20 Tavistock Square
National one-day conference discussing the policy landscape surrounding graduate employability and skills, including the Longitudinal Educational Outcomes (LEO) data, the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and the wider skills agenda. The day will be a chance to examine the impact of policy developments on your institution and to discuss your strategy with policy makers, influencers and colleagues across the sector.
In autumn 2016, the Department for Education released an experimental dataset linking together education, tax and benefits records. The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes (LEO) data tells us what proportion of graduates are employed and what their median earnings are at different points of time after leaving higher education.
The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and White Paper also throw a spotlight on employability and skills, as universities will be judged on the graduate outcomes of their students and the impact they have on their local and the national economy.
The ongoing UUK review of skills is building up a picture of the considerable investments universities are making to support the employability of their students. When the full LEO dataset is released next year, universities will be able to make use of this information to target their efforts to where they're most needed.
We have a range of sponsorship opportunities available at this event. Please contact Rachael Firth, Head of Events and Conferences for information. tel: 020 7419 5402; email: email@example.com
Alistair Jarvis, Deputy Chief Executive, Universities UK
Professor Sir Paul Curran, President, City, University of London
City has long been the only university in London to be both committed to academic excellence and focused on business and the professions. From the student point of view this focus is evident in City’s programmes, employer links, placement opportunities, starting salaries and most importantly, graduate employability. Employability is one of City’s four academic Key Performance Indicators and benefits from implementation of policies and initiatives at school and institutional levels. The presentation will cover how City is using diverse data sets to plan, implement and evaluate recent initiatives to develop the career readiness of its students. By way of example, City’s flexible approach to work experience will be illustrated using its MicroPlacements Programme.
Professor Sue Rigby, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Student Development), University of Lincoln and Member, TEF Panel
Dan Cook, Head of Data Policy & Development, Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA)
The ‘New DLHE’ will offer new opportunities to
describe graduate outcomes in richer and more nuanced ways than currently
available. This will create new insights into the experiences of graduates, and
provides opportunities for providers to engage with the TEF (as well as
possibilities for how the TEF could be developed). The LEO dataset already
provides data users with access to detailed information about the earnings of
graduates in a disclosure-controlled form. The LEO data source will form the
basis of earnings information associated with the New DLHE publications. This
session will offer an overview of the data with a focus on its potential for
use by HE providers.
Dr Bob Gilworth, Director of The Careers Group, University of London and Director of Research, Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS)
Dr Nalayini Thambar, Director of Careers and Employability, University of Nottingham and Quality Director, Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS)
Employability is firmly embedded across the sector as a priority that institutions ignore at their peril. Meanwhile, the employability narrative has evolved in ways that risk throwing the baby out with the bathwater. We hear much rhetoric around abstract and de-personalised notions of ‘employability’ which often ignores fundamental issues of career choice and career planning. Meanwhile, the available evidence actually suggests that these fundamental issues and the expertise to deal with them are more important than ever. As leaders and managers, we owe it to our students, employer partners, institutions and our staff to disrupt some of the employability rhetoric and received wisdom, where it threatens to steer us all off course. This session will offer some alternative, evidence-based perspectives on current employability trends with regard to position, people and practice within careers and employability services and institutional strategy.
Professor Emma Hunt, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Arts University Bournemouth
Ali Orr, Registrar, Science Council
Professor Simon Goldhill, Member of the Advisory Group, Flagship Skills Project, British Academy and Director, Centre For Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH), University of Cambridge
Join panellists from the Arts University Bournemouth, the British Academy Flagship Skills Project and the Science Council to explore the changing nature of the graduate employment market across the arts, humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. The panellists will share their own experiences and lead a discussion on how universities can best equip their graduates for the jobs of the future.
Philippa Hewett, Head of Careers Service, SOAS, University of London
Do you have cohorts of students who tend to take longer than you'd like to find meaningful work?
Rather than simply putting in place an expensive placements scheme, SOAS chose to follow Royal Holloway's lead and put in place an education programme which started from wherever participants were in their career journey. Some students simply got more educated about how to sell their skills to an employer; a minority were found a tailored placement, and all participants said it gave them more confidence.
Come and find out how we did this, and see where we plan to take it next.
David Eade, Director of Employability & Enterprise, Nottingham Trent University
At Nottingham Trent University the Employability function is a centralised service organised around delivery to our three primary stakeholders; students, employers and the academy. The benefit from being a single (seamless) operation enables the effective, efficient and consistent delivery of services, but we have to stay close to our stakeholders. This can be difficult with a large volume delivery service – this academic year by the end of February we have engaged over 10,500 unique students, had nearly 25,000 interactions with employers and - by the end of the year - will deliver over 4,500 placements. How do we know; because we have the data to show who and when and why. In this presentation, I will show how we use data to enable us to think global and act local with all of our stakeholders.
Professor Claire Mackie, Pro Vice Chancellor (Teaching and Learning) and Andrea Wall, Acting Director of the Careers and Employability Centre, University of Sussex
The University of Sussex has developed an award-winning programme of support for students identified as First-Generation Scholars. Initially conceived with the aim of improving social mobility, the programme has evolved into an enriched employability support for students, with a measurable impact on degree and destination outcome. Professor Mackie will outline the strategic evolution of the First-Generation Scholars’ Work Study Programme and its impact. Andrea Wall will detail the components of the programme and the work that has been done to embed the opportunities into the academic cycle for First-Generation Scholars. Clare and Andrea will outline the evolution and the challenges that have been faced when establishing the programme, and the barriers that have had to be overcome, and invite the group to share their own practice in overcoming these barriers.
Charlie Ball, Head of Higher Education Intelligence, Graduate Prospects
Join labour market expert Charlie Ball from Graduate Prospects as he examines the current labour market for postgraduates - both taught and research - looks at skills shortages and demand and asks what effects a new Government Industrial Strategy might have on the distribution of postgraduates around the country.
Professor Julia Buckingham, Vice-Chancellor and President, Brunel University London
Professor Helen Higson, Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Aston University
Degree Apprenticeships are now high on many institutions’ agendas, with a lot of work being undertaken in this area. Apprenticeship strategies do not need to distract from the wider graduate skills and employability agenda, however. Professor Helen Higson will show how Aston’s apprenticeship strategy works cohesively with overall employability and skills work across the university, and how the two work together to maintain and increase Aston’s excellent connections with employers in the West Midlands and further afield.
Stephen Isherwood, Chief Executive, Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR)
Jane Walton, Education Chair, Federation of Small Businesses (FSB)
University-business collaboration takes many different forms, not least the pipeline of graduates to skilled roles in organisations of all sizes and the provision of enterprise support for students. The transition from student to employee is not always a clear step and there is much more employers and universities can do collaboratively to not only help students progress on from their studies but help boost the skills in our businesses.
Student recruitment is not the only outcome from these partnerships however, so how can universities and businesses build and maintain effective and mutually beneficial relationships? This session will examine these questions and others, from the perspective of large-scale recruiters and small and medium enterprises alike, looking at not only the support that businesses can give to universities in improving the employability of their students but also the help that graduates can give to businesses.
Carole Barron, Director of Innovation & Enterprise, University of Kent
Shelagh Green, Director, Careers Service, The University of Edinburgh
Robert Partridge, SES Director Student Opportunity, University of Leeds
Within universities, there are numerous strands of work dedicated to supporting students to develop their skills and improve their graduate employability. While these strands are effective in their own right, a cohesive, cross institution strategy is essential to maximise their effectiveness. This panel discussion will draw on the successful work in the institutions of the three panellists to explore the various internal partnerships needed to support graduate employability and skills work. Discussions will cover:
- the Kent Innovation & Enterprise Department as an example of working across the research and education domains to meet the employability skills need of students and industry
- partnerships between professional services and the use of School Development Plans to support graduate outcomes
- the concept of the Leeds undergraduate curriculum and its employability core thread, supported by an integrated employability function within the Student Education Service
Alistair Jarvis is Deputy Chief Executive of Universities UK (UUK). He has strategic oversight of UUK's communications and political affairs work, as well as its operational services including revenue-generating activities. He works with the Chief Executive on senior external and political engagement, strategy and development of the organisation. Currently Alistair is leading UUK’s work to address the implications of Brexit, is coordinating activity to influence immigration policy and is also chairing a programme board to enhance UUK’s business infrastructure and systems.
