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FACE CONFERENCE “Change and Continuity” 30 Years of FACE 26th-28th June 2024

Hosted this year by the University of Sussex, the annual FACE conference will, once again, create a dynamic and welcoming space for learning, sharing and discussion. 

Celebrating the 30th anniversary of FACE, the conference will reflect on the ever-changing landscape of widening access and participation. Capturing our collective expertise as we adapt to changes in government priorities, the education landscape, and a fast-paced technological revolution. The conference draws on our reflections of the past thirty years, what lessons can we learn and how can we can collectively shape the future of our sector.  The conference draws on our reflections of the past 30 years to explore the lessons we can learn, and how we can collectively shape the future of our sector. 

A full conference programme will be shared in due course. In the meantime, please see below the start and finish times of the FACE conference.

Wednesday 26th June: 12.00-16.30 with evening reception from 16.30-19.00

Thursday 27th June: 09.00-16.30 with optional conference Gala Dinner from 19.00-late

Friday 28th June: 09.00-14.00

More speakers are being confirmed every day for the conference, including:
 
– Dr Liz Marr: Fellow, Centre for Online and Distance Education, University of London – reflecting on her experience in the sector and her thoughts on the future
– Dr Carlie Goldsmith: Founder and spokesperson for Class Divide – speaking about educational inequalities in Brighton & Hove and the grass roots campaign organisation 
– Professor Bart Rienties: Professor of Learning Analytics at the Institute of Educational Technology, Open University – reflecting on 25 years of experience using data to understand and map change and continuity in widening access and participation
 
A wide variety of panels will discuss key debates in the sector:
·  Research in Widening Participation
·  The role of regulation in Widening Participation:
·  Sector Organisations’ perspectives
·  Student Panel from the University of Sussex 

If you would like to register for the conference, please click here.

Accommodation can be found in Brighton and discounts are available with many hotels in the city by using the University of Sussex as a reference.  

Where to stay 

How to get here

About us : University of Sussex

We very much look forward to seeing you in Brighton.

In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact us on Faceconference2024@sussex.ac.uk

 

What informed you the most? 

“Everything was incredibly informative; I couldn’t choose one part of the programme.”
“The research informed paper sessions were fantastic – interactive and inspiring. I learned so much about how things run in other teams and institutions.”
“The research informed paper sessions were fantastic – interactive and inspiring. I learned so much about how things run in other teams and institutions.”
“The discussion with other delegates informed by the key notes /panels/paper sessions.”
“The keynote speakers were excellent… i like how they made a clear link to the whole lifecycle of widening participation.”

What inspired you most? 

“Meeting people as equally passionate as myself at HE – I can get bogged down in the beurocracy at my institution. FACE gave me the opportunity to place my work in the wider context.”
“Being around like-minded colleagues, and the discussions that many of the keynotes in particular sparked.”
“The people! Everyone I met was incredible, it was so lovely to be part of a like-minded community, with people in similar roles who I can learn from and share best practice with. And also a really nice sized group – it didn’t feel intimidating, and there was time to get around most people and build my network.”

Do you believe anything from the conference will influence your practice or research? If so, what? 

“It’s got me thinking about how I can evaluate the impact of my work outside the OfS/ institution-imposed measures of success.”
“Absolutely – there are at least 10 new ideas that I will be using to inform the development of our team’s existing programmes and also to put some new ones into place.”
“Gosh, so much! I haven’t had time to really think it through yet, but I actually want to do some research and have the opportunity to present in the future.”
“…exploration into student voice.”
“Yes – Student partnership working, looking at how we develop agency with our students and reflecting on the importance of our ways of being. I have to say, i was so happy about how welcoming and encouraging everyone was. The conference gave me much more confidence that i should be there and that people are interested in what i have got to say. I will definitely come back.”
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