Associate College Partnership Conference 2020

  • Oxford Brookes University was pleased to welcome 103 delegates to the 10th annual conference of the ACP on Friday 10 January 2020.

    The theme was - Working in partnership: ensuring success for all students


    Guest Speakers Presentations:

    'Student Success in the ACP: what we know and what we don’t know' Helen Hall, Oxford Brookes University

    An Alliance of partners: The politics and possibilities for partnerships between FE and HE sectors’ Ellie Russell, University Alliance


    Workshop Presentations:

    Improving Student Success Through the use of Effective Research

    Dr Samantha Child and Rowan Fisher - Oxford Brookes University

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    Research and evidence stresses the importance of having effective evaluation in place to understand the impact of teaching and learning initiatives on students, especially for groups that are statistically known to perform worse in HE. For example, BAME students.

    The Evaluation Team will provide insights into what is effective evaluation and good practice and then share the tools they use to evaluate a range of access and participation initiatives. There will be a question and answer about the challenges you face in evaluating teaching and learning.


    Recruitment marketing: how sharing the problem can help us to find solutions

    Liz Broadbent - Oxford Brookes University

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    This interactive workshop is an opportunity for different HE providers with similar aims to get together and share their difficulties and successes in targeting harder to reach demographics. It will focus on how we can be supportive to each other with these key points in mind:

    1. How do we create more awareness of being a HE provider in the local community?
    2. How do we help prospective students see HE as an option for them?
    3. How do we encourage prospective students to take action?

    Supporting Students with their Mental Health

    Stephanie Byrne - Oxfordshire Recovery College- Restore

    An interactive workshop sharing ideas about how to support students struggling with anxiety or other mental health challenges. It will be an opportunity to share knowledge, identify what helps to support students and know where to signpost.


    Embedding Employability

    Dr. Mary Deane & Kat Kwok - Oxford Brookes University

    How prepared are your students for their future careers? What support strategies do you use to help your learners plan for professional success?Come along to explore best practice and engage in debate about your own role in relation to the Employability Agenda.

    This workshop creates space for you to reflect upon ways of connecting with employability experts and exploring how to ensure all your learners reach their full potential both now and in the future.


  • Improving student success through the use of effective research and evaluation

    Dr Samantha Child & Rowan Fisher (Oxford Brookes University)

    Research and evidence stresses the importance of having effective evaluation in place to understand the impact of teaching and learning initiatives on students, especially for groups that are statistically known to perform worse in HE. For example, BAME students. 

    The Evaluation Team will provide insights into what is effective evaluation and good practice and then share the tools they use to evaluate a range of access and participation initiatives. There will be a question and answer about the challenges you face in evaluating teaching and learning.

    Heuristic learning: Encouraging learners to become explorers

    Rebecca Philbrook & Sadie Criscuolo (Abingdon & Witney College)

    Heuristic learning is a method of learning or solving problems that allows people to discover for themselves and learn from their own experiences. It is the exact opposite of “traditional learning” which usually involves the communication of facts and theories, instead, allowing students to explore solutions to problems within minimal guidance. 

    This workshop involves some audience participation to practically show how heuristic learning can be applied in an education setting.

    Recruitment marketing: How sharing the problem can help us to find solutions

    Liz Broadbent (Oxford Brookes University)

    This interactive workshop is an opportunity for different HE providers with similar aims to get together and share their difficulties and successes in targeting harder to reach demographics. It will focus on how we can be supportive to each other with these key points in mind: 

    1. How do we create more awareness of being a HE provider in the local community? 
    2. How do we help prospective students see HE as an option for them? 
    3. How do we encourage prospective students to take action? 

    Supporting students with their mental health

    Stephanie Byrne (Oxfordshire Recovery College - Restore)

    An interactive workshop sharing ideas about how to support students struggling with anxiety or other mental health challenges. It will be an opportunity to share knowledge, identify what helps  to support students and know where to signpost.

    Embedding employability 

    Dr Mary Deane & Kat Kwok (Oxford Brookes University)

    How prepared are your students for their future careers? What support strategies do you use to help your learners plan for professional success?

    Come along to explore best practice and engage in debate about your own role in relation to the Employability Agenda.

    This workshop creates space for you to reflect upon ways of connecting with employability experts and exploring how to ensure all your learners reach their full potential both now and in the future.

  • Programme

    Time What's on
    09.00 - 09.30am

    Registration and Networking in the Terrace 

    09.30 - 09.50am

    Welcome and NSS Awards Ceremony in the Lecture Theatre

    09.50 - 10.50am

    Guest Speakers

    10.50 - 11.20am

    Question & Answer Panel 

    11.20 - 11.40pm

    Break 

    11.40 - 12.40pm

    Workshops (when registering, please select a first and second choice from below)

    Improving student success through the use of effective research and evaluation
    Dr Samantha Child & Rowan Fisher (Oxford Brookes University)

    Heuristic learning: Encouraging learners to become explorers
    Rebecca Philbrook & Sadie Criscuolo (Abingdon & Witney College)

    Recruitment marketing: How sharing the problem can help us to find solutions
    Liz Broadbent (Oxford Brookes University)

    Supporting students with their mental health
    Stephanie Byrne (Oxfordshire Recovery College - Restore)

    Embedding employability
    Dr Mary Deane & Kat Kwok (Oxford Brookes University)

     
    12.40 - 13.30pm

    Lunch in the Terrace 

    13.30 - 14.00pm

    Professional Area Networking Session 

    14.00 - 14.45pm

    Student Panel in the Lecture Theatre 

    14.45 - 15.15pm

    Networking in the Terrace