This year we will be hosting our annual conference in-person at the Knowledge Centre at The British Library.

We will be bringing together some of the leading voices in the higher education (HE) sector for a day of incisive and thought-provoking presentations, discussion, and networking around the topics that matter when it comes to inequalities in HE.

Confirmed speakers:

  • John Blake, the recently appointed Director of Fair Access and Participation at the Office for Students (OfS)
  • Hillary Gyebi-Ababio, Vice President for Higher Education at NUS
  • Mary Stuart CBE, Director of Leadership Development at Minerva
  • Ibz Mo, vlogger, commentator and tutor
  • Sol Gamsu, sociologist and geographer of education at the University of Durham
  • James Turner, CEO at The Sutton Trust
  • Lord David Willetts, former Minister of State for Universities and Science

The full conference programme can be found below.

The conference promises to be one of the big events in the HE sector calendar this year, so we recommend applying soon to avoid disappointment.

Conference schedule

TASO Annual Conference 2022 - programme

Please find below the programme for our annual conference on Thursday 28th April 2022. This may be subject to change.
Time Type Title Speakers Chair
09:30amRegistrationRegistration and refreshments N/AN/A
10amAddressWelcome and introductionProfessor Eunice Simmons, Chair, TASO Board of Trustees and Vice-Chancellor, University of ChesterN/A
10:30am AddressKeynote addressJohn Blake, Director for Fair Access and Participation, OfS
Ryan Shorthouse, TASO Trustee and CEO, Bright Blue
11:45am Panel sessionMeasuring what mattersDr Lauren Bellaera, Chief Impact and Strategy Officer, The Brilliant Club

Dr Lígia Teixeira, Chief Executive Officer, Centre for Homelessness Impact

James Turner, Chief Executive, The Sutton Trust
Jessica Hunt, Deputy Director (Research), TASO
12:30pmAddressWhat we have learnt this year Omar Khan, Director, TASON/A
1pm Lunch
1:45pmIn Conversation WithIn conversation with Ibz MoIbz MoLynsey Hanley
2:30pmPresentationGetting the most from the TASO Evidence ToolkitRain Sherlock, Evaluation Manager, TASO

Zahra Boudalaoui-Buresi, Research Officer, TASO
3pm Break out sessionRoundtable discussions with refreshmentsN/AN/A
3:45pmPanel sessionThe responsibilities of Higher Education in Britain today Lord David Willetts, former Minister of State for Universities and Science

Mary Stuart CBE, Director of leadership development, Minerva previously Vice Chancellor, University of Lincoln

Hillary Gyebi-Ababio, Vice President Higher Education, National Union of Students (NUS)

Dr Sol Gamsu, Department of Sociology, Durham University
Omar Khan, Director, TASO
4:30pmAddress Closing remarksDr Omar Khan, Director TASON/A
4:35pmDrinks reception

Who should attend?

  • HE professionals interested in improving access and student success
  • Anyone wanting to learn more about evidence-informed practice and policy


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