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Conference for Teachers and Advisers

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Virtual Conference for Teachers and Advisers

The virtual conference for 2020 has now taken place and the workshop recordings are available below.

Our annual Teachers and Advisers Conference took place online in June 2020 and focused on supporting students in times of uncertainty. The conference provided the opportunity for teachers and advisers to discuss inclusivity, support and admissions processes and providing appropriate student support in challenging times.

2020 Workshops

Click the workshop titles below to view the workshop recordings.

Conference Welcome & Introduction

Jack Fox, Head of Student Recruitment and Widening Participation welcomes the delegates to the 2020 conference and discusses the ongoing outreach work and online content being developed and made available online for prospective students. 

Keynote: Inclusivity at the heart of Queen Mary

Sheila Gupta, Vice-Principal for People, Inclusion and Culture opens the 2020 conference.

Shelia  joined Queen Mary in January 2020 and is responsible for providing the strategic leadership for these important areas as part of our Strategy 2030 which sets out the ambition to be the most inclusive research-intensive university in the world.

This session provides an introduction to diversity and inclusivity at Queen Mary, focusing on why now, more than ever, diversity remains at the heart of our practice.

Understanding Queen Mary's admissions processes

Michelle Butcher, Deputy Head of Undergraduate Admissions provides an update on Queen Mary's admissions processes and discusses the forthcoming Confirmation and Clearing cycle.

A. Introduction to Degree Apprenticeships

In 2019 we launched the UK’s first degree apprenticeship in Social Change, providing students with the opportunity to ‘earn, learn and change the world’. This workshop will help you prepare students for the application process and understand the routes available.  

Jamie Hilder, Project Manager (Degree Apprenticeships)

B. Student Finance in a time of uncertainty

This workshop aims to bring you the most up to date information regarding Student Finance. The Student Loans Company have compiled the most common questions to prepare you, as advisers, to help students in their transition to university.  

Ben Rutter, Student Loans Company 

C. How to write a UCAS reference

In the workshop, we explore the importance of UCAS references, how they are used by university admissions teams, and our top tips for a successful UCAS reference.  

Brett O’Shaughnessy, Undergraduate Admissions and Recruitment Officer  

D. Helping students make the most of UniBuddy

One of the ways we are supporting students at this time is through an extension of our online UniBuddy platform. In this workshop, we explore how teachers and advisers can help students engage with the platform to ensure students are still accessing relevant information and making informed choices during this time. Unibuddy is currently the leading platfrom in peer to peer support, letting prospective students engage with current undergraduate students. 

Laura Youens, UniBuddy Customer Success Manager

E. Enabling transition to higher education

This workshop will focus on research undertaken into the transition from school to university, with an insight into the transition support currently available at Queen Mary. The session aims to help you, as teachers and advisers, support students in their preparation for university life and higher-level study 

Patrick McGurk, Deputy Director for Education 
Fathea Khanum, Peer Mentoring and Transition Coordinator

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