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Agenda

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
9:30 am
Online Login and Registration

Throughout the Conference you will be able to make use of:

  • Match making networking and live delegate meet ups
  • Replay functions so you never miss a session
  • Live chat, questioning and polling tools
  • Real time resources and presentations
  • A next generation conference engagement platform
9:50 am
Your Tour of the Online Conference Platform

Before proceedings get underway, this short explainer session will explore how you can get the most out of our new next generation Conference platform.

Our Graduate Employability Conference Team will run through how to make virtual connections, creating networking meet ups, accessing content on demand and how to use our new Q&A, chat functions and virtual polling tools.

10:00 am
Chair's Welcome Address: Day 1
Elaine Boyes
Elaine Boyes
Executive Director
AGCAS
Confirmed
10:10 am
A National OfS Update: Employability Outcomes in the Wake of a Pandemic. What Now?
  • What are effective employability outcomes amid the Covid-19 crisis and how can careers services adapt?
  • How can the sector drive system-wide improvement by enhancing the evidence-base on graduate outcomes in the labour market?
  • Examining the latest OfS work in ensuring the graduate pipeline meets the skills needs of employers
  • Examining findings from the £5.6 million OfS programme seeking to enhance graduate employment for students in their home regions
Dr Brooke Storer-Church
Dr Brooke Storer-Church
Head of Skills
Office for Students (OfS)
Confirmed
10:30 am
Career Service Transformation: What does Employability Provision Look Like in the Post-Covid-19 Landscape?

Are traditional careers fairs dead? How do we reengage with employers in crisis? Are virtual placements here to stay? Has the pandemic marked a transition in how careers support is delivered?

These are major questions facing careers service teams as they seek to establish what has worked during the pandemic, what needs to change and how can the crisis be used as a launching pad for delivering more impactful careers provision?

In this opening panel session, careers leaders assess what the future of employability services looks like and how lessons can be learnt in leading service transformation.

Janice Montgomery
Janice Montgomery
Senior Careers Adviser
University of Aberdeen
Confirmed
Terry Dray
Terry Dray
Director for Employability and Employer Engagement
Keele University
Confirmed
Kay Stewart
Kay Stewart
Head of Careers and Volunteering
University of West London
Confirmed
Claire Guy
Claire Guy
Employability and Careers Consultant
University of Exeter Business School
Confirmed
Judith Baines
Judith Baines
Head of Careers and Employment Service
University of Hertfordshire
Confirmed
Anne Delauzun
Anne Delauzun
Head of Careers and Employability
University of Reading
Confirmed
11:30 am
Break, Virtual Networking and Live Delegate Meet Ups

Your opportunity to make the most of the virtual Conference, meet up with fellow delegates, make connections and tour our real-time resources and content.

Don’t forget if you’ve missed a session, you can use our replay functions, so you can watch all the content on demand at a time that suits you.

11:50 am
What Employers Want in the ‘New Normal’

This session will explore what employers are looking for in 2021. After a tumultuous 2020, graduate recruitment seems to be on the up again. But, a lot has changed since 2019. In this session Professor Hooley will examine employers are organising graduate recruitment during 2021. The session will offer insights on the skills employers are looking for, how expectations are evolving and the recruitment priorities for employers of all sizes. This session will also examine what the labour market looks in 2021 and beyond and how careers service leaders can respond.

Tristram Hooley
Tristram Hooley
Chief Research Officer
Institute of Student Employers (ISE)
Confirmed
12:10 pm
Ask the Employers: What Do Employers Want and How are they Recruiting Post-Covid?

How have employers been impacted by the pandemic? What will the crisis mean for recruitment in 2021 and beyond? Are virtual interviews and assessment centres here to stay? What are employers looking for in their new graduates?

This is your opportunity to ask major employers how their needs are evolving and how applicants should respond. Come armed with your questions and hear what the post-pandemic recruitment process will look like.

Chloe Slater
Chloe Slater
Graduate Recruitment Specialist
Aldi
Invited
Michael Smartt
Michael Smartt
Head of Recruitment
Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
Invited
Jane Davey
Jane Davey
EMEA Corporate & Consumer Talent Acquisition Lead
Amazon
Invited
12:50 pm
Break, Virtual Networking and Live Delegate Meet Ups

Your opportunity to make the most of the virtual Conference, meet up with fellow delegates, make connections and tour our real-time resources and content.

