20 Tavistock Square
National one-day conference discussing the policy landscape surrounding graduate employability and skills, 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.
Our understanding of employability and skills is pivotal to successful higher education delivery. With the LEO dataset released in June 2017, universities have made use of this information to target their efforts to where they’re most needed.
The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and the Higher Education and Research Act 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.
An ongoing UUK review of skills is building up a picture of the considerable investments universities are making to support the employability of their students and in April 2018 a future skills policy will be published.
All this in the context of the governments industrial strategy means employability and skills is at the forefront of the agenda.
Professor Anne Carlisle, Vice-Chancellor, Falmouth University
Professor Craig Mahoney, Vice Chancellor, University of the West of Scotland
Dr Bob Gilworth, President-Elect, AGCAS
This session is essentially an optimistic view of the future of careers and employability in higher education and how students might be equipped to navigate a changing world. The session will look at what success might look like, considering what matters and what gets measured. This is underpinned by the idea that doing the right thing for our students and achieving metric-based institutional success are mutually dependant, not mutually exclusive.
Dr Andrea Kreideweiss, Director of Careers and Employability, University of Reading and Stephanie Shaw, MBA Careers Consultant Henley Business School
The University of Reading's central and business school careers services have jointly been named "Best University Employability Service" at the 2018 National Undergraduate Employability Awards.
Dr Andrea Kreideweiss (University of Reading Careers) and Stephanie Shaw (Henley Careers) will share insight into engaging approaches to careers training, collaboratively working across departments, and opportunities & challenges to making employability everybody's business.
Doug Cole, Head of Student Success at Advance HE
Employability, skills, attributes, graduate outcomes and student success, all words and umbrella terms we associate as part of the higher education narrative globally. Yet these dominant labels often represent socially constructed, fuzzy, misunderstood, metrics driven and divided agendas, when what we actually need is research informed, defined, potentially repositioned and united approaches to learning, employability and student success. Language is therefore a critical and primary consideration in this context.
At the heart of employability and student success, if we break these concepts down into their constituent features, they are all about learning and a plethora of associated outcomes, but learning that can occur in a diverse range of contexts.
This session will revisit previous research and consider how this together with the Framework series could potentially inform smarter ways of working, to enhance our practice and ultimately support a more integrated approach to learning & teaching, employability and student success.
Dr Victoria Korzeniowska, Director of Academic Quality and Employability Service, King's College London
Dr Kate Daubney, Head of King's Careers and Employability, King's College London/The Careers Group
Paul Blackmore, Head of Student Employability & Academic Success, University of Exeter, Eluned Jones, Director of Student Employability, University of Birmingham and Catriona Hanks, Outward Student Mobility Lead, Universities UK International
Did you know that students who spend time abroad are less likely to be unemployed and more likely to be in a ‘graduate’ level job and earning a higher starting salary than their non-mobile peers?
Countries around the world recognise these benefits, and are investing heavily in outward student mobility to help internationalise their next generations. However, in the UK, only 6.6% of UK students currently go abroad as part of their studies. In late 2017, Universities UK International launched the Go International: Stand Out campaign. In partnership with universities, sector bodies, government, employers and international partners, the campaign aims to double the percentage of UK undergraduate students who study, work or volunteer abroad as part of their studies by 2020. Over 70 UK universities have pledged their support to this campaign, and to expanding mobility opportunities for their students.
Come to this breakout session to find out more about the Go International: Stand Out campaign, and how universities are linking together their mobility and employability agendas to enhance students’ experience and outcomes.
Tabassum Ahmad, Managing Director and Founder, EmployAbility
When it comes to finding employment, internships and work experience, disabled students face a number of barriers before they’ve even set foot in the work place.
EmployAbility works with disabled university students and graduates to ease the transition from education into employment. Our highly skilled team offers free support, advice and guidance to university students/graduates throughout the entire recruitment process and for the workplace.
