Higher education under focus in Sunderland

Professor Gary Holmes, Pro-Vice Chancellor at the University of Sunderland.

Professor Gary Holmes, Pro-Vice Chancellor at the University of Sunderland.

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HIGHER education will be under the spotlight at an annual regional conference in Sunderland next month.

The University of Sunderland is hosting the Higher Education Advisers’ and Teachers’ Conference (HEAT), for the first time on Thursday, October 10, at the Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter’s.

The free conference has been running since 2005 and aims to inform delegates about topical issues relating to higher education and the programme has been designed for teachers, advisers, tutors and other professionals who work with students.

The conference is being organised by the Raising Aspirations Partnership, a collaboration formed between Newcastle, Northumbria and Sunderland universities to help young people in the North East reach their potential and make informed decisions about their future.

Professor Gary Holmes, Pro-Vice Chancellor at the University of Sunderland, will welcome more than 100 delegates on to the campus.

There will be a range of information sessions covering a variety of higher education topics, including student finance, writing a UCAS reference, support and progression for looked-after young people and employability after graduation.

Professor Holmes said: “We are delighted to be hosting this year’s HEAT conference for the first time here at the University of Sunderland.

“We have been training teachers for more than 100 years and this university has an enviable reputation for the quality of its graduates.

“This conference is an opportunity for delegates to get involved in a range of topics concerning the sector and also provides an opportunity for the university to showcase the fantastic facilities we have on campus.”

Academics and admission staff from all three universities will be on hand to answer questions and delegates can book sessions by visiting www.sunderland.ac.uk/heat.