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Event report - Access to HE Diploma Practitioner Group Meeting

The second Access to HE Diploma Practitioner Group meeting of the academic year was held online on the 8th February.

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After a warm welcome from Andrew Jones, Linking London, we first heard from Marisa Castellini, Head of Access to HE at OCN London who presented to the group on the latest Access and OCN London news and updates including the QAA reforms and implementation, the subject descriptor compliance badge and progression agreement developments.

Following this we heard from Ruth Westbury, FE manager, Outreach & Widening Participation at the University of Kent who presented to the group an overview of University of Kent’s outreach offer and how they support Access learners including the Access specific support they provide, working with ambassadors, finance and scholarship support and the progression and transition support they offer.

We then had a roundtable partner update providing an opportunity for partners to share the latest news from our college and university partners regarding Access delivery and HE outreach activities. Partners shared information on their Access offer, recruitment challenges and upcoming events.

After a short comfort break, we heard from Dr Caroline Sargisson, Head of Recruitment, Professional Programmes Associate Professor, Nursing at Middlesex University London who provided an overview of Middlesex University’s perspective on recruitment of Access applicants to Nursing and Midwifery. This was followed by discussion around recruitment to Access courses and ways in which to improve numbers.

Lastly, Andrew Jones shared the draft of the Linking London HE Admissions summary for Access to HE Diploma and asked attendees for any comments or feedback they have.

The next meeting will take place in the Summer term, Thursday 9th May 2024, 2-4pm.

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