AGCAS Annual Conference 2021

Future Ready: The changed world of HE careers professionals

Over the last year, the world in which we work has changed dramatically. Novel methods of interacting and engaging, teaching and learning that could have taken months or years to plan and implement occurred practically overnight. 

At AGCAS Annual Conference 2021, we will focus on the impact of these changes on the work of HE careers professionals. Bringing together international and home-grown speakers, new research and our own expert community, we will discuss how we are working now and how we are shaping the future.

Join us for themed sessions on:

  • The impact of policy on careers practice
  • The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on students and graduates and how we support them
  • The global picture
  • Equality and diversity in practice
  • Developing the careers profession
  • New ways of working.

Conference programme

Full conference programme, with session descriptions

Keynote speakers

This year's keynote speakers will include:

  • Debbie McVitty, Editor of Wonkhe, exploring the impact of policy on careers practice.
  • Dr Nalayini Thambar, AGCAS Quality Director and Director of Careers and Employability at The University of Nottingham, launching the AGCAS Professional Pathways.
  • Dr Michael Tomlinson, Associate Professor, Education School, University of Southampton and Gabi Binnie, AGCAS Policy and Research Manager, presenting findings from their UKRI funded project exploring the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on graduates and how we support them.
  • Short keynotes on supporting equality and diversity in graduate employability from Piers Wilkinson, Student Voice Commissioner, Disabled Student Commission; Neelam Thapar, Head of Careers and Employability, London Metropolitan University; Bob Athwal, Global Lead for Racial Diversity and Early Careers, Skyscanner and Ali Orr, Head of Graduate Outcomes and Employability, Kingston University.
  • To explore how artificial intelligence (AI) will affect careers support, a panel of industry tech leaders will provide real world examples and updates. Speakers will include Sam Gilbert, author of Good Data: An Optimist's Guide to Our Digital Future; Patricia Shaw, widely published on data ethics, discussing the impact of bias in automated decision-making systems, and how this impacts outcomes; Sherry Coutu CBE, Non-Executive Director of London Stock Exchange and Pearson and founder of Workfinder and Simon Martin, CEO, Group GTI.
  • Glenda Quintini, Senior Economist, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, discussing the global picture.

AGCAS Awards for Excellence 2021

View the award categories for the AGCAS Awards for Excellence 2021.

Winners will be announced at the AGCAS Awards for Excellence webinars on Friday 25 June 2021.