Employability, Employer Engagement and Enterprise in the GEES disciplines

GEES Subject Centre Residential Conference

2 - 3 July 2008 - The George Hotel, Edinburgh

Including optional activity of a tour & talk at ‘Our Dynamic Earth


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What is this Conference about?

Employability, employer engagement and enterprise are among the most important and prominent issues currently facing UK higher education.  This conference will provide a unique opportunity to explore how best the GEES disciplines can address these agendas and rise to the challenge.

Participants will benefit by meeting and networking with many key players, including those from academia, GEES employers, the world of business, the HE Funding Councils, careers services and our current and former students.  The conference keynote speakers will include Hugh Tollyfield, who leads HEFCE’s work in this field, and Paul Redmond (University of Liverpool) a national expert on graduate employability.

This conference will help you to:

GEES academics, employers, policy makers, graduate recruiters, careers advisors and former and current students will have the opportunity to network and learn from each other through a mix of presentations, workshops and discussions.

What will you get from this conference?

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DAY 1 - Wed, 2 July

10am-12:30 pm Optional FREE excursion to ‘Our Dynamic Earth’

12:30-1:30 pm Registration and Lunch

1:30-1:40 pm Welcome & housekeeping

1:40-2:30 pm Plenary Keynote - Hugh Tollyfield (HEFCE): Employability, Employer Engagement and the Leitch agenda

2:30-3:30 pm Plenary - World Café - Prof Pauline Kneale (Pauline Kneale, University of Leeds): Connecting GEES and the world of work: setting your agenda (0.25mb .ppt file) (includes tea/coffee)

3:30-4:20 pm Parallel Sessions A, B, C

4:20-4:45 pm Plenary - Annette Thomas (Business Development Director, Oil & Gas Academy): Today’s talent—tomorrow’s energy

4:45-5:15 pm Tea/coffee

5:15-5:45 pm Plenary - The Student Voice: views of GEES students and graduates - David (0.25mb .ppt file), Katrina (2.5mb .ppt file)

5:45-6:15 pm Plenary Keynote - Prof. Pat James (University of South Australia): “Its Booming Downunder”: GEES and employability in Australia

6:30-7.30 pm Poster viewing with Pre-dinner drinks

7:30-9:00 pm Conference Dinner

DAY 2 - Thurs, 3 July

9-9:15 am Tea/coffee

9:15-10:00 am Plenary Keynote - Paul Redmond (Head of Careers and Employability, University of Liverpool): “Talkin’ about my generation!” Generation Y and the challenge of graduate employability.

10:00-10:50 am Parallel Sessions D, E, F

10:50-11:20 am Tea/coffee break

11:20-11:45 am Plenary - Chris Thomas (Head of Business,Geoscience, Environment Agency): Employability: some views from the Environment Agency

11:45 am-12:35 pm Parallel Sessions G, H, I

12:35-1:30 pm Lunch

1:30-2:20 pm Plenary Keynote - Matthew Parker (KPMG): The Graduate Recruitment Process - ‘KPMG: Sunday Times Best Big Company to Work For 2008’ (1mb .ppt file)

2:20-2:50 pm Parallel Sessions Discipline-based discussion groups

2:50-3:15 pm Plenary - Panel Discussion

3:15-3:30 pm Plenary - Final Action Planning and Concluding Remarks

Poster viewing at the GEES conference 2008
Photo taken by Brian Whalley

Pat James Keynote
Photo taken by Mike Sanders

Download the Programme (Word doc 200kb)

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