Friday, 11 September 2015

FW: Conference on latest developments in Postgraduate Taught education: inc. impact on employability - plus funding, choice and student experience - keynote from HEFCE: Westminster Higher Education Forum, Morning, Thursday, 22nd October 2015

 

The future for Postgraduate Taught education: funding, choice and student experience

 

with

Jason Leman, Surveys Officer, Higher Education Academy; Jayne Rowley, Director of Business Services, Graduate Prospects; Ben Rutter, Student Finance Adviser - London, Student Finance IAG Team, Student Loans Company and a senior speaker confirmed from HEFCE

and

Mahamid Ahmed, National Union of Students; Shan Ashton, Bangor University; Professor Helen Atkinson, Engineering Professors’ Council; Alex Bols, Guild HE; Gavin Douglas, University of Edinburgh; Dr Fiona Groenhout, University of Oxford; Juan Guerra, StudentFunder; Ben Jordan, UCAS; Dr Robin Mellors-Bourne, CRAC and Dr Faye Taylor, University Alliance

 

Chaired by:

Chris Evans MP, Member, All-Party Parliamentary University Group

 

Timing: Morning, Thursday, 22nd October 2015

Venue: Central London

This event is CPD certified

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Dear Mr Andrew

 

I am writing to remind you about the above seminar. Please note there is a charge for most delegates, although concessionary and complimentary places are available (subject to terms and conditions - see below).

 

The focus:

  • Changes to postgraduate taught (PGT) education - focusing on funding, choices, the student experience and competition in the HE sector; and
  • Preparations in the HE sector for the introduction of student loans for taught postgraduate students in 2016.

 

To note:

  • The agenda includes significant opportunities for discussion about the employability of PGT students and the benefits PGT graduates can provide to employers.

 

Context:

 

Key discussion points:

·       How people make decisions about postgraduate study and what they want from their university experience;

·       PGT loans - the impact on students and the sector, and delivering loans in practice;

·       ‘Steps to Postgraduate Study’ and improving information accessibility;

·       Best practice in providing a high-quality student experience for PGT students; and

·       Priorities for improving the support for PGT students into employment.

 

Speakers:

Keynotes: Jason Leman, Surveys Officer, Higher Education Academy; Jayne Rowley, Director of Business Services, Graduate Prospects; Ben Rutter, Student Finance Adviser - London, Student Finance IAG Team, Student Loans Company and a senior speaker confirmed from HEFCE.

 

Further confirmed speakers: Mahamid Ahmed, Postgraduate Taught Officer, National Union of Students; Shan Ashton, Head of School, School of Lifelong Learning, Bangor University; Professor Helen Atkinson, Head of Mechanics of Materials Research Group, University of Leicester and former President, Engineering Professors’ Council; Alex Bols, Deputy Chief Executive, Guild HE; Gavin Douglas, Deputy Secretary, Student Experience, University of Edinburgh; Dr Fiona Groenhout, Graduate Access Manager, Graduate Admissions and Funding, University of Oxford; Juan Guerra, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, StudentFunder; Ben Jordan, Senior Policy Executive, UCAS; Dr Robin Mellors-Bourne, Research Director & Acting Chief Executive, CRAC and Dr Faye Taylor, Policy and Projects Manager, University Alliance.

 

Chair: Chris Evans MP, Member, All-Party Parliamentary University Group.

 

Additional senior participants are being approached.

 

Networking:

Places have been reserved by officials from BIS; HMRC and the Welsh Government. Also due to attend are representatives from Bath Spa University; Birkbeck, University of London; Birmingham City University; Brunel University London; Cardiff Metropolitan University; City University London; Coventry University; Goldsmiths, University of London; Hotcourses; Imperial College London; Lancaster University; Liverpool Hope University; London Metropolitan University; Manchester Metropolitan University; Royal Holloway, University of London; Sheffield Hallam University; St George’s, University of London; The Knowledge Partnership; University College London; University of Bristol; University of East Anglia; University of Essex; University of Hertfordshire; University of Kent; University of Leeds; University of London; University of Manchester; University of Oxford; University of Portsmouth; University of Reading; University of Sheffield; University of Southampton; University of Strathclyde; University of Sussex; University of Westminster and University of York.

 

Press passes have been reserved by representatives from Times Higher Education.

 

Agenda:

See below my signature, or click here any time to download the latest version.

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CPD certified (more details).

 

Booking arrangements

 

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  • Places at The future for Postgraduate Taught education: funding, choice and student experience (including refreshments and a complete PDF copy of the transcripts) are £210 plus VAT;
  • Concessionary rate places (see conditions): £80 plus VAT. Please be sure to apply for this at the time of booking.

 

Can’t attend?

  • Full transcript available approximately 10 days after the event for £95 plus VAT;
  • Concessionary rate: £50 plus VAT.

