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Open College Network West Midlands Centres: Lifetime learning for all

Access to HE Conference 2019

Access to HE Conference
and the Brian May 
Access to HE Learner Awards
12th JUNE 2019 (9.30am-3.00pm)
With the theme of Recruit, Retain, Results you are invited to attend our Biennial Access to HE Conference on 12th June 2019 at the prestigious                       Molineux Stadium in Wolverhampton.
You will have the opportunity to take part in workshops, listen to inspirational stories from previous learners and hear from speakers including our Keynote Speaker Julie Mizon, Access Manager at QAA
This event is  for:
  • Anyone working to help people progress into Higher Education
  • Access to HE Coordinators and Tutors
  • Curriculum Leaders and Managers
  • Moderators and Centre Reviewers

Access to HE Awards

At this special event we will also be presenting our Learner Awards with £600 for each winner in recognition of their Outstanding Achievement and Commitment.


*** Early Bird Booking Discount *** - £50 per delegate until 19 April 2019. 

Full price £70 per delegate after this date.


Conference Programme

Morning Events:

  • Key Note Speakers
  • Workshop Session (see details below)
  • Learner Awards

Afternoon Events:

  • Workshop Sessions (see details below)
  • Open College Network Update


Bookings - To book your place please contact Andrea Lake on 01902 624230 or email 


Also, look out for more details on our Twitter page

@opencollnet #AccesstoHE


Workshop Session Details:

Improving Recruitment and Retention

With increased pressure on Centres to recruit and retain learners, this workshop will focus on the challenges facing Centres today in ensuring that recruitment targets are met and the learners are retained.   Attendees will develop their knowledge of:

  • Strategies that can be used for recruitment and ensuring the learners are on the right course
  • Strategies employed to help retain learners
  • The challenges Centres face with recruitment and retention and how these challenges can be addressed.

We are pleased to confirm that Lisa Westmorland from Newcastle and Stafford College Group will be joining the workshop to share and reflect on the impact from changes they have implemented this year.

Facilitating Online and Blended Learning

As widening participation is a key objective of the Access to HE Diploma, Open College Network are proud to offer a wider range of fully online Access to HE Diplomas through the Pearl platform, developed through an exclusive partnership with Pearltech UK Ltd.  Learners who may have employment, care or other commitments that prevent them from being able to attend classroom delivered programmes can now choose to study online.  This workshop will focus on the use of Pearl to provide online and blended learning and how a Centre may facilitate online and blended learning.  Attendees will gain knowledge of:

  • How a Centre could facilitate online and blended learning
  • The factors that may encourage a Centre to use online learning platforms
  • The challenges in providing online and blended learning or those that may prevent a Centre from using it and how challenges can be addressed.  

We are pleased to confirm that Lisa Page-Dove from South Devon College will be joining the workshop to share their experience of facilitating fully online Diplomas and blended learning.   

Analysis of Achievement Data

Each year, the AVA's are required by QAA to analyse data relating to their Centres’ provision.  This year, the primary focus has been with the achievement rates of learners i.e. the success of starters., using data from the R14 from ESFA.  The initial analysis identified the following factors that may impact on Centres’ achievement rates and would be investigated further by the AVA:

  • Assessment design
  • Assessment practice
  • Learner group
  • Staffing
  • Entry requirements

This workshop will focus on the findings from the investigation of these factors.  Attendees will gain a knowledge of:

  • the contribution each factor may have had on achievement rates
  • strategies that may be implemented in their Centre to enhance achievement
  • any further investigation or actions that the AVA will take.
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