NEON Summit: Taking NCOP into the next phase: challenges and opportunities

NEON Summit

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    9:30 am - 4:00 pm

The NCOP project is reaching a vital point as it moves into its second phase. NCOP’s will not only be expected to deliver targeted outreach within current wards, they will be required to establish outreach hubs across England. This is a crucial time to review the progress that NCOP has made, and also discuss its future, both in the next stage and beyond.


To support the work of NCOP partnerships, NEON is holding a summit on ‘Taking NCOP into the next phase – challenges and opportunities’ in Birmingham on Friday 10th May 2019, with contribution from Jenny Ann Allen, Access and Participation Funding Manager, Office for Students and Lindsey Bowes, Research Director, CFE Research.


This key event will enable NCOP practitioners to:

  • Discuss the delivery objectives for the NCOP project as it enters its second phase
  • Hear from policymakers and other partners
  • Learn about evaluation and how it shows that NCOP is making a difference
  • Examine what makes NCOP sustainable
  • Understand how outreach hubs and progression curriculum can work
  • Share best practice and discuss some of the challenges of the second phase


The summit will enable NCOP partnerships to gain a clear understanding of the next two years and ensure that they are best equipped to further the widening access to higher education agenda in their own local area.


This is an interactive discussion based event that will create the opportunity for NCOP practitioners to exchange practice and build relationships with colleagues from other partnerships.


Places are strictly limited and are offered on a first come first served basis.


Draft programme

Time Session Speaker
09.30 Registration & refreshments
10.00 Introduction Dr Graeme Atherton, Director, NEON
10.10 Keynote speaker:

Evaluation of NCOP: 1st phase

Lindsey Bowes, Research Director, CFE Research
10.40 Breakout sessions A: Working with external partners
B: Evaluation – offering the evidence that NCOPs work
C: Building relationships with schools and colleges
11.40 Refreshments
12.00. Discussion groups
12.30 Lunch
13.30 Keynote speaker:

NCOP Phase 2 and beyond

Jenny Ann Allen, Access and Participation Funding Manager, Office for Students
14.00 Breakout sessions A: NCOP outreach hubs
B: The progression curriculum
C: Making NCOP sustainable
15.00 Refreshments
15.15 Discussion groups
15.45 Closing remarks Dr Graeme Atherton, Director, NEON
16.00 End of event


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


Date: Friday 10th May
Time: 9.30am registration, 10am start until 4.00pm
Location: Birmingham, 5 minute walk from Birmingham New Street station