Summer Symposium 2020

NEON Summer Symposium

  • Date

    18/06/2020 - 19/06/2020

  • Time

    All Day

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.

For information about submitting a paper or workshop proposal to share your work with colleagues from different institutions and shape the agenda of widening access and social mobility at the NEON Summer Symposium 2020, please click here for our ‘call for papers’. 

Keynote speakers include:

Professor Timothy Quine, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education), University of Exeter

For more information please see:

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: