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AGCAS Awards 2015: winners announced

The results of the 2015 AGCAS Awards for Excellence have been announced. Winners were presented with their awards at the AGCAS Annual Conference for HE Careers and Employability Professionals conference dinner and awards ceremony in Warwick.




Ambitious Futures: a new graduate programme for university leadership

A group of universities has come together with the Association of Heads of University Administration (AHUA) to create Ambitious Futures, a new graduate programme for university leadership. They recognised that while other sectors had a formalised career development path, the university sector had no obvious entry for high-calibre graduates looking to begin their career in university leadership and management.




The National Placement & Internship Awards 2012

This year's National Placement & Internship Awards took place at City University, London on 18 January 2012. The awards were created by RateMyPlacement.co.uk to recognise and celebrate the outstanding achievements of all stakeholders involved in undergraduate work placements and internships. Now in its third year, the event was supported for the first time by AGCAS.




Funding to put universities at the heart of social change

UnLtd and the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) have launched a programme of support for social entrepreneurship in English universities and colleges. The initiative will help universities and colleges to develop their support structures for social entrepreneurship, making it easier for students and staff to start up a social venture and thrive within the HE environment. The programme aims to encourage a social entrepreneurship culture across the HE sector.




ScotGrad wins AGR Work Experience Programme Award

Scotgrad, a Scottish graduate programme helping university and college graduates find paid placements, was awarded the Association of Graduate Recruiters Work Experience Programme Award 2014 at the recent AGR Student Recruitment Awards ceremony.




Parental influence research: survey for AGCAS members

GTI Media and AGCAS are collaborating on a research project to examine how, when and how far parents influence their children's choice of university, degree course, career and employer.

AGCAS members are encouraged to complete the short survey aimed at careers and employability staff, which will complement the larger studies undertaken with students and parents.




New careers council seeks members

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) is establishing a new group, a National Council for Careers, to advise the government on improving the quality of careers advice. The Council will provide independent advice to help drive the success of the National Careers Service, due to be launched in In April 2012, and is now looking for nominations from prospective members from a variety of backgrounds, including the careers guidance sector, the education sector, and business.




Representing AGCAS in the media: Directory of Experts

Do you have a good knowledge of a particular area of careers and employability work, for example subject or sector-specific LMI, widening participation, diversity issues, international students, or postgraduate study? AGCAS holds a Directory of Experts: a register of AGCAS members who volunteer, as opportunities and requests arise, to speak confidently on behalf of the organisation to the press, researchers and other interested parties.




Vitae project explores what research staff do next

Clare Jones, a member of the AGCAS Research Staff Task Group, is part of a project team investigating the careers of research staff who moved from research posts in European higher education institutions to other employment sectors. The project, What do research staff do next?, is run by Vitae in collaboration with Naturejobs.




High-flyers excel in national student business contest

Teams from 12 universities from across the UK recently visited Lancaster University to compete head to head in the prestigious FLUX competition. Their challenge - specifically designed to test business and commercial skills - was set by international construction and engineering group Costain.




Senior vacancy at AGCAS: Executive Director

We are looking to appoint our first Executive Director, whose principal aims will be to increase AGCAS's visibility and position the Association at the forefront of all HE careers and employability related debates.

We anticipate candidates will have a background within HE careers, graduate recruitment or a closely related field, as a strong understanding of those areas will be a distinct advantage.




Linking career planning and scientific thinking: An approach to working with science graduates

Jackie Hartley, Careers Centre Employability Manager at Staffordshire University, explains how she has developed a new approach to working with science undergraduates based on tailoring careers management teaching to the academic discipline.




AGCAS welcomes Health Education England - London

AGCAS is very pleased to welcome Health Education England - London (HENWL, HENCEL, HESL) into AGCAS Service Membership. They are three of the NHS's 13 Local Education and Training Boards (LETBs) in England, which offer careers services under one roof under the stewardship of Katharine Hankins.




AGCAS appoints new ALO for the RTPI

AGCAS is pleased to announce that Jackie Leyland, Careers Adviser at the University of Liverpool, is the new AGCAS liaison officer (ALO) for the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI). Jackie will be liaising with the RTPI to ensure that members are kept informed about the planning profession and graduate opportunities.




