Events for Teachers and Advisers


Teachers and Advisers Conference 2017

Goldsmiths, University of London warmly invites you to the annual Teachers & Advisers conference, designed to help benefit anyone in an educational setting that give advice to young people who are thinking of progressing into higher education.

Date: Friday 30 June 2017

Time: 9:30am – 3:30pm

This free event, hosted on-site at Goldsmiths will help those giving IAG to young people in Colleges and Sixth Forms a clearer and broader picture of Higher Education in the UK. The event is a great opportunity for continuing professional development and networking. The conference is free to attend and lunch will be provided, as well as an optional drinks reception at the end of the day’s activities.

This year our speakers include a keynote from our Warden- Patrick Loughrey, Ant Bagshaw - Deputy editor of WonkHE. Alan Jones – UCAS, Becky Gardner – Student Ambassador Co-ordinator at Goldsmiths and Michael Englard – HEAN. Throughout the day we’ll also have some interactive demonstrations from some of our academics to showcase why Goldsmiths considers itself a ‘Creative Powerhouse’.

Download the Goldsmiths Teachers and Advisers Conference 2017 flyer

To book your place, please complete the form at the bottom of this page.

We have a small amount of budget to subsidise travel arrangements from outside of London – if you’d like to apply for this please e-mail

If you are attending an event and need the College to help with any mobility requirements you may have, please contact the event organiser in advance to ensure we can accommodate your needs.

Previous Events

For information on previous events and to download information and programmes from previous years, please expand the sections below

Teachers and Advisers Conference 2016

Download our 2016 conference flyer

Friday 1 July 2016, 9am-3.30pm

The programme focused on how teachers and advisers provide support for young people in the midst of curriculum reforms and changes in the higher education landscape.

Speakers and workshop facilitators included:

Mary Curnock Cook – Chief Executive, UCAS 

Mary Curnock Cook joined UCAS as Chief Executive in January 2010. 

From 2003 – 2009, Mary was Director of Qualifications and Skills at the Qualifications & Curriculum Development Agency (QCDA, formerly QCA) where she led on qualifications policy and development for the 14-19 qualifications reform programme. From 1994 – 2001, she was Chief Executive of BII, the professional body for licensed retailing.  Between 1997 and 2001, Mary served as a Council member on the Further Education Funding Council (FEFC). She was a Non-Executive Director of Laurel Pub Company, and Chairman of award-winning e-learning company, Creative Learning Media, both from 2002 - 2005.  

Prior to 1994, Mary was Marketing Director of Food from Britain, and International Sales & Marketing Director of International Biochemicals. 

Mary has an MSc in general management from the London Business School. She was awarded an OBE in the Queen's birthday honours 2000 for services to training in hospitality and tourism.  She is a governor at Swindon Academy – a 3-19 school, and of Magdalene College School in Oxford.  In addition she is a trustee of the Access Project which supports young people from deprived backgrounds to progress to selective higher education. She is also a trustee of the National Star Foundation which provides highly specialist care and learning support for young people with complex physical and learning difficulties.

In 2015 she was awarded an honorary fellowship of Birkbeck College, University of London, and from October 2015 becomes an Academic Visitor at Hertford College, University of Oxford. 

Dr. Michael Englard – Higher Education Access Network (HEAN) 

Dr Michael Englard is a member of the Higher Education Access Network (HEAN), a non-for-profit organisation that works with Schools and Colleges to maximise access prospects for students applying to University.

In addition to his work on university access, Michael teaches at the University of Cambridge where he has served as a Director of Studies. 

Cara Flanagan – Author & Psychologist 

Cara is an educational psychologist and author, who has written numerous books on the field of Psychology, and is well known as the author of many A-Level Psychology textbooks. 

As well as being an author, Cara is also a blogger and is the chief organiser of Southwest Conferences. 

June Eric-Udorie – Student Activist 

June is a human rights activist, blogger and feminist campaigner. As well as writing for The Guardian, The New Statesman and other publications, she is also responsible for the successful campaign to get Feminism taught as part of the A-Level Politics curriculum. June has achieved all of this at the age of 17. 

Rebecca Boyle-Suh – Founder of ARTIS 

Rebecca is a Goldsmith’s University alumna, as well as holding a Masters degree from the prestigious Yale University in the United States. Rebecca spent time working internationally at IMG Artists with professional musicians and recording artists, before founding ARTIS. 

ARTIS is an educational partner that aims to help inform and improve education in Schools through integration of the arts. ARTIS has grown substantially since its inception and now helps teach 50,000 children in the UK every week.

Teachers and Advisers Conference 2014

Download the 2014 Conference Programme

Friday 11 July 2014

The conference focused on recent successes across the sector in relation to the efforts to enhance the complete student experience. From pre-entry advice and guidance to induction and careers support, via targeted funding and interventions - it gave an overview of success and opportunities in this key area of development for higher education advisers.

Presentations from the conference can be downloaded below:

UCAS Update presentation

Disability Support presentation

Signposting Success presentation

Alan's Degree Course Menu

You can't all be doctors!

Reflections on non-vocational degree subjects

18+ Student Options  

Quotes from conference delegates "The conference has been a very enjoyable day, the speakers were all very interesting and knowledgeable. Thank you very much" "Sessions emphasised on making individual right choices rather than sales" "Well organised and managed. Thank you for a great day"  

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