Graduate Employability
03 Mar 2010
What graduates need and employers want. Held at QEII Conference Centre, Westminster, London

This conference set out, for university and college management, how departments and courses can grow and how businesses can access and gain from talented student placements, internships and student engagement.

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Carl Gilleard - Association of Graduate Recruiters Pre-conference interview
Tanith Dodge, Director of HR, Marks and Spencer
John O'Leary, Editor, Policy Review Magazine, Former Editor, THES
Welcome and introduction from the Conference Chair

Professor Janice Kay, Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education), University of Exeter
What universities need to offer

Panel discussion: Session 1
Julie Newlan, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Enterprise) and Dean of the Business School, University of Hertfordshire Dr Paul Redmond, Head of Careers and Employability Service, University of Liverpool Tanith Dodge, Director of HR, Marks and Spencer

Miles Templeman, Director General, Institute of Directors
What businesses want

Refreshments, networking and exhibition
Rt Hon David Lammy MP, Minister of State for Higher Education and Intellectual Property, Department for Business Innovation and Skills
Keynote address

Aaron Porter, Vice President (Education), National Union of Students
What students need

Panel discussion: Employers finding students
Angela Maher, Project Director, Enhancing Graduate Employability and Principal Lecturer, Oxford Brookes University Lizzie Holman, Senior Policy Adviser, Education and Skills, CBI Jane Artess, Director of Research, Higher Education Career Services Unit

Buffet lunch, networking and exhibition
David Willetts MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Universities and Skills
Keynote address

Panel discussion: Defining the competitive edge/what are employable skills
Carl Gilleard, Chief Executive, Association of Graduate Recruiters Professor John McDermid, Head of Computer Science, University of York Sian Prime, Lecturer MA Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship, Institute of Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship James Kewin, Joint Managing Director, CFE

Refreshments, networking and exhibition
Key seminars: Session 4
Professor John McDermid - interview York University
Professor John McDermid is Head of the Department of Computer Science at the University of York