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Teacher and Advisor Conference 2024

Booking is now open!  This year we have the pleasure of hosting the conference in partnership with Hertfordshire County Council Services for Young People making it bigger and better than ever.

Date: Friday 21 June 2024

Time: 09:00 – 15:00

Admission: Free (refreshments and lunch included)

Location: University of Hertfordshire, College Lane Campus, Hatfield, AL10 9AB

There is plenty of parking available on campus and for attendees travelling via public transport we are offering complementary travel across the UNO bus network. You will receive a voucher by email which can be used for your whole journey or just to access our campus from the local train stations (Hatfield or St Albans).  To find out more about available bus routes, please access the UNO bus website.

We have an engaging and diverse programme with two keynote speakers discussing developments in AI and it's impact on education and UCAS with all the latest updates. In addition, there is a wide variety of sessions to choose from which will allow you to personalise the conference to align with your interests. Descriptions of the sessions can be found below.

The conference is aimed at teachers, careers advisers, and anyone supporting and working with secondary and college age students. A complementary lunch will be provided as well as opportunities to network with University staff, students, delegates and presenters.


09:00 - 09:25 Arrival and refreshments

09:30 - 10:10 Conference Welcome and Icebreaker

10:10 - 10:50 Keynote one: AI and the Future Skills: How to prepare Young People for the New Era - Laura Knight, senior consultant at Berkhamsted School, will be discussing how to prepare students for the future. Laura is a Senior Consultant at Berkhamsted, a leading Independent School, having previously held the role of Director of Digital Learning for over ten years. She has a broad range of experience leading on digital learning and innovation, 1:1 devices, digital wellbeing, online safeguarding, and staff training and development.

10:50 - 11:05 Refreshment break

11:10 - 12:00 Personalised Session 1 (Choose 1, sessions are listed below)

12:00 - 12:45 Lunch and Marketplace. Buffet lunch with opportunities to network with other delegates, University staff, students and presenters.

12:55 - 13:45 Personalised Session 2 (Choose 1, sessions are listed below)

13:55 - 14:55 Keynote 2: UCAS - Join Nicola Turner, Senior Fair Access Advisor, for updates on the latest developments and trends across the sector, including personal statement reform and referencing for 2025 entry.

15:00 Depart Campus

Choose two of the following for your personalised sessions.

One for the morning (AM) and one for the afternoon (PM) :

  • Admission Tutor Panel –  In this session our admission tutors, from various departments across the university, will be giving practical information for advising students interested in subjects that require a little extra when it comes to the application process (AM  &  PM)
  • The Apprenticeship Twin-Track Toolkit - Suki Gill, Post-16 Advisor from HFL Education, will introduce a brand new resource for schools that will encourage students to apply for apprenticeships alongside a degree. The Toolkit has been designed to help post-16 practitioners support students to apply simultaneously for both an apprenticeship and a degree, and includes best practice from several Hertfordshire secondary schools and from young people who have been encouraged through this process. The session will allow teachers and advisers to explore the toolkit and understand how they can support students to research, apply for and secure apprenticeships (AM only)
  • Student Finance updates – Benn Rutter, from the Student Loans Company, is here to discuss all the latest updates from Student Finance England. A great session if you are new to advising students, need a refresher or have some tricky financial questions that you would love answered. (AM & PM)
  • Supporting young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) -  Discover and share best practice in this workshop run by the knowledgeable and experienced Services for Young People SEND Team (AM only)
  • Routes into Film and Creative Industries Careers  - Hear from our new Dean of Creative Arts, Stephen Partridge, on the exciting opportunities for young people within his field of expertise. Prior to becoming Dean of the School of Creative Arts at the University of Hertfordshire, Dr Stephen Partridge led innovative curriculum design and strategic management at Ravensboune University London, Falmouth University, and Buckinghamshire New University, as well as having managed Knowledge Exchange at Central St Martins, University of the Arts London. (AM & PM)
  • Quality in the  Careers Curriculum - In this session run by HFL Education, you will be hearing from school leaders whose schools have recently been inspected by Ofsted on how they have created a successful careers curriculum which supported whole school priorities. The session will provide delegates with the most up-to-date information on the Ofsted experience, and guidance on how a successfully planned and sequenced careers strategy can help students prepare for their future learning and employment (PM only)
  • Professional and technical universities – The University Alliance Group - There is life outside the Russell Group. Annie Bell is from The University Alliance, which represents some of the UK’s leading professional and technical universities. In this session she will explore the challenge of providing higher education advice in a changing world and provide an introduction to professional and technical universities, where they fit in the higher education landscape, and how to talk about them with students. (AM  &  PM)Logo for event

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