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National Conference Programme

Wednesday 11 January 2023

11:00

Registration opens

Bags can be left with the hotel to be collected after check in at 5.15pm

11:30

Lunch

The buffet lunch will be open from 11.30 for you to have lunch and network once you arrive at the conference.

13:00

Conference opens

13:15

KEYNOTE – Where are we heading with access and participation?

Dr Kate Wicklow, GuildHE

14:00

What works for you?

An interactive session involving thematic round table discussion

15:00

Refreshment break

15:15

HELOA AGM

All HELOA delegates are expected to attend the AGM

15:30

Associate members session

17:15

Check in and down time

18.30

Asian Buffet

Served in the main dining room, come down at a time that suits you before the evening entertainment.

20:00

Evening entertainment including the HELOA annual quiz.

 

Thursday 12  January 2023

7:00-9:00

Breakfast opens for full delegates

Full delegates can use the leisure facilities from 6.30am

8:30

Arrival and registration for day delegates

9:00

Conference opens

9:15

HELOA Best Practice Awards finalist presentations

Voting for awards must be complete by 3.45pm via the online form. One vote per institution.

10:00

Workshop 1

 

  1. Why Open Days will be three days long: a look at the hybrid future

Revolution Viewing & Partner University

 

      2. Recruitment and admissions for Postgraduate courses

Invited: PG Recruitment/Admissions, University of Birmingham

 

     3. Black Access: A Student Collaboration to Develop and Deliver programmes for Black Students

Andrew Hunter, Laura Whitelock and students, University of York

 

     4. The A-Z on Generation Z-A: Adapting Your Recruitment Strategy For the Next Generation

Hamish Carder, Abby Pugh and Anna Wegner, Speakers for Schools

 

     5. Innovation Made Easy

Michael Coates, Protostar Leadership Development

 

     6. How to get the most out of your events programme for applicants

The Student Room Group

11:00

Refreshment break and business exhibition

With opportunity to liaise with HELOA Partners, sponsors and visit Best Practice Awards showcases

12:00

Networking Lunch

Further opportunity to liaise with Sponsors and visit Innovation and Best Practice Awards showcases

13:00

Workshop 2

 

  1. How to ace Student Recruitment on social in 2023

Hesham & Louis, University of Gloucestershire

 

     2. Adapting to change: What we learnt from 5 years of integrated undergraduate conversion campaigns

Colin McLean, Jackie Thompson and Sarah Colegrove, University of Edinburgh

 

     3. Primary Outreach Provision

Aaron Mace and Abi Pritch-Williams, University of Derby and University of Nottingham

 

     4. Academic Panel

Newcastle, Durham, Teeseide, Northumbria & Sunderland

 

     5. Professional Development through School Governance

Emma Harris and Emma Britain, Governors for Schools and University of Manchester

 

     6. Delivering an Inclusive Residential

Amanda Bishop, University of Warwick

14:00

Refreshment break

With opportunity to liaise with HELOA Partners, sponsors and visit Best Practice Awards showcases

14:15

Workshop 3

 

  1. Lessons from the Brand Police (the authority on authenticity)

Rebecca Hollington, University College Birmingham

 

     2. Recruitment and marketing for challenging course areas

Caitlin Clifford, University of Wolverhampton

 

     3. Minecraft and Autism: How To Use A Video Game for Outreach Projects

Freya Morris, Cardiff University

 

     4. School and College Targeting with Unifrog

Freddie Knaggs, Unifrog

 

     5. Writing Blogs: Policy and Confidence

Sunday Blake, Wonkhe

 

     6. Effectively running a student ambassador scheme

Myles Smith, University East Anglia

15:30

HELOA Group catch up (30 mins)

 

Anglia

 

London

 

Midlands

 

North East, Yorkshire and the Humber

 

North West & Northern Ireland

 

Scotland

 

South East

 

South West

 

Wales Cymru

16:15

Wellness Hour – Sponsored by UK Uni Search

 

17:15

Downtime

Full delegates can use the leisure facilities from till 9pm

19.00

 Gala Dinner

The evening starts with a drinks reception sponsored by Unifrog. We ask that all delegates are seated by 7:30 for the awards presentation to start. The awards and gala dinner will be followed by a disco.

 

Friday 13 January 2023

7:00- 9:00

Breakfast opens for full delegates

Full delegates can also use the leisure facilities from 7am

9.00

Arrival and registration for day

 

By 9:15

Check out for delegates

Bags can be left with the Hotel until conference close

9:30

Workshop 4

 

  1. Session TBC – Market Intelligence/Multi-channel Campaigns

Waterfall & further speakers invited

 

     2. Enhancing UCAS events for students who are from disadvantaged backgrounds without clear pathways

Aimee Okafor & members of the HELOA UCAS working group

 

     3. Community and Family Events in a WP context

Krishna Maroo, University of West London

 

     4. Qualifications Reform

Speaker TBC

 

     5. Work life balance and supporting staff when travelling

UoB, York & Leeds

 

     6. Antiracism and Allyship

Hannah Alipoor, University of Huddersfield

10:30

Refreshment break

10:45

Workshop 5

 

  1. PG Matters – Obstacles and Opportunities for UK Postgraduate Recruitment

Mark Bennett, FindAUniversity

 

     2. How to level up student engagement in the ever-changing higher education landscape!

Chris Gibson, Gecko

 

     3. Engaging with Alternative Educational Provision

Dr Alex Blower and Kate Venables, Arts University Bournemouth

 

     4. Building and encouraging teams engaged in the sector

Edit Liebhardt and Sarah Whitaker, University of Reading & University of

Westminster

 

     5. An introduction to effective Project Management

Amy Manktelow, Nottingham Trent University

 

     6. Tik Tok Masterclass: Supercharge your university recruitment

Ranulf Kinloch Jones, Beyond the Blackboard

11:45

Refreshment break

12:00

Conference Takeaways

12:30

KEYNOTE – What do graduates do?

Charlie Ball, Luminate Prospects  

13:15

Conference close

13:30

Networking lunch or grab & go sandwich available