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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 our 2017 Virtual Conference are available on our CPD Resources page.

Our next virtual conference will take place very soon! Check back on this page for more details.

If there are any topics you would like us to cover during this event, please let us know at

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 one-to-one chat boxes. A 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. A few preset questions will be posted to encourage you to share ideas and ask questions not already answered in other parts of the conference.

Frequently asked questions

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

To do this you need to log into, or create, your Advancing Access account (this takes a minute or two). Click here to log into or create your Advancing Access account.

Once you are logged into your account, sign up for the next virtual event by clicking here (sign up for the event) or clicking the 'virtual conference' link at the top-right of the page. 

You can access the virtual conferences through a web browser using a computer, laptop, tablet or mobile phone. The platform is compatible with most web browsers and operating systems. 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 camera.

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 from university representatives. The exhibitions provide a one-to-one chat facility for you to speak directly with university staff. The staffrooms provide a chat forum for you to speak to university staff and other delegates. All the interaction between delegates and university staff is through text-based chat rooms and forums. 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. There is no limit to the number of people who can attend so, for example, the head of sixth form, careers adviser and head of year from every school could attend the event.

Check our provisional timetable to find out more about the content of the next virtual conference. In general, our conferences are appropriate for staff working with students making their key stage 4, key stage 5 and university choices.

No, you should feel free to join and leave the event at times convenient to you. Presentations will be delivered as a carousel and will be repeated several times. We do encourage you to access all elements of the event, including the staffroom and exhibition hall. View our provisional programme to find out more.

Yes, you will receive a download of all the presentations you attend.

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.