The Brilliant Club conference

Date and Time: 
Wednesday, July 8, 2015 - 9:30am to 5:30pm
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The Brilliant Club conference, in conjunction with King's College London

King's College London on The Strand

Where can we find solutions to break the link between low household income and admission to the UK's highly selective universities?

The conference is aimed at university representatives, teachers, pupils and anyone else with an interest in promoting fair access to higher education. We'll be looking at: the UK education sector; university and school practice internationally; as well as at industries beyond education to see if there are any lessons we could learn from them. We hope that by bringing together policy makers and professionals from across the education and other sectors, we will explore contemporary research, discuss examples of best practice and encourage delegates to identify concrete steps they can take to further support the young people they work with.

Sessions include:

* What is the problem of fair access to leading universities and why does it matter?

* How can schools and universities work together to encourage academically able young people from low income households to apply to leading universities?

* What can we learn from universities and schools internationally?

* Tips from schools on getting pupils into highly selective universities, and from universities on recruiting students from low income households.

* What can universities and schools do to boost attainment?

* The role of parents, carers, families and communities in fair access to leading universities.

* The role of the media in forming perceptions of higher education.

* Are free school meals the best indicator of social disadvantage?

* Preparing applicants for personal statements, interviews and teacher references.

Contributors include:

Professor Karen O’Brien, Vice-Principal (Education), King’s College London

Professor Les Ebdon CBE DL, Director of Fair Access to Higher Education, Office for Fair Access

Mary Keary & Jennie Montgomerie, Principal and Deputy Principal at Bethnal Green Academy

Professor Michael Arthur, Provost, University College London

Teresa Tunnadine CBE, Headteacher of The Compton School

Sir Mark Grundy, Executive Principal of Shireland Collegiate Academy

Laura Yeates, Head of Graduate Talent, Clifford Chance


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Schools and charities: £60, Others: £95, Concessions available