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Teachers’ and Careers Advisers’ Conference

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Date & time

Friday 6 May 2022

9.00am - 3.15pm

Cost

Free

Location

Business School

Series

Teachers’ and Careers Advisers’ Conference

‘Preparing your students for success’

We are delighted to invite you to our annual Teachers and Careers Advisers Conference. This free, one day event organised by the Student Recruitment Team, will update you on the changing HE landscape and will give you the opportunity to share experiences and good practice with colleagues who provide post-16 information, advice and guidance (IAG) across a broad range of school and college settings.

The conference is aimed at all teachers and careers advisers working in post -16 education. Professionals and practitioners in the HE sector will be available through plenary and workshop sessions to equip you with up-to-date, essential information to inform your own practice.

In addition to a keynote, plenary and networking lunch, delegates will have the opportunity to select two workshops of interest, undertake an optional campus or departmental tour and speak to subject tutors and other services from across the university. The programme will provide attendees with a mix of subject specific guidance, as well as general policy update. Sessions will be delivered by staff from Edge Hill University, in addition to external specialists, who each demonstrate expertise within their chosen fields.

This session will provide advice on how to support your students through the UCAS application process from start to finish. The Education Liaison Team will deliver an insight into what makes an application stand out with some useful handy hints. You will discuss and compare with colleagues how your school or college approaches the UCAS process as a whole. At the end of the session you will have practical tips to share with your students about the structure and content of their Personal Statement and overall application.

Programme for the day

8.30am –  registration and refreshments

 9.15am – conference welcome – Simon Jenkins, Head of Student Recruitment, Edge Hill University

 9.30am – plenary: HE Sector Overview – Dr John Cater CBE, Vice Chancellor, Edge Hill University  

10.30am – refreshments

10.45am – workshop sessions 1. Delegates choose from:

a) Making the Transition from School to University

 The difference in expectations, teaching styles and the stresses and challenges of moving away from home for the first time, all contribute to making starting at university a potential minefield of mental health problems for undergraduates. This session will focus on some of the psychological reasons for these challenges and the things that you can do within FE settings, to support your young people in getting ready for this change. This will be a collaborative workshop style approach, allowing you to tailor the strategies to your setting and ensuring that your young people have the best chance of succeeding at university.

Dr Bridget Mawtus – Lecturer in Children, Young People and Families, Edge Hill University

b) Subject session: Focus on Creative Arts – Film, Media, Television, Dance, Drama, Musical Theatre, English, Creative Writing

The UK’s creative industries contributed £115.9billion to the economy in 2019, according to the Department of Digital, Culture, Media & Sport.

In this session, delegates will learn more about the courses on offer and how our state-of-the-art facilities and impressive industry links ensure that our students are ready to embark on a career in this billion-pound industry after graduation.

Admissions Tutors for these subjects will also be available to answer your questions.

c) T-Levels: The Next Level Qualification

This session will focus on the T-level qualifications. As one of the policy creators of the T-levels, Catherine will be exploring the new qualification in depth. From the structure of the examination to the array of courses on offer,

Incorporating UCAS requirements, feedback from teachers and results from the first year, this session will be important to anyone working with students aged 16-19. With the phasing out of BTEC’s in favour of T-levels, Catherine will also be on hand to answer your questions.

Catherine Sezen, Senior Policy Manager – FE, Association of Colleges

 12pm – Lunch, Sages Restaurant

 There will be an opportunity to network with conference delegates, speakers, and staff from Edge Hill University.

We will also be running optional tours of the Catalyst Building and our Clinical Skills and Simulation Centre at 12pm and 12.30pm (departing from the Business School foyer). Tours will last 20 minutes.

1pm – Student panel session: the value of university through a student’s eyes

Current undergraduate students will answer your questions about student life and their experiences of applying to university.

Chaired by Simon Jenkins, Head of Student Recruitment, Edge Hill University

2pm – Workshop Sessions 2 – Delegates choose from:

d) Supporting your students through their UCAS application

This session will provide advice on how to support your students through the UCAS application process from start to finish. The Education Liaison Team will deliver an insight into what makes an application stand out in terms of content, work experience and reference information from yourselves as staff. Throughout the session, there will be plenty of opportunities to interact and share best practice with colleagues, see some real-life personal statement examples, ask questions and discuss issues that you face within your school or college. The session will also include some members of staff from the admissions team.

Education Liaison team, Edge Hill University with staff from Education and Health Admissions

*This is for less experienced adviser or those new to HE guidance work.

(e) Student Finance –what every practitioner really needs to know

 Student Finance England will guide delegates through the changes within student finance policy for 2022/23. Information will be provided to guide your students through the application process and to understand the student loan repayment system. It is an opportunity to discuss any concerns you have regarding student finance.

Kevin McMullan – Funding Information Partner Services Account Manager Student Loans Company

(f) Subject Session: Focus on STEM subjects – Biosciences, Computer Science, Engineering, Geosciences 

 In this session, delegates will learn more about our STEM courses and their entry requirements and understand how to encourage students’ ambition in STEM subjects.

There will also be the opportunity to hear from Admissions tutors for these subjects who can provide information on our industry-standard facilities and links with employers as well as the different career routes available post-graduation.

(g)  Making the Transition from School to University

 The difference in expectations, teaching styles and the stresses and challenges of moving away from home for the first time, all contribute to making starting at university a potential minefield of mental health problems for undergraduates. This session will focus on some of the psychological reasons for these challenges and the things that you can do within FE settings, to support your young people in getting ready for this change. This will be a collaborative workshop style approach, allowing you to tailor the strategies to your setting and ensuring that your young people have the best chance of succeeding at university.

Dr Bridget Mawtus – Lecturer in Children, Young People and Families, Edge Hill University

 3.15pm – Tea and coffee and depart

 A chance to meet Edge Hill University staff, current undergraduate students and take a tour of our campus.

Who is this event for?

Teachers, tutors and careers advisers
The student recruitment team at a previous annual teachers and careers advisers conference

Speakers

Enquiries

For further information on this event please contact the Education Liaison team on 01695 58 4857 or e-mail [email protected]