Summer Symposium 2020

NEON Summer Symposium

  • Date

    18/06/2020 - 19/06/2020

  • Time

    All Day

The Summer Symposium is one of the key events in the NEON calendar. Whilst a final decision is yet to be made we are working with the University of Exeter to consider options available to us. Our priority is the health and safety of all delegates and we will be ensuring we follow all government advice. 


The eighth annual NEON Summer Symposium is on Thursday 18th and Friday 19th June 2020 at University of Exeter. 

The 2019 event had over 250 delegates attend from across the country, making it the most well-attended to date.

The theme is “Let’s work together – how can students shape the future of widening access”.

We will examine the priority placed on involving students, both prospective and existing, in the design, delivery and evaluation of widening access & participation at the strategic and operational level. How can we ensure more effective, equal partnership with the beneficiaries of widening access initiatives and that the student voice becomes a key part of the work which is carried out across the whole student lifecycle?

During the two days, we will be discussing the importance of partnership working in order to both widen access to higher education (HE) and to support students from under-represented groups through HE into employment.  We will hear from key figures from the education sector talking about why the student voice is important, and we will discuss the challenges of engaging students in a productive way that enhances the work we do and ensures that their needs are being met.

The event brings together key figures from across the education sector, policymakers, employers and organisations committed to social mobility through widening access to HE – making the Summer Symposium the most important event for those working in the field.

Keynote speakers include:

Laboratory sessions include:

  • Empowering HE access and success: A focus on Young Carers – Barnardo’s and Go Higher West Yorkshire 
  • Evaluation: involving the student voice – Go Higher West Yorkshire
  • Mature Student Life: supporting mature students at University – University of Leicester
  • Outreach Hubs: Challenges & Opportunities – Kent and Medway Collaborative Outreach Programme
  • Hearing Diverse Voices – University of Exeter
  • White Working-Class Learners: listening to the learner voice – Lancaster University
  • Refugees and Asylum Seekers (title to be confirmed) – City of Sanctuary
  • Widening Access to Higher Education: Good practice in working with Gypsy, Traveller and Roma communities – Buckinghamshire New University
  • Using data to support widening participation – UCAS


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Early Bird rate – Membership organisation: £200 (normal rate is £230) – 35% discount for members

Early Bird rate – Non-member organisation: £310 (normal rate is £350)
Please email Maria-Anna Petrou at if you are unsure of your organisations NEON Membership status or click here.

The 2020 NEON Summer Symposium is kindly hosted by: