UVAC National Conference: Call for Workshop Proposals

UVAC National Conference: Call for Workshop Proposals

This autumn, UVAC’s National Conference #uvac2022 will be exploring the theme of: Learning from practice: from digital to design to performance and policy in higher technical and professional education and skills including higher and degree apprenticeships.

UVAC is the most authoritative voice on all strategic and operational aspects of apprenticeship delivered by HE and probably of greater significance to the sector now than any other time in the past 20 years given not only the expansion of higher and degree apprenticeships but the renewed emphasis on higher level technical, vocational, professional education and skills and successful progression in and through work, and our conference is our most important calendar event!

UVAC argues that English apprenticeships are an education and productivity success story. For higher education providers higher and degree apprenticeships offer a significant way to engage with employers to meet their skill needs. In this period of economic recovery and challenge, UVAC expects that HE will have a key role in determining what role apprenticeships and technical, professional education and skills will play in determining skills priorities.

The conference once again is a hybrid event with both in person and online delegates attending on Wednesday 23 November. In addition to plenary sessions, the conference includes an exhibition and virtual Expo, as well as Breakout Sessions and Workshops.

We are now inviting submission of workshop and presentation proposals on themes and key topics which can include the following but the list is not exhaustive:

  1. Updates on how higher and degree apprenticeships and higher technical education support social mobility and contributes to the levelling-up agenda
  2. The latest on Ofsted inspection at levels 6 and 7 and impact on quality and learning outcomes in relation to Inspection and audit requirements
  3. Opportunities for widening access to relevant provision via adaptations in innovative digital pedagogy and approach to teaching, learning and assessment and how they are good for social mobility perspectives and diversifying workforces
  4. Learning from digital adaptations and ongoing application in work-based/work integrated learning in HE, but especially apprenticeships
  5. The relevance and reality of recent higher and degree apprenticeship policy including Degree Apprenticeship Policy refresh, the use of credit and recognition of prior learning (RPL), Degree Apprenticeship Growth Fund, impact of the Lifelong Learning/Loan Entitlement policy plans, review of the Levy, reboot of Access and Participation Plans, apprenticeships workforce development, growth in Higher Technical Qualifications and progression from T levels into HE.

Workshops and breakout sessions will run for approx 50 minutes each. Although the conference is a hybrid in-person-online event, presenters should be prepared to run their workshop in-person on the day at etc.venues Manchester.

Submissions should be made to [email protected] by Friday, 1 July, and include:

  1. Title of the workshop
  2. Name and Organisation of workshop facilitator(s)
  3. Brief description of the workshop and content covered (up to 300 words) for inclusion on UVAC website and conference marketing materials

Application Timeline

  1. Deadline for submissions by Friday, 1 July 2022
  2. Notification of acceptance by Wednesday, 20 July 2022
  3. Workshop materials, including slide deck by Wednesday, 9 November 2022

Feel free to contact [email protected] to discuss or ring on 07763820713.