The HE sector has been witnessing a considerable level of change in the recent years. At a time when some significant policies continue to be developed, other initiatives are in the implementation phase. AoC’s College Higher Education conference is designed to support college HE leaders, managers and practitioners.

 

The 2019 conference has a packed agenda, full of information and insights into the key developments in HE. Delegates will hear from a range of expert speakers from key organisations in the sector. The conference also includes contributions from college practitioners to share good practice.

  • Hear from key organisations in the sector including Office for Students, UCAS, AdvanceHE, OIA, Department for Education and also college case studies. All of which will offer you the latest updates and offer you some new approaches to try in your college.
  • Gain insight from Nicola Dandridge on the role and position of colleges in the new regulatory landscape. Reflect on the registration process and hear about potential areas for colleges to consider for future.
  • Examine the absence of higher technical education in England with Simon Field and discuss what can be done to improve the situation.
  • Take advantage of the vast networking opportunities. Conferences are great places for establishing new connections and sharing ideas.

 

What did our previous delegates say?

100% of survey participants said the 2018 Conference was useful for their job role/organisation

The annual AoC HE Conference is an essential event in my year to ensure I have the opportunity to meet colleagues, listen and engage with the latest sector updates and good practice
Alastair Wilson, head of higher education, South Devon college

In these times of the biggest changes to higher education for twenty-five years, this conference had an excellent range of speakers to help the college sector understand and respond. It was extremely valuable in that context.
Tessa Counsell, Director, HE Development, Cornwall College

 

Date

06-03-2019

Venue

99 City Road Conference Centre
Inmarsat
99 City Road
London
EC1Y 1AX

Fees

AoC Member Colleges: £299 + VAT
Affiliate organisations: £375 + VAT
Non-Member (College/Public Sector): £400 + VAT
*Non-Member (Commercial): £750 + VAT

*Limited to one person per company

Fees include lunch and refreshments.
Free cancellation before Wednesday 6 February.

Accommodation

If you need accommodation please call Conference Care, our preferred supplier, on 02476 369720 and let them know you are attending an AoC Conference.

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Contact

Registration enquiries:
events@aoc.co.uk
020 7034 2620

Finance enquiries:
finance@aoc.co.uk
020 7034 9908

Sponsorship

If you would like to sponsor or exhibit at the event, get in touch with our sponsorship team or call 020 7034 2626

Programme

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Speakers

Nicola Dandridge

Chief Executive of the Office for Students

Nicola Dandridge was appointed as the first chief executive of the Office for Students in 2017, taking up her role in September 2017. The Office for Students is the new public body which will regulate the higher education sector on behalf of students. It will be fully operational in April 2018, when it will replace the Higher Education Funding Council for England and the Office for Fair Access.

Prior to joining the Office for Students, Nicola was chief executive of Universities UK, the representative organisation for the UK’s universities. Before that she was chief executive of the Equality Challenge Unit, the higher education agency which promotes equality and diversity for staff and students. Nicola started her career as a qualified lawyer working in private practice.

Richard Smith

TEF: Subject Pilot Manager, Office for Students

Richard Smith is a senior manager at the Office for Students. He is responsible for the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF) Subject Pilots, which seek to find the most effective way of producing TEF ratings at subject, as well as college and university level.

Richard previously worked for HEFCE where he led activities relating to learning and teaching and widening participation. He has been responsible for developing HEFCE policy on teaching funding, has designed and managed sector-wide programmes on learning gain and addressing differential student outcomes, and commissioned research investigating the impact and effectiveness of funding and activity. Richard has served in an advisory capacity for a number of academic groups conducting research into social mobility and student outcomes.

Nicola Turner MBE

Head of Sector Practice - Office for Students

As Head of Sector Practice, Nicola’s role is accelerate the closing of gaps in access and participation by promoting and encouraging effective practice. Previously, as national lead for skills policy in the higher education sector, she worked extensively on technical education and apprenticeship reform in order to improve choice for students. She produced two independent reviews into employability (Shadbolt and Wakeham, 2016), established the £10m Degree Apprenticeship Development Fund, launched a £20m Institute of Coding and will soon be announcing winners of bids to the Local Grads competition.

