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Many of HEFCE's functions will be continued by the Office for Students, the new regulator of higher education in England, and Research England, the new council within UK Research and Innovation.

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HEFCE hosted a sector conference on 25 April 2016 to explore what the sector as a whole needs to evaluate institutional activity on student access, success and progression across the student lifecycle.

Delegates at this conference were able to:

  • discuss the policy and practical context
  • explore the recommendations from the Student Opportunity: Outcomes framework research published in July 2015
  • hear about OFFA and UCAS’ work in this area
  • listen to institutional perspectives where strategic responses and interventions are being developed
  • discuss and provide feedback on how to strategically drive the evaluation forward.

Presentation slides from the event

HEFCE Keynote

Chris Millward, Director of Policy, HEFCE

Download the Chris Millward - HEFCE Keynote as PDF (1,889 KB)

Student Opportunity outcomes framework research

Rachel Moreton, CFE Research

Download the Rachel Moreton - CFE as PDF (1,516 KB)

Targeting and evaluating equality at different stages

Mark Corver, Director of Analysis and Research, UCAS

Download the Mark Corver - UCAS as PDF (3,188 KB)

Strategically driving cultural change: Institutional evaluation strategies

Jan Moriarty, Student Success project Manager, University of Kent

Download the Jan Moriarty - University of Kent as PDF (807 KB)

Liz Marr, Director of the Centre for Inclusion and Collaborative Partnerships, Open University

Download the Liz Marr - Open University as PDF (879 KB)

Liz Thomas, Professor of Higher Education, Edge Hill University

Download the Liz Thomas - Edge Hill as PDF (1,365 KB)


If you have any queries about the event contact the Student Opportunity conference team