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Heads of Service Conference 2018

  1. Thu 04 Jan 18


    Fri 05 Jan 18

    The AGCAS Heads of Service Conference will be held at the Hilton Hotel, Liverpool City Centre on Thursday 4th and Friday 5th January 2018.

    A full conference programme and how to book will be available soon.

    Major forces for change are converging on the HE sector which could change it beyond recognition in the next decade. Therefore, the theme we are focusing on is Preparing for the Perfect Storm: future proofing careers services for a transformed HE sector

    Increasing consumerism and marketisation of the education economy – Student fees, private universities and the removal of recruitment caps have focused attention on the value for money of a university education. Students are increasingly being treated as consumers rather than co-creators of learning. Institutions are seeing each other even more as competitors rather than part of a community, which puts them in the sights of competition.

    Technology and the power of big data – Developing technology such as artificial intelligence has the power to enhance the educational experience, but it is often employed as a way of cutting costs and shedding staff. Monitoring students’ progress in increasing detail through technology provides the opportunity to understand and support them better than ever — as long as we can handle the data effectively and ethically.

    Call for workshops

    We are seeking workshop offers from AGCAS HOS, and other senior institutional staff on the following topics:

      • How should HE careers services prepare for the changes that are coming?
      • What are you doing now to futureproof your service?

    If you are well on the way to answering any of the questions below, or are at the beginning of your journey and wish to discuss your progress with your peers, we would welcome workshop offers from you. How are you:

      • incorporating a customer focus into your service delivery?
      • demonstrating added value and impact on long-term graduate success?
      • using technology to deliver quality as well as quantity?
      • using data to inform your strategy and practice?

    Please send Linda Byrne the following for consideration by 25 October 2017:

      • Title
      • Short description of your workshop
      • Names of presenters

    All workshops are one hour long. We look forward to receiving your offers.

    Sponsorship, exhibiting, advertising

    If you are interested in sponsoring, exhibiting or advertising at the AGCAS Heads of Service Conference 2018, or at other AGCAS event, please contact Moira Dodd

    Further information

    If you have any queries about the conference please contact Linda Byrne.  



    Date(s) & Timing 04 Jan 2018 - 05 Jan 2018 (2 day event)
    Venue Hilton, Liverpool City Centre
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