Opening the Doors Conference
Realising GTRSB access and participation in higher education
On Wednesday 16 June 2021 the University of Winchester hosted the Opening the Doors conference. A conference focused on realising Gypsy, Traveller, Romany, Showmen and Boater (GTRSB) access and participation in higher education. On this page you will find the conference brochure, recordings from the event and presentations.
Session 1 - Shaping Policy
Welcome and Introductions
Sarah-Louise Collins, Director of Widening Participation and Assistant Vice Chancellor Sam Jones, University of Winchester.
Key note address
Kate Green MP
Shaping Policy Panel
An opportunity to hear from leaders in the sector and ask questions. Helena Kiely-Savin, The Really NEET Project Pauline Anderson OBE, Derby City Council Dr Brian Belton Mattey Mitchell, Friends, Families and Travellers.
Session 2 - The Role of Highers Education Providers
GTRSB into HE Pledge
Professor Margaret Greenfields and Sherrie Smith, Bucks New University
Rombelong: Embedding Gypsy, Roma and Traveller support into the fabric of WP. Chrissie Browne, Kings College London.
Questions of Structure and Agency: A Perspective on Traveller Inclusion in Higher Education. Professor Colin Clark, The University of the West of Scotland.
An opportunity to hear from students from GTRSB backgrounds and ask questions.
Identity and Imagined Communities
Dr Brian Belton and Dr Jane Peacock
Engaging with local authorities, charities and third sector partners (collaborative working)
Chris Derbyshire, University of Sussex
The Educational Journey of a GRT child
Claire Barker, Hampshire Ethnic Minority and Traveller Achievement Service (EMTAS)
Theory of Change - GRTSW Association aspirations
Dr Peter Unwin and Alison Hulmes, Gypsy, Roma, Traveller Social Work Association
Improving higher education opportunities for Gypsy, Traveller, Roma, Showmen and Boater (GTRSB) communities: bringing together the voices of learners and education professionals
Graeme Atherton (NEON); Grace Cunningham (LeedsGATE) Brian Foster (ACERT) Natalie Forster (University of Northumbria), Margaret Greenfields, (BNU); Ellie Rogers ([LeedsGATE); Lisa Smith (ACERT); Sherrie Smith (BNU)