TARGETjobs Breakfast News: Graduate recruitment and the labour market
TARGETjobs Breakfast News this month focused on the changing nature of graduate recruitment along with the current state of the graduate labour market. AGCAS was represented by board member Stephen McAuliffe, Director of the Careers and Employability Service at The University of Nottingham.




The Open University: Fees 2012-13

In July, The Open University (OU) announced that it had set a new fee level for new students in England starting after 1 September 2012. The new fee is £5,000 for a full-time year (120 credits), but as most OU students study part time, this figure will be scaled down in proportion to the intensity of their study.




AGCAS represented at diversity careers events

Percy Ngcobo, a member of the AGCAS Diversity Task Group, attended various LGBT careers events in the autumn of 2011, including the CASS LGBT Society Careers Panel Networking event, the Careers Diversity Show, and the Inside and Out Investment Banking event.




HEA announces funding for internationalisation projects

The Higher Education Academy (HEA), in partnership with the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA), is inviting HE and FE institutions to submit applications for funding for pilot projects supporting internationalisation.




AGR invites careers service award nominations

The Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR) is inviting higher education careers and employability services, which are members of AGR, to nominate themselves for a new award. The award, which is called Preparation for Work by Higher Education, recognises the contribution of university careers services in preparing students to succeed in the world of work. It is given to higher education institutions for outstanding commitment to improving the employability and long-term career success of their graduates.




Single admissions process for postgraduate initial teacher training (ITT): Consultation

The Department for Education announced in its Initial Teacher Training (ITT) Implementation Plan published last November that it would introduce a single application system for postgraduate teacher training courses, rather than having different systems for different training routes. The improved system is due to be operational from September 2013 for courses starting in 2014. The Graduate Teacher Training Registry (GTTR) has now launched a consultation on a new model to create this single admissions process.




'Graduate labour market holding up' AGCAS survey

More employers are looking for graduates according to university careers and employability professionals. Responding to the regular vacancy survey carried out by the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS), 87.5% of heads of careers services said that in their experience the graduate labour market was more buoyant (50%) or the same (37.5%) in the quarter ending 31 December 2011 compared to the same period in 2010.




Mentoring boosts employability at Birmingham City University

Birmingham City University (BCU) Careers Service has developed two high-quality mentoring programmes to give students a real-life insight into the world of work and enhance their employability. The programmes were shortlisted for both the 2011 Times Higher Education Awards and the AGCAS Awards for Excellence. 




Employability at the heart of University of Derby development

The careers team at the University of Derby is committed to providing a holistic service to their student body, which, like other Million+ institutions, includes students from a broad spectrum of backgrounds undertaking full time, part time and distance learning courses. They are also committed to reaching out to those students, often from widening participation backgrounds, who can most benefit from the services provided.




Coaching complements University of Sunderland provision

The University of Sunderland's Careers and Employability Service identified a need to improve students' confidence and better prepare them for graduate selection processes. Feedback for the new coaching service is very positive and demand is expected to grow. 




University of West London embraces social media

The University of West London's Careers and Employment Service has conducted research into the sometimes contrasting ways that employers and students make use of social media and has tailored its services accordingly. 




EU grant available for enterprise education

The Enterprise and Education section of the European Commission is calling for proposals to promote projects with a high added value at European level in education for entrepreneurship. Actions will target teachers and young people in primary, secondary and tertiary education.


 




New University of Bolton initiative improves commercial awareness

The careers service at the University of Bolton is working with Gradcore to deliver an innovative four-day programme aimed at final year students and graduates. The programme aims to improve the employability of students and grow links with employers and local businesses.




Coventry University develops Add+vantage employability programme

Coventry has one of the biggest university employability initiatives in the country, with more than 11,000 students taking one 10-credit employability module in each year of study. The Add+vantage Scheme is centrally coordinated by the Careers and Employability Service and involves all schools, faculties and other departments and employers. 




Developing employable Gloucestershire graduates

The University of Gloucestershire's Careers and Employability team and the Department of Teaching and Learning Innovation have jointly developed an award, which gives formal recognition to students' achievement outside of their academic programme.




'Great careers start' at the University of Cumbria

The University of Cumbria's strapline 'Great careers start here...' reflects its commitment in supporting students to realise their career ambitions in a challenging economic context. 




