Conference Programme 2018

Booking is now open for our 2018 Conference. 

Hosted at The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide University of the Year 2018, this one-day, free-to-attend conference is designed to help Heads of Sixth form/Year 12s and Careers Advisors understand the development opportunities available for students at University.

Please find below the programme for the 2018 Conference. Throughout the day delegates will attend a range of interesting and informative workshops designed to assist them with supporting their students in Higher Education progression.

10:00am                        Conference Opens: Registration and Welcome Reception


10:30am – 11:00am        Welcome Address

Delivered by Director of Recruitment, Admissions and International Development, Tom Buckley


11:00am - 11:45am         Workshop 1

Supporting students at university

Will be announced shortly.

Careers and Employability

There are many opportunities for students to work on their employability skills throughout University. We encourage students throughout their degree to continually build upon the skills they need to ensure that they are prepared and perform well in the increasingly competitive job market. Our Undergraduate Careers Advisor, Matthew Howard will explore ways in which students can ensure their own career success as well as discuss the ways in which we support students with this.  


11:50am - 12:35pm         Workshop 2

Students union: Development from students for students

Lancaster University Students’ Union helps its members get the most out of their university experience. As well as supporting students with their academic interests, the union provides countless opportunities to get involved in sports, hobbies, activities and causes and plays a major role in Lancaster’s social scene via its popular Sugarhouse nightclub. Find out more in this informative talk about the union and its work, delivered by Vice President: Activities, Ben Francis.

Gaining the global perspective: Studying Abroad

Increasing numbers of students are taking up overseas opportunities as part of their degree experience whether this is to work, study or volunteer.  Lancaster University offers a range of options and this talk delivered by our Study Abroad team, will give an overview of the programmes available and how students can engage with them.


12:35pm - 13:15pm         Lunch

Lunch will be provided for delegates, with a chance to network with staff from across the University including Student Recruitment and Admissions. Additionally, some of our societies will provide a showcase to show some of the pieces that they have performed or created throughout the year.


13:15pm - 13:55pm         Workshop 3

The Student Journey: A Realistic Perspective

Becoming a student at university can be one of the biggest changes in a young person’s life and the support they receive from school or college is really important in allowing a smooth transition. From effective time management, to studying and budgeting, our student ambassadors will discuss what students can expect from going to university and how to make the most of it. They will also discuss their own experiences of careers guidance whilst applying to University, providing you with tips on how to best support your students. There will also be the opportunity for a Q&A session so as to give a realistic perspective of what the student journey and student life is really like. 

A year in Industry: Standing out from the crowd

At Lancaster, students can now elect to take a placement year as part of their degree programme across a range of courses. Attend this talk, delivered by our Careers and Placements Consultant, Kat Price Edwards, to understand the benefits and challenges for students taking a placement year. The session will provide an overview of the Placements Scheme, and the support available to students before, during and after they complete a placement. Hear directly from students who have successfully completed a placement and who have recently secured placements beginning in summer 2018. This is an excellent opportunity to ask questions about the Placement Scheme, recognise the recruitment processes our students face and understand what students can do to increase their chances of securing graduate level employment.


14:00pm - 15:00pm          The Gatsby Benchmarks: An Introduction

The Gatsby Benchmarks have been developed to ensure that every young person has access to the high quality careers guidance necessary to make informed decisions about their future. This interactive session will allow delegates to share best practice and explore the challenges of fulfilling the requirements of the Gatsby benchmarks. We will discuss ways in which schools and universities can work together more closely to support student progression.

1. A stable careers programme
2. Learning from career and labour market information
3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
5. Encounters with employers and employees
6. Experiences of workplaces
7. Encounters with further and higher education
8. Personal guidance


15:00-16:00pm              The Face Behind the Application

This session will provide teachers and careers advisors with the opportunity to speak to our admissions tutors to ensure that we are supporting each other in the best way possible. A panel of careers advisors, current students and admissions tutors from multiple departments will allow us to explore current themes such as the unconditional offer scheme and share best practice and ideas from across multiple perspectives in the student journey. 


16:00-16:30pm              Feedback and Optional Campus Tour

Following a feedback session, delegates will have the opportunity to experience the Lancaster University campus with a current Lancaster Student. Our Student Ambassadors will guide delegates around the University facilities and allow for informal conversation with a student who is currently undertaking a degree program at a UK Top 10 University.

16:30pm                          Conference closes