 

If you find the charge for places a barrier to attending, please let me know as concessionary and complimentary places are made available in certain circumstances (but do be advised that this typically applies to individual service users or carers or the like who are not supported by or part of an organisation, full-time students, people between jobs or who are fully retired with no paid work, and representatives of small charities - not businesses, individuals funded by an organisation, or larger charities/not-for-profit companies). Please note terms and conditions below (including cancellation charges).

 

I hope that you will be able to take part in what promises to be a most useful morning.

 

Kind regards,

 

Jonny Roberts

 

Jonny Roberts

Associate Editor, Westminster Higher Education Forum

 

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Westminster Higher Education Forum Keynote Seminar

The future for Postgraduate Taught education: funding, choice and student experience

Timing: Morning, Thursday, 22nd October 2015

Venue: Central London

 

Draft agenda subject to change

 

8.30 - 9.00

Registration and coffee

 

 

9.00 - 9.05

Chair’s opening remarks

Senior Parliamentarian

 

 

9.05 - 9.15

Postgraduate Taught (PGT) loans: rationale and reality

Senior speaker to be confirmed

 

 

9.15 - 9.25

Delivering PGT loans in practice

Ben Rutter, Student Finance Adviser - London, Student Finance IAG Team, Student Loans Company

 

 

9.25 - 10.15

The impact of the introduction of PGT loans on students and the sector

How well does the £10,000 loan cap reflect the reality of the costs of PGT study? How justified are concerns that an increase in funding for PGT students will lead to a rise in course fees, and how can these concerns be addressed? To what extent will greater access to funding affect levels of fee competition between institutions? Is there a need for a commercial or alternative funding provider to supplement government funding levels? To what extent will an increased availability of PGT funding increase enrolment numbers of PGT courses, and what impact will this have on institutions? In light of pre-existing debt from undergraduate courses, will potential PGT students be deterred from taking out an additional student loan? How can widening participation be defined in a PGT context, and how can these students be best provided with additional support? What step can institutions and government take to address concerns that imposing an age limit of 30 on PGT loans is discriminatory and how can the funding gap for these students be resolved?

Juan Guerra, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, StudentFunder

Mahamid Ahmed, Postgraduate Taught Officer, National Union of Students

Dr Faye Taylor, Policy and Projects Manager, University Alliance

Ben Jordan, Senior Policy Executive, UCAS

Questions and comments from the floor with Ben Rutter, Student Finance Adviser - London, Student Finance IAG Team, Student Loans Company and senior speaker to be confirmed

 

 

10.15 - 10.45

How people make decisions about postgraduate study

Dr Robin Mellors-Bourne, Research Director & Acting Chief Executive, CRAC

Dr Fiona Groenhout, Graduate Access Manager, Graduate Admissions and Funding, University of Oxford

Questions and comments from the floor

 

 

10.45 - 11.00

‘Steps to Postgraduate Study’ and improving information accessibility

Senior speaker confirmed from HEFCE

Questions and comments from the floor

 

 

11.00 - 11.20

Efficient provision of information in practice

Jayne Rowley, Director of Business Services, Graduate Prospects

Questions and comments from the floor with senior speaker confirmed from HEFCE

 

 

11.20 - 11.25

Chair’s closing remarks

Senior Parliamentarian

 

 

11.25 - 11.50

Coffee

 

 

11.50 - 11.55

Chair’s opening remarks

Chris Evans MP, Member, All-Party Parliamentary University Group 

 

 

11.55 - 12.05

What do PGT students want from their university experience?

Jason Leman, Surveys Officer, Higher Education Academy

 

 

12.05 - 12.55

Supporting PGT students’ experience and improving their employability prospects

What more can institutions do to ensure a high quality student experience for PGT students, what can be learnt from best practice in this area - for example in supporting integration into the student community? How might the current levels of pastoral support provided to PGT students be improved; including mature, part time and international students? What factors are driving the fall in part time PGT student numbers, and how can universities act to increase numbers of part time applicants? Which PGT qualifications are of greatest value to the labour market and how can institutions and employers co-operate to ensure that skills needs are being met? How can universities ensure that PGT students acquire the skills needed to successfully apply and transition to postgraduate research? In light of some applicants seeking to change career following a PGT qualification, how can these students be supported to gain the employability skills they need to succeed in their chosen sector?

Alex Bols, Deputy Chief Executive, Guild HE

Gavin Douglas, Deputy Secretary, Student Experience, University of Edinburgh

Shan Ashton, Head of School, School of Lifelong Learning, Bangor University

Professor Helen Atkinson, Head of Mechanics of Materials Research Group, University of Leicester and former President, Engineering Professors' Council

Questions and comments from the floor with Jason Leman, Surveys Officer, Higher Education Academy

 

 

12.55 - 13.00

Chair’s and Westminster Higher Education Forum closing remarks

Chris Evans MP, Member, All-Party Parliamentary University Group 

Jonny Roberts, Associate Editor, Westminster Higher Education Forum

 

 

 

 

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