UWE Federation Annual Conference 2012


The 2012 UWE Federation Annual Conference takes place on 26 June 2012 at UWE Exhibition and Conference Centre. The conference will look at the significant changes affecting the HE sector, and how to create opportunities out of that change.

About the conference

The Higher Education sector is facing multiple and significant changes. With the near threefold increase in tuition fees comes a new funding system for students and institutions. An increased emphasis upon widening participation is accompanied by the exclusion of AAB students from the number control. Relationships between Universities and Colleges are shifting as the Core and Margin system moves ownership of student numbers from HEIs to their FE partners.

What are the challenges and opportunities that these changes will bring to the future of HE in FE? This is the question that the 2012 UWE Federation Conference will ask and, in keeping with this emphasis upon change, we will be adopting a wholly new, fresh format.

Programme for the day

The morning session will see a range of colleagues present their views from perspectives including Further Education, Higher Education, Students’ Union and Widening Participation.

In the second session, the emphasis is firmly on student experience as Kate Thomas gives a presentation based on her research, 'Working on transition findings'.

In the third 'cafe style' session, we will draw together the topics raised during the day and invite small groups of delegates to each address a specific question. Groups will then be mixed up so that the suggestions from each can be considered by the new group. The event will conclude with a summary and overview of the ideas that have been developed.

Conference schedule

10:30 – Arrival and registration

11:00 – Introduction

11:15 – Challenges and opportunities: perspectives

12:30 – Lunch

13:15 – Progression to UWE: 'Working on transition findings'

13:45 – Creating opportunity out of change: group activity

15:45 – Final thoughts

16:00 - Close


  • Introduction
    Professor Ron Ritchie (Pro Vice-Chancellor Partnerships, Diversity and Civic Engagement)
  • Challenges and opportunities
    • Fay Croft (Director, Widening Participation and Schools and Colleges Partnerships)
    • Olly Reid (Vice President: Education, UWE Students’ Union) and Emma Brown (Manager: Representation and Community, UWE Students’ Union)
    • Jane Wills (Head of Higher Education, Access and Progression, City of Bristol College) and Anthony Murray (Director of Higher Education, Weston College)
  • Progression to UWE
    Interviews with students will be conducted by Kate Thomas, Progression Co-ordinator, Schools and Colleges Partnerships

Register to attend

Please complete the online conference booking form to secure your place by the 20 June 2012.

Page last updated 22 June 2012

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