09:30 - 09:40

Chair's Opening Remarks

  • Welcome and introduction
09:40 - 10:10

Keynote Address: The Future of University Admissions

  • Embedding transparency and fairness into the application system
  • Recovery and opportunities in Higher Education: best practices for adaptability and resilience in times of uncertainty
  • Widening access to underrepresented and minority groups
Live Q & A
10:00 – 10:10 

Kim Eccleston

Head of Strategy and Reform, UCAS

10:10 - 11:10

Panel Discussion: Improving the Admissions System

  • The Government’s response to the Post Qualifications Admissions consultation
  • Exploring the admissions reviews led by UCAS, the OfS and UUK and the potential for a future move to a post qualifications admissions system
  • Improving transparency, reducing the use of unconditional offers, and reforming the personal statement to improve fairness for applicants of all backgrounds
  • Boosting support for student decision making including resources for information, advice and guidance (IAG) in schools and colleges
  • Participate through our live Q&A function and virtual polling tools
Live Q & A
10:55 – 11:10
hayley white

Hayley White

Assessment Director, Pearson


Jo Wilson

Head of Sixth Form, The Pingle Academy, Derbyshire and Advisory Group Member, Fair Admissions Review

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Dr Omar Khan

Director, Transforming Access & Student Outcomes in Higher Education

Jill O'Mahony

Director of Admissions & Enrolment , University College Dublin

11:10 - 11:40

Networking Break

Meet your colleagues and make new connections via the virtual platform

11:40 - 12:10

Joint Discussion: Managing the 2023-24 Admissions Cycle

  • Assessing the impact of the Covid-19 crisis on students and the admissions system
  • Adapting outreach and recruitment activities
  • Keeping admissions staff engaged and motivated in a context of increased pressure and workload
  • Increasing operational resilience and preparedness for disruptive events
  • Participate through our live Q&A function and virtual polling tools
Live Q & A
11:55 – 12:10
kathryn whittington

Kathryn Whittington

Head of Admissions, University of Reading

Dr Samina Khan

Director, Undergraduate Admissions and Outreach, University of Oxford

12:10 - 12:20

Networking Break

Meet your colleagues and make new connections via the virtual platform

12:20 - 12:50

Widening Participation in Higher Education

  • Understanding and overcoming barriers to accessing higher education for different demographics
  • Working with schools and colleges to empower disadvantaged pupils and raise aspirations
  • Improving Careers Information Advice and Guidance (IAG)
  • Using contextualised admissions to widen participation
  • Retaining students from disadvantaged backgrounds and supporting them throughout their university career


Live Q &A
12:40 – 12:50 
ellie rowley

Ellie Rowley

Fair Access Programme Lead, UCAS

12:50 - 13:20

Live Breakout Discussions: Supporting Specific Applicant Groups

Choose one of the live discussions below. Share challenges and solutions to designing admissions processes and support systems to improve access to higher education for specific student groups. Consider how to overcome barriers to inclusion.

Your thoughts and questions can be pre-submitted to our discussion moderators to share with sector experts and your peers.

  • Discussion A: Mature Applicants
  • Discussion B: International Students
bobby mehta

Bobby Mehta

Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor (Global Engagement), University of Portsmouth

charlotte barratt

Dr Charlotte Barratt

Student and Education EDI Project Manager , University of Leicester

13:20 - 13:30

Chair’s Closing Remarks

  • Conference close

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