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Thank you for registering your interest in our Teachers and Advisers Conference 2021.

We have a wide variety of sessions for you to book onto. Create your own programme to suit your needs and interests. Simply click on the session, read the description and, if you want to attend, register using the link.

If you have any questions, email us on schools@le.ac.uk.

Week commencing 25 May 2021

Tuesday 25 May

Conference kick off and University of Leicester Admissions Update

Time: 1.45pm-3.00pm
University of Leicester President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Nishan Canagarajah kicks of this year's digital Teacher and Adviser Conference followed by an update from Phil Dalby, Deputy Director of Admissions and Applicant Experience about how University of Leicester has approached admissions during the pandemic and looking ahead to 2022. Phil will also be on hand to answer any questions may have about university admissions.
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Wednesday 26 May

Blended learning – what’s it all about?

Time: 11.00am-11.45am
Having the best part of the last 12 months learning remotely, hear from students about their experiences of our blended learning approach.
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My study abroad experience

Time: 12.00pm-1.00pm
Charlotte spent a year in Germany as part of her Biological Sciences degree - hear all about the opportunity to study abroad for a year and why students should consider it, no matter what their degree.
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London to Leicester – a student’s experience

Time: 12.00pm-12.45pm
This session will look at what it is like to move from a big city (in this case London) to come and study in Leicester. Jonny & Julie-Anne have both made the big move. Hear their tips and share any concerns that your students have about moving away from home and coming to Leicester.
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Microsoft - Using Microsoft in blended learning to support SEL and Q&A

Time: 4.00pm-4.45pm
Jennifer King from Microsoft and two Microsoft Certified Educators, Natasha Epton and Leanne Greaves from Greenwood Academics Trust provide their insight and knowledge on how teachers and advisers can make the most of Microsoft Office 365 applications to support blended learning. With a bigger emphasis on supporting social and emotional learning there has never been a better time to get involved with using technology to support and enhance learning in the 21st century. Be prepared to get involved using the power of QR codes and Flipgrid. Hear how they have approached blended learning during the Pandemic and answer any questions you may have.

Microsoft – Applications to support accessibility that will change your life and Q&A

Time: 5.00pm-5.45pm
Jennifer King from Microsoft and two Microsoft Certified Educators, Natasha Epton and Leanne Greaves from Greenwood Academics Trust provide their expert advice on how teachers and students can support student accessibility and student well-being using Microsoft applications. These applications will not only change your life, but the lives of those around you. This will be an interactive session to show you just how quick and easy some of the free features can be used. Be prepared to get involved using the power of QR codes and Flipgrid. They will be on hand to provide any answers to any questions that you may have.
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Thursday 27 May

Keynote: UCAS

Time: 10.00am-11.00am
Sander Kristel from UCAS will provide sector updates and all the latest HE information. This will also be an opportunity to hear more about UCAS Apply 2022 and ask any questions about the entire application process.

UCAS Apply 2022

Time: 11.15am-12.15pm
Louise and Courtney from UCAS will provide further information about UCAS Apply 2022. This will also provide an opportunity to ask any further questions about UCAS Apply 2022.
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Work placements and field trips from a student perspective

Time: 12.30pm-1.15pm
In this session you will hear from 2 current students about their experiences of clinical placements and field trips. Learn more about this brilliant opportunities that some courses provide.
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Keynote: BBC Bitesize

Time: 1.30pm-2.15pm
Andrew Tomlinson, who leads on BBC Bitesize provides an overview of BBC’s offering for learning and study support for pre-16 learners. Andrew will provide the latest developments from BBC Bitesize.
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Unifrog’s insights into the Covid-19 pandemic

Time: 3.00pm-3.45pm
John Hillis, Area Manager for Unifrog provides a deep dive into the insight of Unifrog’s reporting and learnings of how students in the UK and globally have been researching Higher Education during the Pandemic. There will also be an opportunity to ask John any questions about Unifrog’s findings.
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Unifrog showcase and new developments

Time: 4.00pm-4.45pm
John Hillis, Area Manager for Unifrog provides an overview of the benefits that students can take advantage of by using Unifrog in their research of Higher Education. This will be an opportunity for you to ask John any questions in how Unifrog can support you as a teacher or adviser.
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Friday 28 May

Keynote: Unibuddy - A year online: How student mindsets and behaviours have shifted since the start of the pandemic

