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Skill Conference Programme

Examining Options:
focusing the DDA on exams and assessments in higher education

Monday 2 - Tuesday 3 December 2002
Radisson SAS Hotel, Manchester Airport

The main theme of this year's conference will focus on how the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) Part 4: Education could relate to exams and assessments in higher education. The conference aims to provide staff in the sector with the resources and techniques to examine their own options under the DDA at their institution.

The keynote speaker is Stephen Jackson, the new Director of Reviews at the Quality Assurance Agency, who will introduce the new external review processes and how they relate to the Code of Practice for students with disabilities. Beth Coxon, of the Disability Rights Commission, will discuss the exciting Educating for Equality campaign and their new Examinations and Assessments Good Practice Guide.

Workshops will offer delegates the chance to discuss, develop, and reflect on a wide-range of issues, projects, and developments in good practice. The Marketplace session on 2 December will be an opportunity for delegates to attend more informal 'peer support' networking meetings on specific issues, and meet a range of equipment companies and suppliers offering demonstrations or presentations.

The conference is aimed at all those planning and providing services for disabled students, including senior managers, heads of student support services, disability officers and student union officers. Disabled students are also encouraged to attend.

The Disability Discrimination Act Part 4 (Education) came into force on 1st September 2002, making discrimination against disabled people in the provision of education unlawful in England, Wales and Scotland. The Code of Practice written by Skill and the DRC explains the new responsibilities and practical implications for institutions.

Provisional Programme:
Monday 2 December

2.00pm Arrival, registration
3.00pm Workshop session one
4.30pm Tea and coffee break
5.00-6.30pm The Marketplace
7.30pm Dinner and comedy murder mystery entertainment

Tuesday 3 December
From 7.30am Breakfast
9.00am Arrival and registration for day delegates
9.30am Introduction to the day
Conference Chair: Professor Alan Hurst
9.45am Keynote address
Stephen Jackson, Director of Reviews, QAA
10.15am Educating for Equality campaign introducing the new 'Examinations and Assessments Good Practice Guide'
Beth Coxon, Legal Officer, Disability Rights Commission
10.45am Tea and coffee break
11.15am Workshop session two
12.45pm Lunch
2.00pm Workshop session three
3.30pm Influencing Change: the Four Minute Mile
Wendy le Messurier, Disability Consultant, The Power of One
4.00pm Tea and depart

Workshops: include sessions on:

  • Copyright (Visually Impaired Persons) Bill
    Improving DSAs
  • Assessing disabled students through group work and presentations
  • Disabled students' experiences of academic assessment
  • Disability Law Service claims
  • Mentoring scheme for students with mental health difficulties


CONFERENCE PACKAGE A - includes afternoon sessions, evening meal (NB served at 7.30pm), single B&B on 2/12, conference & catering on 3/12.

Standard rate £298+VAT = £350.15 (*after 25 Nov £385.17 inc VAT)
Skill member rate £268.20+VAT = £315.14 (*after 25 Nov £346.65 inc VAT)
Disabled student/trainee rate £180+VAT = £211.50

TWIN ROOMS NB limited number are available and prices are per person:
Standard rate £273+VAT = £320.78 (*after 25 Nov £352.85 inc VAT)
Skill member rate £243.20+VAT = £285.76 (*after 25 Nov £314.34 inc VAT)
Disabled student/trainee rate £150+VAT = £176.25

CONFERENCE PACKAGE B (non-residential) - includes conference and catering on 3/12 only.
Standard rate £184+VAT = £216.20 (*after 25 Nov £237.82 inc VAT)
Skill member rate £165.60+VAT = £194.58 (*after 25 Nov £214.04 inc VAT)
Disabled student/trainee rate £80+VAT = £94.00

To receive a booking form, please email your request with your postal address to or call Sally Thomson, at Skill on 020 7450 0647.

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