Don’t forget if you’ve missed a session, you can use our replay functions, so you can watch all the content on demand at a time that suits you.

1:20 pm
Breakout Workshop Series: Enhancing Student Employability and Outcomes

In these live workshops you will gain practical insights, ideas and hear about the latest innovations taking hold across the sector. This workshop series will assess some of the major challenges now facing students entering the labour market and how careers services can overcome barriers.

Workshop A: Igniting Resilience and Rebuilding Confidence – Supporting Graduates Entering a Challenging Labour Market
Elena Moreno
Elena Moreno
Deputy Head of Employability & Careers Service
University of Greenwich
Confirmed
Workshop B: Beyond Zoom: Digital skills/Capabilities and Adapting to the Future of Work.
Dr Fiona Christie
Dr Fiona Christie
Senior Research Associate, Manchester Metropolitan University
Research and Knowledge Director, AGCAS
Confirmed
Workshop C: The Interview and Assessment Centre Masterclass: What’s Changing and How to Keep Up
Paul Gratrick
Paul Gratrick
Head of Careers Operations
University of Liverpool
Confirmed
2:00 pm
Break, Virtual Networking and Live Delegate Meet Ups

Your opportunity to make the most of the virtual Conference, meet up with fellow delegates, make connections and tour our real-time resources and content.

Don’t forget if you’ve missed a session, you can use our replay functions, so you can watch all the content on demand at a time that suits you.

2:15 pm
Workshop Series: Transforming Career Services

In these live workshops you will gain practical insights, ideas and hear about new innovations taking hold across the sector. This workshop series will allow to develop new solutions for the transformation and enhancement of your careers service based on the rapid change triggered by the Covid-19 crisis.

Workshop A: The Rise of Virtual Careers Services – How can Technology be Embedded into Support and Delivery in the Long Term?
Joanne Watson
Joanne Watson
Careers Team Manager
University of Cumbria
Invited
Workshop B: Student Engagement and Getting to the ‘Hard to Reach’: What Can Careers Teams Learn from the Covid Crisis?
Dr Rita Kapadia
Dr Rita Kapadia
Career Development Consultant, Careers & Employability Service
Buckinghamshire New University
Invited
Workshop C: Embedding Employability in the Curriculum: Supporting Meaningful Joined Up Thinking with Academics
Rosie Meade
Rosie Meade
Senior Manager (Curriculum) - Enhanced Employability and Career Progression Programme
The Open University
Confirmed
3:00 pm
Day 1 Conference Close
Day 1 concludes at 3pm. You will still have the opportunity to make the most of the virtual Conference, meet up with fellow delegates, make connections and tour our real-time resources and content.

Don’t forget if you’ve missed a session, you can use our replay functions, so you can watch all the content on demand at a time that suits you.

9:30 am
Online Login and Registration

Throughout the Conference you will be able to make use of:

  • Match making networking and live delegate meet ups
  • Replay functions so you never miss a session
  • Live chat, questioning and polling tools
  • Real time resources and presentations
  • A next generation conference engagement platform
9:50 am
Your Tour of the Online Conference Platform

Before proceedings get underway, this short explainer session will explore how you can get the most out of our new next generation Conference platform.

Our Graduate Employability Conference Team will run through how to make virtual connections, creating networking meet ups, accessing content on demand and how to use our new Q&A, chat functions and virtual polling tools.

10:00 am
Chair's Welcome Address: Day 2
Marc Lintern
Marc Lintern
President
AGCAS
Confirmed
10:10 am
Embedding Employability: How Can We Support Skill Development throughout the Student Lifecycle?

Careers service professionals at all levels have been telling the Graduate Employability Conference about their struggle to embed employability within the curriculum and throughout the student lifecycle as their number one challenge.

Whether its engaging with academics, ensuring employability is featured within course design or even just improving awareness of career service provision to new students, the employability agenda must be central to all stages of the student lifecycle.

This panel session will examine how service leaders are ensuring skill development, employability and engagement with careers teams are delivered in an institution-wide approach.

Clare Dawson
Clare Dawson
Head of Employability
University of Brighton
Confirmed
Jane Campbell
Jane Campbell
Head of Student Careers
University of Leeds
Confirmed
Charlie Wheeldon
Charlie Wheeldon
Head of Student Development and Graduate Outcomes
Loughborough University
Invited
11:00 am
Research Deep Dive: What are the Key Drivers of Graduate Decision Making and Why Do Students Change Their Minds?

