The National Education Opportunities Network (NEON) will be coming to Leeds Beckett University on Thursday 8 and Friday 9 June for the organisation’s 2017 summer conference. The University’s conference team, Well Met, will host around 160 delegates for the two-day residential conference at the Rose Bowl.
The conference will look at a number of topics with a particular focus on whether progress has been made with regards to widening access in higher education. Bringing together policy makers, higher education providers and professionals, the event offers two days of stimulating keynotes, presentations and discussions. Speakers include Chris Hale, Director of Policy, Universities UK, Sarah Howls, Head of Student Opportunity, Hefce and Professor Peter Slee, Vice Chancellor, Leeds Beckett University. NEON delegates will benefit from the University’s Internal Access and Widening Participation team which organise a programme of activities designed to make higher education accessible to young people from all backgrounds.
The event comprises of NEON members and non-members, making it one of the largest gatherings of its type and this year will look back on the past twenty years of efforts to widen access to higher education in England. The conference is also an invaluable opportunity for widening access professionals, careers advisors, student support specialists, policy analysts and academics to engage with each other, discussing best practice and driving forward a social mobility agenda that NEON is dedicated to.
Clare Vidler, Conference Manager at Well Met comments:
“The annual NEON Summer Symposium is a key calendar event for higher education professionals and it’s important for Well Met, as part of an academic venue to hold events of this calibre. As a University we offer an innovative and comprehensive programme of events for schools and colleges to raise aspirations and awareness of higher education, so it’s fantastic to be chosen as this year’s host venue.”