Working with parents and carers to widen access to higher education

NEON Summit

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      10:00 am - 4:00 pm

We all know the impact of parental and carer influence on future career decisions, particularly for those who come disadvantaged backgrounds, who are more likely to rely on ‘informal’ information, advice and guidance than their more advantaged peers. Widening access practitioners therefore have to find ways of engaging with the parents who, like their children, are not likely to have had previous experience of higher education.

This is the first NEON Summit to specifically look at the importance of parental/carer engagement to widen access to higher education. It will bring together policy makers, researchers and practitioners to discuss the evidence and impact of parental engagement and look at various strategies that are currently being used to embed parental engagement within widening access work.



Time Session title Speaker 
10:00IntroductionSir Les Ebdon, Chair of NEON
10:10Keynote SpeakerMartin Webster, Operational Consultant, NEON
10:40Keynote SpeakerThe power of parents to improve educational outcomes

John Jolly, Chief Executive, Parentkind

11:30Featured project‘Hepp’s parent / carer pilot – a collaborative project’s success story’

Kelly Self, Project Co-ordinator and Designated Safeguarding Lead, and Amy Blenkiron, Senior Higher Education Progression Adviser, Higher Education Progression Partnership

14:00Featured projectJessica Woodsford, Founder & Co-Director, Inclusive Futures

‘Loughborough University’s Parents and Guardians Inspiring Minds’

Anna Milewska, Senior Outreach Officer, Loughborough University

15:10Panel discussionChristine Kinnear, CEO and founder, With Insight

Dr Sam Baars, Deputy CEO, The Centre for Education and Youth

Fay Lofty, Schools Liaison Programme Manager, Sussex Learning Network

Jon Datta, Deputy Head of Widening Participation, University of Cambridge

15:50Closing remarks

Date: Wednesday 30th March 2022
Time: 10am start until 4pm
Location: This event is taking place online


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Non-member organisation rate: £159
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