Wednesday, 25 November 2015

FW: Open University Widening Participation Conference Deadline Extension

Open University Widening Participation Conference 27th – 28th April 2016

HE:  Transforming lives through life-wide learning


The deadline for the receipt of papers for this conference has been extended by popular demand.  The new deadline is close of play Friday 18th December.   We are looking for academic research papers, innovative practice papers and posters around the following themes:


·        Alternative routes into HE

·        Moving from access to widenened success

·        Flexibility and technology

·        Employability

·        The crisis facing mature part time students


We now have confirmed keynote speakers:


John Widdowson, President of the Association of Colleges

Professor Jacqueline Stevenson, Sheffield Institute of Education

Tim Blackman, Vice-Chancellor, Middlesex University

David Hughes, Chief Executive, NIACE

John Storan, Director of Continuum, University of East London

Professor Randall Whittaker, Director of Studies, Leeds College of Art


Visit the conference website here for paper specifications and to book your place.



Wendy Fowle

Research, Evaluation and Information Manager/Widening Access and Success Strategy Manager

01908 654126,

Centre for Inclusion and Collaborative Partnerships (CICP), The Open University


       Visit the conference website for further information


Read what we are thinking at the Access Observatory Blog

Follow us on Twitter @access_observe


Useful sites:

Centre for Inclusion and Collaborative Partnerships Intranet

Widening Access and Success project sharepoint site

Widening Access and Success Internet

               Widening Access and Success Strategy

               Journal for Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning

               Access Curriculum




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