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AGCAS South East Practitioner’s Conference

On Thursday 23rd June, the Career Development Service at Canterbury Christ Church University in Kent, played host to over 150 higher education careers colleagues from across their region at the AGCAS South East Practitioner's Conference. This marked the second of AGCAS's regional conferences and the first to be held in this part of the country.

Sharing best practice

Delegates from the universities of Kent, Sussex, Brighton, Portsmouth, Southampton, Southampton Solent, Reading, Bournemouth, Oxford Brookes, Buckinghamshire, Chichester and the University for the Creative Arts came together to share information, new initiatives and best practice. The weather, typically, played havoc on the day, sadly meaning that Reading and New Bucks had to abandon their journeys, but those who did make it to Canterbury didn’t let the weather dampen their spirits.

Keynote speakers included Elaine Boyes, Executive Director of AGCAS, who outlined future plans for AGCAS and its members, and Doug Cole, Head of Academic Practice at the Higher Education Academy (HEA), who covered employability and what really matters.

The conference took the form of café-style workshops in the morning and presentations followed by Q&As in the afternoon. Workshops included 'Establishing placements at a university without a history of placements' and 'Internationalising higher education careers and employability services'.

Mutual collaboration

Helen Gleaves, Head of Career Development at Canterbury and conference host, said:

"The conference has been extremely successful, focussing on the sharing of best practice and mutual collaboration, to ensure we are all providing the best possible support to students in higher education. Here’s to many more successful regional conferences."

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