Bath Spa's 'Little Blue Book'

Bath Spa University Careers has published a new guide to help convey the many opportunities open to students and the benefits of participating in them. The Little Blue Book: An essential guide to planning your future supports students at different stages of their career planning and has become a much sought-after giveaway to drive footfall to the careers centre.




Temps service makes recruitment easy at Canterbury Christ Church

Canterbury Christ Church University's TempShop provides an easy-access service to staff by removing the administrative burden of temp recruitment.




The modern university careers service

What sort of careers service do you want? One size doesn't fit all. Catherine Klimeš, Head of Careers and Employability at the University of Northampton, outlines what careers services can offer their vice chancellors in a diverse and fast-changing sector.




Canterbury Christ Church University JobFair

Over 2,500 students from Canterbury Christ Church University took the opportunity to meet with representatives from 50 companies to discuss graduate employment opportunities at JobFair 2011.




JobSavviGrad helps University of Bedfordshire improve graduate employment outcomes

The University of Bedfordshire Careers and Employment Service has joined forces with JobSavviGrad to face up to the challenge of improving graduate employability outcomes. 




Employers shortlisted for careers service engagement award

Six employers have been shortlisted for The AGCAS Award for Excellence in Careers Service Engagement. They were all nominated by higher education careers services. The award is one of the prestigious annual TARGETjobs National Graduate Recruitment Awards.




The future of careers advice and guidance

Tom Davie, member of the AGCAS Board of Directors and Deputy Head of the Careers, Employability and Enterprise Centre at Durham University, will be a guest speaker at the Westminster Employment Forum on The future of careers advice and guidance - schools, universities and adult provision taking place on Thursday 26 April in central London.




Key Information Set: Timetable and further information

Following a programme of research and development, which included research into the information needs of potential students, a consultation, pilots, and expert working groups, HEFCE are now working towards the implementation of the Key Information Set (KIS) in September 2012.




Government releases statement of intent for changes affecting international students

The UK government has released their statement of intent, which outlines the changes they wish to make to the immigration rules around international student work. It is expected that the changes will come into effect on 6th April 2012.




Wilson Review - initial response from AGCAS

Sir Tim Wilson's review of university-business collaboration has been published, which proposes an agenda for change that will help make the UK the best place in the world for collaborative activity. Anne-Marie Martin responded on behalf of AGCAS.




Changes to permission to work for international students

From April 2012, the Tier 1 Post-Study Work Scheme will be closed and 'replaced' by a new provision under Tier 2 Sponsored Skilled Workers. Full details have not yet been announced by the UK Border Agency (UKBA) and may not be released until as late as March 2012. The AGCAS Internationaisation Task Group is gathering examples of how all of these proposed changes will affect students, with a view to submitting evidence via Universities UK before April 2012.




HECSU invites AGCAS to give feedback on LDLHE

HECSU (the Higher Education Careers Services Unit) has recently launched the second survey in its HEFCE-funded project to promote understanding of the Longitudinal Destinations of Leavers from HE (LDLHE). AGCAS members are invited to give feedback on some exemplar materials produced by HECSU to try to make the LDLHE data more accessible. 




TARGETjobs Breakfast News: Employer branding

AGCAS was represented at the February 2012 TARGETjobs’ Breakfast News in London by board member Jane Standley, Director of the Student Employment, Experience and Careers Centre (SEEC) at the University of Reading. The focus this month was on branding.




Graduate employability: Modern universities supporting graduates and meeting the needs of employers

AGCAS has produced a special issue of its e-digest, The Edge, to illustrate how different institutions affiliated to the university thinktank million+ are handling the twin challenges of supporting graduates' employability and meeting the needs of employers.




NUS International Survey - final day

Today (21 March 2012) is the final day of the NUS's International Students' Campaign survey, which aims to research the realities and the perceptions international students have about employment in the UK.




Aston University wins NUE award for 'Best University Placements Service'

The Placements Team at Aston University is delighted to announce that they have been chosen as the winner of the Best University Placement Service award at the National Undergraduate Employability (NUE) Awards 2014.




National Careers Service for England

A new National Careers Service, which promises improved access to careers advice in England, is to be launched this week. The launch follows last week's publication of statutory guidance, which restated the importance of quality-assured careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) in schools. The government says the service will provide 'information, advice and guidance on careers, skills and the labour market, covering further education, apprenticeships and other types of training and higher education through a mix of face-to-face interviews, a telephone helpline and web-based services'.