Time: 1.00pm-2.00pm
Diego Fanara, CEO and Co-Founder of Unibuddy, will take us on a deep dive into the insights gained from the 10 million student messages shared on the Unibuddy platform. What shifts have we seen in student messages over the last year, and how has this informed and shaped the behaviours of Universities around the world. Diego will share how Unibuddy see the future of Higher Education evolving, and share advice on how you can best support your students through this ever-changing hybrid world.
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Week commencing 31 May 2021

Tuesday 1 June

University of Leicester's Brand Design Process and Creative Support

Time: 10.00am-11.00am
Learn how to use the University of Leicester's logo and brand for digital and print marketing campaigns, including websites and social media.
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Meet our international team

Time: 11.00am-12.00pm
Introduction and information session for school counsellors on contacts representing your region at the University of Leicester. Regions covered include: UK International, Europe, Africa, Middle East, China, India, South East Asia, and the Americas.
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Wednesday 2 June

University of Leicester Accommodation for International Students

Time: 10.00am-10.45am
This session will provide an overview of the benefits of staying in the University of Leicester managed accommodation for International students.
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Drop-in and meet the team: UK based international, North Africa, and Middle East Regions

Time: 1.00pm-2.00pm
Join us for an interactive conversation with Regional representatives for teachers' and advisers' based in North Africa, the Middle East, or advisers that help international students currently in the UK
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Thursday 3 June

UCAS Endgame: how to guide your students through Confirmation, Adjustment, and Clearing

Time: 10.00am-11.00am
Guidance for school counsellors on best practice and what is expected from the Higher Education perspective
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Week commencing 7 June 2021

Monday 7 June

University of Leicester Accommodation Overview

Time: 10.00am-10.45am
This session will provide an overview of the benefits of staying in the University of Leicester managed accommodation for all students.
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Medicine, Allied Health and Life Sciences Admissions Panel

Time: 12.00pm-1.00pm
Admissions Tutors from Medicine, Allied Health and Life Sciences, join us for a panel, where they provide the latest developments on their courses and updates into admissions policies. This Q&A will provide you an opportunity to ask Admissions Tutors any questions you may have about supporting your students through the application process.
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Sutton Trust - Engaging with progression programmes

Time: 1.00pm-2.00pm
This session will be led by Annie from the Sutton Trust. She will talk about what Progression Programmes are and what your students will gain from taking part. She will highlight the Sutton Trust Programmes and you will hear from some students who have benefitted from taking part in them.
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Personal Statements -A Student's perspective

Time: 3.15pm-4.00pm
Hear from some of our current students about their experiences of writing personal statements. What did they find most difficult, what support did they get from their teachers and what they would have liked more support with. They will also give some top tips on what students should consider writing in their personal statements.
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Progression Programmes -what are they and why they matter to students

Time: 4.00pm-4.45pm
Hear from 2 current students who have taken part in and benefitted from Progression Programmes. Learn more about how the programmes work and the kind of things students will get to do whilst part of them.
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Tuesday 8 June

Transitioning to University: Finding Friends

Time: 11.00am-12.00pm
Students always tell HE adviser Melissa Scallan they fear being lonely and friendless at university. They need not worry! In this presentation, you’ll find practical advice to share with your students about finding friends, which contributes to a smooth transition and a happy and settled time at university.
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STEM Admissions Panel

Time: 12.00pm-1.00pm
Admissions Tutors from STEM-based subjects, join us for a panel, where they provide the latest developments on their courses and updates into admissions policies. This Q&A will provide you an opportunity to ask Admissions Tutors any questions you may have about supporting your students through the application process.
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Living in Halls of residence - a students perspective

Time: 3.00pm-3.45pm
This session will look at Halls of Residence from a students perspective. Hear from 2 students who have lived in our Halls of residence and can talk about their experiences.
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Why Leicester from a student perspective

Time: 4.00pm-4.45pm
Your chance to hear all about life at the University of Leicester from a couple of our current students. Learn more about life in the Midlands, the buzzing diverse city of Leicester as well as the University itself.
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Wednesday 9 June

Understanding and Supporting Students with ADHD

Time: 10.00am-11.15am
This webinar will promote a better understanding of ADHD, its causes and presentation, and explore the impact of ADHD on students, giving an insight into what it is really like to have this disability. With practical day to day ideas and strategies to best support their needs.
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Law and Social Sciences Admissions Panel

Time: 12.00pm-1.00pm
Admissions Tutors from Law and the Social Sciences, join us for a panel, where they provide the latest developments on their courses and updates into admissions policies. This Q&A will provide you an opportunity to ask Admissions Tutors any questions you may have about supporting your students through the application process.
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An overview on the new route for qualification to the solicitors profession

