20 Tavistock Square
Join us for the third annual UUK conference on employability and skills. Following the last two successful events we will once again bring delegates together to explore the current policy landscape, hear from leaders within and outside the sector, share case studies of good practice and provide opportunities to network and engage with colleagues.
Delegates will leave with a renewed enthusiasm and practical suggestions to tackle employability and skills initiatives within their own institution.
As the job market gets more and more competitive and employers are increasingly selective, with graduates competing with those from alternative pathways to work, we need to ask, 'how do we support student and graduate skills development for the future workforce?'
Statistics show that those from BAME backgrounds and lower socio-economic backgrounds are still least likely to find employment after graduation and are still amongst the lowest earners. More needs to be done to close this gap, but if there is a disconnect between the university and the employer how do we do that?
Join us as we explore the above two questions, other pertinent issues on the policy landscape and through a variety of plenaries, panels and breakout sessions come together to tackle the issues head on.
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:
Pro Vice-Chancellor, Employability and Partnerships
Pro Vice-Chancellor/Director, Innovation & Enterprise
Director/Head of Careers & Employability Service
Director/Head of Employability and Enterprise
Director of Academic Development/Services
Employer Liaison Director
Academic Quality/Partnerships Manager
Policy Lead/Head of Apprenticeships/Short Courses
Director of Teaching and Learning
Director/Head of Student Services
Head of Internal Partnerships & Programmes (Student Employability)
Attendees at last year's event said:
"Thank you, this has been the best careers conference that I have attended."
"Great to go to a conference where every session and speaker added value and insight and a variety of perspectives."
"A great line up of knowledgeable and passionate presenters."
"Really insightful conference, and for me it was particularly useful to link up employability with student mobility and network with those working in careers and employability across the sector."
"Thank you for organising an excellent conference."
Liz Gorb, Director of Apprenticeships, Manchester Metropolitan University
Professor Anne Carlisle, Vice-Chancellor, Falmouth University
John Craven, Chief Executive, upREACH
Marc Linter, Director of Student Experience, Newcastle University
Emma Moore, Director of Careers & Employability, Liverpool University
Jeremy Lamri, Head of Research, Development and Prospective (Innovation), JobTeaser
Claire Tunley, Head of Employability, City of London and Lead Officer, HM Treasury Financial Services Skills Taskforce
Edward McCaffrey, Senior Lecturer, BA Film [Production], Middlesex University
Adrian Wootton, CEO, British Film Commission and Film London
Harry Anderson, Senior Policy Advisor, CBI
Dr Graham Herries, Director of Digital Technologies, Institution of Engineering and Technology
David Eade, Director of Employability & Enterprise, Nottingham Trent University
Harriet Barnes, Head of Policy, Higher Education and Skills, The British Academy
Dr Bob Gilworth, President, AGCAS (The Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services)
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Director of Apprenticeships at Manchester Metropolitan University, Liz is currently leading on the development of Degree Apprenticeships across the University. Liz and her team are working with over 230 global corporates and SMEs to successfully develop and deliver a pioneering programme of university-based Degree Apprenticeships to over 1,200 apprentices including Digital & Technology, Chartered Manager, Chemical Science, Advanced Clinical Practitioner, Social Work and the MBA Degree Apprenticeship.
Previously holding senior roles at the City Lit, Covent Garden, London and the East Cheshire Business School, Liz has substantial experience of leadership and management in a variety of settings in both London and the North West.
Marc Lintern is Director of Student Experience at Newcastle University. As a key part of this role, Marc has managed the Careers Service at Newcastle since January 2013, and was previously Head of Employability at Plymouth University for fourteen years. Marc has also been a Board Director for AGCAS from 2010-2016, serving as Treasurer.
At NTU employability is a centralised service supporting 30,000 students across 4 campuses; David manages a large team delivering career development interventions and thousands of work experiences to enable students to successfully transition into graduate employment.
David’s background is in Human Resources Management and he has many years experience across the electricity supply industry, automotive manufacturing and telecommunications sectors and prior to joining NTU he led a successful recruitment business specialising in the engineering and technology sectors.
David is a business coach and has a Masters degree in Coaching and Behavioural Change, his research interests focus on the development of self-efficacy and resilience.
Harriet Barnes is Head of Policy (Higher Education and Skills) at the British Academy, where she leads the Academy’s work as the voice for the humanities and social sciences in the development of education and research policy. She previously worked for the Quality Assurance Agency, where she was closely involved in the developing the UK Quality Code, and for the University of Bedfordshire.