Citizens Advice Scotland launches graduate survey

Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) is launching a national online survey of recent graduates who are struggling to find work. The move comes after its advisers across Scotland reported a rise in graduates facing financial problems because they could not get jobs.




Chester graduates offered a head start

The Graduate Head Start (GHS) programme set up by the University of Chester's Careers and Employability Department guides and supports recent graduates who have not yet found employment or embarked upon their career path. The free three-day course gives graduates grounding in the skills needed to boost their employability.




Shell wins TARGETjobs AGCAS award

Shell International has won the AGCAS Award for Excellence in Careers and Employability Service Engagement at the 2014 TARGETjobs National Graduate Recruitment Awards. Shell was nominated by the University of Aberdeen Careers and Employability Service.




Career theory workshop wins Jan AGCAS award

Jan Perrett, Deputy Director at The University of Nottingham, has won the John Franks Award for her Biennial 2011 workshop examining careers theory.

The award, sponsored by Yorkshire and Humberside Heads of Service in memory of their colleague John Franks, who sadly died in service in Spring 2008, is awarded to the best workshop delivered at an AGCAS Biennial Conference.




Future of careers and guidance - AGCAS director's presentation

Tom Davie, Director of Professional Development on the AGCAS Board and Deputy Head of Careers at Durham University, delivered a paper at the recent Westminster Employment Forum, which focused on the future of careers advice and guidance in relation to schools, universities and adult provision.




TARGETjobs Breakfast News: Apprenticeships

TARGETjobs' Breakfast News this month focused on apprenticeships. The event took place in London on 26 April 2012.




National Council for Careers - members appointed

An announcement has been made by Skills Minister, John Hayes, concerning the membership of England's new National Council for Careers.




Careers guidance - consultation on extension to duty to provide

The Department for Education (DfE) in England has announced a consultation on extending the duty to provide independent and impartial careers guidance down to year 8 and up to young people aged 16-18 studying in schools, sixth form colleges and further education institutions.




Scottish graduates resilient

Graduates from Scotland's universities are showing resilience in the jobs market despite real challenges facing all young people, according to a graduate employment briefing released by Universities Scotland.




New report examines graduate destinations by age

A new report commissioned by the AGCAS Diversity Task Group examines the destinations of graduates categorised by age, to examine whether age impacts on a graduate's post-graduation employment prospects. What Happens Next: Age Report has produced some very interesting results.




Brave new world: 14-19 work experience in England

Changes taking place in careers provision, particularly with regard to Connexions and the introduction of the all-age National Careers Service, are already well-known to AGCAS members. But some readers may be less familiar with the proposed alterations to the status and content of work-related learning, including work experience, which may result from government proposals for 14-19 curriculum reform. Faith Muir, Regional Director at the Centre for Education and Industry (CEI) at The University of Warwick, examines the brave world of work experience - and considers the implications for HE.




Coaching, motivation and employability in action

One of the key challenges in developing employability is encouraging students to see how skills gained in one context can transfer to another. Dr Tracy Johnson, Careers Adviser at the University of Bristol Careers Service, has been working with the Community Sports Leaders programme to help students engaged in community sports coaching identify the employability skills gained through their volunteering activities.




Scotland offers workplace experience to international students

The Workplace Experience Programme for International Students is a Scottish government-funded project to help international students at Scottish universities gain exposure to employers in Scotland through a range of opportunities, including work shadowing, mentoring, company visits, short projects and placements. Companies involved range from multinationals to small/medium enterprises (SMEs). As well as giving students experience of the workplace in Scotland, these opportunities also help to expand their transferable skills and develop a local network of professional contacts.




Survey reveals trust in careers services

High Fliers, in association with The Times, have released their annual review of students' perceptions of careers, career expectations and future aspirations. Over 17,000 final year students from 30 of the country's higher education league table leaders took part in The UK Graduate Careers Survey 2012. The data shows how trusted careers services are, with 93% of finalists surveyed having used the service. It also suggests more and more students are undertaking work experience and internships, supported by their careers service. 




