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This HEPI conference, organised in partnership with the Higher Education Academy, examines the impact of the changes in higher education policy on university admissions. Universities are now unconstrained in their admission of students with the highest grades at A level; but at the same time they are under tighter constraints than ever in their recruitment of students with lower grades. And there are signs that demand for higher education may be reducing. On top of all this universities are being encouraged to take into account ‘contextual information’ in deciding which students to admit.
Meanwhile a recent Which? survey revealed many prospective students have no access to independent advice and guidance when making their applications. And once at university, how will students benefit from the increased investment in HE that the higher tuition fees provide? Are universities improving the overall student learning experience as fees are increasing?
The HEPI Spring Conference will bring together senior HE leaders and policy-makers who have been central to shaping and responding to the strategic direction of the policy environment for HE and provides an opportunity for their colleagues in schools, colleges and universities to discuss the new landscape. The conference will also hear results of the 2013 HEPI/Which? survey of the academic experience of students.
Speakers: Rt Hon David Willetts MP, Minister for Universities and Science; Liam Burns, President NUS; Rob Behrens, Chief Executive, Office of the Independent Adjudicator; Bahram Bekhradnia, Director, HEPI; Mark Corver, Head of Analysis & Research, UCAS; Mary Curnock Cook, Chief Executive, UCAS; Professor David Eastwood, Vice Chancellor, University of Birmingham & Chair of the Russell Group; Professor Les Ebdon, Director, Office for Fair Access; Mike Griffiths, Head, Northampton School for Boys & President, Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL);Professor Mary Stuart, Vice Chancellor, University of Lincoln; Dr Tim Hands, Master, Magdalen College School and Chairman-elect, HMC; Professor Craig Mahoney, Chief Executive, HEA; Professor Stephanie Marshall, Deputy Chief Executive, HEA; Peter Vicary-Smith, Chief Executive, Which?
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