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*Please note to comply with the government’s social distancing guidelines, this Conference will run entirely via an online platform. Specific joining instructions and guidance will be provided to registered delegates

Debra Easter, Head of Student Employability, Nottingham Trent University (CONFIRMED)

  • Exploring sector-level interventions being led by the OfS to combat labour market skills shortages
  • Assessing solutions emerging from the Office for Student’s £5.6 million fund to support the transition to high skilled employment for graduates seeking employment in their home regions

Helen Embleton, Postgraduate Conversion Course Programme Manager, Office for Students (OfS) (CONFIRMED)

  • Employability and enterprise; alignment or disconnection?
  • Delivering connectivity and an interdisciplinary approach in integrating employability and enterprise into teaching and learning
  • Exploring how academic leaders can develop ‘road maps’ for all students, which supports progression and clear outcomes
  • Assessing the next steps in supporting students to identify and improve their employability ‘skills’ through their course and beyond

Stuart Norton, Academic Lead - Employability, Advance HE (CONFIRMED)

  • Harnessing data insights to design evidence-based and targeted employability support, to help students from all backgrounds succeed in, and progress from, higher education
  • Exploring solutions for increasing the presence and impact of Careers Services, through institution-wide approaches to employability
  • Creating engaged learning opportunities with external organisations, to enhance student development and raise social mobility
  • Working in alignment with academic departments to ensure course delivery prepares students with the skills for employment

Marc Lintern, President-Elect, Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS) (CONFIRMED)

  • Assessing the latest trends in skills supply and demand across the graduate labour market and the impact of Covid-19 on recruitment patterns
  • Exploring how careers service provision can adapt to evolving employer needs and tackle challenges including underemployment
  • Evaluating how to improve student engagement with careers services and support student ownership over their career planning
  • Delivering individualised careers support for students to deliver meaningful progression on skills and employability in preparation for a challenging graduate employment market

Karen Barnard, Director of Careers, University College London (UCL) (CONFIRMED)
Dr Lisa Taylor, Faculty Associate Dean - Employability, University of East Anglia (CONFIRMED)
Richard Carruthers, Deputy Director, Careers Service, Imperial College London (CONFIRMED)
Jane Campbell, Head of Student Careers, Leeds University (CONFIRMED)
Dr Andrea Kreideweiss, Director of Careers and Employability, University of Reading (CONFIRMED)

  • Integrating the Leicester Award programme into all undergraduate degrees to support students engage with career planning and employability throughout the student lifecycle
  • Embedding work experience into course delivery to allow students to apply their learning to working contexts
  • Exploring how the careers department designed their strategy in partnership with leading employers to ensure learning opportunities met the needs of key sectors
  • Embedding a Transferable Skills Framework and professional mentoring scheme into the curriculum to maximise the impact of the careers service

Winner of Best University Employability Strategy at TARGETjobs National Graduate Recruitment Awards 2019

Rob Fryer, Director of Student Life, University of Leicester (CONFIRMED)

  • How and why employers’ are recruiting graduates. What skills and attributes are they really looking for?
  • Key trends in recruitment, assessment and selection
  • How healthy is the graduate recruitment market following Covid 19? Is graduate recruitment in decline?
  • Addressing diversity and social mobility

Tristram Hooley, Chief Research Officer, Institute of Student Employers (ISE) (CONFIRMED)

Hear from leading experts at the forefront of graduate recruitment as they explore how they are attracting talented graduates, the routes to success for students entering the graduate labour market and the future of outreach and engagement with universities.

Sukheev Gill, Global Graduate Development and Training Lead, HSBC (CONFIRMED)
John Machin, GTS UKI Talent Leader, IBM UK (CONFIRMED)
Camilla Woodhead, Student Recruitment Transformation & Account Senior Manager, KPMG (CONFIRMED)

  • Assessing the progress of the GradForce project funded through the OfS Challenge Competition to support local employment for students with low mobility
  • Partnering with local SMEs in Kent and Medway to drive the transition for graduates into regional employment roles
  • Offering students targeted mentoring and coaching to overcome skills gaps and meet the needs of local employers
  • Designing a transition process with post-employment support to enhance the progression of students entering the labour market
  • Sharing insights on how the sector can replicate the success of the project

Sophie Chadwick, Director of Enterprise and Employability, Canterbury Christ Church University (CONFIRMED)

  • Gain insights on improving outreach and impact within the local labour market
  • Explore solutions in bridging the gap between employers and hard to reach students
  • Maximise the impact of a placement programme and ensure students gain meaningful skill development

Alison Hedley, Employer and Placement Services Manager, University of Bradford (CONFIRMED)

  • Developing a research-based approach to the needs and processes of international student recruitment markets in China
  • Securing high quality employer partnerships resulting in virtual meets ups, bilingual training resources and international careers fairs
  • Transforming student communications with bespoke online career preparation workshops via Chinese social media for incoming students
  • Exploring Warwick’s journey in international employability and how this has broadened the appeal of the institution to international students

Esther de Perlaky, International Employer Liaison Manager, University of Warwick (CONFIRMED)

*Programme subject to change

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