Welsh graduates surpass stats for work experience

Figures published by High Fliers Research in The Graduate Market in 2012 state that a third of graduates secure a job with an employer after completing an internship with the company. GO Wales has surpassed this this with 65% of Welsh graduates continuing to be employed once their 10-week work placement has ended.




Paid writing opportunities: 8 new Types of Jobs titles

We are introducing eight new Types of Jobs titles on to the Prospects website to add to the extensive list of Types of Jobs (occupational profiles) we already publish with Graduate Prospects, as part of our joint commitment to produce relevant careers resources.




AGCAS members win at NUE Awards

The fifth National Undergraduate Employability Awards (NUE Awards), formerly known as the National Placement and Internship Awards, took place on Friday 7 March in London. The University of the West of England, Aston University and the University of Birmingham were all university award category winners.




Supporting student enterprise

The role of careers services in supporting student enterprise and entrepreneurship education was just one topic of discussion at the Higher Education Entrepreneurship Group (HEEG) Conference, which took place at the University of Surrey on the 18-19 June 2012.




Careers services respond to Wilson Review

AGCAS welcomes the government's response to the Wilson Review. In its response the government has announced that it will provide some seed corn funding to support AGR and AGCAS to work in partnership on the implementation of the Wilson review recommendations aimed at AGR and AGCAS.




FEDORA merges with EAIE

FEDORA, the organisation for those involved in all aspects of student guidance in higher education institutions in Europe, has officially merged with the European Association for International Education (EAIE).




Graduate vacancies set to increase - High Fliers

AGCAS welcomes the latest research from High Fliers, which indicates that the number of graduate vacancies amongst the large employers is set to increase by 0.9%. This is in line with AGCAS' own research, which monitors graduate vacancies from a broader range of employers and also indicates a modest improvement in outlook.




HE careers service wins AGR Blue Ribbon Award

The University of Exeter has scooped two prizes at the 2012 Association of Graduate Recruiters' (AGR) annual awards ceremony. It won the Graduate Development Award and then beat the other category winners to the Blue Ribbon Award, presented to the best entrant overall. Exeter is the first higher education institution to win this prestigious award, which was given in recognition of the university's commitment to preparing students for the demands of working life in the 21st century.




MyPostgradApps - a Postgraduate Application Management Tool helping students through the cloud

Potential postgraduates repeatedly tell us, at postgraduate fairs, and through our websites PostgraduateStudentships and MastersCompare, that they find keeping track of multiple postgraduate applications daunting and often confusing, especially if they are used to the centralised undergraduate application system. Listening to students talk about their frustration at a student panel we ran led us to develop MyPostgradApps, our free online tool that allows students to manage their postgraduate applications, funding applications and open day bookings, all together in one place. MyPostgradApps was launched in autumn 2012 and is actively used by more than 800 students (and rising!) every day to manage their applications.




New AGCAS Liaison Officer for CITB

AGCAS is pleased to announce that Laura Kerley, Employment Adviser at Sheffield Hallam University, is the new AGCAS liaison officer (ALO) for CITB, the Construction Industry Training Board. Laura will be liaising with CITB to ensure that members are kept informed about the construction sector and graduate opportunities.




Eluned Jones announced as AGCAS President-Elect

Following the recent election for the role of President-Elect, Eluned Jones, Director of Student Employability at the University of Birmingham, has been elected to the AGCAS Board. Eluned will take up the position with immediate effect and fulfil the role of President-Elect until the end of July. This will lead to the commencement of a two-year term of office as AGCAS President from 1st August 2014.




UK's largest employers of graduates revealed

The Complete University Guide has revealed the employers recruiting the greatest number of UK graduates. Analysis of the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey shows that Boots, the Nottingham-based pharmaceutical and retail group, recruited the greatest number of UK graduates in 2009-10, with more than 520 graduates placed in its various divisions.

The National Health Service is the second largest employer, with almost 500 graduates (excluding doctors, dentists and nurses).




The future of higher education in England: Call for evidence

The Commission on the Future of Higher Education has been established to address the key challenges facing the higher education sector in England over the next 20 years. It is seeking evidence from key stakeholders in order to produce a policy framework that will safeguard and strengthen the position of HE institutions in the long term.




