UCAS Conference 2023 Access all areas

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Inspiring a million dreams

Access is the key to inspiring a million dreams and opening up education to all. So, our new look annual conference celebrates and champions everyone involved with the student journey. Welcome to Access All Areas.

Join us and your higher education colleagues for two amazing days in Manchester and you’ll access new insight, best practice, and the latest thinking. Our fantastic line-up of talks, experts and workshops will inspire you, develop your skills and spark your imagination.

Here, you’ll be able to expand your network, make new connections, meet event speakers and download their presentations. You can even co-create collaborative sessions to discover more about what matters to you. We’ve also put a bigger focus on personal development for everyone at every level. Plus there’s plenty of time to make new connections at our informal sessions and gala dinner.


This year our conference will focus on three core tracks:


Access: Student Experience

Get a student-first perspective from new choices, channels, and expectations, to integrated and empowering student journeys.


Access: Inside Knowledge

Grow your skills and hear about best practice, new developments, and what you really need to know about from leading experts.


Access: New Horizons

Explore the future landscape and what’s on the horizon from the Metaverse to black swans to stay one step ahead of the latest trends.


Some of our headline guests include:  

  • Jonathan Williams - New York University  

  • Alistair Jarvis CBE - University of London  

  • Paul Johnson - Institute for Fiscal Studies  

  • Paul Napleton and Rebecca I’Anson - University of East Anglia  

Here's a glimpse at what's to come


Student experience  

Inside Knowledge  

New Horizons  

The hidden (psychological) influences on school leavers’ future decision-making 

The Admissions reform journey

What Star Wars can teach us about the constantly changing digital landscape. 

Student Admissions. Discover what they think about their journey so far. 

What’s coming next? Hear from our advisory groups. 

The robots are coming! What does AI and ChatGPT mean for fair admissions? 

Serving up the right information. Digital data takeaways. 

See your admissions data and analytics differently 

Lifelong loans and the future of adult education 

Audience-first: Marketing for Higher Education 

Regional networking. Open sessions focussed on your region and the issues that matter to you. 

How to cope with a million applicants 


We’ve something for everyone. We’ll cover everything from data, equity, and student choices to personalised journeys, and the future landscape. So, together our diverse community can help people’s dreams come true and make accessing education simpler, better, and more inclusive for all.

Don’t miss out! Book your place today. Access a world of inspiration, personal development and expertise. Everyone welcome.


Opening times

Tue 23 May 2023 - 09:00 to 17:30
Wed 24 May 2023 - 09:00 to 16:30