Graduate Talent and Employability: Meeting student expectations #grademployability
20 Nov 2012

Headline Speakers

With the increase in tuition fees and the ongoing challenges in the jobs market, the focus on graduate employability continues to be intense. Employers looking at their future workforce are examining the balance of skills and knowledge they need from their graduates, and how they can best work with universities and colleges to support future cohorts of employees.

Universities, partly driven by the increasing interest that students and applicants are taking in employability and the growing prominence of destination statistics are focussing more heavily on the employability agenda. We have also seen a rise in the prominence of employability awards, and the findings of the Wilson Review examining university – business relationships taking effect across the sector.

Programme
09:50
Aaron Porter, HE Consultant and conference chair
Welcome and introduction

10:00
Sonja Stockton, Global Head of Emerging Talent, Alexander Mann Solutions & Advisory Board; and Advisory Board Bright Futures
Graduate employability in the 21st century – new thinking for the future

10:20
Rob Ward, Director, Centre for Recording Achievement
HEAR and beyond the honours degree classification system

10:40
Dr David Docherty, Chief Executive, Council for Industry and Higher Education
Bringing higher education and industry together to support employability

11:00
Questions and discussion
11:15
Break
11:45
Nicola Turner, Director of Employability, Aston University
Placements delivering improved employability & entrepreneurship

12:05
Nadim Choudhury, Head of Career Services and Employability, London School of Business and Finance
Building industry links to improve student employability

12:25
Jane Artess, Director of Research, Higher Education Careers Service Unit (HECSU)
Supporting the employability of students

12:45
Questions and discussion
13:00
Break
14:00
Lewis Coakley, Higher Education Development Officer, National Union of Students (NUS)
Student-led activity

14:20
Jennifer Owen, Director, LSE Careers & Vice President, Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS)
Providing professional support to careers practitioners in a challenging landscape

14:40
Stephen Isherwood, Head of Graduate Recruitment, Ernst & Young
Recruiting the best talent

15:00
Questions and discussion
15:00
Break
15:45
Key issue seminar sessions
One of the following seminars will be broadcast live

15:45
Key issue seminar 1: Connecting students and graduates with start-ups and SMEs
Rajeeb Dey, Founder and CEO, Enternships

15:45
Key issue seminar 2: How working while studying improves employment skills upon graduation
Alison Clark, NASES Director, National Association of Student Employment Services

16:45
End of broadcast