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Decisions at 18 2011 - Advising the advisers: the right guidance at the right time29 March 2011 - 30 March 2011

Event overview


Decisions at 18 is CRAC's 47th annual flagship conference for those who advise and work with young people as they leave compulsory education.

Young people are facing an uncertain future at the moment. There is a compelling economic need for them to develop high level skills yet whether to do this through an academic or vocational pathway, part-time or full-time, in the UK or abroad presents a real challenge both for them and for those who advise them.

Conference information

Decisions at 18 provided a forum for discussion and information exchange on how best to support the 14-19 age group to give them the best possible chance of success in a changing world. The residential conference was unrivalled in its breadth of content, with a vibrant workshop programme covering topics as diverse as: 

  • University or not?
  • how to source the best careers information;
  • understanding social media;
  • part-time degrees;
  • studying abroad;
  • writing personal statements and references;
  • subject-based workshops across all disciplines;
  • how to prepare for university interviews;
  • understanding employability statements;
  • the perfect UCAS application;
  • employer-led workshops outlining graduate and vocational options;
  • a beginners guide to HE advising.

Alongside the formal sessions, the CRAC conference created a welcoming environment for informal professional development. The largest national conference specifically for advisers working with this age group, it offered an unrivalled opportunity to exchange good practice and network with around 250 colleagues.


Confirmed speakers

  • Ann Mroz, Editor, Times Higher Education - Lost in the post-18: Confused applicants, obfuscating universities and bewildered employers
  • Dame Ruth Silver DBE, Chair, Learning and Skills Improvement Service - The future of the careers profession
  • Dr Gerard Moran, Dean of Faculty of Art and Design , De Montfort University - Introduction to De Montfort University 
  • Mike Nicholson, Director of Undergraduate Admissions, University of Oxford - The future of HE: A personal view
  • Professor Roger Brown, Liverpool Hope University - Where the US goes today....
  • Stephen Uden, Head of Skills and Economic Affairs, Microsoft Ltd - Skills for the IT industry
  • Aaron Porter, President, National Union of Students - Student debate


29 March 2011
30 March 2011

Leicester Marriott Hotel
Smith Way
Grove Park
LE19 1SW

Leicester Marriott Hotel  

Venue information

Located in vibrant central England, the Leicester Marriott Hotel is just minutes from the M1 yet set in a quiet area perfect for business or leisure. The accommodation offers spacious air-conditioned guest rooms with soft, luxurious bedding, mini-bar, 32" flat- screen TV and dedicated ergonomic work space with high-speed Internet. Known for its' event facilities, the hotel offers versatile event space, a wedding terrace for picture perfect moments, impeccable catering, and on-site event coordination. After meetings or sightseeing, relax or invigorate in the gymnasium, heated swimming pool, steam room and sauna. Catch up with friends and colleagues at Mixx Restaurant for international cuisine or at Tanners Bar for the perfect aperitif. Close to many area attractions and top universities in England, Marriott staff welcome you with first-class service and wonderful amenities at one of the best Leicester England hotels.

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