Gaps in students’ work related knowledge and skills, and the complex nature of employability – involving also attitudes and emotional intelligence – can make the job of facilitating its development tricky. This conference offers delegates the chance to learn about two important models and a new Oxford University Press text book designed to address these challenges, and to meet and engage with employers and graduates with experience of the ups and downs of the graduate labour market.


10.00 Registration
Tea and Coffee - Lancaster University Management School, LUMS Career Zone A112

10.30 Welcome talk
Louise Briggs - Head of Careers, Alumni & Employer Relations, LUMS Career Zone A112

10.45 Workshop 1 - LUMS Career Zone A112
James Wilkinson: ‘Combined Learning for Employability and Research (CLEAR)’, a holistic set of learning and teaching approaches designed to develop confidence and capability for academic inquiry and employability.

James has worked in higher education for more than 20 years, in both post-1992 institutions and a research-intensive, Russell Group University. His track record of employability-related research and curriculum development contributed to his award of National Teaching Fellowship in 2010. He will present his CLEAR approach and there will be time for questions and discussion.

11.45 Workshop 2 - LUMS Career Zone A112
Lorraine Dacre Pool and Peter Sewell: ‘Giving graduates the CareerEDGE’.

Lorraine and Peter are Chartered Psychologists.  Lorraine is a Senior Lecturer in Employability at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), and Peter has recently left UCLan to join the LUMS Career, Alumni & Employer Relations team as a Postgraduate Career Advisor.  CareerEDGE is one of the best known and most widely adopted models for graduate employability. In this workshop Lorraine and Peter will present the model and describe some of the ways they have used it in their work and teaching methods. The workshop will also provide opportunities for delegates to share their experience of using CareerEDGE and/or explore possibilities for future use in their own organisations.

12.45 Lunch - LUMS Career Zone A112

13.30 Book Launch – LUMS LT4
Developing Employability for Business, Maryvonne Lumley and James Wilkinson

1. Introduction by one of the book’s reviewers

2. Presentation by Maryvonne and James: Setting out the book’s project-based, experiential and reflective approach, outline of the book’s contents, quotes from case studies, etc.

3. Employer & Graduate Panel Contributors to the book answer questions from the delegates

14.45 Tea and Close - LUMS Career Zone A112

More information about the book available in the on-line catalogue

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