This session will draw upon new research from the University of Kent on what determines students’ career interests and why students so often change their mind over the course of their degree.

This examination of the findings will question what factors influence students in changing their mind on career paths and how demographics may relate to patterns of decision making. The session will also explore how these drivers can help determine your support for students in their decision-making processes.

Professor Kathleen M. Quinlan
Professor Kathleen M. Quinlan
Director of the Centre for the Study of Higher Education
University of Kent
Confirmed
James Corbin
James Corbin
Head of Careers and Employability
University of Kent
Confirmed
11:30 am
Break, Virtual Networking and Live Delegate Meet Ups

Your opportunity to make the most of the virtual Conference, meet up with fellow delegates, make connections and tour our real-time resources and content.

Don’t forget if you’ve missed a session, you can use our replay functions, so you can watch all the content on demand at a time that suits you

11:50 am
Embedding Social Mobility into Employability: Improving Outcomes for Disadvantaged Students

A collapse in the labour market following Covid-19 has been most keenly felt by those from disadvantaged or underrepresented backgrounds. With regional economies heavily impacted and with the pandemic leading to the collapse of part-time and temporary work, graduate outcomes show growing signs of entrenching inequalities.

This session will examine how social mobility can be supported as part of career service delivery and how disadvantaged students can be prevented from entering a cycle of underemployment.

Neelam Thapar
Neelam Thapar
Head of Careers and Employability
London Metropolitan University
Confirmed
Sarah Beech
Sarah Beech
Employability and Widening Participation Projects Manager
Newcastle University
Confirmed
Mark Blaber
Mark Blaber
Head of Careers and Employability
University of Northampton
Invited
12:30 pm
The HESA Clinic: An Update on Graduate Outcomes in 2021
  • A breakdown of the latest Graduate Outcomes statistical release
  • Assessing how the data can be interpreted and utilised within your institution
  • Expectations on successful submission and engagement with the Graduate Outcomes Survey
Dan Cook
Dan Cook
Head of Policy and Research
HESA
Invited
12:50 pm
Break, Virtual Networking and Live Delegate Meet Ups

Your opportunity to make the most of the virtual Conference, meet up with fellow delegates, make connections and tour our real-time resources and content.

Don’t forget if you’ve missed a session, you can use our replay functions, so you can watch all the content on demand at a time that suits you.

1:20 pm
Workshop Series: Engaging and Partnering with Employers

In these live workshops you will gain practical insights, ideas and hear about new innovations taking hold across the sector. This workshop series will focus on the challenges in the labour market, how employers are responding and how career services can have the best impact with employers as partners.

Workshop A: Employers in Crisis: Working with Struggling Sectors Amid the Pandemic
Jenn Plummer
Jenn Plummer
Operations Manager: Employer Engagement
University of York
Invited
Workshop B: Maximising Impact with Local SMEs and Forging New Partnerships
Mark Stow
Mark Stow
Director of Business Engagement, Careers & Employability
Leeds Beckett University
Confirmed
2:00 pm
Break, Virtual Networking and Live Delegate Meet Ups

Your opportunity to make the most of the virtual Conference, meet up with fellow delegates, make connections and tour our real-time resources and content.

Don’t forget if you’ve missed a session, you can use our replay functions, so you can watch all the content on demand at a time that suits you.

2:15 pm
Workshop Series: Placements and Work Experience

In these live workshops you will gain practical insights, ideas and hear about new innovations taking hold across the sector. This workshop series will focus delivering placements and work experience support to students and how careers services can develop these opportunities in struggling labour markets.

Workshop A: Placements and Internships: Sourcing Roles and Adapting Amid Covid
Kulvinder Birring
Kulvinder Birring
Head of Employability & Placements
London South Bank University
Confirmed
Grant McNeil
Grant McNeil
Employability & Placements Manager
London South Bank University
Confirmed
Workshop B: Unlocking Enterprise Skills in Graduates: Practical Ideas for Driving Impact
Matt Edwards
Matt Edwards
Employability & Enterprise Learning Development Consultant
The University of Birmingham
Invited
3:00 pm
Day 2 Conference Close
Day 2 concludes at 3pm. You will still have the opportunity to make the most of the virtual Conference, meet up with fellow delegates, make connections and tour our real-time resources and content.

Don’t forget if you’ve missed a session, you can use our replay functions, so you can watch all the content on demand at a time that suits you.