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Line Up

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Teacher & Adviser Tipi
8:00am - 9:00am
Supporting Progression to Higher Education in the North East
Hosted by:
  • Rachel Morrison

    FutureMe and Outreach North East
  • Sasha Quigg

    FutureMe and Outreach North East

Join your hosts Rachel and Sasha for this pre-recorded session, as they welcome special guests from the North East Uni Connect Programme to discuss the widening participation and outreach work taking place across the region. Please note this podcast was recorded in July 2020.

Main Stage
9:30am - 10:00am
Welcome to HE Fest 21
Hosted by:
  • Rachel Morrison

    FutureMe and Outreach North East
  • Sasha Quigg

    FutureMe and Outreach North East

Rachel and Sasha return as your festival hosts to welcome you to HE Fest 21! They will give you a sneak peak into what to expect over the three days, as well as helping you to navigate your way round the festival map.

Student Tent
10:00am - 11:00am
Introduction to HE
Hosted by:
  • Leanne

    University of Sunderland
  • Paul

    University of Sunderland

What exactly is Higher Education? Join us to find out what it is and how it can help you develop essential skills and knowledge for your chosen career, gain valuable employment skills and increase your career prospects.

Main Stage
10:00am - 11:00am
Digital Presenting: Breaking Down The Barriers
Hosted by:
  • Andy Sixsmith

As a freelance sports broadcaster, whether reporting on matches for Final Score or 5Live at the weekends, or covering the fortunes (or otherwise!) of our Premier League teams for PLP worldwide, broadcasting has always been the dream career for me, so I count myself fortunate to do my hobby for a job!

Everything about the job fascinates me; how only a few words can have a huge difference in a supporter's life, the different ways language can be used to broadcast the biggest stories and in live broadcasting especially, how one mistake could prove fatal to a career.

And that's what I'm here for today. To pass on my experience, my tips and my techniques and hopefully, make you all feel that little bit more comfortable and confident about digital presenting.

So, enjoy the talk as best you can and welcome to the new world of broadcasting!

Main Stage
11:00am - 12:00pm
What you need to know - Confirmation and Clearing
Hosted by:
  • Charlie Smith

    UCAS

Are you supporting students who haven’t applied yet for HE but want to start this Autumn? Then this session is for you! Join UCAS as they talk you through how students can apply successfully directly into Clearing. The session will provide an overview of how Clearing works, will explain Clearing Plus and give some practical hints and tips on how students can navigate Clearing with confidence. During the session UCAS will outline the range of support and resources available to support you through the summer and it also provides an opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have about Clearing.

Student Tent
1:00pm - 2:00pm
Studying a Health Course - Student Q&A
Hosted by:
  • Jade

    Teesside University

Join current students from Teesside University as they talk about what it is really like to study a Health course. Our friendly students will be on hand to answer any questions about studying, campus, facilities, placements and much more.

Teacher & Adviser Tipi
4:30pm - 5:30pm
Audition Tips
Hosted by:
  • Jonny Bussell

    The Northern School of Art

Join this lively and informative workshop session to help you prepare for an upcoming Acting Audition. About this event Jonny Bussell (faculty leader for acting at The Northern School of Art), will take you through what might be expected from a virtual interview and acting audition. He will provide some handy hints and tips on core interview techniques to help you prepare and feel more at ease. You will discover what universities are looking for in terms of skills, knowledge and techniques, so that you are more confident in demonstrating your potential to your prospective university panel. You will also have the opportunity to ask Jonny questions in our Live Q&A.

Student Tent
9:00am - 10:00am
Why Work Experience Matters!
Hosted by:
  • Sarah

    Queen Elizabeth 6th Form College

A session to highlight the benefits of gaining some additional extra-curricular experience to support applications to HE in the future. The session will also highlight the ways in which students can draw on their experiences to boost their confidence and develop their transferable skills ahead of making the transition to HE.

Main Stage
9:00am - 10:00am
Creative Writing for a Solo Show (Acting)
Hosted by:
  • Jonny Bussell

    The Northern School of Art

For those interested in writing or performing this session will allow you to start working on creating a solo show. The workshop will consist of a range of writing exercises and how these can work when starting on making your own work. The session will be delivered by Jonny Bussell, faculty leader for Acting at The Northern School of Art. He has worked extensively as an actor, director and writer with his work having been performed at Northern Stage, Theatre 503 and Arc.

Main Stage
10:00am - 11:00am
Student Finance England : Support for Academic Year 2021/22
Hosted by:
  • Kevin McMullan

    Student Loans Company

Overview of the funding available, and advice to ensure that you and your parents/carers are fully prepared for the application, assessment, payment and repayment processes of the student finance journey.  

