Conference looks to improve prospects by degrees

The Graduate Employability Conference convenes careers, employability and HE leaders, helping ensure students are ready to thrive in the jobs market

The higher education sector is preparing for growing accountability and oversight in the way it supports graduate employment outcomes. The new regulator, the Office for Students (OFS), has prioritised graduate employability as one of its four core regulatory objectives, whilst the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) has introduced new Graduate Outcome Surveys, which will begin to be implemented from December 2018.

Given the evolving regulatory landscape, it is increasingly vital that universities enhance their careers service provision and embed employability within courses which maximise value for money and careers outcomes for all students.

With this in mind, the Graduate Employability Conference 2018 returns to central London on the 20th of June. Bringing together a range of careers, employability and HE leaders, it will assess how universities can further develop employability strategies and ensure all students are equipped with the skills needed to thrive in today’s competitive job market.

With OfS, Institute of Student Employers (ISE) and HESA leading the discussion, the event aims to help delegates gain sector-led insights into how to successfully embed employability within a curriculum and, at the same time, analyse how to better align employability strategies against today’s transforming skills and employment landscape.

Industry leaders set to share best practice include:

Nicola Turner MBE, Head of Skills, OfS
Opening keynote: The Next Steps for Enhancing National Graduate Employability

Rachel Hewitt, Data Policy and Governance Manager, HESA
Keynote: Preparing for the Graduate Outcomes Survey – What’s New?

Stephen Isherwood, CEO, ISE
Keynote: Understanding how Higher Education can Adapt to the Latest Trends in Employer Recruitment

Doug Cole, Head of Student Success, Advance HE
Keynote: Repositioning Employability for Student Success – An Institution Wide Approach

To view the full agenda, click here.

All University Business subscribers are eligible for an exclusive 20% discount to attend the Conference.

To secure your place, please email or call 0203 770 6580, quoting ‘UniBiz-Grad18’.

To learn more about the Graduate Employability Conference, please visit

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