Teachers and Advisors Conference 2019

6th June 2019, Charles Carter Building, Lancaster University

This one-day, free to attend Teachers and Advisors conference is designed to provide an exciting range of professional development opportunities for teachers and advisors, new and experienced, working with university applicants. There will be the opportunity to hear from a range of External speakers and Lancaster experts on topics that will help you further advise students on their university applications with a refreshed knowledge of the higher education system.

The conference aims to cover a range of topics that are of interest to Teachers and Advisors. Throughout the conference, there will also be an opportunity to network with professional staff to ask any questions you may have.

  • Arrival and Check In

    09:45 - 10:15

    Delegates will receive a welcome pack with information for the day, and refreshments will be provided.

  • Opening Address

    10:15 - 10:30 

    Delivered by Alice Monaghan, Lancaster University Acting Head of UK and European Recruitment. This session will introduce the conference and programme for the day

  • Conference Session 1: Student Finance

    10:35 - 11:25

    Student Finance Update – Delivered by Jon Legg (Student Loans Company). 

    This session will provide an overview of the funding available for students entering Higher Education in 2019/20, including details of fee and living cost support, the additional funding available for certain students (for example those with disabilities and health conditions) and for certain courses (e.g. NHS and Social Work courses). Key messages on application, payment and repayment processes will also be explored, with a particular focus on any changes, so you can be sure that you are sharing the most up-to-date information with your students.

  • Conference Session 2: Lancaster Spotlight

    11:30 - 12:30

    This session will include an update on a variety of courses, the campus and the university. Each area will have a 10 minute slot to present their spotlight. This should be an exciting opportunity to hear about a number of different things Lancaster has to offer. 

  • Lunch

    12:30 - 13:15

    Free lunch will be provided for all delegates, and there will be an opportunity to meet people from around the University.

  • Conference Session 3: EPQ or UCAS

    13:15 - 14:00

    Delegates will have the choice to attend either of the two sessions outlined below:

    EPQ: An Agent to Enhance Learning - Delivered by Jennifer Obaditch (AQA)

    This workshop is designed to explore the wide range of possibilities presented by EPQ to support school curriculum, and student aspiration and achievement. It will also illustrate the potential of EPQ to develop valuable, relevant, learning skills for students entering higher education, working life and beyond.

    Jennifer is Head of Curriculum for Business, Economics an projects at AQA. Prior to this she worked in schools and colleges for 14 years in a wide variety of roles, ranging from classroom teacher to senior academic leadership.She has been involved with EPQ since its inception, has launched the qualification in two schools, and has been both a supervisor and coordinator of the subject.


    UCAS: Supporting Successful Applications Now and Looking Forward - Delivered by Alan Jones (UCAS)

    In this workshop we will consider the current admissions climate and trends in applications, offers and acceptances; especially with regard to how these might affect how you support your students applying to higher education.

    We will also consider how and why UCAS is developing the tools and services you and your students use to make and manage applications; such as the new Agent and Adviser Portal for 2020 onwards, and the new Application Management Service for 2021 onwards.

    Alan will also provide information on new (and some existing) resources for advisers and students, embedding direct links to these in his presentation.

  • Conference Session 4: Medicine or Graduate Destinations

    14:05 - 14:50 

    Delegates will have the choice to attend either of the two sessions outlined below:

    Studying Medicine: An Update on Recent Changes - Delivered by Karen Grant (Lancaster University Deputy Director of Medical Studies)

    There have been several changes over the past few years that impact on the admission and selection process for Medicine courses, both at Lancaster University and across England. This session will explain these changes and explore how they will influence the support your students will need when applying to study Medicine. The session will cover the following:  the increase in medical student numbers, at Lancaster Medical School and UK-wide; new medical schools; the Health Innovation Campus; widening participation, contextual offers and Medicine with a Gateway year; the Biomedical Admissions test (BMAT), why we use it and how to help your students prepare.


    Beyond the Degree: Graduate Destinations - Delivered by Diane Richardson (Lancaster University Careers Information Manager) 

    This session is recommended for new practitioners, and will look at graduate prospects and opportunities for students beyond their time at University. This session will talk about careers support available to students whilst they are at University, employability initiatives, the introduction of placement years accross all Lancaster faculties, support for students from a Widening Participation background, and the dedicated careers support offered to Graduates.

  • Refreshment break

    14:50 - 15:00

    Refreshments will be provided for a short break before the final session.

  • Conference Session 5: Admissions

    15:00 - 15:45

    Changing the Landscape of University Admissions - Delivered by Sue Davies (Lancaster University Head of Admissions and Outreach. 

    Sue will provide an update on the key challenges facing University Admissions in 2019.  The presentation will include advice about how to support students through the full application lifecycle, from completing an application through to confirmation, adjustment and clearing

  • Closing Address

    15:45 - 16:00

    The closing address will be delivered by Karen Burns, Acting Head of UK and European Recruitment. There will be an opportunity to give feedback and go on an optional Campus Tour afterwards.

Event Venue: Charles Carter, Lancaster University

The event will be held in the Charles Carter Building on our Bailrigg Campus. For more information on how to get to the venue, please get in touch.

For any questions or if you require any further information, please contact us directly.