PL4SD Conference for Peer Learning on the Social Dimension in the EHEA

The conference was designed as a platform for exchanging experiences, stimulating peer learning and learning from other countries on how to improve the social dimension of students in the EHEA. Nearly 70 representatives of ministries and stakeholder organisations (e.g. rectors’ conferences, student unions) and researchers/practitioners from 23 member states of the EHEA participated in the conference.

A selection of measures from different countries collected by the PL4SD project were presented and discussed around the following four thematic areas:

  1. Access to higher education for underrepresented groups of students
  2. Different ways to improve the situation of students with disabilities
  3. Various forms of counselling & guidance for prospective students
  4. Examples of national action plans for the social dimension

Representatives from Armenia, Austria, Croatia, France, Germany, Ireland, Lithuania, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Sweden and the United Kingdom have presented national measures that are undertaken in these areas delivered to the PL4SD database. These presentations served as an input for vivid and fruitful discussions among the participants.

Further, the database has been launched at the conference. At that time it held about 230 measures from 25 different countries. During the breaks the participants had the chance to explore the database. Their opinion was then use to further enhance the functionality and usability of the database.


April 2: Measures for the social dimension in higher education

Graham Janet


Key note on access: Janet Graham (UK):

SPA - Supporting Professionalism in Admissions. Fair Admission and Contextualised Admissions in the UK 





Session 1:

Access to higher education - approaches to inclusion


Vige GroBeate

Gro Beate Vige (NO):

Access to higher education: Additional admission points for certain groups


Malm Susanna


Susanna Malm (SE):

Lifelong learning- bridging programmes for international graduates in Sweden


Tupan-Wenno Mary


Mary Tupan-Wenno (NL):

Ethnic Diversity and the Social Dimension



Session 2:

Students with disabilities: visions of inclusion


Bialek IreneuzPerdeus-Bialek Malgorzata

 Ireneuz Bialek & Malgorzata Perdeus-Bialek (PL):

DARE - How to train academic teachers of disability awareness?





Knarlag Kjetil


Kjetil Knarlag (NO):

Universell – coordinating inclusive learning environment in Norway


Jonas Ursula


Ursula Jonas (DE):

Guidance and counselling - insights into practice in Germany



Session 3:

Expert Dialogue: Student Guidance and counselling – spot on the national views  


Penal Counselling

Helene Lagier & Alexandra Gaude (FR): Climbing ropes for success – nurturing ambition for higher education Presentation

Florian Kaiser (Moderation)

Kathrin Wodraschke (AT): Studienchecker – guidance on the way towards HE

Christoph Kalt (AT): Studieren probieren – peer into studying


April 3: Policies for the social dimension in higher education


Key notes on national Policies:

Power BrianBrian Power (IE):

The Irish national action plan for higher education





Alexe Daniela

Daniela Alexe (RO):

Social Dimension of the Romanian Higher Education System. The „Higher Education Evidence Based Policy Making: a necessary premise for progress in Romania” project.



Session 4:

PL4SD Country Reviews: Heading towards a national strategy for the social dimension


Penal CountryReviewPanel Discussion: PL4SD Country Reviews

Discussants (from left)

Melinda Szabo (Moderation)

Ivana Ramic (CR)

Zhanna Andreasyan (AM)

Alius Ambras (LT)



Penal PoliticsPanel Discussion: Policy’s Point of View
Moderation: Dominic Orr

Discussants (from left):

Florian Kaiser: (ESU)

Mads Gravas (European Commission)

Brian Power (BFUG)




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