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.


Conference Programme

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

Practitioners perspective

Rombelong: Embedding Gypsy, Roma and Traveller support into the fabric of WP. Chrissie Browne, Kings College London.

Academic perspective 

Questions of Structure and Agency: A Perspective on Traveller Inclusion in Higher Education. Professor Colin Clark, The University of the West of Scotland.

Student Panel

An opportunity to hear from students from GTRSB backgrounds and ask questions.


Workshop Sessions

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)