Student Tent
11:00am - 12:00pm
Choosing the Right Course and University
Hosted by:
  • Mollie

    Newcastle University

Deciding which degrees and universities to apply to is a big decision. This presentation includes useful websites, statistics and important factors to consider to guide you through the decision-making process.

Student Tent
1:00pm - 2:00pm
What is an Apprenticeship? Higher and Degree Apprenticeship information session
Hosted by:
  • Helen Innes

    ASK Apprenticeship/BL Training

Join this session to hear why apprenticeships are amazing. We will bust some myths regarding apprenticeships and talk through the range sectors where apprentices work, which employers recruit, the levels of qualification you may achieve and get some hints and tips of where to start your search.

Student Tent
4:30pm - 5:30pm
Parents Carers Apprenticeship Awareness Session: How to support your child to apply and find jobs in the current labour market
Hosted by:
  • Helen Innes

    ASK Apprenticeship/BL Training

Parents and carers, we know that you want to be able to help your child when they are searching for apprenticeships so we are going to cover some hints and tips for how you can do that.

Student Tent
9:00am - 10:00am
I'm the One that You Want
Hosted by:
  • Becky

    Northumbria University

A detailed look at UCAS and the structure of writing a personal statement. This presentation also looks at real good and bad examples of personal statements sent to Northumbria Admissions Selectors.

Teacher & Adviser Tipi
10:00am - 11:00am
Encounters with Higher & Further Education
Hosted by:
  • Marie Jobson

    Careers and Enterprise Company

This session will focus on why quality encounters with further and higher education and training providers are important and how to create meaningful encounters with further and higher education and training providers within a progressive careers programme.

Main Stage
10:00am - 11:00am
The North East Labour Market: Informing your Future
Hosted by:
  • Andrea Naylor

    Tees Valley Combined Authority
  • David Coe

    North East Local Enterprise Partnership
  • Mark Fox

    North East Local Enterprise Partnership
Main Stage
11:00am - 12:00pm
Attending a Collegiate University
Hosted by:
  • Jordan

    Durham University

A panel discussion with our Durham Student Ambassadors to find out their thoughts on attending a collegiate university. The discussion will focus on how they have found the college system has impacted their wider experience, as well as discuss the implications the system has on extracurricular opportunities at university and the support networks available to them.

Student Tent
1:00pm - 2:00pm
The Human Guinea Pig Show - Inside the NHS & Tom!
Hosted by:
  • Tom

    Medical Mavericks

Come and meet Tom as he takes you on a journey around the NHS to discover amazing careers you've never heard of before! You'll get to see Tom perform a series of medical tests on himself to show you what these careers get up to! Examples include a Vascular Scientist measuring blood vessel dimensions with an ultrasound, a Cardiac Physiologist recording an ECG and an Ophthalmic Scientist taking a photo of the inside of his eye! The best part is that these careers are accessible with levels 9-4 at GCSE and Tom will show you how to use the Health careers website to promote these careers to your students! 

Teacher & Adviser Tipi
1:15pm - 2:00pm
Students' careers in 2021 – a jobs market update
Hosted by:
  • Stephen Isherwood

    Institute for Student Employers

Despite the pandemic, most employers have continued to invest in student talent supporting their workforce of the future. Hear what career opportunities exist for students, what employers are looking for, and how recruitment and training has mostly moved online. Using the latest ISE market research and insights from their employer members, Stephen will give a full insight in the current student jobs market. He will explain how students can develop the skills employers look for and how to navigate applications and interviews successfully.

Main Stage
2:00pm - 2:30pm
Festival Farewell
Hosted by:
  • Rachel Morrison

    FutureMe and Outreach North East
  • Sasha Quigg

    FutureMe and Outreach North East

Join your festival hosts Rachel and Sasha as they celebrate the great and good of HE Fest 21, as well as announce the area and regional champions of the FutureMe Enterprise Challenge!

Main Stage
4:30pm - 5:30pm
Posters for Good – A Graphic Design & Illustration Workshop
Hosted by:
  • Olivia Burton

    The Northern School of Art on behalf of FutureMe

Within this workshop you will explore graphic communication using experimental shapes, images and processes. The workshop will give you an opportunity to create posters that SAY SOMETHING and really mean it. You will create imagery and type as you explore the reasons why design communication is so important as you roles as a designer. You will positively explore words, images and their meanings in this art focused workshop. Create something positive with ‘Poster for Good’.
You will Need:
Paper (ideally coloured paper, but don’t worry if you only have white!)
Pencil / Pens
Coloured Pencils / Pens
Scissors

Good to have (but not essential):
An old newspaper
Glue