Equity and Diversity

Conference program

Download the program (395 KB) for Stepping out, breaking through: choices and challenges in education, 27–28 August 2013

Conference themes

The conference addressed four key themes:

  • Beyond barriers to education: addressing the barriers identified by young people and progressing the conversation
  • Meaningful engagement: sharing experiences in connecting with young people, schools and the wider community
  • Research past, present and future: exploring current research on engagement strategies for aspiration, access and achievement in education and identifying further research needs
  • Best practice models: sharing success, reflections on best practice, acknowledging the gaps and breaking through the barriers for aspiration, access and achievement.


Over the two days, attendees heard from speakers including:

  • Steven Schwartz: expert on university access and admissions and author of the Schwartz report in the UK
  • Brenda Cherednichenko: educator and expert on educational equity and community-university partnerships
  • Chris Hickey: educational researcher in the field of identity for socially disadvantaged groups
  • Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli: author and expert on cultural, gender, sexual and family diversity in education and health
  • Damian Blake: expert on applied learning approaches and school-university partnerships for raising aspirations.


Attendees took part in interactive workshops, panel sessions and discussion sessions. There were also plenty of valuable networking opportunities. Download the program to see full details of the presentations and workshops.

Sustained impact

Attendees took part in networking and action planning sessions. The aim of this was to encourage collaboration and ideas to be implemented after the conference, to help build on young people’s aspirations or access to education. We will monitor progress of actions and invite attendees to report back to the group.

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26th September 2013