AGCAS Alternative Conference: All webinars available to book

08 June 2020

AGCAS Alternative Conference, 15-19 June 2020, will focus on a different theme each day, offering free webinars featuring expert member and external speakers. Though live places will be limited, recordings will be made available to members after the conference. 

8 June 2020 update: Data insights (16 June) and Supporting international students (19 June) webinars now available.

Monday 15 June: The graduate labour market

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11:00–12:00 Keynote (FULLY BOOKED)

The graduate labour market after a crisis, Tristram Hooley, ISE, and Charlie Ball, JISC. 

12:30–13:30 Session Two (FULLY BOOKED)

All Together Now: A collaborative approach to engaging all stakeholders for a high impact week of employability activity, Lib Golding, University of Liverpool

Creating a comprehensive provision of support for your graduate population in collaboration with local SME’s, Suzanne Kulk and Lou Rontree, Nottingham Trent University

14:00–15:00 Session Three (FULLY BOOKED)

Graduate Workforce Bradford (GWB): Improving graduate outcomes for BAME students - a collaborative model for sustainable change, Joanne Beaumont and Urfan Faqir, University of Bradford

From physics degree to work: Developing students’ work mobility, mind-set and career readiness, Andrew Hirst, WRIPA/Uni of York

15:30–16:30 Session Four (FULLY BOOKED)

Evaluating the effectiveness of employer engagement activities for universities and employers, Gabi Binnie, AGCAS, and Lucy Everett, AGCAS Employer Engagement Task Group

Supporting our regional graduate labour markets now and in the future, Paul Gratrick, AGCAS Director for Regionalisation


Tuesday 16 June: Data insights

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10:00–11:00 Session One (FULLY BOOKED)

From Data to Business Information: The University of Nottingham journey, Stuart Marriott and Mark Dean, University of Nottingham and John Cusworth, Gradcore.

Unlocking the secrets of student engagement: How data is helping us understand our unique student population, Dr Victoria Crowe, The Open University

13:00–14:00 Session Two

Go GO! New tools to maximise Graduate Outcomes (GO) impact, Charlie Ball and Beth Magovern, JISC

15:00–16:00 Session Three (FULLY BOOKED)

Use of data in higher education careers services: Leveraging influence, improving data confidence, Naomi Oosman-Watts, AGCAS Director of Data Insights and Head of Strategic Projects - Student Services, Newcastle University

Wednesday 17 June: Research-driven practice

09:30–10:30 Keynote (FULLY BOOKED)

Introduction to research for careers professionals, Fiona Christie, AGCAS Research and Knowledge Director and Charlie Ball, JISC.  

11:00–12:00 Session Two (FULLY BOOKED)

The 21st Century Careers Professional, Dr Nalayini Thambar, University of Nottingham and Dr Siobhan Neary, iCeGS

The Cop in the Head: A forum theatre approach to interview performance, Jacqueline McManus and Catherine Taylor, University of West London

14:30–15:30 Session Three (FULLY BOOKED)

Designing doable research projects: Starting from where you are, Gill Frigerio, University of Warwick

What shapes student career interest during university?, Kathleen M. Quinlan, University of Kent

16:00–17:00 Session Four

Putting research into practice: A peer-learning opportunity to help AGCAS members deliver research projects in your own institution, Panellists: Mary MacFarlane, Leeds Beckett University; Leigh Fowkes, Open University; Vanessa Armstrong, Newcastle University


Thursday 18 June: Social mobility and widening participation

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10:00–11:00 Session One (FULLY BOOKED)

Lessons learnt from a widening participation outreach project in South Yorkshire, Amy Blenkiron and Rachel Crowder, Higher Education Progression Advisers, HeppSY

Showcase: Virtual guidance and advice for commuter students and those with disabilities, Keren Coney and Sally Beyer, Liverpool John Moores University

13:00–14:00 Session Two (FULLY BOOKED)

Panel discussion: Using data in social mobility and widening participation, facilitated by Helen Smith, AGCAS Social Mobility Director

Panellists: Laura Ingham, Kingston University; Debra Easter and Laura Pacey, Nottingham Trent University; Fiona Cobb, The Careers Group; Keren Coney, Liverpool John Moores University; Mark Allen, Imperial College London

15:00–16:00 Session Three (FULLY BOOKED)

Lad culture and careers, Elaine McStravick, Northumbria University

Showcase: Supporting women in entrepreneurship, Katie Martin and Lauren Ellse, University of Bristol


Friday 19 June: Supporting international students

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10:00–11:00 Keynote (FULLY BOOKED)

Understanding Tier 4 visas and working, Heather Knight, UKCISA and Helen Atkinson, Newcastle University

11:30–12:30 Session Two (FULLY BOOKED)

Panel discussion: The effect of COVID-19 on the international graduate labour market, Facilitated by Steph Harris, UUKi

14:00–15:00, Session Three (FULLY BOOKED)

#Wearetogether: Working with international students to support and enhance international student employability, Nebu George, Rex Bechu and Khoa Nguyen, UKCISA International Student ambassadors and Sarah Cooper, University of Bristol and AGCAS Internationalisation Task Group