Before taking up his current role, he was Director of Communications and External Relations at Universities UK. Before joining UUK in 2013 he was a Director at the University of Birmingham and has previously held communications, campaigning and political relations roles for national organisations in both the public and private sectors.
He is also currently Deputy Chair of the board of Wonkhe, a higher education policy media company; a member of the judging panel for the Guardian University Awards; and is a fellow of the RSA.
He was educated at the Universities of Kent, Leicester and the Institute of Education, University of London
Sir Paul is Chair of the national Review Body on Doctors’ and Dentists’ Remuneration (DDRB), Founding Chair of The Conversation UK and President of the Remote Sensing & Photogrammetry Society. He was Chair of the Universities and Colleges Employers Association (UCEA) and a member of both the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) Board.
Appointed to the Chair in Physical Geography at the University of Swansea in 1990 he had previously held a research post with the NASA Ames Research Center in California and academic posts at the Universities of Sheffield and Reading. At the University of Southampton, from 1993, he held the Chair in Physical Geography, was Head of Geography, Dean of Science and Head of Winchester School of Art before being appointed Deputy Vice-Chancellor.
He received a BSc from the University of Sheffield, an MBA from the University of Southampton and PhD and DSc from the University of Bristol.
Sir Paul was knighted in the 2016 New Year Honours for ‘services to higher education’.
Sue is Deputy Vice Chancellor for Student Development at the University of Lincoln. She is responsible for the student journey from application to alumni activities, and has oversight of the Colleges of Science and Arts.
Sue is a palaeontologist by background. After being an academic at the Cambridge, Leicester and Edinburgh she moved into senior management, first as Assistant Principal and then Vice Principal at the University of Edinburgh. She is an HEA Principal Fellow.
She is Chair of the HEFCE Learning Gain project and a member of the Scottish Funding Council QA review group. She is chairing work on the design of a PGT national survey and is a member of the TEF Panel. Internationally, she has contributed to the development of reward and recognition processes for staff in learning and teaching through the U21 network, and developed the first MOOC to be shared by students in the U21 Universities.
Sue has set up a variety of large-scale and multi-University projects, including the THES prize-winning ‘Making the Most of Masters’. She is an honorary professor at the University of Edinburgh and works in their Institute of Academic Development.
Sue was elected co-convenor of the HEA PVC network in 2016.
Dr. Bob Gilworth is Director of The Careers Group, University of London. The Careers Group is an expertise-led membership organisation delivering the careers and employability services at the following member institutions:
The Courtauld Institute of Art; City, University of London; Heythrop College; The Institute of Cancer Research; Goldsmiths, University of London; King’s College London; London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine; Queen Mary University of London; Royal Holloway, University of London; The Royal Veterinary College; School of Advanced Study; St George’s, University of London; SOAS, University of London; St Mary’s University Twickenham London; UCL.
The collective organisation has over 210 staff and serves a student population in excess of 150,000. It could reasonably claim to be the largest university careers service in the world.
At UK level, Bob sits on the Board of AGCAS (Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services) and on the Research Group of the AGR (Association of Graduate Recruiters). He is regularly approached by institutions to be an external member of senior appointing panels and institutional reviews and by government and related agencies for expert input into research and policy discussions relating to graduate employability. The latter includes involvement in the group taking forward the ‘new DLHE’ and leading a HEFCE Learning Gain pilot project. Bob is an elected Fellow of NICEC.
