Summit: NEON and UCU – Future of Admissions

NEON Summit

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      9:30 am - 4:00 pm

‘I am concerned about the wider picture of how some universities are getting students through their doors’ – Secretary of State for Education April 5th 2019

The higher education admission system in England, Wales and Northern Ireland is coming under increased scrutiny. As we look to admit more students into HE from more diverse backgrounds and ensure they succeed. Is an admissions system based on principles designed over 40 years ago fit for purpose?


The NEON summit on the Monday 3rd June brings together key organisations from across educational sectors together to examine what kind of admissions system we need that can best support students. It will look at recent research re-imagining the admissions system, include updates from sector bodies on their work in improving the system and examine how universities, colleges and schools are delivering admissions work.


The summit builds on the report released by UCU in January 2019 ‘Post-qualification application: a student-centred model for higher education admissions in England, Northern Ireland and Wales’ and will examine the challenges associated with the present admissions system and the opportunities for change.


During the event, delegates will:

  • Hear from keynote speakers in the sector on the importance of addressing the admissions system
  • Learn how to improve advice for students when it comes to deciding what to study
  • Network with delegates from other institutions and share best practice

Speakers include:

  • David Smy, Head of Monitoring and Intervention, Office for Students
  • Eddie Playfair, Senior Policy Manager, Association of Colleges
  • Jon Beard, Director of the Admissions Office, University of Cambridge
  • Chris Ramsey, Headmaster, Whitgift School
  • Angela Nartey, Policy Officer, University and College Union
  • Helen Thorne, Director of External Relations, UCAS
  • Andy Case, Education Policy Adviser, National Education Union
  • Gill Wyness, Associate Professor, UCL Institute of Education
  • Vicky Blake, UCU Vice President & Widening Participation Officer, University of Leeds
  • Holly Staynor, Policy Officer, National Union of Students
More speakers to be announced soon

Who should attend?
NEON’s Summits are relevant to practitioners, academics and researchers from HEIs, FECs, NCOPs and third sector organisations.

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


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


Date: Monday 3rd June
Time: 9.30am registration, 10am start until 4.00pm
Location: London, 7 minute walk from Kings Cross station