Conference Programme

University: not just a degree

This year’s Lancaster University Teachers’ and Advisors’ Conference is designed to help teachers and careers advisors answer the question, what happens on a degree in 2018? There will be a wide variety of sessions covering different aspects of university life, including study abroad, placements, careers and activities with the Students’ Union. After lunch we will explore the Gatsby Benchmarks and how Lancaster University can support schools and colleges to develop an effective careers program for students. A full program for the day will be released closer to the event. 

Hosted at The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide University of the Year 2018, this one-day, free-to-attend conference is designed for Heads of Sixth form/Year 12s and careers advisors.  We will send out a booking form in early March, but to register your interest, please email

Please find below the programme for the 2017 Teachers and Advisors Conference which took place Thursday the 8th of June. Throughout the day, delegates attended a range of interesting and informative workshops designed to assist them in supporting their students in Higher Education progression. The presentations from each session are accessible by clicking on the session title. 

A complete copy of the 2017 Teachers and Advisors programme is available.

10:00am                        Conference Opens: Registration and Welcome Reception

10:30am - 10:50am        Welcome Address

11:00am - 11:45am         Workshop 1

Degree Apprenticeships - The future of HE?

With the government committing to create thousands of new degree apprenticeships, it is an interesting period of change for the HE sector. Facilitated by Lancaster University's Director of Degree Apprenticeships, this informative session aims to introduce delegates to this alternative degree route. The session will explore  the employer-led approach to the design of degree apprenticeships, HE's role in connecting theory with practice and aims to equip delegates with the knowledge of the benefits that degree apprenticeships may offer their students.
Teaching Excellence Framework- Lancaster's Submission

Professor Mike Wright (University Dean for Academic Quality) will explore the detail of Lancaster University’s Teaching Excellence Framework submission, sharing his thoughts on the challenges and opportunities the TEF will pose to the Higher Education sector and the impact this could have on future students.

Supporting Students Applying to Study Medicine

Faciliated by the Director of Admissions for Medicine at Lancaster, this sessions aims to give delegates information on how to best support students through the application process. Giving advice on how to prepare students for interviews, extra admissions tests such as the BMAT and indeed a medicine degree in general, this informative session aims to equip delegates with the necessary skills to support the doctors of tomorrow.

11:55pm - 12:40pm         Workshop 2

A Year Industry- Presented by EDF Energy

With the number of students undertaking a year in industry increasing by 35% since 2010 (Times Higher Education, 2016), more students than ever are choosing to undertake a form of placement as a part of their degree. EDF Energy, who host a number of Lancaster University placement students each year will facilitate a session exploring the benefits of a year in industry to students and employers. This session will also provide practical guidance on how to best support students interested in undertaking a industrial placement as a part of their Undergraduate studies.

Engineering - Putting the pieces together

This session, facilitated by the Lancaster University Engineering department admissions tutor, aims to provide delegates with information they need when advising those interested in a career in Engineering. Exploring the variety of different Engineering courses available, delegates can expect to leave equipped with the knowledge required when guiding students interested in all fields of Engineering‌

Student Finance update- Presented by Student Finance England

With the introduction of the Teaching Excellence Framework, triggering of Article 50 and introduction of Postgraduate loans (to name but a few), it is clear why many students are unsure of their financial entitlement once at university. Jon Legg, Funding Information Partners Account Manager for the North West of England will give an informative presentation outlining key changes to Student Loans in the light of governmental changes as well as answering any questions delegates may have on the ever changing world of Student Finance.

12:40pm - 13:45pm         Lunch

Lunch will be provided for delegates, with a chance to network with staff from Lancaster University and other colleagues from across the country. We will be hosting a marketplace where delegates will have the opportunity to talk to staff specifically around student support, careers and courses here at Lancaster. 

13:45pm - 14:30pm         Workshop 3

The Student Perspective - University and Beyond

Students at university will have differing opinions to those who have graduated. This session facilitated by two current students and two Lancaster University alumni, aims to give delegates an insight to life at a Top Ten University as well as life as a graduate in the 21st century job market.

Personal Statements and References- Supporting their Progression

Personal Statements and References can often mean the difference between receiving an offer at an institution or not. Facilitated by one of our admissions tutors, this session will give delegates the inside knowledge on what admissions tutors are looking for from applicants looking to get in to a Top Ten University.      

The Extended Project Qualifaction- Presented by AQA

With more students than ever undertaking the Extended Project Qualifaction in the United Kingdom, Alex Payne of AQA will discuss various elements of the qualification. Beginning with an overview of the qualification, Alex will discuss each of the various elements of the project: teach, supervise and assess, as well as provide advice on how to tackle each section. There will also be oppurtunity to put your questions to AQA directly, ensuring that both yourselves and your students are best prepared to undertake the EPQ. If you have any questions you would like answered specifically during the workshop, please email with your question, and this will be passed onto AQA prior to the workshop.

14:40pm - 15:25pm          Admissions update
                                             -Facilitated by the Head of Lancaster University Admissions

This insightful talk facilitated by the head of Lancaster University Admissions, Sue Davies, explain what happens to an application once the 'submit' button has been pressed, and importantly discuss how the work of an Advisor does not end at this point.  With interviews, Applicant Visit Days and Clearing to plan for, this informative talk aims to give delegates the essential knowledge needed for supporting students during the final stages of their School and College careers. Sue will also discuss changes effecting University Admissions including Unconditonal Offers, EPQ, A-level and GCSE reform and extra admissions tests such as the BMAT and STEP providing delegates with an insider’s view of the often hidden world of University Admissions.

15:25-16:30pm               Closing Plenary and Optional Campus Tour

Following our Closing Plenary and feedback session, delegates will have the opportunity to experience the Lancaster University campus with a current Lancaster Student. Our Student Ambassadors will guide delegates around the University facilities and allow for informal conversation with a student who is currently undertaking a degree program at a UK Top 10 University.

16:30pm                          Conference closes

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