AGCAS Annual Conference 2020

Re-imagining Careers and Employability: Innovative approaches for complex challenges

Increasing pressure is being placed on HE to address disadvantage and inequality. At the same time, we must have a demonstrable impact on the career success of all students and graduates. Meanwhile, the job market is changing. And fast.

As a result, employability has become a whole-institution priority requiring a coherent, collaborative and evidence-based approach across departments, roles and functions – in addition to finding innovative ways of working with external partners.

Alongside all this, rapidly advancing digital technologies are presenting new opportunities, and fresh challenges, to transform the way we deliver careers and employability development and engage with our students.

We want to find out how you are transforming your institution’s approach, big or small.

This year’s three conference themes are: 

  • Access and success for all — How are you changing the ways in which you define, support and demonstrate ‘success’ for all of your students and graduates? Recognising their diverse needs and for an increasingly dynamic graduate labour markets.
  • Digital delivery — How are you using digital tools to expand, enhance and evaluate the effectiveness of your services?
  • Dealing with data – The first publication of the Graduate Outcomes Survey results will be hot off the press. There will be an opportunity to discuss this as well as learn from colleagues about how they are using on-course and institutional data, to develop student support. 

Booking now open – Early Bird Discount

Book by 17:00 on 28 February 2020 and receive 10% discount on full conference package ticket for members only.

Running over two days, the conference is for anyone involved in careers and employability support for higher education students and graduates, whatever your role or department. Collaborative approaches and evidence/research-based practice will also be interwoven into sessions throughout the conference. It will be of particular interest to colleagues who work, or have an interest, in:

  • Academic embedded employability
  • Employer engagement
  • Enterprise and entrepreneurship
  • Information, advice and guidance
  • Work-based learning and placement

To increase flexibility for delegates, this year’s conference does not include accommodation. There are several hotels within five minutes' walking distance of the venue and three hotels within two minutes'. These are Premier Inn Nottingham City Centre, Best Western Plus Nottingham City Centre and Crowne Plaza Nottingham

Central Nottingham offers a wide range of hotels, Airbnb’s and city lets nearby, allowing you to choose the type of accommodation that suits your requirements and budget. Consult sites such as Tripadvisor and Booking.com for more options. 

Be sure to book accommodation early to avoid any disappointment, as there are also other events happening across the city on these dates.

Call for session proposals – showcases, world cafes, deep dives and more

This year we are experimenting with a new format so that colleagues can derive wider benefits from the conference. For the AGCAS Annual Conference, this is a transitional year and an opportunity for us all to think innovatively about sharing of experiential learning between members. We hope by offering more ways to contribute, it will encourage more members and sector colleagues to engage and create diverse learning materials. Find out more in the Session Offer Form. Submission deadline is 17:00 Friday 21 February 2020.

Session offer form

AGCAS Awards for Excellence 2020 – nominations open and call for shortlisting judges

The AGCAS Awards for Excellence dinner is taking place on the evening of 17 June at the same venue as the conference.

We are now seeking Award nominations. Find out more about the award categories and criteria as well as the nomination forms. The deadline for submission is midday on Wednesday 11 March 2020

Another way to get involved in the Awards for Excellence is as a shortlisting judge. Find out more and apply before 17:00 on Friday 6 March 2020.

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VENUE

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