Building Partnerships in Widening Participation for Young People to Higher Education

  • Date: Thursday 14 May 2015
  • Time: 9.30– 3.00 pm
  • Location: Beech Grove House, Seminar Room
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This one day event is hosted by Dr Sharon Elley, School of Sociology and Social Policy; Liz Hurley, Educational Engagement; and Rosie Kenwood, IntoUniversity. The event provides the opportunity to explore the latest research, practice and concerns associated with widening participation and youth. Delegates are encouraged to exchange expertise and participate in roundtable discussions so as to form collaborative working relationships across both the university and with external partners, and service providers. This event is a knowledge/exchange initiative supported by Care-Connect and explores opportunities to bridge the academic-practitioner gap and build a ‘connected community’ involved in widening participation. We warmly welcome the following key speakers:

Session A: Connecting to youth and widening participation initiatives: what are the issues?

9.30-10.00 Register/coffee

10.00-10.10 Welcome, Dr. Sharon Elley, School of Sociology / Liz Hurley, Educational Engagement/Rosie Kenwood, IntoUniversity

10.10-10.20 ‘Widening Participation: then and now: What is it and how has it evolved?’ Louise Banahene, Educational Engagement

10.20-10.30 ‘The Plus Programme: the University of Leeds Collaborative WP On-course Support Programme’, Sarah Hearfield, Educational Engagement

10.30-11.00 ‘Research and Evaluation in the Field of Widening Participation: What we know and what we need to know’, Professor Liz Thomas, Independent Researcher and Consultant for HE and Professor of Higher Education, Edge Hill University

11.00-11.30 ‘What new challenges do youth and widening participation initiatives face in and outside of HE?’ Roundtable discussion

11.30-12.00 Round-up

12.00-1.00: Lunch/networking

Session B: Building a connected community: what are the common priorities?

1.00-1.15 ‘‘Building Communities of Practice’ with the participation of young people’, Professor Pia Christensen, Professor of Anthropology and Childhood Studies, School of Education

1.15 – 1.35 ‘’IntoUniversity: The importance of a Long Term Pastoral Model in WP’, Rosie Kenwood, IntoUniversity, Harehills

1.35-2.15 ‘How can we connect-up to develop ideas, exchange knowledge and expertise with staff and young people?’ Roundtable discussion

2.15-2.45 Round-up

2.45-3.00 Next steps/close, Dr Sharon Elley/Liz Hurley

For more details, please contact: Dr Sharon Elley, School of Sociology and Social Policy, Social Sciences Building, email: