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  1. 27 Jun 2016

    AGCAS Executive Director update: strategy and policy work (June 2016)

    As I write, I know many members are still adjusting to the period of uncertainty and change that we are now entering. As careers professionals, I also know that members' focus will be on supporting and advising students and graduates during this period of transition. Following consultation with AGCAS heads of service, the AGCAS Board has published its response to the AGCAS referendum.

  2. 27 Jun 2016

    AGCAS response to the EU referendum

    Following last week's EU referendum outcome, the role of AGCAS member services in providing high-quality information, advice and guidance to students and graduates, and delivering support to employers and academics, is more important than ever to ensure our students and graduates develop the skills and attributes needed to navigate an uncertain and potentially changing jobs market.

    As a community, we must prepare for the uncertainty and potential changes in the graduate labour market.

  3. 22 Jun 2016

    Phoenix: graduate attributes issue now available

    The latest edition of Phoenix, the AGCAS journal, is now available. The June 2016 issue focuses on graduate attributes, with articles outlining the various ways that HE careers and employability services are working with students and employers to raise awareness of the key attributes needed to attain graduate employment.

    Despite being widely preached by universities, careers services and students alike, confusion still surrounds the graduate attributes agenda.  

  4. 20 Jun 2016

    STEP to launch National Internship Week (27 June - 1 July)

    National Internship Week is a week-long celebration of internships, taking place from 27 June - 1 July. The week aims to highlight the positive impact that paid internships have on businesses, the UK economy and the interns themselves.

  5. 20 Jun 2016

    Be More - making graduate attributes meaningful at Keele

    Lisa McWilliams, Head of Careers and Employability at Keele University, reflects on bringing graduate attributes to life through themed activities, events, workshops and purple ducks!

  6. 20 Jun 2016

    Helping PhD students articulate their skills to employers

    Lorna Warnock, Employability Manager from the Department of Biology at The University of York, discusses the competency framework they use to articulate the skills of PhD students to potential employers. This toolkit is designed to help PhD students assess their own competencies and professional development whilst undertaking their PhD internships.

  7. 20 Jun 2016

    Developing your Global Career webinar series

    In Spring 2016 the Midlands International Group, a consortium of 16 universities, delivered a webinar series consisting of 13 online events targeted at international students. The sessions were supported by funding from UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) and careers professionals from across the region worked with employers and alumni to run a week of online sessions, which were designed to prepare for students for the global job market.

  8. 24 May 2016

    From mock interviews to mastering recruitment practice

    Calli Amiras, Deputy Director of the Professional Development Centre and Head of Careers at Brunel University, is proud that Brunel was the first university careers service in the UK to use video interviewing. The careers service initially introduced Sonru's video interviewing as an interview preparation tool for students, but in practice its usage has extended far beyond their original intentions.

  9. 20 May 2016

    AGCAS to help implement Shadbolt computer science recommendations

    The AGCAS Board is pleased to endorse the publication of the final report from the Shadbolt review of computer sciences degree accreditation and graduate employability. AGCAS has been identified as a key organisation that needs to be involved in the implementation of a series of recommendations.

    This independent review explored the accreditation arrangements for computer science degrees to ensure that they continue to be fit for the future. The focus was on the purpose and role of accreditation and how the system can support the skills requirements of employers and improve graduate employability.

  10. 17 May 2016

    HE White Paper and TEF2 consultation published

    The HE White Paper setting out the government's plans to reform the higher education and research system was published on Monday 16 May 2016. Experts have commented that this is one of the most important developments for HE policy in some time.

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