The Graduate Employability Conference 2020 will explore leading solutions in enhancing career service provision, improving student employability and preparing all students for entering a challenging graduate labour market following the Covid 19 outbreak.

Participants will gain key insights from policy experts and practitioners on the next steps in maximising the impact of employability programmes, developing high quality partnerships with employers and delivering an institution-wide approach to career development to support successful employability outcomes for new graduates.

Reasons to Attend

the latest updates from the Office for Students in supporting improved employability outcomes for students

the core challenges facing students applying for graduate roles following the Covid 19 outbreak

leading solutions for embedding employability and career planning into course delivery

how universities can build effective working partnerships with large employers and SMEs

the next steps in supporting improved social mobility for disadvantaged students entering graduate employment

how universities can develop a high impact careers strategy across an institution

the role of careers services in creating partnerships with international employers

with leading career service professionals from across the higher education landscape

This conference is designed for the Higher Education Sector. Those in attendance will include:
  • Careers Advisers
  • Careers Consultants
  • Careers Managers
  • Deans
  • Directors of Employer Engagement
  • Directors of Careers
  • Directors of Employability
  • Directors of Learning
  • Employability Co-ordinators
  • Employability Managers
  • Heads of Business Relations
  • Head of Careers and Employability
  • Heads of Student Services
  • Placement and Careers Managers
  • Senior Lecturers
  • Student Development Co-ordinators
  • Student Experience Leads

*This Conference is also open to the wider public and private sectors to encourage networking and debate.


This event was an opportunity to network with colleagues from all over the country and hear from experts in their field about topical issues surrounding higher education employability and skills agenda.

Employability and Skills Officer, University of Stirling

A great conference with relevant motivational speakers and good networking opportunities.

Head of Placements & Employability, Manchester Fashion Institute, The Manchester Metropolitan University

Highly relevant to my role as a Principal Lecturer for Employability communicating valuable best practice across a spectrum from strategy to teaching delivery

Principal Lecturer, Employability, University of Sunderland

First time I had attended this event and was excellent both from a policy and practice perspective as well as a networking opportunity.

Head of Employability & Professional Enrichment, Robert Gordon's University

A highly valuable opportunity to explore the interface between emerging policy, national imperatives and best practice in employability

School Employability Manager, The Nottingham Trent University

Very informative day with useful speakers on current matters.

Head of Careers & Employability, University of Buckingham

Provided a very useful and up to date insight on how Universities are being required to get their graduates ready for the work place

Head of Training and Development, Gleeds

The graduate employability conference was a great eye opener to anyone wishing to keep up to date with current trends of employment from a variety of perspectives (from third sector to Industry and everything in between). It was relevant and up to date and well timed ahead of the academic year.

Enterprise Programmes Officer, University of Strathclyde

I found the event to be an excellent mix of policy updates and best practice case studies, the speakers came across well and I have definitely taken away some ideas to share with my team.

Faculty Employability Advisor, Anglia Ruskin University