Before joining HEFCE, Nicola spent 12 years at Aston University in Birmingham as Director of Employability and before that she worked in graduate recruitment. In 2015 Nicola received an MBE for services to graduate employability and Higher Education. She is also a Governor at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

Simon Bracken

Higher Education Manager, Bath College

I’ve worked in the FE sector for 25 years in a variety of roles from Director of Curriculum to Lecturer. My current role is Higher Education Manager at Bath College. The main aspects of my current role are our University partnerships with our 3 HEI partners, the College’s Access Provision, our International Foundation Year and International recruitment with agents and all things related to the Office for Students and TEF. I’m very interested in the role of HE within an FE environment. In previous roles I’ve had a wealth of experience of FE provision, Apprenticeships, 14-16 and School liaison. I’ve also worked with the AoC as a Peer Advisor for the OTLA Projects, and have recently been appointed to the Quality Standards Group at UK NARIC.

Carys Fisher

Senior Policy Executive, UCAS

Since joining UCAS in October 2014, Carys has taken a lead role in understanding the impact of the changing policy environment on us and our customers. Carys has overall responsibility for stakeholder engagement at UCAS, ensuring that our data and insight influences the shape of the sector. She also owns our widening access and participation strategy, and is currently leading a review of how UCAS supports universities and colleges with contextualised admissions.

Carys previously held the post of Postgraduate Admissions Manager at Arden University. A linguist by trade, graduating from the University of Bath with a first-class honours degree in 2011, Carys also has a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration.

Dr Andy Smith

Standards and Frameworks Manager, QAA

Dr Andy Smith is the Standards and Frameworks Manager for the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education. Andy studied Drama at Aberystwyth University and has a PhD in Post-War British theatre. Andy has been working in Higher Education across the UK for over twenty-five years as a lecturer, researcher and academic manager. Previous posts in Higher Education include Academic Subject Leader for Music and Performance and Associate Dean for Learning and Teaching at the University of Wales, Newport. Before joining the QAA Andy was an Associate Head of School at the University of South Wales, with responsibility for quality assurance and the student experience. At the QAA Andy is responsible for overseeing the maintenance of the Quality Code, National Qualifications frameworks and supporting documentation such as Subject Benchmark Statements.

Dr Geoff Stoakes

Special Adviser (Degree Standards), Advance HE

Dr Geoff Stoakes is Special Adviser (Degree Standards) at Advance HE (formerly the Higher Education Academy) and leads on the Degree Standards: External Examining project. He was seconded to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills in 2015 to work on the development of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and continued to advise on its implementation via the DfE’s TEF Working Group. Geoff was formerly Vice Principal and Deputy Chief Executive of Plymouth Marjon University. His most recent publications include the Review of External Examining Arrangements across the UK (HEFCE 2015) and the HEPI-HEA Student Academic Experience Survey 2014.  He is a historian by training.

Simon Field

Director, Skills Policy

Simon Field is a leading expert on the comparative analysis of country skills systems. Most recently, as an independent analyst, he has been working with OECD, UNESCO, ILO, the Gatsby Foundation and other bodies. Previously, as leader of the OECD’s flagship programme of work on VET and technical skills training, he led reviews of skills policy in more than 25 countries throughout the world, and was the lead author of the OECD’s two main publications on VET policy (Skills beyond School and Learning for Jobs) as well as many country reviews.

He was also the lead author of the OECD’s report on equity – No More Failures. Alongside his international work he has published extensively on the English skills system. His most recent reports on England, published in 2018, cover higher technical education and apprenticeship.  He holds a Ph. D. in philosophy and social policy from the University of Cambridge and an M. Sc. in Economics from Birkbeck College London.  He was born and brought up in Belfast.

Lucy Andrew

Deputy Director: Technical Education and Qualifications Reform, Department for Education

Lucy joined the Department for Education in 2002 and has held a variety of policy roles. These include work on school funding – including the national funding formula, teacher supply, the 14-19 workforce and children’s social services. She also served as Private Secretary to the Permanent Secretary between 2007-08.

Neha Agarwal

Head of Research and Insight, HESA

A social researcher by profession, I have an interest in data collection methods and social surveys. During my career I have worked in various research and analytical roles, mainly in the public sector. Prior to joining HESA I worked at the Office for Fair Access on widening participation.

