Call for Phoenix articles: Supporting disabled students and graduates

02 November 2018

The February 2019 issue of Phoenix, the AGCAS journal, will focus on the support available to disabled students and graduates as they prepare to transition from higher education into employment. This edition will showcase the good practice and initiatives of HE careers services and graduate employers aimed at supporting this client group. 

The recent AGCAS What Happens Next? report found that there are notable differences in the outcomes of disabled and non-disabled graduates. Although many employers are seeking to improve diversity and inclusion in the workplace, more needs to be done to support disabled graduates into meaningful employment.

We are seeking articles from the wide variety of functions within HE careers and employability services, and from employers and other stakeholders, to address the areas highlighted below. Contributions are invited from all parts of the UK.

 1)          Initiatives within HE institutions to increase support for this client group

 What are you/is your service doing to:

  • Assist disabled students through the job search and recruitment process, including in areas such as disclosure and reasonable adjustments
  • Facilitate opportunities for students to meet diversity positive recruiters
  • Support specific groups of disabled students/graduates (e.g. neurodiversity, mental health, etc)
  • Help disabled students where necessary with self-confidence or to raise their career aspirations
  • Use institution specific data on disability to inform strategy (e.g. tracking student behaviour, progression and outcomes)
  • Work with other services/schools/faculties within your institution to ensure streamlined communication and promotion of available support

 2)          Engagement with employers/key stakeholders:

 How have you collaborated with employers/partners/specialist agencies/other third parties to:

  • raise the profile of disability equality
  • address barriers to employment
  • develop support for disabled graduates 

3)          Case studies of working with disabled students and graduates

 Do you have examples of:

  • challenges, successes or your own personal learning that might benefit/inspire other AGCAS members/the HE sector/employers?

 How to submit an article

To discuss an idea for a proposed article, please email Gemma Green in the first instance with a brief outline. You will then be allocated an editor from the Phoenix Editorial Group, who will offer full editorial support throughout the process. Articles should be submitted via the Phoenix article submission form, which outlines how to write and construct an article for Phoenix.

The aim of Phoenix is to share best practice and showcase HE careers and employability service delivery across a wide range of areas. We are especially interested in receiving articles that instigate debate, offer views/opinions and outline challenges faced and how you have responded to these/reshaped delivery.

The deadline for article proposals is Monday 3 December 2018.

The deadline for articles is Friday 4 January 2019.

For further information about the next issue, or about writing for Phoenix in general, please contact Gemma Green, Phoenix Editor.

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