Policy Unwrapped – Termly Session

2nd Dec 2013, 4:30pm - 8:00pm

Edge Hill University


Destination Oxbridge: The impact of Government Policy on selecting universities

Policy Unwrapped is a series of termly sessions aimed at those who work in an education setting and is designed to provide an impartial commentary on the purpose and impact of higher education policy. With expert opinion, insightful comment and valuable networking opportunities, Policy Unwrapped is a must for those who want to stay abreast of sector developments and support their students in HE decision making.

Using ‘selecting’ universities as a starting point, this engaging session will look at a range of Government policies that are affecting access to our Higher Education Institutions.  Beginning with A’ Level reform, a range of national Access initiatives and through to the impact of social mobility on postgraduate study, Mike Nicholson (Oxford University) will explore how the impact of policy is felt ‘on the ground’ at our leading Universities.

Mike Nicholson, Director of Undergraduate Admissions and Outreach at the University of Oxford

Mike Nicholson has been Director of Undergraduate Admissions and Outreach at the University of Oxford since October 2006. He is responsible for coordinating admissions and outreach activity across the University, and acting as the public face on admissions issues for the media.   His career has focused on university admissions, student recruitment, and widening participation, mainly at the University of Essex. He has served as the Chair of the Higher Education Liaison Officers’ Association (HELOA) and as a Director of the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), as well as a member on three Aim Higher Partnership boards.


  • 4:30pm onwards Arrival, drinks and informal networking
  • 5:30pm Policy Unwrapped session
  • 6:30pm Meal and further networking opportunity