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Update from Annette Hayton, NERUPI Convenor

Posted on: November 09, 2023

The general events planned for the coming academic year focus on topics of particular interest to members at this time. As always the events will include presentations from academic colleagues with a specialism in the area along with practice examples from NERUPI members. This year the practical aspect will focus on developing Intervention Strategies which will support planning for those working on Access and Participation Plans and also encourage a whole organisational approach to initiatives.

EMPLOYABILITY AND PROGRESSION online event took place on 22 November. With keynote speakers Matt Dickson, Reader in Public Policy at the University of Bath, talking about his research on graduate returns and Richard Waller, Professor of Social Justice at UWE, updating us on his qualitative research project Paired Peers, the session got off to a good start. All the PowerPoints for the day, including practice examples from Barrie Grey, York St John; Amy Whiting and Alex O'Driscoll, Bristol; and Julie Kouamo, Queen Mary's are available on the members' area of the website.


A long title - but a complex area! We will start the session with a presentation from Paul Ashwin, Professor of Higher Education at Lancaster University, who will draw on his research and teaching experience in further and higher education to explore ideas about teaching and learning. Combined with presentations and practice examples from members of the NERUPI Knowledge Attainment and Pedagogy Working Group, participants will be well prepared for designing intervention strategies in the practical session.


We are taking a slightly different approach to our evaluation support this year.

  • We will be organising some occasional events for members who want more guidance on the NERUPI Framework and resources. The first of these was THE NERUPI FRAMEWORK & THE EORR online event, 4 October. You can catch up with the PowerPoints on the members area of the website.
  • Also booking is our series of Toolkit events for those who want to engage with evaluation in more depth. Designed in two parts to allow a more detailed exploration of the issues they will support your evaluation strategies, processes and methods. Go to NERUPI EVENTS to find out more. The second part of, Exploring Evaluation Designs is on 7 December.
  • Save the date – 5 March, we are also planning an in-person event for members at the Friends House, Euston focussed on the Wave 2 Access and Participation Plans. We will open bookings in December..