Insights into engineering

The AGR Engineering Sector Focus Group recently met in Warrington to discuss vacancies and employment opportunities and challenges in the engineering sector. The meeting was attended by David Gilchrist, Careers Consultant at City University London and AGR AGCAS Liaison Officer (ALO) for engineering, who also put questions from AGCAS members to the group.




Student enterprise framework - consultation launched

The National Association of College and University Entrepreneurs (NACUE) has launched a consultation exercise to design a Student Enterprise Framework, which will allow institutions to assess the scale and scope of their student-centred enterprise activities against a recognised, national model. It is hoped that the framework will act as a catalyst within institutions and across the sector for the accelerated growth of student enterprise provision.




Phoenix - February 2014 issue now available

The latest issue of Phoenix is now available online. The February 2014 edition includes items on the following themes: DLHE and graduate tracking - alternative sources and data integrity; The role of careers information in the modern HE careers service; Approaches to student engagement.

Download Phoenix February 2014 (Issue 141) 




New College of the Humanities and BI Norwegian Business School join AGCAS

AGCAS is delighted to welcome two new member services: New College of the Humanities in London and BI Norwegian Business School.




AGCAS welcomes new members to the Board

We are delighted to announce the appointment of three new members to the AGCAS Board of Directors: Shelagh Green, Andrew Falconer and Stuart Johnson.

Each will each serve a term of three years, commencing 1st December 2014. Thanks are due to our outgoing Vice-President, Jenny Blakesley, for her invaluable contribution and support over the past two-and-a-half years.




AGR university awards 2015: nominate your service

The Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR) is inviting higher education careers and employability services, which are members of AGR, to nominate themselves for the AGR Graduate Development Awards 2015. There are two university award categories: Preparation for work by Higher Education – Single Initiative and Preparation for work by Higher Education – Overall Strategy.




AGCAS and the CDI

AGCAS continues to develop an excellent relationship with the newly-formed Career Development Institute (CDI). The CDI has now registered its articles and rules with Company House and is attracting new members, as well as those from the Careers Profession Alliance's (CPA) previous four formative bodies. With the demise of the CPA, the CDI intends to release monthly bulletins and is working on a prospectus to encourage interest in its services.




Shortage occupation lists - review

The Home Office is currently reviewing the shortage occupation lists for the UK. This includes consideration of a proposal that all occupations that have been on the lists for longer than two years are removed and asks for comments about the alternatives to using migrant labour and evidence of labour shortages. This is an important consultation and AGCAS would like to hear as many views and collect as much evidence as possible from HE careers and employability professionals before drafting an official response.




What Do Graduates Do? 2012 edition published

What do Graduates Do? 2012 is now available to download. It is a collaboration between the AGCAS Education Liaison Task Group and HECSU: HECSU provides the facts from the DLHE returns; AGCAS writers provide the expertise and articles to make sense of the figures.




AGCAS welcomes University College Utrecht as new member

AGCAS is pleased to welcome University College Utrecht (UCU) as our newest member, joining AGCAS as an International Service Member. UCU is part of Utrecht University in the Netherlands.




Universities invest in employability

AGCAS was recently invited by HEFCE to submit a number of case studies to demonstrate how universities and HE careers services have shown a commitment to and investment in employability, post-Wilson. We asked heads of AGCAS member services to tell us about developments in their own institution. 




AGCAS and AGR Graduate Success Project

AGCAS is currently collaborating with AGR on a joint BIS-funded project implementing recommendations from the Wilson Review related to diversity in graduate recruitment and the Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR). The project's twin aims are to investigate graduate and employer perspectives of the graduate employment market and to raise awareness of the HEAR amongst employers - and promote its use as good recruitment practice. AGCAS is leading on the first of these and AGR on the second.




Postgraduate education report launched

The Higher Education Commission's report on postgraduate education was launched at the House of Commons on 29 October 2012. Clare Jones, a member of the AGCAS Research Staff Task Group who, together with the AGCAS Postgraduate Students Task Group and senior AGCAS staff, coordinated the AGCAS response to the inquiry, attended the launch event.




Insights from the AGR Engineering Sector Focus Group

The AGR Engineering, Energy and Industry (EEI) Sector Focus Group met in December 2013 to discuss the latest employment hot topics and challenges affecting the sector. The meeting was attended by David Gilchrist, Careers Consultant at City University London and AGCAS Liaison Officer (ALO) with the AGR group, who also put questions from AGCAS members to the group. The meeting was attended by a range of engineering companies, including Centrica, First Group, Jaguar Land Rover and Siemens.




