Online | #UUKEmployability
Even before Covid-19, the UK job market has been facing systemic disruption. The rise of technology and the digital revolution mean that students starting their studies now will often end up working in roles that do not exist yet. This, combined with the normalisation of remote learning and collaboration, mean that digital skills and agile, transferable skills are more important than ever before.
This online conference will bring together leaders from both the higher education and private sectors to scope out what the future of work will look like for today's students and graduates. Featuring practical case studies and leading voices on skills policy, this conference is an ideal opportunity to reflect on and review your organisation's employability strategy. Our headline speakers include:
This conference will be useful for all university staff who have responsibility for or play a part in student and graduate employability or skills development. Possible titles are suggested below, but we encourage anyone interested in the topic to attend:
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Professor Evelyn Welch, Interim President & Principal and Provost and Senior Vice President (Arts & Sciences), King's College London
Rosalind Lowe, Head of Policy and Engagement, National Centre for Universities and Business (NCUB)
In this keynote, you will hear about the current priorities for the NCUB and the role of education and universities in meeting employers’ skills needs and building back better.
Barrie Grey, Head of Careers and Employability, Bath Spa University and Representative, AGCAS
Neha Agarwal, Head of Research and Insight, HESA
Katherine Emms, Education & Policy Researcher, Edge Foundation
What can be found by using data about student employability. This session will highlight where universities might be able to support students even further to step into their future careers as well as a discussion about the challenges and benefits of graduate outcomes and LEO data.
Professor Jane Robinson, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Engagement and Place, Newcastle University
Dr Jamie Mackay, Skills Strategy Manager, Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership
Barry Ferguson, Director of Philanthropy and Partnerships, V&A Dundee
Rachael Bews, Founder and CEO, Alicas and Business and Management with Marketing BA (Hons) graduate, University of the Highlands and Islands
Universities are well placed to play a central role in delivering the skills needs of the new economy that emerges after the Covid-19 pandemic. This panel discussion will discuss the value of graduate skills, how universities can contribute to local economic growth and add great value to their local areas, as well as to the overall levelling up agenda.
Host: Rowan Fisher, Policy Researcher, Universities UK
This networking session is an opportunity to network with colleagues across the sector to share best practice, discuss highlights, challenges, and the broader context of the skills agenda. There will be two key topics for discussion: Engaging and collaborating with employers and student skills development and an opportunity to discuss in small groups.
Amy Norman, Researcher, Social Market Foundation
Joanne Reynolds, Early Careers Operational Lead UK, HSBC
Fiona Morey, Executive Principal, South Bank Colleges
Stephen Watering, Careers Service Advisor, National Careers Service
Chair: Jacky Hinton, Director of Apprenticeships, The Open University
With efforts to increase the flexibility of higher education provision at level 4 and 5 and the aim to improve higher technical education, this discussion will focus on alternative qualifications as alternative path to a career and support given to students studying these qualifications.
Johnny Rich, Chief Executive, Engineering Professors’ Council and Chief Executive, Push
Reace Wade, Early Careers Manager, BT
Tom Russell, Early Careers Manager, Bentley
Chi Felly-Njoku, University Events Lead, Association for Black and Minority Ethnic Engineers (AFBE-UK)
This session will discuss what makes a graduate and what more could be done to be preparing graduates for the world of work. With skills shortages in certain sectors, in particular tech and engineering, how can universities contribute to tackling skills shortages to meet business and sector demands.
Moderator: Dil Sidhu, Senior Advisor, edX For Education
Dr Jillian Gordon, Director of Learning and Teaching, University of Glasgow
Lauren Johnston-Smith, Online Learning Marketing Project Manager, University of Edinburgh
Richard Hewitt, Director, Higher Education, Emsi UK
The pace of technology and the needs of the workforce are moving faster than higher education can match, especially during times of constraint. Innovative universities are developing new approaches to drive student satisfaction and success in scalable ways. This session will offer data, expert insights, real-world case studies, and practical, achievable solutions to help any university deliver in-demand skills.
