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Our last virtual conference took place on Tuesday 16th October 2018, we are yet to decide when the next virtual conference will take place so keep an eye on this page for updates.

For now, if you wish to view the webinars that were presented at the most recent virtual conference, please click on the following links:



Using an online platform, our free Advancing Access Virtual Conferences will offer the same quality of information, advice and training as university-led CPD events.


Virtual conferences are open access, free of charge and will provide you with the opportunity to:

  • hear first-hand from university staff from each Russell Group university about its admissions processes and entry requirements
  • ask any questions you may have via chat room-style discussion forums and one-to-one chat boxes
  • share ideas with colleagues on a range of topics
  • access the guidance provided during ‘on the ground’ conferences with no requirement for travel.

Webinars from all of the previous Virtual Conferences are available on our CPD Resources page.

What will Advancing Access virtual conferences include?

Advancing Access Virtual Conference webinars

Online presentations (or webinars) will be provided on a range of topics, including qualification choices, academic reference writing, personal statement writing, careers and employability, and admissions processes.

Webinars are interactive. They include chat room-style discussion forums that allow you to ask questions that will be answered by university representatives.

Advancing Access Virtual Conference exhibition hall

Our virtual exhibition hall provides a stand for each of our 24 university partners
You will be able to speak with university representatives through an online chat facility. At least one representative from each university will be present, which means you will have access to all 24 universities in one space. There will also be a range of materials to download: for example, information on accommodation, summer schools, scholarships and bursaries.

The staffroom

To encourage discussion between delegates, and to provide an opportunity for attendees to learn from their school sector colleagues, virtual conferences will include a staffroom or online forum. You can talk about anything you like in the staffroom, but we'll also have suggested discussion topics each hour.

Frequently asked questions

Yes, just like an on-campus event, you will need to register to gain entry to the Advancing Access Virtual Conference.

Attendees will need to hold a free Advancing Access account. You can register or log in here.

Once you've logged in, you can register for the event itself by clicking here.

You can access the virtual conferences through a web browser using a computer, laptop, tablet or mobile phone. The platform is compatible with all web browsers and operating systems, however we recommend either the Chrome or Firefox browsers. You will not need to download any new software to access the conferences. You will need sound but you will not need a microphone or webcam.

You will be able to interact with university staff in the webinars, exhibition hall and staffroom. The webinars include a chat room where you can ask questions and receive answers about the content covered. In the exhibition hall you can chat with staff for each university directly. The staffrooms provide a chat forum for you to speak to university staff and other delegates. Please bear in mind that the messages that you type will be visible to all users. You type your question and receive a written response in real time – you  don't need a microphone for any of this interaction.

Advancing Access virtual conferences are designed for teachers and advisers from schools and colleges across the UK. In general, our conferences are appropriate for staff working with students making their key stage 4, key stage 5 and university choices. There is no limit to the number of people who can attend.

The conference is not aimed at students, although students are still able to take part if they wish to. Outreach practitioners working for universities, colleges or NCOP may also find our conferences useful.

No, you should feel free to join and leave the event at times convenient to you. Please click the log out button at the top right of the screen once you've finished - you can still then log in again later during the evening if you wish to.

If you miss a particular webinar, you will be able to watch it again shortly afterwards on the Advancing Access website.

The webinars will be available on our website shortly after the event. We will send you an email with a link to these once the conference has finished.

Yes, internal or external speakers are necessary because our webinars include sound. 

No, you will ask all your questions in writing in our chat room-style web forums.