Key Points
  • The impact of the pandemic and Brexit on graduate employability
  • Employers' perspectives: meeting present and future skills demands
  • Measuring Graduate Outcomes
  • Developing impactful employer activity within the university
  • Improving engagement with university careers services
  • Tackling inequalities in employment outcomes for students from underrepresented backgrounds


Overview
Confirmed Speakers:

  • Chaired by: Charlie Ball, Senior Consultant: Labour Market Intelligence, Jisc
  • Elaine Boyes, Executive Director, Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS)
  • Joanne Beaumont, Associate Director Student Services: Careers, Employability and Engagement, University of Bradford
  • Neha Agarwal, Head of Research and Insight, Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA)
  • Stuart Norton, Senior Adviser in Learning and Teaching, Advance HE
  • John Machin, Talent Programmes Leader, IBM Foundation
  • Lucy McGrath, Employability Lead, Liverpool Business School, Liverpool John Moores University
  • Stephen Isherwood, Chief Executive, The Institute of Student Employers' (ISE)
  • Karen Bryan, Vice-Chancellor, York St John University and Lead, Yorkshire Universities Graduate Labour Market Intelligence Task and Finish Group
  • Adele Browne, Head of Graduate Success, De Montfort University
The pandemic has dramatically changed the world of work, with graduates entering an intensively competitive labour market. Students are placing greater emphasis on which universities are best placed to prepare them for modern employment.

Westminster Insight’s Conference brings together leading universities to share evidence-led strategies for improving graduate employability.

Attend to hear what the Graduate Outcomes survey results tell us so far about higher education and the graduate labour market. Put your questions to our expert panel on how they have fostered effective partnerships with employers and embedded employability skills into their curriculum.

Benefit from case studies about how careers services can better engage students through a blend of online and face to face services with a specific focus on reaching underrepresented groups of students.

Don’t miss this opportunity to reflect on your institution’s employability strategy, attract more students to your university and ensure your graduates have the best chance for success within an overcrowded job market.

This half-day event will be delivered live from a custom digital platform. Network with colleagues online and view the content on demand for 14 days after the event.


Agenda
Start

09:00 - 09:10
Chair’s Opening Remarks

 

Speakers

Dr Charlie Ball Senior Consultant: Labour Market Intelligence, Jisc

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09:10 - 09:35
Opening Address: Office for Students’ Priorities to Support Graduate Employability

 
  • The OfS approach to employability and skills in the regulatory framework
  • Preparing graduates to meet the current and future skills demand from the labour market
  • Introducing Higher Education Short Course
09.30 – 09.35 Questions and Discussion

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Sandra Binns Higher Education Short Course Trial Manager, Office for Students

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09:35 - 10:00
Enhancing Graduate Employability

 
  • Beyond Covid-19
  • Preparing students for successful trajectories
  • Supporting employability enhancement
  • Employability discourse – a significant juncture
09.55 – 10.00 Questions and Discussion

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Stuart Norton Senior Adviser in Learning and Teaching, Advance HE

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10:00 - 10:25
Measuring Graduate Outcomes

 
  • What the results tell us so far about the higher education sector and the state of the graduate labour market
  • What are the gaps in our understanding of graduate outcomes – what more do we need to know beyond salary and occupation?  
10.20 – 10.25 Questions and Discussion

Speakers

Neha Agarwal Head of Research & Insight, Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA)

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10:25 - 10:30
Break

 

10:30 - 11:00
Panel Discussion: Employers’ Perspectives

 
  • Changes to graduate recruitment practices due to the pandemic
  • Assessing skills gaps and demands from across the labour market
  • Attributes and skills of a successful candidate
  • How students can best demonstrate their achievements to employers 
  • Improving engagement with universities to ensure a talent pipeline of work-ready graduates
  • Meeting future skills demands of employers  
10.50 – 11.00 Questions and Discussion

Speakers

John Machin CMgr MCMI Talent Programmes Leader, Senior Manager, IBM Foundation

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Stephen Isherwood Chief Executive, Institute of Student Employers

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11:00 - 11:25
Networking Break

 

11:25 - 12:05
Panel Discussion: Developing Impactful Employer Activity within the University

 
  • Working with employers to identify the skills students need to succeed in the workplace
  • Exploring different forms of employer activity, including work-based learning, placements, internships, entrepreneurship, knowledge exchange and career insight events
  • Driving a university-wide initiative to embed essential soft workplace skills into all subjects 
  • Balancing differing student, graduate, institutional and employer needs
  • Collaborating with employers to co-design course curricula and content
  • The growing importance of regionalisation in HE employability activity
  • Supporting SME employers to provide appropriate jobs for graduates
11.55 – 12.05 Questions and Discussion

Speakers

Karen Bryan Vice-Chancellor, York St John University

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Lucy McGrath Employability Lead, Liverpool Business School, Liverpool John Moores University

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Tom Lovell CEO, TechSkills

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12:05 - 12:30
Improving Student Engagement with University Careers Services

 
  • Lessons learnt from new structures and operating models arising from Covid-19
  • Getting the right balance between virtual and in-person services to optimise engagement 
  • Engaging hard to reach and underrepresented students in career guidance
  • Examples of successful engagement initiatives  
12.25 – 12.30 Questions and Discussion

Speakers

Elaine Boyes Executive Director, Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS)

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12:30 - 13:00
Panel Discussion: Tackling Inequalities in Employment Outcomes for Students from Underrepresented Backgrounds

 
  • Understanding graduate demographics that are disproportionately underemployed or unemployed
  • Overcoming barriers experienced by students from underrepresented backgrounds to boost their graduate outcomes and develop essential workplace skills
  • Working with employers to improve their workforce diversity and inclusive recruitment practices  
12.50 – 13.00 Questions and Discussion

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Joanne Beaumont Associate Director Student Services: Careers, Employability and Engagement, University of Bradford

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Adele Browne Head of Graduate Success, De Montfort University

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13:00 - 13:10
Chair’s Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

 

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Dr Charlie Ball Senior Consultant: Labour Market Intelligence, Jisc

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End

Speakers

Neha Agarwal Head of Research & Insight, Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA)

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Dr Charlie Ball Senior Consultant: Labour Market Intelligence, Jisc

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Joanne Beaumont Associate Director Student Services: Careers, Employability and Engagement, University of Bradford

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Sandra Binns Higher Education Short Course Trial Manager, Office for Students

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Elaine Boyes Executive Director, Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS)

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Adele Browne Head of Graduate Success, De Montfort University

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Karen Bryan Vice-Chancellor, York St John University

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Stephen Isherwood Chief Executive, Institute of Student Employers

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Tom Lovell CEO, TechSkills

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John Machin CMgr MCMI Talent Programmes Leader, Senior Manager, IBM Foundation

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Lucy McGrath Employability Lead, Liverpool Business School, Liverpool John Moores University

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Stuart Norton Senior Adviser in Learning and Teaching, Advance HE

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Venue details

Online Event Broadcast Live


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