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AGCAS Executive Director update: strategy and policy work (June 2016)

As I write, I know many members are still adjusting to the period of uncertainty and change that we are now entering. As careers professionals, I also know that members' focus will be on supporting and advising students and graduates during this period of transition. Following consultation with AGCAS heads of service, the AGCAS Board has published its response to the AGCAS referendum.

Policy work and future AGCAS strategy

In the recent AGCAS member survey, nearly 95% of members thought it important or quite important that AGCAS engages in policy work. This theme was echoed strongly in last week's Board strategy away day. Advocacy was one of five pillars identified that AGCAS should focus its strategy on in the next three years. We are in the early stages of the development of the AGCAS strategy. In the coming weeks, I will be sharing early versions of the strategy with you for your feedback and input. The AGCAS Board and I are very keen that the strategy reflects the priorities of members, so do respond to my requests for input.

The member survey also showed a significant increase in engagement with AGCAS activities since our previous survey in 2012. This suggests that AGCAS is considered a valuable part of members' professional development and also that members are keen to have a stronger voice in the issues facing UK higher education.

Consultations - securing an AGCAS voice in key debates

We are currently preparing responses to a number of government consultations and I would encourage members to contribute:

•  TEF2 (imminent)

•  HESA review of destination and outcomes data for leavers from HE
    (imminent)

•  APPG on Social Mobility/The Sutton Trust Inquiry into Access into
    Leading Professions (end of July)

•  Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) review on teacher shortages
    (September)

Please contact Gemma Green, AGCAS Communications and Engagement Manager, regarding these consultations.

AGCAS Annual Conference 2016

Finally, I would like to remind members that places at the AGCAS Annual Conference (Chester, 6-8th September 2016) are booking up fast. The conference offers an excellent educational opportunity and the opportunity to network with other members as well as a variety of employers and professional associations. The programme and booking forms are available on the conference web page.




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