Nalayini Thambar is the Director of Careers and Employability at The University of Nottingham. A Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a qualified careers adviser, her work has involved teaching, professional practice and leadership across all areas of student employability. Her doctoral thesis, an exploration of the professional identity of university careers advisers in the new employability climate, was completed through Bradford School of Management. Previously, Nalayini was Assistant Director at the University of Leeds Careers Centre, responsible for Business Engagement. Following an expansion of Nottingham’s UK Careers and Employability Service in 2013, Nalayini has established the delivery of expert services to students within Faculties and Schools and led the development of non-clinical placement activity across The University. As Quality Director for AGCAS, Nalayini is responsible for confirming professional standards, codes of conduct and quality assurance processes for careers and employability activity across UK higher education.
Emma Hunt was appointed Deputy Vice Chancellor at the Arts University Bournemouth in July 2013, prior to that she was Dean of Art, Design and Architecture at the University of Huddersfield for seven years (2006-2013). She has worked at the University of Derby as Assistant Dean in the Faculty of Arts, Design and Technology and as Head of Department for Art and Design, Media and Humanities (2000 – 2006). She has worked as the Arts Institute Bournemouth, Chelsea School of Art and Winchester School of Art as lecturer in Design History and Contextual Studies. Her early career included work as a Curator and Education Officer at The Royal Photographic Society. Emma has extensive experience in Quality Assurance having held External Examining posts, and been a QAA reviewer, and well as being invited to act as an External on validation boards both in the UK and Overseas. She is currently working towards a professional doctorate (DBA) in Higher Education Management at the University of Bath where her research is based on Design Education and the Entrepreneurial University. She holds a BA (Hons) in the History of Art and Design, a MA in Design History, and a MBA. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Throughout her career, she has developed research interests in Higher Education Design Practice, Design Policy and the Creative Economy, and has become increasingly involved in the linkages between design, innovation and entrepreneurship, including being successful whilst at Huddersfield in jointly securing two Royal Academy of Engineer funded bids to support Design and Innovation in the Engineering curriculum (2012) and receiving a Commendation from HEFCE UnLtd for Social Enterprise (2011). Well known nationally and internationally she has been invited to talk about UK higher Education Art and Design in the UK, America and China, and was appointed Visiting Professor at Yunnan Arts University in 2011.
Emma holds national roles and was the elected Chair of the Council of Higher Education in Art and Design (CHEAD) from 2009- 2011 and was previously an elected member of the executive of CHEAD for three years (2006-2009). She is a member of the Parliamentary Design Commission and a member of the steering group for the influential Design Education Inquiry (2011). She was previously a board member for the Higher Education Academy’s Art, Design and Media subject area. Her regional roles have included being board member for Barnsley Civic Enterprises, a member of the board of Governors at Halifax College and she was also a member of the University of Huddersfield Council. She is member of the steering committee for the National Arts Education Archive which is housed at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. In 2014, she was appointed to the Board of the Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership and the HE representative for the Dorset European and Structural Investment Funds Board.
David Eade is Director of Employability & Enterprise at Nottingham Trent University; he leads a large centralised Employability team delivering careers, work experience and enterprise activities to students, employers and his academic colleagues across all of the university’s campuses. Last year the Employability team delivered 3500 placements, engaged over 10,000 students and recorded 25,000 employer interventions and are progressing towards enabling every NTU student to undertake an assessed work experience as part of their course.
David’s background is in Human Resources Management and he has many years of experience across the electricity supply industry, automotive manufacturing and telecommunications sectors. Prior to joining Nottingham Trent University he was joint owner and partner in a successful recruitment business specialising in the engineering and technology sectors.
David is a qualified business coach and is about to complete an MSc in Coaching and Behavioural Change at Henley Business School. His research interests centre on how self-efficacy shapes ambition, enhances resilience and is integral to sustained behavioural change.
Helen Higson completed her first degree in English Literature from Newnham College, Cambridge University and followed this up with an MA with the Open University and a PhD at Birkbeck College, London University. She has worked in Higher Education since 1983, first at Southampton University and then at Aston. She is currently Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Aston University where she is Chief Academic Officer and leads on learning and teaching and employability. Her previous role was as Head of Learning and Teaching at Aston Business School. She is Professor of Higher Education Learning and Management and National Teaching Fellow (NTF) and Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (PFHEA). Her current research includes intercultural training for staff and students and research into employability competencies and diversity. Helen Higson contributed a chapter to the 2012 Wilson Review on University Business relations. Helen was awarded the OBE in the 2011 New Year Honours for services to Higher Education.