This talk will provide best practice and guidance on how to help your disabled students navigate the recruitment and on-boarding processes, and build employability skills. From what types of disability related adjustments a student can ask for, how to discuss extenuating circumstances and what these may include, to why we no longer talk of 'disclosing' a disability, and even steer away from the term 'reasonable adjustments', this session will be set in the context of how this space has changed over the last few years and what is now relevant.
We hope you will join us for this interactive session that will challenge your perceptions of disability in the workplace.
Iris Lanny, Programme Manager UK & Ireland, Oracle
The world is becoming more digital every day. There was a time knowing how to code was mostly irrelevant to anyone not on an engineering or computer science degree. However, as the need for digital skills across a variety of careers grows the expectation from employers grows too.
Research has shown that by 2020, just two years away, 10% of jobs will require a basic knowledge of digital skills. Thanks to the government’s £20 million institute of coding programme more universities will be able to invest in helping students to gain these skills. However, currently the programme isn’t available to everyone, so how can universities ensure a fair chance to all students looking to upskill themselves and give themselves a fair chance in this already competitive job market?
This workshop will explore the importance of developing digital skills and the resources available to help students gain, what is arguably becoming, one of the most sought-after skills across the job sector.
Professor Robert Allison, Vice-Chancellor, Loughborough University
Prospective students select their preferred university for a variety of different reasons but always with anticipation that a degree will enhance their job prospects. Nonetheless, overly focusing on ‘employability’ misses the mark: it is about students developing abilities and skills that stretch beyond the curriculum and aren’t just focused on the world of work. It goes without saying (at least at Loughborough University) that the degree programme is at the heart of educating for success. It is the one non-negotiable. Other opportunities that are part of the wider student experience come as a consequence of successfully engaging with a programme of study. Activities that sit around and beyond the curriculum give Loughborough students the integrated experience that allows them to achieve their personal best. The notion of measuring employability, whether as part of the TEF or some other sort of assessment, is a second-order issue. It is about graduating people who are ready to successfully contribute to social, cultural and economic good in wider society, demonstrate the flexibility to embrace change, assume leadership and live by a set of values that make the world a better place.
Stephen Meredith, Head of Higher Education Analysis, Department for Education (DfE)
The Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO) dataset is a powerful new analytical tool that is starting to help researchers understand the paths young people take through the education and skills system, including higher education, and how this influences their employment outcomes. Based on over 10 million administrative records, it provides more accurate data on graduate earnings outcomes than ever before, across time and by how these vary by subject, institution and student characteristic. As such, it should prove a useful information tool to prospective students, HE providers and policymakers.
This session will provide an overview of the development of LEO, its advantages and limitations, and highlight the main findings from our publications so far and what this tells us about the graduate labour market.
Stephen Isherwood, Chief Executive, Institute of Student Employers
Employers are recruiting more graduates than ever before but they are entering a workplace that is increasingly VUCA: volatile, uncertain, complex ambiguous. ISE research shows that employers are becoming increasingly sophisticated in how they recruit graduates. The ISE development survey shows how employers develop key skills in their graduate hires, techniques that some universities are embedding into the student journey. Stephen will highlight current trends in the graduate labour market and share his perspective on how employers and educators can work together to help students graduate into the workplace.
Tab Ahmad is the founder and managing director of EmployAbility. Set up in 2006, EmployAbility works with disabled students and graduates, to ease the transition from education to employment; and with employers, to help them become more disability inclusive. Previously, Tab founded and ran a search firm specialising in financial services and investment banking. With over twenty years of experience in recruitment and selection, and the last fifteen years spent specialising in disability and employment, Tab's experience and expertise in this area remains unparalleled. She is an accomplished and highly effective Disability, Equality and Inclusion speaker. In 2013, Tab was the winner of the prestigious Asian Women of Achievement Award in recognition of her work in the field of disability and employment, and has led EmployAbility to win many other recruitment and diversity awards to recognise its leading work in this area. Tab was on the DWP's sounding board for the government's Disability Confident campaign, and has been a judge at the European Diversity Awards for the last four years. She has also appeared on and been interviewed for BBC2's Daily Politics, Working Lunch, BBC radio, and most recently on BBC2's Employable Me Series.
