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Our next virtual conference will take place on Wednesday 12th June 2019 between 3.30pm and 6.00pm. Attendance is free and registration is now open! Click here to register for the event (you will need to be logged in first, if you don't have an Advancing Access account you can register a free account here).

During the event you will be able to chat direct with representatives from all 24 Russell Group universities.

The following webinars will be taking place:

> Successful UCAS applications for competitive courses - Delivered collaboratively by University of Cambridge,Durham University and University of York. This webinar will focus on the best ways to support students to make effective applications. Topics covered will include personal statements, Oxbridge applications and dealing with extenuating circumstances.
> Alternative routes in to Russell Group universities - Delivered collaboratively by two members of staff from University of Nottingham. Part of the session will cover alternative entry routes to competitive medicine courses. The webinar will also highlight alternative foundation year pathways which typically have lower entry requirements.
> Degree Apprenticeships at leading universities - Delivered collaboratively by University of Exeter and Advancing Access. This webinar will discuss the benefits of Degree Apprenticeships, how students can find apprenticeships, what they entail and deciding which route to follow –the traditional degree or a Degree Apprenticeship.
> Sharing good practice: school and college case studies - Delivered by teachers and advisors. Teachers and advisers share case study examples of how they have improved progression to leading universities among their students. Schools represented include Barton PeverilSixth Form College, The Hertfordshire & Essex High School and Loreto Sixth Form College

Click here to download the full event programme.

You can click here to download the event poster. Please contact us if you would like us to send you a physical copy to display in your school or college.



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 an online chat facility
  • share ideas with colleagues on a range of topics
  • access the guidance provided during ‘on the ground’ conferences with no requirement for travel.

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

To take part in our virtual events, you'll first need register an account on our website if you haven't done so already.

Account holders will receive an email serveral weeks ahead of our next event in June 2019 with further details of the event and a link to click in order to sign up for the event.

On the day itself, we'll then send you another email with details of how to join in the event.

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.

We recommend having speakers for the best user experience as our webinars contain sound, however subtitles are available too.

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

Yes, there will be subtitles on the webinars. To access the subtitles, hover over the video and click the "CC" icon once it appears.