NEON Summit – Supporting Mature Learners

Access Academy Training

  • Date

    25/11/2016

  • Location/Venue

    University of Leicester

  • Time

    9:30 am - 4:00 pm

NEON Summit: Supporting Mature Learners

University of Leicester

25 November 2016

9.30am – 4.00pm

NEON are keen to support the sector by holding a special one day summit on widening access, retention and success for mature learners on 25 November 2016 in Leicester from 9.30am – 4pm. Delegates will hear from a range of experts throughout the day, will benefit from hearing about successful initiatives, new research and panel discussions, and will engage in workshops and networking activities.

During the day we will:

  • Review the latest research into the progression, retention and success of mature learners;
  • Hear from a range of practitioners working to support mature learners;
  • Share the findings from a special NEON members’ report highlighting current practice that specifically supports this target group;
  • Discuss future strategies to ensure HEIs can make progress in this important area.

Speakers

Caroline McDonald – Head of Widening Access, Birkbeck, University of London

Dr Kate Carruthers Thomas – Research Fellow/Project Manager Athena SWAN, Birmingham City University

Dr John Butcher – Senior Lecturer/Deputy Director Access and Curriculum, Centre for Inclusion and Collaborative Partnerships, The Open University

M.J. Morgan – Careers Education & Guidance Officer, Lifelong Learning Centre, University of Leeds

Paul Devlin – Student Experience Officer, Lifelong Learning Centre, University of Leeds

Dr Hannah Ordoyno – Widening Participation Manager, University of Leicester

Charlotte Barratt – Widening Participation Officer, University of Leicester

Martin Webster – Operations Manager, NEON

Steve Kendall – Chair of Executive Committee, NEON

 

 Agenda

TimeTitleSpeaker
9.30Registration
10.00amWelcoming RemarksSteve Kendall – Chair of Executive Committee, NEON
10.10amKeynote AddressCaroline McDonald – Head of Widening Access, Birkbeck, University of London
10.30amNEON Research – What are HEIs currently doing to attract and retain mature students?Martin Webster – Operations Manager, NEON
10.55amCoffee Break
11.15amMature Part-Time Undergraduates: Rethinking Retention and BelongingDr Kate Carruthers Thomas – Research Fellow/Project Manager Athena SWAN, Birmingham City University
11.40amPart-Time Learning in Crisis?Dr John Butcher – Senior Lecturer/Deputy Director Access and Curriculum, Centre for Inclusion and Collaborative Partnerships, The Open University
12.05pmMature Students: Challenges and Opportunities – Panel DiscussionSteve Kendall (chair), Caroline McDonald, Dr Kate Carruthers Thomas, M.J. Morgan
12.40pmLunch
1.30pmWhat works? Sharing best practice in supporting the mature student journey (workshop)Paul Devlin – Student Experience Officer, Lifelong Learning Centre, University of Leeds
M.J. Morgan – Careers Education & Guidance Officer, Lifelong Learning Centre, University of Leeds
2.30pmMature Student PanelPaul Devlin (Chair)
3.15pmMature Students – Decision-making, transition and student supportDr Hannah Ordoyno – Widening Participation Manager, University of Leicester
Charlotte Barratt – Widening Participation Officer, University of Leicester
3.45pmIntroduction of NEON’s new Mature Learners Working Group
4.00pmFinish