Graduate Employability
30 Mar 2011
Going beyond the BA. National Conference. Held at Westminster Studio, London

Headline Speakers

This conference provided an opportunity to explore the schemes and skills employers value most, and to discuss innovations, funding streams and best practice in developing students’ employability with senior representatives from universities, colleges and industry.

Programme
10:00
Mike Baker, Broadcaster and Journalist
Chair's opening remarks

10:10
Jane Artess, Director of Research, Higher Education Careers Service Unit (HECSU)
Graduate destinations: results from the Futuretrack study

10:30
Paul Marshall, Executive Director, 1994 Group
Enhancing and formalising your employability programme

10:50
Prof. Christopher Snowden, Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive, University of Surrey; Chair, Universities UK Employability, Business and Industry Network
Keynote address

11:05
Questions and discussion: Session 1
11:20
Refreshments, networking and exhibition
11:45
Paul Hazell, Policy Adviser, Skills Policy Team, HEFCE
Employability and graduate employment: developments in public information

12:05
Case studies: Different models for enhancing employability
Three case studies from leading institutions, followed by an in-depth panel discussion: 1. Designing a formal award programme Dr Frances Laughton, Director of Teaching and Resources, Department of Physics, University of Bath and SW Regional Director, National HE STEM Programme.

12:15
Case studies: Different models for enhancing employability
Three case studies from leading institutions, followed by an in-depth panel discussion: 2. Centralised and shared careers services Anne-Marie Martin, Director, Careers Group, University of London and President, Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS)

12:25
Case studies Different models for enhancing employability
Three case studies from leading institutions, followed by an in-depth panel discussion: 3. Formal recognition of students’ strengths and skills Anne Wilson, Head of Careers, University of Warwick

12:35
Case studies panel discussion: Different models for enhancing employability
13:00
Marius Frank, Chief Executive, ASDAN Education
National Standards for Personal Effectiveness

13:10
Buffet lunch, networking and exhibition
14:00
Case studies: What employers want from graduates
Three case studies followed by an in-depth panel discussion 1. An overview of graduate employment prospects Gary Argent, Business Operations Manager, Association of Graduate Recruiters

14:10
Case studies: What employers want from graduates
Three case studies from leading institutions, followed by an in-depth panel discussion: 2. Core competencies and commercial awareness Julie Mercer, Head of Education, Deloitte LLP

14:20
Case studies What employers want from graduates
Three case studies from leading institutions, followed by an in-depth panel discussion: 3. The value of graduates to employers Donna Miller, European HR Director, Enterprise Rent-A-Car and Board Member, AGR

14:30
Case studies panel discussion: What employers want from graduates
15:00
Alison Clark, Director, NASES
Working as you learn: integrating student jobs into employability initiatives

15:15
Questions and discussion: Session 3
15:30
Refreshments, networking and exhibition
15:50
Seminar 2: Internationalisation of the curriculum: producing global citizens
Professor Elspeth Jones, International Dean and Professor of the Internationalisation of Higher Education; Co-Director of CAPRI (Centre for Academic Practice and Research in Internationalisation), Leeds Metropolitan University

15:00
Seminar 1: Successful professional placements
Dr. Keith Pond, Director of Learning and Teaching, School of Business & Economics, Loughborough University