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09:00 – 09:30 Registration and refreshments Berrill Foyer
09:30 – 09:40 Welcome Address Berrill Lecture Theatre

Tim Blackman, Vice Chancellor, The Open University

09:40 – 10:05 Opening Keynote Presentation Berrill Lecture Theatre

Doug Cole, Nottingham Trent University

10:05 – 10:55 Presentations and panel Q&A Berrill Lecture Theatre

Connecting Students to their Career Outcomes

Sacha Nouwens, Online Education Services


Beyond Employability: a More Radical Role for Higher Education in Developing Workplace Capabilities

Martin Reynolds, The Open University

10:55 – 11:20


Library Atrium
11:20 – 12:10 Parallel Session A – choose from the following:  


Digital Justice: Designing Smartphone Apps to Promote Legal Literacy

Francine Ryan and David Byrne, The Open University Law School

Library Seminar Room 4,

Level 2, OU Library



Making Sense of Employability for Multi/Interdisciplinary Students

Helen Cooke and Rosie Meade, The Open University

Library Presentation Room,

Ground Floor, OU Library

LIGHTNING TALK SESSION (followed by a 10-minute Q&A)

Employability is for Life and not Just for Graduation

Dr Lisa Taylor, University of East Anglia 


Finding a Digital Solution to Campus Engagement

Georgina Hawkins, The Open University


Advocating Professional Aspiration in Health Science Students

Richard Thorne, City,​ University of London


Developing Employability through Carousel Conversations with Employees

Tom Bulman, Worktree

Experience Centre,

Ground Floor, OU Library

12:20 – 13:00 Parallel Session B – choose from the following:  

Building Student Confidence and Raising Student Aspirations through Five-Year Plans

Dr Lindsey J. Munro, Manchester Metropolitan University


Recognising Prior Experiential Learning: Challenges and Opportunities for Advancing Employability and Accrediting Lifelong Learning

Tyrrell Golding and Clare Dunn, The Open University

Library Seminar Room 4,

Level 2, OU Library

Global, Digital and Future-Facing: The Virtual Careers Service of University of London Distance and Flexible Learning Programmes

Laura Brammar, The Careers Group, University of London
Using International Student Data to Drive Employer Engagement Strategies Worldwide

Cate Linforth, University of Birmingham, and Esther de Perlaky, University of Warwick

Library Presentation Room,

Ground Floor, OU Library

Employability: A Case Study Examining the Impact of Teaching Facilitating Creative Thinking within Management Education

Hilary Collins, The Open University


Developing an Entrepreneurial Mindset to Foster Employability

Janine Melvin and Anthony Killick, Liverpool John Moores University, and Waf Njonjo, Pacificstream

Experience Centre, 

Ground Floor, OU Library

13:00 – 13:50
Lunch and poster display
Library Atrium
14:00 – 14:25 Keynote Speaker Berrill Lecture Theatre
  Olly Newton, The Edge Foundation  
14:25 – 15:15 Presentations and Q&A  

Connecting Entrepreneurship Education and Employability – Implications for Module Design and Educational Practice

Carolin Decker-Lange, The Open University


Expanding the Narrative: Beyond Employability – Navigating a Life in Music

Professor Karen Burland, University of Leeds, and Professor Liz Mellor, University of York St John (Visiting Professor)

Berrill Lecture Theatre
15:15 – 15:40 Refreshments

Library Atrium

15:40 – 16:20
Parallel Session C –​ choose from the following:



Connecting Open Routes to Employability Skills Project: the CORES so far

Terry O'Sullivan, The Open University


Engaging Employers with Easy-to-Ignore Students – the GO Wales Approach

Lise Jacobsen and Jonathan Arnold, University of South Wales 

Library Seminar Room 4,

Level 2, OU Library



A Framework for Employability – Supporting Diverse Student Cohorts

Mick McCormick and Rosie Meade, The Open University

Enhancing Indian MBA students’ Employability through an Experiential Learning Residential: An Accessible and Inclusive Approach

Dr Victoria Jackson and Vicki O'Brien, University of Central Lancashire 

Library Presentation Room,

Ground Floor, OU Library



Real World Learning – Making Learning and Teaching Relevant for Students’ Futures 

Dawn Morley, Solent University

Enhancing Graduate Employability through Accessible 'Live Labs' Work Experience

Dr Lisa Coulthwaite, Manchester Metropolitan University

Experience Centre, 

Ground Floor, OU Library

16:25 – 16:35


Library Atrium


Sally Hayes, The Open University


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