Emily Jackson

Assistant Adjudicator, Office of the Independent Adjudicator

I have worked in higher education since 2008. Currently I am an Assistant Adjudicator in the OIA but I began as a researcher and lecturer in the social sciences, holding posts in UK and Canadian universities. As a lecturer I often found myself dealing with students’ complex pastoral needs and I found this work challenging but also very interesting and rewarding. When I switched to a professional services career path I knew I wanted to focus on student casework. Before starting at the OIA I worked on complex student cases at St. George’s, University of London, a specialist medical and health sciences college.

John Wolff

Assistant Adjudicator, Office of the Independent Adjudicator

I have worked within the Adjudication Team at OIAHE for around a year, reviewing complex complaints to find the most appropriate route towards resolution. Within this role, I have also been involved in our outreach events disseminating good practice to the sector. Before moving into the Higher Education sector, I worked for several years as a Lead Investigator at the Independent Office for Police Conduct. There, I led teams investigating criminal and misconduct allegations involving the police. I also specialised as a Family Liaison Officer supporting bereaved families through the investigation process and subsequent judicial proceedings.

Dr Charlotte Snelling

Policy Researcher, Universities UK

Dr Charlotte Snelling is a policy researcher at Universities UK, based in the regulation team. She is currently leading work on ‘grade inflation’ including the recent public consultation on degree classification, on behalf of the UK Standing Committee for Quality Assessment.

Before starting at UUK in April 2018, she was based at the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) for over two years as a research fellow, working across a range of areas within housing, welfare and public services. She was awarded a PhD in Politics from the University of Edinburgh in 2016 where her thesis examined the impact of educational experiences in tertiary education on young people’s political engagement.

Nicola Dandridge

Nicola Dandridge was appointed as the first chief executive of the Office for Students in 2017, taking up her role in September 2017. The Office for Students is the new public body which will regulate the higher education sector on behalf of students. It will be fully operational in April 2018, when it will replace the Higher Education Funding Council for England and the Office for Fair Access.

Prior to joining the Office for Students, Nicola was chief executive of Universities UK, the representative organisation for the UK’s universities. Before that she was chief executive of the Equality Challenge Unit, the higher education agency which promotes equality and diversity for staff and students. Nicola started her career as a qualified lawyer working in private practice.

Richard Smith

Richard Smith is a senior manager at the Office for Students. He is responsible for the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF) Subject Pilots, which seek to find the most effective way of producing TEF ratings at subject, as well as college and university level.

Richard previously worked for HEFCE where he led activities relating to learning and teaching and widening participation. He has been responsible for developing HEFCE policy on teaching funding, has designed and managed sector-wide programmes on learning gain and addressing differential student outcomes, and commissioned research investigating the impact and effectiveness of funding and activity. Richard has served in an advisory capacity for a number of academic groups conducting research into social mobility and student outcomes.

Nicola Turner MBE

As Head of Sector Practice, Nicola’s role is accelerate the closing of gaps in access and participation by promoting and encouraging effective practice. Previously, as national lead for skills policy in the higher education sector, she worked extensively on technical education and apprenticeship reform in order to improve choice for students. She produced two independent reviews into employability (Shadbolt and Wakeham, 2016), established the £10m Degree Apprenticeship Development Fund, launched a £20m Institute of Coding and will soon be announcing winners of bids to the Local Grads competition.

Before joining HEFCE, Nicola spent 12 years at Aston University in Birmingham as Director of Employability and before that she worked in graduate recruitment. In 2015 Nicola received an MBE for services to graduate employability and Higher Education. She is also a Governor at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

Simon Bracken

I’ve worked in the FE sector for 25 years in a variety of roles from Director of Curriculum to Lecturer. My current role is Higher Education Manager at Bath College. The main aspects of my current role are our University partnerships with our 3 HEI partners, the College’s Access Provision, our International Foundation Year and International recruitment with agents and all things related to the Office for Students and TEF. I’m very interested in the role of HE within an FE environment. In previous roles I’ve had a wealth of experience of FE provision, Apprenticeships, 14-16 and School liaison. I’ve also worked with the AoC as a Peer Advisor for the OTLA Projects, and have recently been appointed to the Quality Standards Group at UK NARIC.

Carys Fisher

Since joining UCAS in October 2014, Carys has taken a lead role in understanding the impact of the changing policy environment on us and our customers. Carys has overall responsibility for stakeholder engagement at UCAS, ensuring that our data and insight influences the shape of the sector. She also owns our widening access and participation strategy, and is currently leading a review of how UCAS supports universities and colleges with contextualised admissions.

