Key Points
  • Examining the latest market intelligence, how to prepare graduates to navigate a challenging labour market post Covid 19 and strategies to deliver an effective virtual careers service
  • Embedding employability at the heart of your University strategy and developing a practical model
  • Exploring recent trends around graduate employability, including Degree Apprenticeships
  • Developing effective partnerships and gain direct insight from an employers perspective
  • Tackling inequalities in employment outcomes for students from underrepresented backgrounds


Overview

Expert Speakers

  • Professor Colm Harmon, Vice-Principal (Students), University of Edinburgh, *7th in UK for Graduate Employability
  • Mark Allanson, Pro Vice-Chancellor (External Relations), Edge Hill University
  • Dr Lorraine Dacre Pool, Principal Lecturer-Student and Staff Development, University of Central Lancashire
  • Lucy Hykin, Head of Academic Market, Abintegro
  • Andy Penaluna, Professor Emeritus, Advance-HE & Chair - Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (EntEd)
  • Jenny Taylor, UK Graduate, Apprenticeship and Student Programme Leader, IBM
  • Dr Lisa Taylor, Associate Dean for Employability, Medicine and Health, UEA
  • Dr Usha Sundaram, Associate Dean for Employability, Social Sciences, UEA
  • Emma Moore, Director of Careers & Employability, University of Liverpool
  • Glenda Quintini, Senior Economist (Skills and Employability), OECD
  • Dr Olatunde Durowoju, Senior Lecturer in Operations and Quality Management, Liverpool John Moores University
  • Leo Capella, Job Coach, National Autistic Society
  • Riddi Viswanathan, Overseas Representative, NUS

    Westminster Insight’s Graduate Employability Digital Conference will equip you with a greater understanding of how to best prepare students for the labour market. Hear from the UK’s top 10 Universities for Graduate Employability*, as well as leading regional experts who will be exploring recent trends in the employability market.
    We will also review the impact of Covid 19 on the graduate labour market and how best to engage and support students. Explore effective strategies to deliver an online, accessible employability service and build relationships with industry during a pandemic.

    We will be sharing best practice on how to build effective partnerships with employers in your region by identifying local skills needs to integrate students into the local economy. We will also be focusing on how to minimise costs by streamlining services and making use of digital platforms. Explore how to enhance students’ employability in an increasingly competitive market by promoting the value of soft skills, work placements and study abroad opportunities.

    You will also review how to develop a practical Graduate Employability Strategy by learning about the CareerEDGE’ model. Gain actionable insight on how to embed careers into Teaching and Learning by hearing about Advance-HE’s Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Education Framework.

    Don’t miss this opportunity to discover how to best prepare graduates to be work ready, by addressing industry skills gaps and boosting regional economies.

    *https://www.topuniversities.com/university-rankings/employability-rankings/2020

  • Agenda
    Start

    09:30 - 09:40
    Chair's Opening Remarks

     

    09:40 - 10:15
    Keynote Address: Embedding Employability at the Heart of your University Strategy

     
    • Ensuring commitment to employability from the leadership team 
    • Building partnerships in your region to help improve the economy of your area
    • Minimising costs and maximising Careers Service budgets by streamlining services and making use of digital platforms

      10:05-10:15 Questions and Discussion

    Speakers

    Professor Colm Harmon Vice-Principal (Students), University of Edinburgh, *7th in UK for Graduate Employability

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    10:15 - 10:45
    Exploring Recent Trends around Graduate Employability

     
    • Preparing students for a globalised world by supporting them with mobility opportunities, new angles on societal issues and language skills 
    • Offering students professional work experience opportunities to help them stand out from the crowd 
    • Reviewing the opportunities and challenges around Degree Apprenticeships

      10:35-10:45 Questions and Discussion

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    Mark Allanson Pro Vice-Chancellor (External Relations), Edge Hill University

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    10:45 - 11:15
    Break

     

    11:15 - 11:45
    Developing a Practical Model of Graduate Employability

     
    • Exploring the ‘CareerEDGE’ model as a vital component for your Graduate Employability Strategy 
    • Demonstrating the value of the model and how useful it is in practice     
    • Reviewing future developments based on the “Key to Employability” model, such as the development of a self-evaluation measurement tool for students  

