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AGCAS Executive Director update: consultations and reports (May 2016)

May has been a very busy month for AGCAS members and the staff team. It seems that every day we are asking members to contribute to consultation responses, complete surveys or submit awards nominations and workshop proposals for our conference. I would like to begin by thanking all members for their continuing support and contributions.

There have been many highlights this month, so I will name just a couple.

Supporting Chinese students

On the 18th of May, we launched the interim report from The University of Warwick/AGCAS project for the British Council on UK-educated Chinese graduates' employability. This well-attended event highlighted research findings, including analysis of DLHE data from 22 AGCAS member institutions.

There will be further opportunities for members to benefit from this research, including a Supporting Your Chinese Students – Practitioner Day on the 5th of July, where members will be able to discuss how this new information about the Chinese labour market can be used to better support their students.

Shadbolt and Wakeham reports

Hidden under the announcement of the HE White Paper and TEF consultation, the publication of the Shadbolt and Wakeham reports was missed by many. Disappointing employment outcomes were identified for many STEM graduates and both reports made recommendations regarding better understanding of the data and access to careers advice. These are areas where AGCAS members excel and AGCAS was recognised in the Shadbolt report as one of the organisations to take the recommendations forward.

HESA and TEF consultations

We are currently asking members for contributions to the AGCAS response to the HESA and TEF2 consultations. These are both very big developments in our sector and it is important that AGCAS's voice is heard.

AGCAS Annual Conference workshops

Finally, thank you to everyone who submitted a workshop proposal for this year's Annual Conference. From the quality and variety of topics covered, I think this year's conference will be particularly good. Don't forget to book your place at the conference.

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