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Teachers and Advisers Conference 2024

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Teachers and Advisers Conference 2024

Topic - Schools and Colleges

This conference is aimed at teachers, career advisers, progression leads, and other staff members who support post-16 students. 

The programme has been designed to update you on a variety of areas within post-16 education and provide you with a diverse range of sessions that cater to your particular needs. 

This event is also open to those who are about to complete teacher training courses at the University of Sunderland.


Arrival and registration
Breakfast and refreshments will be provided.


Ashleigh Little, Interim Director of Home Student Recruitment


Inclusive Educational Spaces
Jo Brassington (they/them) is a former primary school teacher, the co-founder of Pride & Progress, and the co-author of Pride & Progress: Making Schools LGBT+ Inclusive Spaces. They work with schools, universities, and charities, primarily around LGBT+ inclusion, trans awareness, and children’s mental health. They are a #DiverseEd associate.


Breakout seminars:

  • Trans and Non-Binary Awareness – Jo Brassington
  • Demystifying Degree Apprenticeships – University of Sunderland Apprenticeships Team
  • Current Approaches to meeting SEMH needs – CPD session with Dr Helen Benstead
  • Student Panel – Hear from our current students about their non-traditional journeys to higher education


UCAS Personal Statements (online)
Samantha Sykes, UCAS Customer Success Manager 


Positive Use of AI in Education
Professor John Murray, Academic Dean of the Faculty of Technology. Professor Murray has a background in Electronic Engineering and Software Engineering with a PhD in Computational Robotics and Neuroscience from the University of Sunderland. He has spent much of his academic career in the area of human-robot interaction, and ethics and trust around Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning systems. Professor Murray will speak about how educators can embrace AI in the classroom.




Networking sessions
Delegates will have the opportunity to network in themed spaces such as:

  • Support for schools and colleges
  • Widening Access and Participation
  • Student wellbeing and resilience
  • Future prospects and alumni
  • Apprenticeship team
  • Faculty areas


Subject-based workshops, tours, and talks

Contact student.recruitment@sunderland.ac.uk for more information.