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The Leeds Trinity University Conference for Teachers and Advisers, now in its eighth year, offers up-to-date information and resources to support you in advising students through their journey to higher education.

Its free to attend and this year takes place online, with four one hour sessions (10:00am-11:00am) and one two hour session (Tuesday) over the week of May 17 - 21 2021. 

The theme of the conference is the opportunity and attainment gap experienced in disadvantaged communities and how, by working together, we can better support aspiration and engagement.

You will engage with professionals in the education sector exploring key issues affecting post-18 progression. Be inspired by our keynote speakers and take part in workshops designed to support your continuing professional development.

There will also be the opportunity to network online with other delegates and Leeds Trinity University staff.

Who should attend the conference?

The event is of particular interest to teachers, advisers, college and sixth form colleagues who are involved in supporting students in their application to university.

The focus is mainly on post-16 but this year also includes an interactive session, "Supporting Pre-16 Students" on Thursday 20 May.

2021 Conference Programme

Monday 17 May 10:00am-11:00am

Introduction and welcome - Sophia Milnes, Student Recruitment and Outreach Manager

2021 vision: Closing the gap, supporting engagement, diversity, and inclusion - Professor Charles Egbu, Vice-Chancellor of Leeds Trinity University.

Professor Charles Egbu became Vice-Chancellor of Leeds Trinity University in November 2020. With more than 25 years’ experience in higher education, Professor Egbu was previously Pro Vice-Chancellor for Education and Experience at the University of East London.

The importance of support services for students, to build aspiration and attain higher level skills - Susan Hinchcliffe, Leader Bradford Council, Chair of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority. 

Susan is proud to have had a good state education in Bradford and to have gone to University as a result. She believes in the importance of lifelong learning and has consistently spoken about the importance of accessibility to FE and HE. Susan celebrates the fact that in Yorkshire Bradford has the biggest number of pupils eligible for free school meals going on to University, however there is still much more to achieve until everyone is enabled to reach their full potential.

Tuesday 18 May 10:00am-12:00pm

The UCAS perspective: Application trends, the impact of COVID–19 and what’s new for 2022 entry - Charlie Smith, UCAS Digital Learning Developer. 

Get a head start and find out what’s new from UCAS for 20221 entry. Charlie Smith, Digital Learning Developer at UCAS, will highlight the impact of COVID 19 and the new features available in the portal, making this session essential for advisers who support the student application process. There will also be an opportunity for you to ask questions to help prepare for the 2022 cycle.

Preparing for 2021 university entry, Pearson BTEC and teacher-assessed grades

Ria will talk about the impact of teacher-assessed grades, how we can plan to help ensure learners are not disadvantaged, providing practical information, hints and tips for advisers.

Admissions update - Emma Turner-Lindley, Admissions Officer, Leeds Trinity University

Join Leeds Trinity’s Emma Turner-Lindley for an update on what’s new at LTU and how you can help us to support your students into HE.

Wednesday 19 May 10:00am-11:00am

A Subject Focus: The value of tasters for Year 12, Virtual and On-Campus - Steven Forsyth, Schools and Colleges Engagement Officer

This workshop is designed to help you think about the importance of subject tasters and invites you to look at what Leeds Trinity University offers to Year 12 students both online and on-campus. Steven Forsyth will give you information on how to engage with us to help prepare your students for the transition to university. There will be a short presentation and then you will work in groups to discuss and share ideas and best practice.

The progression Challenge an IAG Perspective: Trends and top tips - Clare Lucas, Asst Principal and Hannah Fraser, Destinations manager, Elliott Hudson College, Leeds

Elliott Hudson College is a large sixth form located in the Beeston area of Leeds. Rated an Outstanding Provider by Ofsted and recently awarded the National Quality in Careers Standard for its excellent careers work. This practitioner-led session will demonstrate how to support students to make decisions about their life after school or college leading to consistently high progress rates including with disadvantaged students. Pick up some useful hints and tips from this presentation and follow-up discussion.

Thursday 20 May10:00am-11:00am

Supporting Pre-16 Students - Kim Burmiston, Go Higher West Yorkshire Outreach Officer and Lauren Cobb, Senior Student Recruitment Officer 

An interactive CPD session, introducing our new Pre-16 resource packs. This session is designed to help you deliver quality information advice and guidance to your students, in person or remotely. The presentation and breakout group sessions are an opportunity to share good practice and support aspiration raising.

It’s all about Bradford. Facts, figures, myth busting - Sophia Milnes, Student Recruitment and Outreach Manager, Leeds Trinity University

Higher education can be the springboard for greater social mobility, supporting interaction between different groups, and improved economic opportunity for individuals from all ethnicities. Learn more about the Bradford context in this session and join the discussion on how we support progression. There will be time for questions and a discussion about the establishment of an Leeds Trinity-Bradford commuity of practice for IAG.

Friday 21 May 10:00am-11:00am

Foundation Year: A foundation for success - Bruce Rainford, Associate Principal Lecturer, Leeds Trinity University

A Foundation Year can develop academic skills and confidence through four 30-credit 'Level 0' modules. But who is it for and how do students benefit and progress? Where do the pathways lead? Bruce Rainford provides insights into the first few years of delivery of the Leeds Trinity University Foundation Year programme.

This session includes time for discussion in breakout groups and feedback.

How do I book?

Tickets for this event are free. Book your place and choose your sessions using the booking form.

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Get in touch

If you’d like any further information or have any questions, please contact the Schools and Colleges Liaison Team by email or via phone on 0113 283 7186, email: SCLHello@leedstrinity.ac.uk