The 10th annual NEON Summer Symposium was held on Thursday 16th and Friday 17th June at Keele University.
The 2022 symposium marked 10 years since NEON was founded in 2012. As with any other organisation a 10th birthday provides an opportunity both to reflect and look forward. At our 10th symposium, the theme was what success means in terms of widening access and participation in higher education.
The conference focused on initiatives and activities that have had clear, measurable impact over the last 10 years as well as those which consider what constitutes success for learners, schools, colleges, universities and policy makers. The government seeks to ‘reboot’ widening access work and place a stronger emphasis on ensuring learners from under-represented groups achieve good graduate outcome. This is the time for those in the widening access community to put forward their vision of success and help shape the discussion for the Office for Students, universities and the government regarding what widening access work should look like over the next 10 years of NEON’s like and what it should be striving to achieve.
Bringing together key figures from across the education sector, policymakers and employers with organisations from across sectors committed to social mobility through widening access to HE. Over 80 papers were presented over the two days of the event.