Time: 3.30pm-4.30pm
The routes to qualification as a solicitor and barrister are changing, so it can be an agonising choice over which route to follow. In this session, one of our qualified solicitors highlights the pros and cons of each route, the emerging preferences of law firms which offer employment opportunities, and even how students can help create their own qualifying work experience.
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Thursday 10 June

Marketing Masterclass for Agents

Time: 10.00am-11.00am
Partners and agents are invited to join us for this session, delivered by our School of Business, on how to apply academic theory covered in our ULSB programmes to improve their professional marketing campaigns.
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UCAS Reference Writing

Time: 11.00am-12.00pm
In this session participants will have the opportunity to learn more about what makes a good UCAS reference, engage in a discussion with other professionals on example statements as well as learn some top tips from a careers leader on their own internal process.
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Business and Finance Admissions Panel

Time: 12.00pm-1.00pm
Admissions Tutors from the University of Leicester Business School, join us for a panel, where they provide the latest developments on their courses and updates into admissions policies. This Q&A will provide you an opportunity to ask Admissions Tutors any questions you may have about supporting your students through the application process.
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Engaging online careers tools - have your students found them yet?

Time: 3.00pm-4.00pm
Peter Mulligan, co-founder of SACU talks you through their extensive range of free, online careers tools available to your students. This session will highlight what students have access to, and how they can use these tools to make informed decisions on their future career. Peter also explains how using these tools can enhance your Gatsby Benchmarking.
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Friday 11 June

Experiencing University life as a commuter student

Time: 12.00pm-1.00pm
This session will allow you to hear from 2 current students about their experiences of attending their local university as commuter students.
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Media, Arts and Humanities Admissions Panel

Time: 12.00pm-1.00pm
Admissions Tutors from subjects in Media, Arts and Humanities, join us for a panel, where they provide the latest developments on their courses and updates into admissions policies. This Q&A will provide you an opportunity to ask Admissions Tutors any questions you may have about supporting your students through the application process.
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Why the new Local Skills Report can support careers education in the curriculum in your school or college’

Time: 2.00pm-3.00pm
Fiona Baker, Head of Strategy and Engagement, and Gerarde Manley, Careers Hub Manager, both from the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP) take a deep dive into the Labour Market to explore the impact of Covid-19, the economic recovery plan and discuss emerging sectors. They will then translate this intelligence into context for Teachers, Careers Leaders and Advisers.
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Supporting you with the Gatsby Benchmarks

Time: 3.15pm-4.00pm
The Gatsby Benchmarks: what are they, what are the challenges for meeting them and what support is available for schools and colleges? Join us for this conversation with representatives from the University of Leicester, LLEP and Pathways discussing the support on offer for Career Leaders.
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Week commencing 14 June 2021

Tuesday 15 June

Widening Participation as a Tool to Tackle Educational Inequality

Time: 10.00am-11.00am
As a specialist in research linked to education, social class and inequality, Alex will explore the impact of intergenerational experiences of inequality on the future orientations of young working-class men. He will examine the implications of a drive in recent years to ‘raise aspirations’ for working-class boys in school practices,  and discuss its implications on the future educational expectations of working-class students.
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An audience with education specialists: How can educational institutions work together to support working-class boys

Time: 11.15am-12.00pm
A panel of specialists in education will take questions from the audience and explore the question of ‘How schools, colleges and universities can be working together to support and encourage White Working Class Boys into higher education’.

For this session, we encourage you to submit your questions below to guarantee consideration due to the expected popularity of this session. There will also be opportunity to ask questions during the webinar.
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UCAT - what is it, why is it important and how you can support students taking it

Time: 12.30pm-1.30pm
Esther is the Marketing Officer for UCAT and will explain exactly what it is and which students need to be taking it. She will also explain a little more about how the test works and what students can expect from it along with how you can best support them.
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Supporting your students with the EPQ

Time: 2.00pm-3.00pm
Jennifer Obaditch from AQA, provides information and support on how teachers and advisers can support learners taking the Extended Project Qualification. Jennifer will also provide the latest updates and developments regarding the EPQ and broader post 16 landscape.
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The art of engaging parents

