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Open College Network West Midlands CEO to join speaker line-up at the 2021 Access to HE Conference


Date: Wednesday 9th June 2021
Time: 10am - 12:30pm
Location: Online via Zoom
Cost: Free
Conference Theme: Use of Technology and Innovation


Open College Network West Midlands’ Access to HE Conference in June is gathering pace with the final arrangements being made for this year’s online event.


A spectacular speaker line-up, including: Douglas Blackstock (CEO, QAA), Julie Mizon (QAA, Access Manager) and Jeff Greenidge (Director for Diversity, Association of Colleges), has been arranged for this year’s event which celebrates the vital role of Access to HE in widening participation and releasing people’s potential.

Open College Network West Midlands’ Chief Executive Officer, Kevern Kerswell, will join the line up to set the scene for the event as well as highlighting our commitment to Access to HE providers as a leading AVA in England and Wales.



Kevern joined Open College Network West Midlands as Chief Executive in September 2020. His responsibilities span a wide remit but focus on creating opportunities for learners to achieve life changing qualifications.

Prior to joining Open College Network West Midlands Kevern was Chief Executive of an Awarding Organisation and Access Validating Agency (AVA) in Wales.

Passionate about learning, Kevern built his career in Further Education, operating within a Senior Management Team to deliver a wide range of curriculum aimed primarily at adult learners. Kevern is also a member of the Board of a college in South East Wales where he continues to play a part in ensuring high quality education for post 16 learners.

Kevern is a staunch supporter of Access to Higher Education and is proud to be leading one of the largest AVAs in England and Wales. He has set the team at Open College Network West Midlands a simple challenge, to create and award exceptional qualifications that change lives. He has agreed an ambitious strategic plan to reach ever increasing numbers of learners while providing centres with the very highest standards in support and service.


There’s still time to register your attendance at this year's event!

Access to HE practitioners, including:

  • Access to HE Tutors
  • Heads of Schools
  • Access Coordinators
  • Course Leaders
  • Academic Staff, and
  • Those working to help people progress into Higher Education.

…..can register their attendance here.


Conference joining instructions will be issued nearer the event, but if you have any questions in the meantime, please e-mail Access to HE Manager, Pam Stanway, via

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