Key Points
  • Adopting a whole university approach to employability: working with academics and support services to embed employability into course design and student experience
  • Fostering collaborative relationships with employers to improve graduate employability outcomes, promote regional employment opportunities and prepare graduates for the increasingly competitive jobs market
  • Review key graduate and labour market data to inform long-term employability strategies
  • Facilitating campus wide engagement by producing effective employability events and initiatives
  • Explore key employability strategies that improve graduate outcomes and social mobility for widening participation and postgraduate students


Overview
  • (Chair) Professor Liz Barnes, Vice-Chancellor & Chief Executive, Staffordshire University
  • Baroness Garden of Frognal, Officer, APPUG
  • Dr Joe Marshall, Chief Executive, National Centre for Universities and Businesses (NCUB)
  • Martin Edmonson, CEO, Gradcore
  • Doug Cole, Deputy Director of Employability, Nottingham Trent University
  • Neha Agarwal, Head of Research & Insight, HESA
  • David Vivian, Head of Higher Education, IFF
  • Professor Tristram Hooley, Chief Research Officer and Professor of Career Education, ISE and Derby University
  • Mary Ann Kernan, Associate Dean (Student Experience) and Associate Professor of Department of English, City, University of London
  • Dr Kate Daubney, Head of Careers and Employability, Kings College London
  • Marcus Wright, Enterprise Relationship Manager, University of Kent
  • Matt Cook, Employability Points Officer, University of Kent
  • Cathy Childs, Head of Dance and Principal Lecturer, University of Chinchester
  • Dr Brooke Storer-Church, Employability and Skills Manager, Office for Students
  • Rosina Borrelli, IFSTAL Workplace Engagement Lead, University of Oxford
  • Dr John Ingram, Leader ECI Food Programme, University of Oxford
  • Heather Doyle, Faculty of Social Sciences Placements Manager, University of Essex
  • Dr Mark Richard, Co-founder and Member of Universities’ Equalities and Diversity Group, Imperial College London and Duvas Technologies

Attend Westminster Insight’s Graduate Employability Conference to understand how to better prepare graduates for the world of work. You will hear from leading universities on how adopting an institution wide approach and embedding employability into course design is driving graduate outcomes and better preparing graduates for the competitive labour market.

Key stakeholders from higher and further education, SMEs, national employers, research groups and regulatory bodies will review how to develop collaborative employer relationships with national and regional industries. We will also review key graduate and labour market data to inform long-term employability strategies.

Featuring practical and innovative case studies this conference will enable you to provide targeted strategies to empower disadvantaged students and engage academics, students, employers.

Don’t miss this invaluable opportunity to network with a range of national stakeholders, award winners and leading experts and discover how best to prepare young people to take advantage of future opportunities, address industry skills gaps and boost growth and productivity.


Agenda
Start

09:00 - 09:30
Registration, Coffee and Networking

 

09:30 - 09:40
Chair’s Opening Remarks

 

Speakers

Professor Liz Barnes Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive, Staffordshire University

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09:40 - 10:10
Re-thinking employability: what exactly are we doing and why?

 

  • Exploring NTU’s current institutional approach to employability and considering the value of a number of pedagogical principles for the future 
  • Challenging the common and dominant discourse in the sector and why this matters
  • Building solid foundations by re-defining employability as a holistic learning experience 
  • Developing an institution-wide culture that better integrates the work of academics and student services to support learning for employability
Q&A: 10:00 - 10:10

Speakers

Doug Cole Deputy Director of Employability, Nottingham Trent University

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10:10 - 10:40
Working collaboratively with employers and alumni to embed employability into the learning experience

 
  • Enhancing the relationship between learning, teaching and employability to improve positive graduate outcomes  
  • Collaborating with alumni, employers and employability professionals to inform course content design, and embed employability into the learning experience
  • Creating clear and effective education-to-employment journeys to ensure students are engaged from induction to graduation

    Q&A: 10:30 - 10:40

Speakers

Cathy Childs Head of Dance and Principal Lecturer, University of Chichester

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Mary Ann Kernan Associate Dean of Student Experience (School of Creative Arts and Social Sciences) and Associate Professor for Department of Eng

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10:40 - 11:10
Case Study: Exploring an employability beyond the curriculum

 
Spotlighting the University of Kent’s approach to measuring, tracking and recognising extra-curricular activities and achievements that improves student employability and graduate outcomes.

Joint Q&A: 11:00 - 11:10

Speakers

Matt Cook Employability Points Officer, University of Kent

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Marcus Wright Enterprise Relationship Manager, University of Kent

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11:10 - 11:30
Networking Tea and Coffee Break

 

11:30 - 11:50
Keynote: Bridging the gap between employers and universities to improve employer collaboration and engagement

 
  • Overcoming the barriers to employer engagement by bridging the culture and language gap 
  • Outlining the characteristics of an ideal employer partnership to improve effective employer engagement
  • Promoting local work opportunities to plug regional skill gaps

Speakers

Dr Joe Marshall Chief Executive, NCUB

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11:50 - 12:20
Panel Discussion: Building strategic partnerships with employers

 
  • Understanding employer needs by collectively defining critical skills, values and attributes graduates require to engage employers
  • Developing effective employer engagement strategies with regional industries to reduce the skill gap, increase social mobility and enrich the learning experiences 

