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Conference programme

Below is the full agenda for the conference.  Here you can watch the keynote and panel recordings from the main session.  To watch the recordings from the parallel sessions please click on the session title.

09:15 – 09:30

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09:30 – 09:40

Welcome Address (including directions to poster displays)

  • Dr Liz Marr – PVC Students, The Open University
  • Dr Doug Cole – Deputy Director of Employability, Nottingham Trent University

09:40 – 10:20

Opening Keynote Presentation

10:20 – 10:25

Break to allow delegates to join their chosen session:  Posters on display

10:25 – 11:25

Parallel Session 1 (1 hour)

 

A: Future Focused employability

B: Employability, Access and Participation

C: Employer engagement in curriculum, learning and teaching

D: The Student Experience

 

Presentation: 30 minutes

Six Pedagogical Principles for Careers and Employability Learning in Higher Education

 

Michael Healy

Career Ahead, Australia

Lightning Talk: 15 minutes

Early career mobility of female doctorate holders

 

Dr Inma ÁlvarezDr Clare Horáčková & Dr Jitka Vseteckova

 The Open University

 

Lightning Talk: 15 minutes

Optimising the Employability of our Students through Co-Design

 

Lauren Moriarty

Leeds Beckett University

Lightning Talk: 15 minutes

To create an affordable, calm, creative and collaborative space for students embarking on their higher education journey

Julia De Meo & Jitse van Ameijde (OU) - students from Bangladesh university

The Open University and Batayon Pathagar, Bangladesh

 

Presentation: 30 minutes

Rethinking the Relations Between Graduate Employability and Employment

 

Dr Jason Brown

Career Ahead & The University of Southern Queensland, Australia

Workshop: 45 minutes

Enhancing social care worker employability through innovative cross-sector professional learning provision

 

Sylvia Warnecke, Bärbel Brash & Rosi Mele

The Open University and Lingo Flamingo

Lightning Talk: 15 minutes

Value of work-integrated learning to support student transition into career roles

 

Sarah Carnegie

Newcastle University Business School

Lightning Talk: 15 minutes

Psychological Wellbeing and Sustainable Careers: Insights from Graduates in India

 

Dr Nimmi P Mohandas &

Dr William E Donald

Adishankara Business School, ASIET & University of Southampton

 

Presentation: 30 minutes

Live Briefs – ARU’s approach to integrating real world professional experiences within the curriculum

 

Sarah Janes & Dr Marina Boz

Anglia Ruskin University

 

Presentation: 30 minutes

Critical ‘employability’ within the realms of sociology – a movement toward ‘social justice’

 

Dr Richard Gee

Nottingham Trent University

 

11:25 – 11:35

Break: Posters on display

11:35 – 12:35

Parallel Session 2 (1 hour)

 

A: Future Focused employability

B: Employability, Access and Participation

C: Employer engagement in curriculum, learning and teaching

D: The Student Experience

 

Presentation: 30 minutes

The student-led committee: a model for developing autonomy, self-efficacy, interpersonal skills, shared ownership, responsibility and resilience

 

Rebecca Gamble & Chris Jones

Nottingham Trent University

Workshop: 45 minutes

Supporting the employability of adults aged 50+ in the post Covid-19 era

 

Dr Emma Bolger

University of the West of Scotland

Presentation: 30 minutes

Employer Engagement in the physics curriculum: enhancing students’ career readiness

 

Dr Andrew Hirst, Dr Samantha PughSiddeequah Azmi

White Rose Industrial Physics Academy (University of York & University of Leeds)

Presentation: 30 minutes

The Professional Ecology of Careers and Employability Support in Higher Education: Lessons from Australia

 

Michael Healy

Career Ahead, Australia

 

Presentation: 30 minutes

Work-ready graduates: Building employability skills for a hybrid world

 

Liz Spratt & Matt Swarbrick

Chartered Management Institute

Lightning Talk: 15 minutes

Making it Work makes the case for Specialist Support


Laura Millar

Fife Gingerbread

 

Presentation: 30 minutes

Beyond the classroom: A new model to demonstrate how experiential learning can develop soft skills and aid employability

 

Dr Rod Brazier

London College of Contemporary Arts

Presentation: 30 minutes

Career Stage Framework: Meeting students where they are in their employability journey

 

Laura Brammar & Liz Wilkinson

The Careers Group, University of London

12:35 –13:05

Lunch: Posters on display

13:05 – 13:55

Keynote Presentation 2 

13:55 – 14:00

Break to allow delegates to join their chosen session:  Posters on display

14:00 – 15:00

Parallel Session 3 (1 hour)

 

A: Future Focused employability

B: Employability, Access and Participation

C: Employer engagement in curriculum, learning and teaching

D: The Student Experience

 

Presentation: 30 minutes

We need to talk about Albert: Employability is Sustainability

 

Kenneth Fox

Canterbury Christ Church University

Presentation: 30 minutes

Start as you mean to go on - Orientate, Apply and Connect: Transition pedagogy to introduce the concept of employability to new Higher Education learners

 

Charmayne Myers

Sheffield Hallam University

Lightning Talk: 15 minutes

How higher education institutions (HEIs) create alliances with small and medium sized businesses (SMEs)

 

Katie McAllister

University Centre Peterborough

Lightning Talk: 15 minutes

Learning to tell a powerful graduate story

 

Angela Vesey & Anne Owen

Nottingham Trent University

 

Presentation: 30 minutes

Reinforcing the Employability-Sustainability Nexus: the case of Nottingham Business School

 

Fiona Winfield & Dr Muhammad Mazhar

Nottingham Trent University

Presentation: 30 minutes

Identity and Employability:  Challenges and Opportunities in the context of Covid-19

 

Chris Jones & Cassie White

Nottingham Trent University

Workshop: 45 minutes

Using visual methods to enhance our understanding of international student employability

 

Dr Xin Zhao & Dr Emma Parry

The University of Sheffield

Lightning Talk: 15 minutes

Data, Data Everywhere but what do students think? Evidencing employability in careers provision through quality assurance and student voice

 

Lydia Lauder & Dr Victoria Crowe

The Open University

Presentation: 30 minutes

Pinning down employability -- digital badging on an undergraduate module at The Open University Business School

 

Terry O’Sullivan

The Open University

15:00 – 15:10

Break: Posters on display

15:10 – 15:55

Panel Discussion: Employability: expanding the narrative for a rapidly changing world – continuing the conversation 

Chair: Mick McCormick, The Open University

Panel members: DebbIe McVitty (WonkHE), Employer Voice: Mark Andrews (Adobe) Dr Doug Cole (Deputy Director of Employability, Nottingham Trent University) and Dr Cath Bishop

15:55 – 16:00

Close – Dr Sally Hayes

 

 

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