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The role of universities in boosting educational attainment for all ages
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Tuesday 18 May: 15:00 – 16:30

Universities often sit in places with low educational attainment. Much energy is spent on widening participation activity. However, poor attainment remains a significant barrier to young people achieving their potential.

The session will explore how Sheffield Hallam University is working with partners to drive up educational attainment and progression in South Yorkshire.

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Background Reading

South Yorkshire Futures

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The Early Years Community Research Centre (EYCRC)

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Session Hosts

<strong>Professor Sir Chris Husbands</strong>
Professor Sir Chris Husbands
Professor Sir Chris Husbands is a university leader, academic, educationist and public servant. He has served as Vice-Chancellor of Sheffield Hallam University since January 2016.
A Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, he has undertaken senior roles in universities for over fifteen years, as Head of the Institute of Education at Warwick University (2000-3), as Dean of Education and Lifelong Learning at the University of East Anglia (2003-7), as Dean of Faculty and then Director of the Institute of Education (2007-15) and as Vice-Provost at University College London (2014-15). In 2018, Sir Chris was awarded a knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to higher education.

Session Speakers

<strong>Angela Foulkes</strong>
Angela Foulkes
Angela is Chief Executive and Principal of The Sheffield College. Angela is an experienced further and higher education practitioner with an authoritative understanding of the regulatory requirements of both Ofsted and the Office for Students, the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education, safeguarding, awarding bodies and validating partners. Angela’s wealth of experience, knowledge and expertise in further education includes significant knowledge across a broad range of curriculum and student support services.
<strong>Stephanie Douglas</strong>
Stephanie Douglas
Stephanie is the Head of Service for Early Years at Doncaster Borough Council and an independent educational consultant working in schools, early years provision and Children’s Centres, with a specialism in early years.
Stephanie passionately believes that high quality experiences in early years education should be the expectation for every child and that they identify and treasure individuality, potential and imagination through a rich learning experience based on exploration and play. It is her goal to enthuse and impassion, assist and develop, challenge and progress colleagues in the joint mission to raise standards of effectiveness in practice and provision.
<strong>Greg Burke</strong>
Greg Burke
Greg is Director of South Yorkshire Futures and the Civic University Network, at Sheffield Hallam University. Until he took up his current post, Greg worked as a senior Civil Servant in the Department for Education. He has worked in a wide range of roles in central government which have included both policy and delivery. He has operated at both the national and regional level, working on a range of education policy. He has wide experience of delivery in a complex political environment.
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