Speakers

Dr John Wheeler Associate Dean – School of Law, Policing and Forensics, Staffordshire University

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Dr Joe Marshall Chief Executive, NCUB

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Martin Edmonson CEO & Director, Gradcore and Institute of Student Employers

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12:20 - 12:45
Keynote: Using labour market data to inform employability strategies

 
  • Exploring the role of LMI’s in influencing programme portfolios, course content design and employer engagement strategies
  • Utilising LMI’s to improve regional employer engagement and improve graduate outcomes
  • Engaging students in potential education-to-employment pathways through the use of labour market data

    Q&A: 12:35 - 12:45

Speakers

Professor Tristram Hooley Professor of Career Education and Head of International Centre for Guidance Studies (iCeGS), University of Derby

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12:45 - 13:30
Panel Discussion: Harnessing data to improve graduate outcomes and meet the challenges of the future

 
  • Spotlighting LEO and labour market data and outlining trends in graduate recruitment to highlight key areas where universities can improve graduate performance
  • Highlighting the effect of paid work experience and career planning on graduate outcomes
  • Evaluating and improving national progress on decreasing the skills gap, increasing social mobility and meeting employer’s needs
  • Maximising the value of higher education institutions by better preparing graduates for a changing global labour market and digital future

Speakers

Dr Brooke Storer-Church Employability and Skills Manager, OfS

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Baroness Garden of Frognal Officer, All Party Parliamentary Group for Skills and Employment

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Neha Agarwal Head of Research & Insight, Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA)

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David Vivian Head of Higher Education, IFF

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13:30 - 14:30
Networking Lunch

 

14:30 - 14:45
Case Study: Collaborating across university departments to create tailored employability experiences for WP students

 
Kings College London, showcases case studies including their Hong Kong internship programme and Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). These tailored employability opportunities and digital learning initiatives highlight best practice on how to effectively support widening participation

Speakers

Dr Kate Daubney Head of King's Careers and Employability, King's College London/The Careers Group

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14:45 - 15:10
Case Study: Enabling students from diverse backgrounds to find professional success beyond their studies

 
  • Improving social mobility by empowering students to recognise their value to emerging labour markets and break through demographic norms 

Joint Q&A: 15:00 - 15:10

Speakers

Dr Mark Richards Snr Fellow, Member of Universities’ Race Equality Advisory Group and Co-founder/Director, Imperial College London and Duvas Tech

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15:10 - 15:25
Case Study: Developing innovative employability initiatives to enhance work-based learning

 
  • Partnering effectively with regional employers to develop unique curriculum projects that are tailored to student interest
  • Facilitating campus wide engagement by developing effective employability events and initiatives 

Speakers

Heather Doyle Placements Manager (Faculty of Social Sciences), University of Essex

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15:25 - 15:50
Case Study: Supporting postgraduates seeking a profession beyond academia by facilitating employment opportunities

 
  • Tailoring approaches to postgraduate employability by recognising postgraduate’s unique needs for support 
  • Maximising employer relationships to shape content creation, enrich course delivery and inform postgraduates on emerging industry opportunities

    Joint Q&A: 15:40 - 15:50

Speakers

Rosina Borrelli IFSTAL Workplace Engagement Lead, University of Oxford

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Dr John Ingram Leader, Food Research Programme Associate Professor and Food Systems Programme Leader, University of Oxford

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15:50 - 16:00
Chair’s Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

 

Speakers

Professor Liz Barnes Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive, Staffordshire University

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End

Speakers

Neha Agarwal Head of Research & Insight, Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA)

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Professor Liz Barnes Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive, Staffordshire University

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Rosina Borrelli IFSTAL Workplace Engagement Lead, University of Oxford

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Cathy Childs Head of Dance and Principal Lecturer, University of Chichester

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Doug Cole Deputy Director of Employability, Nottingham Trent University

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Matt Cook Employability Points Officer, University of Kent

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Dr Kate Daubney Head of King's Careers and Employability, King's College London/The Careers Group

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Heather Doyle Placements Manager (Faculty of Social Sciences), University of Essex

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Martin Edmonson CEO & Director, Gradcore and Institute of Student Employers

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Baroness Garden of Frognal Officer, All Party Parliamentary Group for Skills and Employment

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Professor Tristram Hooley Professor of Career Education and Head of International Centre for Guidance Studies (iCeGS), University of Derby

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Dr John Ingram Leader, Food Research Programme Associate Professor and Food Systems Programme Leader, University of Oxford

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Mary Ann Kernan Associate Dean of Student Experience (School of Creative Arts and Social Sciences) and Associate Professor for Department of Eng

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Dr Joe Marshall Chief Executive, NCUB

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Dr Mark Richards Snr Fellow, Member of Universities’ Race Equality Advisory Group and Co-founder/Director, Imperial College London and Duvas Tech

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Dr Brooke Storer-Church Employability and Skills Manager, OfS

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David Vivian Head of Higher Education, IFF

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Dr John Wheeler Associate Dean – School of Law, Policing and Forensics, Staffordshire University

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Marcus Wright Enterprise Relationship Manager, University of Kent

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Venue details

Central London


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