Time: 4.00pm-5.00pm
This session provides an opportunity to hear from experienced Careers advisers, higher education representatives and parents themselves on how best to engage this group that have so much influence around decision making.
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Wednesday 16 June

iPGCE Taster Session

Time: 10.00am-10.30
The Leicester iPGCE is an innovative course for experienced and early-stage teachers. You will have the opportunity to research your own practice and that of colleagues in your setting, alongside discussing padagogic practice with peers from a diverse range of professional settings. Led by world-leading educational researchers, it can help you develop your pedagogic expertise and enhance your career development. Join the School of Education for an interactive taster session.
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Introduction to English Medium Instruction

Time: 11.00am-12.00pm
This session will untangle the terminology used to describe EMI (English Medium Instruction) and CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) programmes, examine the reasons for its growth and the issues it raises for students, teachers, and education managers.
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Thursday 17 June

Vulnerable groups

Time: 11.00am-12.00pm
The progression rate to HE for care experienced learners is just 13%. We'd like to change that by providing information to corporate parents, schools and careers leads on the support available at higher education for Looked After Children (LAC). This will include signposting to resources you can share with learners. Information on disability support will also be covered.
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Alumni Panel

Time 4.00pm-5.00pm
Join a panel of a range of University of Leicester's talented Alumni. Find out how the University supported them throughout their studies and where their Leicester degree has taken them.
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Week commencing 28 June 2021

Monday 28 June

Intro to UniConnect projects

Time: 3.30pm-4.00pm
UniConnect is a national collaborative outreach initiative designed to help learners explore the full range of Higher education options available to them. This presentation will highlight some of the work happening across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, and will signpost to support that may be available nationally.
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Tuesday 29 June

QAA Global – Improving international student learning experiences and TNE provisions

Time: 9.00am-10.00am
Join us for a presentation introducing our QE-TNE scheme and QAA’s role as UK Quality Agency. We’ll also talk about the support QAA provided for the UK and international institutions to improve their international student learning experience and TNE provisions.
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Thursday 1 July

How can we prepare our students for a sustainable future?

Time: 1.00pm-1.45pm
Join this session to explore how we can teach the next generation about sustainability and learn about how the University of Leicester are playing their part. This interactive session involves the Carbon Footprint Game, a fun way to discuss the carbon impact of our everyday actions.
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Virtual HE Tours

Time: 3.30pm-4.00pm
Meaningful encounters with HE Providers can be done from the comfort of your classroom or study! In this presentation we will look at how you and your learners can explore campuses on your computer and suggest how these virtual visits can be used to evidence Gatsby benchmark 7.
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Week commencing 5 July 2021

Monday 5 July

University Summer Schools - what happens & what students get out of attending them

Time: 1.00pm-2.00pm
This is a chance to hear from some current students on their experiences of university summer schools - both from an attendee point of view and that of a member of staff. The Ambassadors will talk about what students can expect from attending and what they will get out of it. They will give you a better understanding of summer schools generally which should help you encourage your students to sign up and attend.
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Clearing and confirmation for beginners

Time: 2.00pm-2.45pm
Kathy Thompson and Elliot Newstead lead an informative session going through the process of Clearing and Confirmation for beginners for teachers and advisers supporting students upto and during results day. This session will provide the most up-to-date information and an overview of University of Leicester’s Clearing and Confirmation operation in 2021.
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Clearing and confirmation for experienced advisers

Time: 3.00pm-3.45pm
Kathy Thompson and Elliot Newstead lead an informative session going through the process of Clearing and Confirmation for experienced teachers and advisers supporting students upto and during results day. This session will provide the most up-to-date information and an overview of University of Leicester’s Clearing and Confirmation operation in 2021.
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My journey through clearing

Time: 4.00pm-4.45pm
Dan Flatt from the University of Leicester, meets Anita, who talks through her journey through Clearing to get to University of Leicester. This will be an opportunity to gain advice on how to support your students through Clearing on results day.
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Tuesday 6 July

Post Qualification Application reform - a worthy admissions overhaul?

Time: 10.00am-11.00am
Hear from Mary Curnock Cook CBE, an independant education expert who was the Chief Executive of UCAS, discuss the current debate on overhauling the university admissions process and what it may mean for teachers and advisers on a global scale. This is one keynote not to be missed!
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Wednesday 7 July

Working on the clearing hotlines - what can students expect when they call

Time: 12.00pm-1.00pm
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Meet the Deputy Director of Admissions and your regional officer

Time: 4.00pm-5.00pm
In this informal session, you can meet the Deputy Director of Admissions and find the latest updates in University of Leicester admissions policies. This is also a fantastic opportunity to meet the UK Student Recruitment Officers to find out how they can support you and your students.
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