• Heads of Learning and Teaching
• Heads of Department/Faculty
• Equal Opportunities Officers
• Policy Officers
• Academics with a learning and teaching role
• Data Officers
• Education Charities


• Membership organisation rate: £149 – 25% discount for NEON members only
• Non-member organisation rate: £199


Date: Wednesday 30 January 2019
Time: 9.30am registration, 10am start until 4.00pm
Location: London, 8 minute walk from London King’s Cross station