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Russell Group Teachers' Conferences

Russell Group Teachers' Conferences

Advancing Access supports with the delivery of the biennial Russell Group Teachers' Conferences for teachers and careers advisers. Two events take place every two years, although a single online event took place in 2020 due to the coronavirus outbreak. Attendance is free.

The events

  • These events include a number of workshops which help teachers and advisers to learn more about the Russell Group universities. Attendees will learn more about the experience that their students will have at these universities and also the applications and admissions process
  • The events enable teachers and advisers to support more of their students to progress to some of the UK's most competitive universities


Russell Group conferences are open to any teacher or adviser who works in a school or college anywhere in the UK. Attendance is always free. At these events you will have the opportunity to:

  • Hear first-hand from Russell Group university staff from across the UK
  • Keep abreast of the latest developments in higher education which will affect your students
  • Direct any questions you might have to our university staff
  • Network with other professionals
  • Learn more about the outreach opportunities which are on offer from our university partners

Recent events

The two events originally scheduled to take place in Bristol and York this year were replaced by a single online event. This took place right here on the Advancing Access website on Monday 4th May 2020 from 10am to 2pm.

The following webinars were delivered during this online event:

> Supporting applicants during the COVID-19 pandemic: In this session teachers will learn about how to best support university applicants during the COVID-19 pandemic. The session will cover how examination grades will be determined and how these grades will be used in the admissions process. Arrangements for confirmation, clearing and adjustment for 2020 entry will also be discussed
> An overview of contextual offers: This workshop will aim to explain exactly what POLAR, ACORN and IMD datasets are, how to check them for yourself and keep up to date with contextual offer policies at Russell Group Institutions
> Student wellbeing support during transition and beyond: With the increasing awareness of the importance of mental health and wellbeing support, we aim to summarise the support available at university during the transition from school/college and throughout the student lifecycle. The focus of the workshop will be on success and progression support available at universities using a case study approach
> Supporting students with their UCAS application and interview: A workshop for those new to their role. This session will summarise our top tips for supporting students in personal statement writing, writing the teacher references and interview preparation tips for students
> Understanding admissions at University: Led by admissions professionals, this session will give an overview of common practices in Russell Group admissions to enable delegates to better understand the full admissions process from application to offer making from a university perspective
General alternative routes in HE: An overview of the evolving landscape of degree apprenticeships and foundation year programmes
> Student finance and budgeting: This session will include an overview of Student Finance England for Home/EU students for 2020/21 entry. This session will also include advice to give to students on how to make their money go further and additional sources of funding such as bursaries and scholarships

Who should attend?

Our events are designed for:

  • Teachers who work in state schools or colleges (including classroom teachers, form tutors, headteachers and head of year or sixth form)
  • Careers advisers
  • Careers leaders

The webinars are now available to watch on our Event Resources page.

We have added some FAQs about the events below.

No - you can take part through your web browser and can access the platform on a computer, tablet or smartphone. You don't need any special equipment like a microphone or webcam.

The event programme has not been finalised just yet. However, as soon as the programme is available we will upload a PDF copy to this webpage so please check back soon.

Yes - after the event we will upload the presentations to the event resources page of this website. This means you can access all of the presentations from the event, including those you weren't able to attend.

Yes - we appreciate that some participants may not be able to attend the entire event.