The Graduate Employability Conference provides a vital platform to determine how all universities can develop innovative strategies and an institution wide approach to enhance student employability in an increasingly competitive jobs market.

Participants will have the opportunity to hear from policy experts and gain best practice insights on successfully developing student services and embedding employability into course design. Leading practitioners will share strategies for fostering effective partnerships with employers and advancing student careers services to support student wellbeing and the best employability outcomes for new graduates.

Reasons to Attend

how all higher education institutions can improve and update their employability strategies to reflect the latest trends in an increasingly competitive jobs market

practical solutions for developing student services and careers departments to successfully close the employability gap, improve social mobility and widen participation for disadvantaged students

how employability can be embedded into the design and development of academic courses and how universities can develop an institution wide approach

from examples of best practice and innovative methods demonstrating how to advance students in the employability market to ensure regional retention of graduates

how the higher education sector can successfully collaborate with employers from diverse sectors to develop employment opportunities for future graduates

the progress of the new graduate outcomes survey and how to develop an employability strategy to support its continuing implementation

student wellbeing through mentoring and a collaborative approach, helping students in their transition to employment

with leading higher education experts, employers and practitioners to share best practice and guidance in securing high quality graduate employment outcomes for students

This conference is specifically designed for the Higher Education Sector. Typical job titles will include:
  • Careers Advisers
  • Careers Consultants
  • Careers Managers
  • Deans
  • Director 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