On Thursday 30th April, NEON held its first online summit on ‘Taking outreach online: delivering widening access to HE work in the Covid-19 context’ to look at how Higher Education providers and Uni Connect partnerships can plan to deliver their work online during this crisis. The event was a vital opportunity for the widening access community to pool ideas, share practice/intelligence and devise ways of supporting learners.
As with so many other sectors of society the impact of Covid-19 presents unprecedented challenges for widening access to higher education work. Higher Education providers and Uni Connect partnerships have to look rapidly at how to re-purpose their work to mainly virtual forms to reach learners and support schools and colleges whilst HE admission arrangements are uncertain.
During the event, over 600 participants heard from Emma Hardy MP, Shadow Further Education and Higher Education Minister, Chris Millward, Director for Fair Access and Participation, Office for Students and discussed innovative ways of continuing to support learners from widening access backgrounds from Higher Education providers and Uni Connect partnerships.
Click here for the recording of the event.
Click here for the delegate chat during the event.
Click on the names below for the presentations:
- Chris Millward, Director for Fair Access and Participation, Office for Students
- Emma Hardy MP, Shadow Further Education and Higher Education Minister
- Jon Rainford, Digital Learning and Development Officer, University of Bedfordshire
- Martin Webster, Operational Consultant, NEON
- Chris Bayes, Outreach and Student Success Manager & Nik Marsdin, Development Manager (Schools), Lancaster University
- Hollie Baker, Deputy Head of Widening Participation and Outreach, University of Surrey
- Mike Garnock-Jones, Director, HEPP
- Hannah Merry, Operations Manager, Higher Horizons+