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Teacher and Advisors' Conference 2023

Friday 30th June

A full-day conference for education professionals who support students in making their post-18 choices.    Book Your Place

The conference is perfect for education professionals who support students in making decisions after school and college. We have an incredible line-up of speakers and sessions including updates from UCAS and Student Finance, insights from The Student Room and The Brilliant Club as well as informative sessions from our admissions and support services teams and much more.  

Date: Friday 30th June 

Timings: 09:15 - 16:15 (BST) 

Location: Mile End Campus, Graduate Centre. How to get here 

See the full programme below, including the different morning and afternoon breakout session choices.

Refreshments and lunch will be provided. Please indicate dietary requirements in the booking form.

The conference is free to attend for all teachers and advisers. 

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The Programme

Time Session More information 
09.15-9.45 Arrival & Breakfast
09.45-10.00 Welcome Address
10.00-10.30 UCAS 2023 Updates

Delivered by Courteney Sheppard, Head of Customer Contact and Lynsey Hopkins, Head of Operations

Hear from UCAS as they share the latest updates from UCAS and the wider Higher education sector  

10.40-11.25 Morning Breakout Session See below for choices of breakout sessions. You will be asked to choose your preferred session when completing the booking form.
11.25-11.35 Break
11.35-12.40 Research Showcase

This session will showcase cutting-edge research from various Queen Mary academic schools. You'll have the opportunity to learn about the latest discoveries and breakthroughs from experts in their respective fields, ranging from the sciences to the humanities.

You’ll gain valuable insights into what Queen Mary researchers are currently working on and have a better understanding of the types of exciting research your students may be exploring in the future.  

12.40-13.40 Networking Lunch & Exhibition 

A buffet lunch will be available for delegates. You will have the chance to network with fellow delegates.

We will be running an exhibition during lunch. You will have the opportunity to meet and network with the different academic schools and departments as well as meet representatives from higher education sector organisations including Unifrog and The Brilliant Club.

13.40-14.10 Understanding Degree Apprenticeships

Delivered by Kimberly Murphy- Degree Apprenticeships Manager

In this session, we will explore the basics of degree apprenticeships, including the different types of apprenticeships available at Queen Mary and how they differ from traditional degree courses. We will also discuss the benefits of degree apprenticeships for students and how you can support students in making applications. 

14.20-15.05 Afternoon Breakout Sessions

See below for choices of breakout sessions. You will be asked to choose your preferred session when completing the booking form.

15.05-15.20 Break
15.20-16.00 Alumni Panel

An alumni panel session with former students from a variety of degree courses sharing their inspiring career journeys and how their Queen Mary University experience paved the way for their success. Our panellists will reflect on the knowledge, skills, and connections they gained during their time at university, and how they leveraged those experiences to achieve their professional goals.

You will have the opportunity to ask the panel questions. 

16.00-16.15 Closing Remarks

Breakout Sessions

When registering you will be asked to choose between the following morning and afternoon breakout sessions 

This session will explore the importance of widening access to higher education and the role that contextualised admissions play in creating a level playing field for all students.

We'll discuss the challenges that students from underrepresented backgrounds face and how universities work together with schools and colleges to provide support to help them succeed. 

Gain a better understanding of the different opportunities available to support, develop and enhance the student experience. You will hear from Queen Mary’s Global Opportunities, Student Union and Careers Team covering:

  • Years and semesters abroad
  •  Societies and volunteering on committees.
  • Internships and careers guidance 


This session will explain the different support services available a Queen Mary to make the transition for incoming students as seamless as possible and allow them to thrive at university.

Led by Advice and Counselling who will discuss the range of confidential, specialist services to help students with financial, immigration and practical matters, and to support them with their mental health and wellbeing.

Jimmy Pickering - The Brilliant Club

Delivered by The Brilliant Club, this interactive session will outline the evidence base for parent/carer engagement and best practices for engaging parents and carers in underserved communities. We will discuss themes that have emerged from our listening with parents/carers, focusing on those related to supporting young people during their transition to university. We will also draw on evaluation of Parent Power, our community organising-based model for parent/carer engagement.

Paul Cernicharo-Terol - The Student Room 

The Student Room shares a snapshot of young people's conversations on The Student Room. They’ll be taking a look at some of the thoughts, worries and experiences of students as they come to the end of another academic year in particular, the support they are looking for and how they are coping amidst the cost of living crisis.

Ben Rutter - Student Loans Company 

Ben will be sharing the latest updates in student finance and how to support your students in navigating the application process. We will explore the various type of student loans available to students and the eligibility criteria and application deadlines. 

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