Stephen Isherwood was appointed Chief Executive of AGR in June 2013 following seven years as Head of Graduate Recruitment UK & Ireland at Ernst & Young, one of the largest recruiters of graduates in the UK.
Stephen started his HR career at Coopers & Lybrand recruiting experienced management consultants before moving into graduate recruitment when the firm merged with Price Waterhouse to form PwC. After PwC he lead the graduate recruitment and development programme at Safeway before working in the public sector where he developed and managed a number of careers related programmes.
Stephen graduated with a degree in Business Studies at University of Westminster. Stephen also holds a postgraduate diploma in Human Resource Management.
Stephen has extensive experience in the recruitment and development of students, both graduates and school leavers. He has worked closely with Higher Education throughout his career with a focus on the career development and employment of students.
In addition to his current role Stephen sits on a number of steering groups related to higher education and employment including the HEAR Advisory Committee, the Plotr Advisory Council, the GPA Advisory Group and is on the board of HECSU. He has presented to various committees in the Houses of Parliament and often appears in national and local media.
Jane became the chair of the FSB’s education policy portfolio in June 2016. In this role, she is a member of the Barclays LifeSkills Advisory Group and OCR’s Qualifications Committee
Jane has a background in education, local government and cultural heritage. For the past 17 years, she has been involved in local, regional and national campaigns and projects aimed at increasing young people’s entrepreneurial awareness, skills and aspirations. From 2007-2010 Jane was regional director of the Make Your Mark campaign in Yorkshire delivering activities designed to engage young people in enterprise and promoting self-employment as a positive career path.
Jane is the director of a micro-enterprise which aims to promote and develop a culture of enterprise and entrepreneurship across Yorkshire providing business mentoring and training for young people. Jane works with further education colleges in Yorkshire advising on enterprise education and delivering programmes to students, teachers and career advisers. Jane is chair of Young Enterprise West Yorkshire which delivers the company programme which develops students’ entrepreneurial and employability skills and attitudes. Jane was instrumental in piloting the government’s Enterprise Adviser programme in the Leeds City region and continues to act as an enterprise adviser to Brigshaw Academy in Leeds.
Carole is a Senior Manager at the University of Kent with responsibility for the strategic development of innovation and enterprise and has extensive experience of working in partnership with a wide range of businesses and stakeholders. Carole’s strategic portfolio covers local and regional outreach; collaborative partnerships; commercialisation of the University’s intellectual and knowledge expertise; consultancy; training and professional development; student enterprise and incubation and supporting SMEs. Carole’s interest lie in economic engagement, place making and developing innovation clusters across the region.
Carole is a Board member of several businesses and sits on numerous local and regional partnership boards including President of the Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce. Carole is Immediate Past Chair of AURIL, the Association for Research & Industry Links and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Leadership Foundation.
Carole has a particular interest in supporting women in enterprise and is a Leadership Foundation Aurora Role Model.
Robert Partridge joined The University of Leeds as Director of Student Opportunity in January 2014. He is one of two directors of the Student Education Service, which underpins the entire student journey, from admission through to graduation. The service employs over 700 people, distributed among the central divisions, faculties and schools. Robert’s particular responsibilities are for student health and wellbeing, study abroad, careers, employability and learning enhancement.
Robert was previously Head of the International Office at Imperial College London and has also served as Academic Registrar at the University of Bristol. From 2009 to 2011, he was employed as founding Head of Registry at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (China), a Sino-UK joint venture. Earlier in his career, he established the York Award, a programme of skills and personal development for undergraduate students at the University of York. He also founded York Cares, a charity which facilitates employee volunteering in public and private sector organizations, including Aviva and Tata. He has a PhD in reproductive biology and has taught students of all ages. In 2005, he was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship by the UK Higher Education Academy in recognition of his innovative work to enhance student employability.