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Questions about the conference

FAQs about Advance HE's 2018 EDI conference

There are 11 frequently asked questions about this conference.

If your question is not been answered below, contact our events team.

1. Who should attend? >

The conference will address equality and diversity issues across the entire higher education sector, bringing together higher education leaders, equality and diversity experts and representatives from national sector organisations.

The programme will be valuable for all higher education institutions, organisations and agencies involved with higher education, and for those in other sectors concerned with furthering the equality and diversity agenda.

Each of Advance HE’s subscribing institutions in England and Northern Ireland have a free place to the conference as part of their subscription package. The primary audience will be equality and diversity specialists in higher education institutions.

Others who would be particularly interested in attending:

  • Vice-chancellors
  • Pro Vice-chancellors
  • Governors and senior management
  • Chairs and members of equality and diversity committees
  • Human resources directors
  • Managers of student services
  • Academics and researchers
  • Students union sabbatical officers and managers

2. How many delegates per organisation can attend? >

Although there is no limit on the number of places allowed per institution, Advance HE is keen to attract a wide audience and ensure representation from the majority of institutions. Space at the conference is limited, therefore bookings will be allocated initially to one complimentary space for each of Advance HE’s subscribing institutions in England and Wales, and institutions supported through Scottish Funding Council Higher Education Funding Council for Wales funding to Advance HE.

In addition, a small number of paid for places will be available to purchase from on a first come first served basis (initially one per institution). Once the paid for places have sold out, requests for additional places will added to a waiting list and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis once space becomes available.

3. Is there a cost to attend the event? >

Each Advance HE subscribing institution in England and Northern Ireland has one free place as part of their subscription package. This place can be booked through their named key contact. Additional places are available at a cost. There is a cost for institutions supported through Scottish Funding Council and Higher Education Funding Council for Wales funding to Advance HE.

Our full conference package offers the best value to delegates, which includes:

  • two day conference pass including lunch and light refreshments
  • evening reception and three course meal

Subscribing institutions in England and Wales, and institutions supported through Scottish Funding Council Higher Education Funding Council for Wales cost: £500

Non-subscribers and non-higher education organisations cost: £750

Delegates from outside of higher education institutions in the UK and colleges in Scotland who would like to attend are asked to contact the events team.

4. What does the price include? >

The full two-day delegate pass covers:

  • evening programme and conference dinner on the evening of Wednesday 31 October
  • lunch and refreshments on both days of the conference 

5. How do I register any specific requirements or dietary needs? >

We are committed to making this event as accessible and inclusive as possible.  Please tell us about any specific requirements or dietary needs when booking. If you wish to discuss your requirements with us directly, please contact the events team.

6. Can I send a substitute? >

Yes, if you are unable to attend the conference, but would like to send a colleague in your place, please contact our events team.

7. Do I need to do any reading in advance? >

No preparation is necessary.

8. Is there a dress code? >

There is no dress code for the conference or the evening session. You are welcome to wear whatever you feel comfortable in.

9. How do I get to the venue? >

Full location details and directions can be found on the ACC Liverpool’s website.

10. Who do I contact for more information? >

Contact our events team.

11. Who is Advance HE? >

Advance HE was formed in March 2018, following the merger of the Equality Challenge Unit, the Higher Education Academy and the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education.

Our purpose is to advance the professional practice of higher education to improve outcomes for the benefit of students, staff and society. Advance HE has been created to be “of and for the sector” and is jointly owned by GuildHE and Universities UK.

We are driven by the strategic needs of higher education. Through our passion for excellence we aim to create an inclusive culture that champions the continuous development of teaching, leadership and research. We use an evidence-based approach to identify what works, and develop practice-based solutions.

Our vision is that the world-class reputation and standing of higher education is enhanced and recognised for transforming lives, enriching society and developing the economy for the better.