Professor Robert Allison became Vice-Chancellor and President of Loughborough University in September 2012.
Previously he was Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research at Sussex University. Other former posts include Dean of Social Sciences of Health and Head of the Department of Geography at Durham University.
Professor Allison was educated at Northallerton Grammar School, before studying Geography at Hull University, gaining a B.A. in 1982. He was awarded a Ph.D. in Geography from King's College, University of London in 1986.
Professor Allison has contributed to a number of organisations including the Natural Environment Research Council, Higher Education Funding Council for England and the Department for Business Innovation and Skills.
He also sits on the Board of Midlands Innovation, a partnership between the Universities of Aston, Birmingham, Cranfield, Keele, Leicester, Loughborough, Nottingham and Warwick.
He has been a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society since 1990, serving on many committees and being elected Honorary Secretary from 1997 to 2000. He has also been Chair of the British Society for Geomorphology.
Professor Allison is the recipient of a number of honours and awards for his research and teaching including the Cuthbert Peek Award from the Royal Geographical Society, Charles Lyell Award from the British Association for the Advancement of Science and the Jan De Ploey Prize from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Paul is Divisional Head of Student Employability
& Academic Success [SEAS] at the University of Exeter. His division
oversees the personal, academic, employability and professional development of
all students through both their extra-curricular and curriculum-based
experience. The SEAS portfolio includes: Careers Education, Information and
Guidance (CEIAG) and wider employability support; work- and place-based
learning; global experience (Study and Work Abroad, Inbound Students, overseas
extracurricular activity); student engagement, reward and recognition; social
mobility (‘progression and success’) and related learning analytics. Working in
senior roles for 30 years delivering nationally and internationally acclaimed
HE Professional Services and HR support for employers, Paul has assisted
Universities in their rising to the top of graduate destination league
tables and supported international Universities, employers and Government in
developing related strategies.
Anne joined Falmouth University as Vice-Chancellor & Chief Executive in 2009. Since then, the University has gone through a period of major expansion and is one of the fastest growing universities in the UK having secured full university title in 2012. Falmouth University is a key driver in Cornwall’s economic regeneration and it recently won the Entrepreneurship Award in the 2017 Guardian Awards for its ground-breaking LAUNCHPAD programme, which Anne founded. This programme takes graduate talent and builds new, high-growth tech companies to market demand in partnership with industry. Anne received a first class honours degree in Fine Art from the University of Ulster, an MA from University of the Arts London and co-founded CIRCA publications before starting her academic career. Prior to joining Falmouth University, Anne was Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Wales in Newport where she led research and innovation.
Doug is a Senior Fellow of the HEA & Fellow of the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport & Physical Activity with over fourteen years' industry experience and ten years in Higher Education.
Doug joined the HEA as Head of Academic Practice in June 2015, moving to Head of Student Success in October 2017. Prior to this Doug was Head of Employability and Enterprise at Northumbria University.
In 2012 Doug developed the concept of a framework for employability to support institutions in developing more consistent approaches to this important area of work, with a particular focus on curriculum design. In 2013 Doug co-authored the HEA publication Defining & developing your approach to employability: A framework for higher education institutions with Maureen Tibby and both then led on the refresh of this framework in 2015.
Doug is currently studying part-time for a PhD with Northumbria University focused on institutional employability policies and practice in Higher Education and is in his final year.
Dr Kate Daubney is Head of King's Careers & Employability at King's College London, a careers service of The Careers Group. A former academic with a research specialism in film music, she has been working in careers guidance for 15 years. As Director of Careers & Employability at the University of Chester, she began exploring ways to embed employability in the curriculum through added careers modules, and since joining King's College London in January 2017 has evolved this approach to explore embedded employability as an integrated feature of existing academic teaching and learning. She is currently preparing her findings for research publication.
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 a number of 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 around 250 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 Institute of Student Employers (ISE). 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 leading a HEFCE/OfS Learning Gain pilot project. Bob is a Fellow of NICEC.
