Termly Session – Policy Unwrapped

3rd Mar 2014, 4:30pm - 18th Feb 2014, 8:00pm

Edge Hill University

Policy Unwrapped

Fair Admissions – Developments, Challenges and Assurance in a Modern HE Market

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 the concept of ‘fair admissions and assurance of quality for applicants’ as a starting point, this engaging session will look at a number of recent changes and developments to university admissions policy and the subsequent challenges faced by our Higher Education Institutions.  Dan Shaffer (Supporting Professionalism in Admissions) will explore the principles of fair admissions, changes to the Quality Assurance Agency and student number controls, supported throughout by a contextual data commentary.

Dan Shaffer, Head of Professionalism in Admissions – Supporting Professionalism in Admissions (SPA)

Dan Shaffer has been Head of Professionalism in Admissions since December 2008.  Prior to join SPA, Dan held the post of Assistant Registrar at Aston University, responsible for admissions, enrolment, examinations and teaching facilities. Before Aston University, Dan developed his career in admissions across a range of roles where he was responsible for developing policy and good practice in higher education recruitment and welfare activities. Since joining SPA, Dan has researched and developed a wide range of SPA’s good practice guidance, including: applicant experience; complaints and appeals; equality; planning and managing admissions; and student number controls.


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