Professor Simon Collinson, Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor, University of Birmingham
Sean Fielding RTTP, Director of Innovation, Impact and Business, University of Exeter
Ben Rhodes, Regional Director, South West (Acting), CBI
Gemma Peach, Policy and Public Affairs Officer, Middlesex University
Alistair Lamyman, Account Executive, CBI
Universities across the UK are working closely with the CBI both nationally and regionally. This panel discussion will highlight examples of what is happening across the sector and how to develop university and employer collaborations further for an inclusive economic recovery.
Claire Tunley, CEO, Financial Services Skills Commission
Harry Hawes, Operations Director, UKFS Managed Services, Ernst & Young LLP
Nigel Coates, Associate Professor and Director of the Business Clinic, Northumbria University Newcastle
How can universities partner with financial services to meet their skills and talent needs and drive future growth and opportunities? This session will focus on the wider role of university and employer partnerships discussing topics such as promoting finance careers to students, the development of soft skills, encouraging interdisciplinary provision as well as upskilling and reskilling and the enhancing local talent and opportunities.
Ladan Hong, Widening Participation Careers Consultant, King’s College London
Martin Edmondson, Founder and Managing Director, Gradcore
Chair: John Harrison, Head of Student Futures, University of Hull
Just like most university functions and services, careers service operations were propelled into a new world thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic. What has been learnt that form future ways careers support delivery? Has there been students and graduates that have lost support - especially those from more disadvantaged backgrounds? Is the future hybrid, digital or reverting back to operations pre-pandemic? This session will discuss how careers services can thrive in the future to best support students and graduates.
Adam Powell, Director of Client Success, Symplicity
Victoria Torr, Recruiter Services Team Leader, University of Nottingham
Christian Jara, CareerHub Domain Lead, Symplicity
Becca Thurston, Early Careers Manager, Wessex Water
Graduate talent acquisition has changed for good and competition for entry-level and graduate roles remains high. This session explores innovations and trends emerging from a year of virtual career fairs and online employer events in the UK and overseas. Plus hear examples of how universities are using technology to personalise students' career development journey and help them better identify and articulate their skills for employers large and small. NOTE: Attendees to this session will be offered an exclusive no obligation free 5-month trial of Symplicity CSM virtual careers fair.
Professor Debra Humphris, Vice-Chancellor, University of Brighton
Greg Wade, Policy Manager, Universities UK
Rebecca Montacute, Research and Policy Manager, The Sutton Trust
Professor Andy Collop, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, De Montfort University
Grace Egodibie, Medical Science Student, De Montfort University
Stephen Isherwood, Chief Executive, Institute of Student Employers
Recent graduates and soon-to-be graduates are facing a challenging employment market. Some groups of students may be more adversely affected than others. This session delves into which demographics have been most affected by graduating into a Covid-19 economy as well as practical solutions for support.
Imran Tahir, Research Economist, Institute for Fiscal Studies
This session will present an analysis of the government’s January 2021 White Paper ‘Skills for jobs: lifelong learning for opportunity and growth'.
Nicola Doherty, Head of Education EMEA & LATAM, LinkedIn
Due to the increasing number of technological innovations in recent years, today’s workers are almost always expected to possess a certain level of digital knowledge and skill. This trend is only growing, with more than 149 million new jobs expected to emerge by 2025 in the tech industry alone. Higher Education institutions need to be able to equip students with skills that are likely to be in demand both in today’s job market and for the future. Now is the best time to reimagine the learning experience to ensure that graduates are best placed to succeed in a highly competitive labour market. Join LinkedIn to hear of emerging trends facing graduates today and how institutions can use a data to anticipate market needs and opportunities for their graduates.
Professor Debra Humphris, Vice-Chancellor, University of Brighton