AGCAS Research Conference

Research for change: developing evidence-based practice for the benefit of individuals, institutions and society

Now in its third year, the AGCAS Research Conference celebrates and encourages research-informed practice. The conference aims to share expertise and insights from practitioner researchers, careers professionals, academics and research students to contribute to the growing body of evidence around HE students’ employability and the graduate labour market.

The AGCAS Research Conference offers delegates the opportunity to share experiences and findings with colleagues in the sector and to network with peers who share an interest in research relevant to their practice. The conference aims to inform and inspire participants regardless of their research background.

Conference theme

This year’s conference theme is:

  • Research for change: developing evidence-based practice for the benefit of individuals, institutions and society

Conference keynote

Our conference keynote is:

  • Professor Helen Higson, Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Aston University and Convenor of the Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE) Employability, Enterprise and Work-based Learning Network

Helen Higson will reflect on the importance of research-informed practice in enhancing the HE employability agenda.

Launch of AGCAS research

The conference will also see the launch of the findings from the 2017/18 AGCAS First-year Student Career Readiness Survey, which explores what factors might affect first-year students’ careers readiness and offers evidence-based recommendations for careers practitioners, universities and policy makers, and researchers. In particular, the research explores:

  • pre-entry CEIAG
  • possible constraints to career planning through the lens of multiple factors, e.g. social/cultural/economic capital
  • career-related activities undertaken at university
  • careers support expected at university.

The conference will be of particular interest to:

  • careers practitioners with an interest in developing a research portfolio and/or applying evidence-based practice to careers and employability delivery
  • researchers working within HE careers and employability
  • academics with research interests in this area.

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 For further details about the AGCAS Research Conference, contact Gemma Green, AGCAS Research and Knowledge Manager.



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