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The UVAC National Conference 2023 programme


The UVAC National Conference 2023 programme

The UVAC National Conference 2023 is the perfect place to learn, connect, and grow. 

Our conference programme is now confirmed and features a range of informative and engaging talks, presentations, and workshops on a variety of topics concerning the very best of design and development, research and CPD.



Co-creating Apprenticeship programmes with Employers; University of Exeter in conversation with Amazon – Associate Prof. Rachael Johnstone University of Exeter,  Jo Simovic Amazon, Sarah Tudor. University of Exeter Business School 

AI and what it means to learning and assessment -Erica Farmer Quantum Rise



Opportunities for growth that integrating AI / Large Language Models (LLM) into higher apprenticeship offerings can afford – Panel Session hosted by Event Sponsors APTEM

Streamlining apprenticeship delivery framed around the apprentice experience to improve productivity, performance and inform apprenticeship management system requirements – Hosted by Event Sponsors FISSS



Choose one session from the following: 

  1. Recognition of Prior Learning and accelerated degree apprenticeships – Helen Pokorny University of Hertfordshire  
  1. Driving Growth by Delivering Exceptional Apprenticeship Provision: A Step Change for HE? – Lou Doyle MESMA Dan Lally Sheffield Hallam 
  1. University Managing the compliance risk during growth – scaling provision and avoiding the common pitfalls -David Lockhart-Hawkins Strategic Development Network
  1. Surfacing The Practices of Apprenticeship Tripartite Reviewer/Coaches In Business Schools -Dr Helen Charlton Northumbria University Dr Phil Power -Mason Hertfordshire Business School 
  1. AI for the Average Joe in Education – Erica Farmer & Hayley Bird Quantum Rise





Choose one session from the following: 

1.Going for Growth: Productivity, Policy and Performance in Higher and Degree Apprenticeships. A model for managing growth – Jane Welbourn Lee Jones Leeds Beckett 

  1. How to get MORE mileage with the handbrake up: Higher Degree Apprenticeships – Dr Trevor Gerhardt Kent Business School Becky Quew-Jones University of Portsmouth 
  1. All you need to know about Higher Technical Qualifications – David Rowley NCFE Prof. Liz Cleaver UVAC 
  2. Supporting high quality at a time of growth: Using a systems-thinking approach to determine quality system requirements in university delivered higher and degree apprenticeships – Andy King Nottingham Trent University 
  1. Enhancing Productivity, Policy Implementation and Performance by integrating the Apprentice Learner Journey within the University Student Experience Framework – Dr David Oloke University of Brighton



Choose one session from the following: 

  1. Degree Apprenticeships in England: motivations of degree apprentices and employers -Dana Dabbous Andrea Laczik Josh Patel Edge Foundation 
  1. Exploring the potential of work- based projects carried out as part of degree apprenticeships to contribute to workplace productivity – Prof. Jonathan Garnett Garnett Professional Development Paula Reynier Leeds Trinity University 
  1. Upskilling Graduates of Degree apprentices: finding workplace solutions in learning in and from practice – Dr Sue Elmer Katie Simpson Leeds Trinity University 
  1. Widening Participation in Higher and Degree Apprenticeships – Associate Prof. Rachael Johnstone University of Exeter Karen Squire University of Exeter Business School
  2. Revitalising Leadership: Exploring Higher Apprenticeships for mid-career growth and impact – Prof. Elaine Limond University College Birmingham



Degree Apprenticeships and Levy 2.0 – Anthony Painter CMI

Final Keynote  – Sam Callear, Deputy Director of Policy,  IfATE


Whether you join us in person or virtually also you’ll have the opportunity to network with like-minded individuals, share your ideas, and gain valuable insights into the latest trends and developments in the field of higher level apprenticeships.

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