      11:35-11:45 Questions and Discussion

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    Dr Lorraine Dacre Pool Principal Lecturer-Student and Staff Development, University of Central Lancashire

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    Lucy Hykin Head of Academic Market, Abintegro

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    11:45 - 12:20
    Bridging the Gap Between Universities and Employers

     
    • Aligning student outcomes to local skills gaps to integrate graduates into the regional economy 
    • Working collaboratively with employers and alumni to help inspire students to

      12:10-12:20 Questions and Discussion

    Speakers

    Dr. Usha Sundaram Senior Lecturer in Consumer and Digital Marketing, University of East Anglia

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    Dr Lisa Taylor Associate Dean for Employability, Medicine and Health, UEA

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    12:20 - 13:00
    Preparing Graduates for the Labour Market- An Employers Perspective

     
    • Assessing gaps and demands across the graduate labour market 
    • Exploring how employers are attracting talented graduates through their outreach programmes 
    • Identifying the transferable soft skills employers are looking for  

      12:50-13:00 Questions and Discussion

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    Glenda Quintini Senior Economist (Skills and Employability), OECD

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    Jenny Taylor UK Graduate, Apprenticeship and Student Programme Leader, IBM

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    13:00 - 14:00
    Break

     

    14:00 - 14:30
    Embedding Enterprise and Entrepreneurship into Teaching and Learning

     
    • Exploring Advance-HE’s Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Education Framework
    • The importance of making distinction between enterprise and entrepreneurship – to provide the right activities, experiences and assessments to help students develop
    • Connecting students to a world of work where change is the norm      
    • International insights, developments and the supportive HEI

      14:20-14:30 Questions and Discussion


    Speakers

    Andy Penaluna Professor Emeritus, Advance-HE & Chair - Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (EntEd)

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    14:30 - 15:05
    Exploring the New Opportunities Around Student Placements and Work Experience

     
    • Supporting students and placement providers across the mandatory practical requirements for HE programmes
    • Building links with neighbouring companies to support students transition into the local economy
    • Exploring the roll-out of remote internships to overcome barriers for WP students and make internships more accessible 
    • Hear from Aston University and Cass Business School who deliver the remote internships programme  

      14:55-15:05 Questions and Discussion


    Speakers

    Emma Moore Director of Careers & Employability, University of Liverpool

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    15:05 - 15:40
    Panel Session: Tackling Inequalities in Employment Outcomes for Students from Underrepresented Backgrounds

     
    • Assimilating international students into the UK economy and easing their transition into the market
    • Reviewing the opportunities and challenges around the Post-Study Work Visa for international students 
    • Recognizing the unique need for careers support for disabled students  


    Speakers

    Leo Capella Job Coach, National Autistic Society

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    Dr Olatunde Durowoju Senior Lecturer, Operations and Quality Management, Liverpool John Moores University

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    Riddi Viswanathan Overseas Representative, National Union of Students (NUS)

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    15:40 - 15:45
    Chair's Closing Remarks

     

    End

    Speakers

    Mark Allanson Pro Vice-Chancellor (External Relations), Edge Hill University

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    Leo Capella Job Coach, National Autistic Society

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    Dr Lorraine Dacre Pool Principal Lecturer-Student and Staff Development, University of Central Lancashire

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    Dr Olatunde Durowoju Senior Lecturer, Operations and Quality Management, Liverpool John Moores University

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    Professor Colm Harmon Vice-Principal (Students), University of Edinburgh, *7th in UK for Graduate Employability

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    Lucy Hykin Head of Academic Market, Abintegro

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    Emma Moore Director of Careers & Employability, University of Liverpool

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    Andy Penaluna Professor Emeritus, Advance-HE & Chair - Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (EntEd)

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    Glenda Quintini Senior Economist (Skills and Employability), OECD

    Read profile

    Dr. Usha Sundaram Senior Lecturer in Consumer and Digital Marketing, University of East Anglia

    Read profile

    Jenny Taylor UK Graduate, Apprenticeship and Student Programme Leader, IBM

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    Dr Lisa Taylor Associate Dean for Employability, Medicine and Health, UEA

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    Riddi Viswanathan Overseas Representative, National Union of Students (NUS)

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    Venue details

    Streamed Live


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