Go Higher West Yorkshire’s Teachers’ and Advisers’ Conference

Event information

Date: 1 May 2024

Time: 9.30am - 3.30pm

Venue: University of Huddersfield

City: Huddersfield


Join us for a day of insightful discussions and networking at the Teachers’ and Advisers’ Conference, a collaborative event brought to you by Go Higher West Yorkshire (GHWY) and its members. This event will be held on Wednesday, 1 May 2024, at 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM at the University of Huddersfield.

We are extending a complimentary invitation to professionals dedicated to guiding young individuals, such as teachers, advisers, youth workers, and local authority staff. Our conference offers a unique opportunity to gain insights into Higher Education (HE) pathways and the support mechanisms available through our consortium of 13 Higher Education members. This diverse group includes HE-in-FE providers, universities, and a small specialist provider.

While we are finalising the details of speakers, the programme is now available and we invite you to register for the conference using the link above. Stay tuned for more updates on what promises to be an enriching experience for attendees. We hope you will join us!



Morning sessions

09:30 to 09:55   Registrations and refreshments – marketplace

09:55 to 10:00   Time to move between rooms

10:00 to 10:10   Welcome – Prof Jane-Owen Lynch, University of Huddersfield, Chair of GHWY Board

10:10 to 10:30   Keynote speaker  – Andi Brierley, Leeds Trinity University

10:30 to 10:35   Time to move between rooms

10:35 to 11:05   Breakout session 1: Getting into HE – choice of the following:

  • Art should be for everyone: helping students to get into the arts
  • Thinking outside the degree box: alternatives to traditional degrees
  • Clearing is not last-chance saloon: when students need Plan B

11:05 to 11:10   Time to move between rooms

11:10 to 11:30   Refreshments and networking – marketplace

11:30 to 11:35   Time to move between rooms

11:35 to 12:05   Breakout session 2: How can we support you and your young people? Your opportunity to feed in.

12:05 to 12:10   Time to move between rooms

Afternoon sessions

12:10 to 13:00   Student Panel 1: best thing about my HE provider. Hear about what students from a wide range of Higher Education providers love about studying at their institution.

13:00 to 13:45   Lunch and networking – marketplace

13:45 to 13:50   Time to move between rooms

13:50 to 14:30   Student Panel 2: Q&A session. Submit questions for our expert student panel.

14:30 to 14:35   Time to move between rooms

14:35 to 15:05   Breakout session 3: Student Support in HE – choice of the following:

  • School vs Higher Education: the support available for disabled students
  • Studying without a safety net: support for care-experienced and estranged students
  • Closing the ethnicity awarding gap: supporting Black Asian and Minoritised Ethnic Students

15:05 to 15:10   Time to move between rooms

15:10 to 15:30   Closing remarks