Carys previously held the post of Postgraduate Admissions Manager at Arden University. A linguist by trade, graduating from the University of Bath with a first-class honours degree in 2011, Carys also has a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration.

Dr Andy Smith

Dr Andy Smith is the Standards and Frameworks Manager for the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education. Andy studied Drama at Aberystwyth University and has a PhD in Post-War British theatre. Andy has been working in Higher Education across the UK for over twenty-five years as a lecturer, researcher and academic manager. Previous posts in Higher Education include Academic Subject Leader for Music and Performance and Associate Dean for Learning and Teaching at the University of Wales, Newport. Before joining the QAA Andy was an Associate Head of School at the University of South Wales, with responsibility for quality assurance and the student experience. At the QAA Andy is responsible for overseeing the maintenance of the Quality Code, National Qualifications frameworks and supporting documentation such as Subject Benchmark Statements.

Dr Geoff Stoakes

Dr Geoff Stoakes is Special Adviser (Degree Standards) at Advance HE (formerly the Higher Education Academy) and leads on the Degree Standards: External Examining project. He was seconded to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills in 2015 to work on the development of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and continued to advise on its implementation via the DfE’s TEF Working Group. Geoff was formerly Vice Principal and Deputy Chief Executive of Plymouth Marjon University. His most recent publications include the Review of External Examining Arrangements across the UK (HEFCE 2015) and the HEPI-HEA Student Academic Experience Survey 2014.  He is a historian by training.

Simon Field

Simon Field is a leading expert on the comparative analysis of country skills systems. Most recently, as an independent analyst, he has been working with OECD, UNESCO, ILO, the Gatsby Foundation and other bodies. Previously, as leader of the OECD’s flagship programme of work on VET and technical skills training, he led reviews of skills policy in more than 25 countries throughout the world, and was the lead author of the OECD’s two main publications on VET policy (Skills beyond School and Learning for Jobs) as well as many country reviews.

He was also the lead author of the OECD’s report on equity – No More Failures. Alongside his international work he has published extensively on the English skills system. His most recent reports on England, published in 2018, cover higher technical education and apprenticeship.  He holds a Ph. D. in philosophy and social policy from the University of Cambridge and an M. Sc. in Economics from Birkbeck College London.  He was born and brought up in Belfast.

Lucy Andrew

Lucy joined the Department for Education in 2002 and has held a variety of policy roles. These include work on school funding – including the national funding formula, teacher supply, the 14-19 workforce and children’s social services. She also served as Private Secretary to the Permanent Secretary between 2007-08.

Neha Agarwal

A social researcher by profession, I have an interest in data collection methods and social surveys. During my career I have worked in various research and analytical roles, mainly in the public sector. Prior to joining HESA I worked at the Office for Fair Access on widening participation.

Emily Jackson

I have worked in higher education since 2008. Currently I am an Assistant Adjudicator in the OIA but I began as a researcher and lecturer in the social sciences, holding posts in UK and Canadian universities. As a lecturer I often found myself dealing with students’ complex pastoral needs and I found this work challenging but also very interesting and rewarding. When I switched to a professional services career path I knew I wanted to focus on student casework. Before starting at the OIA I worked on complex student cases at St. George’s, University of London, a specialist medical and health sciences college.

John Wolff

I have worked within the Adjudication Team at OIAHE for around a year, reviewing complex complaints to find the most appropriate route towards resolution. Within this role, I have also been involved in our outreach events disseminating good practice to the sector. Before moving into the Higher Education sector, I worked for several years as a Lead Investigator at the Independent Office for Police Conduct. There, I led teams investigating criminal and misconduct allegations involving the police. I also specialised as a Family Liaison Officer supporting bereaved families through the investigation process and subsequent judicial proceedings.

Dr Charlotte Snelling

Dr Charlotte Snelling is a policy researcher at Universities UK, based in the regulation team. She is currently leading work on ‘grade inflation’ including the recent public consultation on degree classification, on behalf of the UK Standing Committee for Quality Assessment.

Before starting at UUK in April 2018, she was based at the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) for over two years as a research fellow, working across a range of areas within housing, welfare and public services. She was awarded a PhD in Politics from the University of Edinburgh in 2016 where her thesis examined the impact of educational experiences in tertiary education on young people’s political engagement.

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