This year HELOA launched the Group Spotlight award to celebrate the fantastic work which takes places within our HELOA Groups. We received four nominations from; The London Group, The Midlands Group, The Scotland Group and a joint entry from the South East and South West groups. All of the nominations were excellent and our Awards sponsor Hobsons commended all the groups on their excellent work.
Congratulations to the 2017 winner, London Group
HELOA HE Awareness Day for Looked after Children and Care Leavers
Building on 3 years of collaboration and experience, on 26th October 2016 the HELOA London Group rallied behind National Care Leavers Week to deliver the third annual HELOA HE Awareness Day for Looked after Children and Care Leavers. This event brought together care-experienced young people aged 14-25, a range of adults in positions of supporting LAC and Care Leavers from all over the country, and nine HEIs across London. Feedback has been overwhelmingly positive and reinforced the impact this event has on encouraging the most underrepresented young people to consider and be empowered to apply for university.
Thank you to our other three nominations, the Midlands, Scotland, and South East & South West Groups
Members Networking Day
The HELOA Midlands Networking Day is an event run for members by members. It is designed to provide all group members with an opportunity to expand their networks, share best practice and take a step back from their daily activities to discuss and reflect on key, topical sector issues. The programme consists of a keynote discussion session, an informal teambuilding quiz and a topical sector discussion, all designed to allow members to share best practice and discuss important HE issues, in an informal setting, to generate tangible ideas to take back to their own institutions.
HELOA Scotland Bi-Annual Conference
The HELOA Scotland conference is held every two years and consistently provides excellent training and networking opportunities for HELOA Scotland members. The conference was put in place in recognition of the sometimes specialised training needs of HELOA Scotland members. In 2016 the event was held at St Andrews University and run by a committee of HELOA Scotland members from various Universities. The conference was a 2 day event comprising a range of sessions on a variety of topics including social media, presentation skills, consumer law, the Commission on Widening Access and postgraduate recruitment.
South East & South West
Groups Training Day
Working collaboratively is a key part of HELOA, in this vein the south east and south west regions annually join forces for a festive gathering filled with opportunities to learn, network and have fun! Running for 4 years the event has become increasingly popular amongst members of both regions with places filling up quickly. Combining informative training sessions with opportunities to share good practice and festive team building activities and quizzes make it a great end to the year. This is an alternative approach to shared regional training and really promotes HELOA as a positive networking environment to support members and meet new people.
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