Conference Theme

New Beginnings for European Access - Designing Equity, Transitions and Student Success

This two-day, in person conference, in collaboration with SCAPP (Scotland's Community of Access and Participation Practitioners) will provide a showcase for the relaunching of the European Access Network and provide the opportunity for teaching, research, practitioner staff and students in widening access professional roles within Universities, colleges, schools, and other agencies and organisations engaged in access work to share the latest development in access, social inclusion and widening participation from across the world.   The conference feel will be one of community and collaboration, recognising the challenges we face and sharing practice which enables our students to succeed.

The conference welcomes presentations and workshops that share your practice and/or research excellence across one or more of these themes.

  • Preparation – how we prepare, set expectations, support and enable our students to successfully transition through well designed processes.
  • Diversity – how we reach out to and enable students from all backgrounds to progress to and succeed in tertiary education.
  • Partnerships – how schools, colleges, universities and other agencies and organisations are working together to support student and institutional success.

Abertay University is proud to host the first EAN conference after the pandemic.  Abertay has just been named the top Scottish Modern University for Student Satisfaction (National Student Survey 2023) and was named the top university in Scotland for social inclusion for the second year in a row (Times & Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023).   We hope to share our expertise; that of the wider Scottish sector; and learn from the excellence that has been developed across the world.

SCAPP (Scotland’s Community for Access and Participation Practitioners) supports the development and professionalisation of a strong Widening Access and Participation community to embed, enhance and support effective practice in Scotland. It allows the sharing of best practice and the policy developments that impacts students from underrepresented backgrounds in tertiary education. SCAPP is sector-wide and member-led, representing universities, colleges, skills, voluntary and public sector organisations. SCAPP is funded by the Scottish Funding Council.