Admission to higher education has risen up the political agenda, and is now a major policy concern. The applications process is changing, and there are major changes to the level 3 examinations that prepare students for entry to university. These developments are of concern equally to schools and to higher education institutions. Schools need to understand how the changing processes will impact their own arrangements, and they also need to understand the likely response of universities to the changing qualifications landscape. And, universities need to understand and adjust to the changes in schools, and how these will impact their own policies and processes.
This conference will explore the changing environment. It will look in particular at the new level 3 diploma and the Government’s aspirations for this, as well as the new selection methods increasingly in use by universities. The conference will provide an opportunity to explore these changes and their implications and to hear from some of those who have been most intimately concerned with introducing them.
The conference will be jointly chaired by Phil Willis MP and Barry Sheerman MP, respectively Chairs of the Commons Select Committees on Innovation, Universities, Science and Skills, and on Children, Schools and Families. Principal speakers include Bill Rammell MP, Minister of State for Higher Education, Malcolm Grant, Provost of UCL and Chairman of the Russell Group, Jon Coles, Acting Director General for Schools at DCSF, Sir Mike Tomlinson, author of the 2005 review of 14-19 education, and Anthony McClaran, Chief Executive of UCAS. Also speaking will be John Morgan, vice president of ASCL, and member of the UCAS Board and the HE Delivery Partnership, Tim Hands, Master of Magdalen College School and Chairman of the HMC universities committee, Laura Kishore, Academic Registrar of the University of Reading and Chair of the Admissions Practitioners Group, and Mike Nicholson Director of Undergraduate Admissions, Oxford.