The webinar will be chaired by Marc Lintern, Director of Student Experience at Newcastle University and President of AGCAS. Our other speakers are:
Mark Stow, Director of Business Engagement, Careers & Employability at Leeds Beckett University.
Mark will be speaking about the class of 2020 from the perspective of employers and careers services.
Sherry Iqbal, Education Officer, Leeds Beckett University Students' Union
Sherry will be talking to us about the student perspective on the issue, and what the Leeds Beckett Students' Union has been doing to support students and graduates.
Professor Julie Lydon OBE, President and Chief Executive, University of South Wales, and Vice-President Wales, Universities UK
Julie will be exploring what university leadership teams can do to help the employability of this year's graduates.
Jane Moakes, Careers Advisor, National Careers Service
Jane will give a national outlook on the current job market and give a unique perspective of supporting graduates from outside of the Higher Education Sector.
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Marc is Director of Student Experience at Newcastle University and has 20 years’ experience of leading careers services, both at Newcastle and previously as Head of Employability at the University of Plymouth. Marc was AGCAS Treasurer from 2010-2016 and is an experienced AGCAS trainer, currently leading on the Management of HE Careers and Employability Services course.
As President, Marc plans to use his wide-ranging experience, which now includes oversight of many issues in the wider student experience, to help steer the organisation’s strategy and to advocate on behalf of AGCAS
Mark is the Director of Business Engagement, Careers & Employability at Leeds Beckett University, where he holds strategic responsibility for the University’s approach to student and graduate employability, and its connectivity to external markets. Prior to this he spent 12 years as the Head of Careers & Employability at the University of Lincoln.
With over 18 year’s experience of the careers profession, Mark has a passion for innovative practices in careers education. He holds a seat on the AGCAS Board as their Director of Advocacy, representing his profession and their members nationally to inform and influence policy.
Sherry is currently in her second term as Education Officer at Leeds Beckett Students’ Union and studied Speech and Language Therapy at Leeds Beckett.
Sherry’s work focusses on improving the Educational experiences of students, improving access to Education and creating a sense of belonging at University. She has been instrumental in improving the experiences of students, whether it’s setting up the BAME Ambassador scheme, increasing support at University for BAME Students or improving the satisfaction of BAME students at University. Her objective has included successfully receiving over £5000 in funding to support the BAME Ambassador scheme activity, exploring BAME students experiences of employability and organising campaigns such as ‘Decolonise my Campus’ and ‘My Racist Campus.’
Julie Lydon OBE took up the position of Vice-Chancellor of the University of Glamorgan in April 2010. She was previously the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic Development) at the University which she joined in 2006.
From 2003 to 2006, she was Assistant Vice-Chancellor at UWE Bristol with oversight for academic quality, student services, academic secretariat and timetabling. Previously she was Associate Dean of the Business School at the University of Wolverhampton.
With a strong personal interest in standards and quality in higher education, she was previously an auditor for the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education and is currently a member of the QAA Advisory Panel for Wales.
Her representational roles include board membership of UCEA, HECSU, University Alliance, Higher Education Wales, HEFCW Student Experience, Teaching & Quality Committee and she is a member of the Editorial Board for the Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education.
Jane Moakes is a Level 6 qualified careers adviser for the National Careers Service.
Jane has worked in the Careers Information, Advice and Guidance sector for 11 years. Having spent much of her career working in education as a careers advisor and an intensive advisor supporting students struggling to engage, Jane now works with a range of adults in the community, supporting them to move towards sustainable education, employment or training.
Jane has passion for working with young people to identify and overcome barriers to employment and has worked extensively on outreach projects to support disadvantaged young people who are NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training), looked after children, young people with Special Educational Needs and young offenders.