Access to Higher Education 2021


Presentations

Welcome (10:00hrs)
By Linda Wyatt. AIM CEO
Linda was involved in the very early days of Access to HE, helping to develop one of the first Access to HE programmes in the East Midlands region. She will be opening the conference with news of some exciting new developments we are planning.

Who would benefit: AIM centres who are currently delivering the Access to Higher Education Diploma and colleges/centres new to AIM or Access to Higher Education Diploma.


Access to Higher Education: 2022 and Beyond
Changing times….Changing lives 
(10:20hrs)
By Ann-Marie Karadia & Julie Mizon, QAA - Access to Higher Education

“I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. ''

The aim of the presentation is it to look at the:

  • Past state: lessons learned from the implementation of the Extraordinary Regulatory Framework in 2021-22 and the outcomes
  • Current state: Arrangements for the award and assessment of the Access to HE Diploma in 2021-22
  • Future state: What is the future for the Diploma? How can providers, students and other stakeholders be involved in driving the future of this Diploma (for example marketing, understanding the occupational landscape etc)

Who would benefit: Access tutors, Access managers and marketing staff.


Understanding social media (11:15hrs)
By Conner Thornewill, AIM Marketing Officer

During this presentation Conner will take you through the basics of social media, its origins, what it's used for, and how you can use it to better connect with potentianl, current, and former students.

Who would benefit: Heads of centres, tutors, administrators or anyone with the responsibility for using social media in a corporate environment


Supporting student learning: Free courses and a new LMS (11:40hrs)
By Andy Coxon, AIM Director of Business Engagement

AIM’s new Learning Management System (LMS) simplifies and supports the delivery of on-line learning. Find out what free courses your college can deliver and how you can manage your students learning on-line.

Who would benefit: Heads of centres, Access to HE tutors, administrators or anyone with the responsibility Access to HE within a college/centre.


COVID: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly!  (13:00hrs)
By Sally Howard, AIM Moderation Manager

A session to discuss moving forward and how we can learn from our practices during COVID. We shall share good practice, discuss what we want to take forward and what we most definitely don’t want to take forward!  

Who would benefit: Heads of centres, Access to HE tutors, administrators or anyone with the responsibility Access to HE within a college/centre.


Getting the most from your AVA partnership (13:00hrs)
By Andy Coxon, Mick Woodward and Karen Hedger, AIM Business Development Team

This presentation is aimed at new to AIM centres or providers looking to explore other options for an Access to HE awarding organisation. Taking a deeper delve into the AIM Access to HE offer.

Who would benefit: Heads of Colleges, Heads of training centres, Heads of departments, anyone responsible for curriculum development or for Access to HE. 


Access to HE Research Results (14:00hrs)
By Sarah McLaughlin, AIM External Quality Assurer

This session will take you through research on the lived experience of mature working-class women on an Access to HE course. During the session, we will be looking at how the stigmatization of people claiming benefits has led to a number of women returning to education along with how the government’s widening participation agenda suggests that individuals who work hard can become upwardly socially mobile has affected the various students who have started an Access to HE Diploma.

Who would benefit: Heads of centres, Access to HE tutors, administrators or anyone with the responsibility Access to HE within a college/centre.


An introduction to the Access to HE Diploma (Medicine) (14:00hrs)
By Sally Howard, AIM Moderation Manager and Jessica Beverly Qualification Development Lead

Find out all you need to know about offering the medicine diploma with us at AIM. We shall discuss all areas of offering the diploma so you feel confident to advise and guide your students.  

Who would benefit: Heads of centres, Access to HE tutors, administrators or anyone with the responsibility Access to HE within a college/centre.


An introduction to the Access to HE Diploma (Creative Industries) (14:50hrs)
By Sally Howard, AIM Moderation Manager, Karen Hedger AIM Business Development Team and Mandy MCcNeil AIM External Quality Assurer

Find out all you need to know about this fantastic new diploma and all it can offer. We shall have industry experts on hand to offer advice as how this diploma can be used.    

Who would benefit: Heads of centres, Access to HE tutors, administrators or anyone with the responsibility Access to HE within a college/centre.


Designing an Effective Diploma (14:50hrs)
By Sue Benton, AIM Centre Lead

We shall take a deeper look at our diploma offer and how many different ways one diploma can be used! Have you thought about how you can run the same diploma with different specialisms and pathways? Do you know how many different ways you could meet the rules of combination for one diploma that may meet the needs of multiple career pathways and university entry? Have you thought about how blended learning could develop the range of courses offered to prospective students? 

Who would benefit: Heads of centres, Access to HE tutors, administrators or anyone with the responsibility Access to HE within a college/centre.


What Next? (15:40hrs)
By Debbie Jump, AIM Director of Compliance and Quality Assurance

A summary of the day's key points.

The full agenda can be found here
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