Events for Teachers and Advisers

Here at Birmingham City University, we work closely with teaching, careers and pastoral support staff from across the West Midlands (and beyond) to support students on their journey towards higher education.

Part of this commitment includes the provision of CPD and training opportunities for school and college staff, to increase awareness of higher education issues, share best practice and to support the delivery of relevant and effective advice and guidance. Events include workshops, talks and on-campus visits as well as our annual teachers and advisers conference.

2018 Higher Education Teachers and Advisers Conference

Thursday 17 May 2018, 9.30am - 3.00pm
City South Campus

Now in it's fifth year, our annual conference is designed to equip teaching, careers and pastoral staff with the latest updates and practical tools to support students with preparation for higher education.

Covering a range of topical issues from teenage sleep to portfolio advice, we encourage delegates to choose from our range of optional sessions to create a tailored programme - guaranteeing that this CPD opportunity is both relevant and interesting to all who attend!


This year's conference will take place at our City South Campus, where our recently completed building extension provides brand new facilities for our Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences.

Booking information

As always, our annual conference is free to attend for schools and college staff. However, booking is essential and registrations will be taken on a first come, first served basis. To secure your place, please complete the online registration form.

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When you have completed the registration form, you will receive an email to confirm you have a place reserved.

Refreshments and a hot buffet lunch will be provided.


Birmingham City University
City South Campus
Westbourne Road
B15 3TN

Map and directions


Our programme combines valuable sector updates with practical advice and tools for use with your students.

Plenary sessions

A brief welcome will be followed by the return of our popular Pecha Kucha sessions, where academic staff are challenged to introduce their subject area in less than seven minutes. This structured approach provides a brief insight into a range of courses that your students may not have previously considered!

The afternoon session provides the chance to network with colleagues and meet staff from our various support services. Delegates will also have the chance to explore our brand new building with an optional tour of our sports, life science and education facilties before moving into our keynote session where we discuss the impact of unconditional offers, and how you can support students who receieve them.

Optional sessions
How to build a better creative portfolio
Faculty of Art, Design and Media Staff, Birmingham City University

For students applying to creative courses, building a strong portfolio of work is essential to success. In this session, staff from our Faculty of Art, Design and Media give their insights on what universities are looking for in a creative portfolio.

UCAS: Updates & resources
James Durant, UCAS

Our annual update from UCAS, providing the opportunity to find out about changing trends in university applications as well as new services and useful resources on offer for teachers, parents and students.

Technological change & employability: what you need to know & what you need to do
Stephen Thomas,

The rise of artificial intelligence and automation can create a worrying picture for the future of work. This presentation, which can be used with students, provides a balanced overview of technological change in the workplace, identifying ways in which young people can remain competitive in the changing job market.

Anxiety and teenage sleep
Karen Hodes, Educational Psychologist

Stress and anxiety affects young people in a range of ways, especially their ability to focus on their studies and to achieve their goals. Providing theory and practical advice on how to support your students’ emotional well-being to build their resilience this workshop looks at mindfulness, exam stress, anxiety, sleep and practical organisational skills.

Ask Admissions - a discussion panel
Admissions Team, Birmingham City University

We question a panel of university admissions staff about topical higher education issues, such as changes to university application processes and the challenges of qualification reform across the sector.

Annual update from Student Finance England
Ahmar Ehsan, Student Finance England

Get the latest information about changes to financial support packages available for your students.

More information

If you have any questions about the conference, please email or call 0121 331 7731