As Outward Student Mobility Lead at Universities UK International, Catriona Hanks has overview for the work UUKi does to aid and improve outward student mobility in the UK, leading on the UK's first outward student mobility campaign, Go International: Stand Out and managing a programme of research, capacity-building and advocacy. This campaign works in partnership with UK universities, employers, government and international partners to double the percentage of UK domicile students undertaking a period abroad during their undergraduate degree. Prior to working for Universities UK International, Catriona studied and worked abroad across Europe and the US.
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 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 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.
Eluned Jones is currently the Director of Student Employability at the University of Birmingham and a past President of the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services.
During her time at Birmingham, Eluned has authored two institutional Employability Strategies which have lifted Birmingham into the top rank for graduate-level destinations, won several national employability awards and has seen Birmingham named as the Times & Sunday Times 2015/16 University of the Year for Graduate Employment.
Eluned has a particular interest in internationalisation and is currently a member of UUKI's Student Mobility Community of Practice and an active member of Universitas 21, a partnership of global research-intensive universities.
Eluned is also currently leading a HEFCE Learning Gain research project examining the employability gain associated with students' internationalisation experiences.
Few subjects will open as many doors for students in the 21st century as computer science (CS). The Oracle Academy provides resources to help awaken and deepen student interest in this important field of study. As part of the Oracle Global Citizenship programme Oracle have invested more than $3.75 billion in education initiatives.
Iris manages and develops the programme in the UK, Ireland and Israel. The programme sets out to connect and develop projects with Education authorities, educators, schools, colleges and universities, as well as with other interest groups and organisations who work in partnership to increase STEM interest in education. Oracle Academy resources currently benefit more than 3.5 million students in 120 countries.
Before joining Oracle more than six years ago Iris was an independent consultant supporting small and medium sized business start up and next stage growth. Several client/companies being technology companies who she helped become investor, strategically and operationally ready for business and or supported too next stage growth through company restructuring and skill development programmes.
Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Craig Mahoney is a passionate believer in the power of higher education to transform lives. A graduate in Chemistry and Maths from the Tasmanian College of Advanced Education (now the University of Tasmania), he holds a Masters degree from Birmingham University and a Doctor of Philosophy (Psychology) from Queen's University Belfast.
As the helm of UWS since August 2013, he has firmly focused the university on student experience, academic quality and global engagement. He brings the same drive and determination he displayed as a leading international squash player to his aim of building UWS into one of the country's top-performing universities.
Prior to joining UWS, he was the chief executive of the Higher Education Academy and was Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Northumbria University and Dean of the School of Sport, Performing Arts and Leisure at Wolverhampton University.
Professor Mahoney has published widely in the areas of children's fitness, health, sport, exercise, performance and education. He has a keen interest in differentiated student-centred learning, teaching excellence, internationalisation and research-informed teaching.
He is also a board member of Sportscotland, the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education Board, the Quality Assurance Agency Board, Glasgow City of Science Board and a Trustee on the Carnegie Trust for Universities of Scotland. He holds a Convenorship with Universities Scotland for Learning and Teaching.
Stephen leads teams responsible for forecasting student loan expenditure and repayments; providing analytical advice across all aspects of the Higher Education system and market; and developing the evidence base that underpins that advice. This latter role includes the development of the new Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO) dataset.
Stephen is a long-serving member of the Government's Economic Service. Previous roles have included spells at the Department for Business Innovation and Skills and the Department for Work and Pensions, working on issues relating to state and private pensions, the labour market, income inequality and investment appraisal. Since November 2016 he has sat on the Council for the Society of Professional Economists.
Dr Victoria Korzeniowska is Director of Academic Quality and Employability Services at King's College London. She is a former Senior Lecturer in French whose research interests included inter-war years French theatre and contemporary women's writing in France. She has held positions as head of quality at a number of UK higher education institutions. At King's she is leading on a strategic project to develop employability-led quality assurance and has designed a programme approval process which involves embedding employability in the curriculum. She is currently developing an approach to annual monitoring which also foregrounds employability.