AGCAS welcomes St Patrick's College, Drumcondra

AGCAS is pleased to welcome St Patrick's College, Drumcondra (Dublin) to its membership. The college has 2,500 FTE higher education students taking courses in education and humanities at undergraduate and postgraduate level and is a college of Dublin City University (DCU). The careers service previously came under DCU's AGCAS membership. Maura Fallon is the Head of Service.




Shortlist for the TARGETjobs AGCAS award announced

Six employers have been shortlisted for the 2014 AGCAS Award for Excellence in Careers and Employability Service Engagement. They were all nominated by higher education careers services. The award is one of the prestigious annual TARGETjobs National Graduate Recruitment Awards. The employers have been shortlisted for their commitment and contribution to the careers and employability education, information, advice and guidance offered at each AGCAS member service

 




TARGETjobs Breakfast News: 2:1 or nothing

The focus of the November 2012 TARGETjobs Breakfast News was on how useful a 2:1 degree classification really is when assessing graduates' suitability for a job.




AGCAS' TARGETjobs Award - employer nominations sought

For the ninth time, AGCAS has been invited by GTI to judge an award at the annual TARGETjobs National Graduate Recruitment Awards to be presented at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London on Wednesday 3 April 2013. Once more, the title will be The AGCAS Award for Excellence in Careers Service Engagement.




Engineering insights from the AGR Engineering Sector Focus Group

The AGR Engineering Sector Focus Group met in December 2012 to discuss employment opportunities and challenges in the engineering sector. The meeting was attended by David Gilchrist, Careers Consultant at City University London and AGR AGCAS Liaison Officer (ALO) for engineering, who also put questions from AGCAS members to the group. The meeting was attended by a range of engineering companies, including Siemens, Denso and Thales.




HEAR survey findings

Late in 2012, AGCAS surveyed heads of its member services in order to gain a better understanding of HE institutions' (and particularly careers and employability service managers') experience of and views towards the Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR).




Graduate labour market 'mixed picture' - AGCAS survey

Heads of higher education careers and employability services believe that the graduate labour market was more buoyant in the fourth quarter of 2012 (September to December) than at the same time last year.




AGCAS and the CDI

AGCAS continues to hold productive dialogue with the Career Development Institute (CDI) through the AGCAS Director of Professional Development, Tom Davie. The identity of the CDI will be formally established at its AGM on 25 March 2013.

 




AGCAS announces shortlist for TARGETjobs employer award

Six employers have been shortlisted for The AGCAS Award for Excellence in Careers Service Engagement. They were all nominated by higher education careers services. The award is one of the prestigious annual TARGETjobs National Graduate Recruitment Awards.




TARGETjobs Breakfast News: Getting your message across

AGCAS was represented at February's TARGETjobs Breakfast News in London by Gemma Green, AGCAS Communications Manager. The event included presentations on the changing nature of graduate recruitment, brand values, graduate messaging and campus marketing.




Dundee careers service runners up in Guardian awards

The University of Dundee Careers Service has won runner up in the Employability Initiative Awards from The Guardian for their innovative internship programme. The Scottish Internship Graduate Certificate (SIGC) is a credit-bearing academic qualification consisting of a six-week intensive taught module and a six-month internship placement with a Scottish employer.




AGCAS welcomes new quality code chapter

AGCAS welcomes the recently-launched revised UK Quality Code for Higher Education Chapter B4: Enabling student development and achievement (QAA, March 2013) and is pleased to have been centrally involved in its production through representation on the chapter's advisory group.




APD Communications win TARGETjobs AGCAS award

APD Communications was announced as the winner of the AGCAS Award for Excellence in Careers Service Engagement at the 2013 TARGETjobs National Graduate Recruitment Awards ceremony in London on 3 April. APD was nominated by the University of Hull Careers and Employability Service.




Launch of the CDI

The new Career Development Institute (CDI) was officially launched on 1 April 2013. It has emerged from the Careers Profession Alliance (CPA), a voluntary partnership of organisations, and replaces the following membership bodies: the Association of Careers Education and Guidance (ACEG); the UK Network of the Association of Careers Professionals International (ACPi-UK); the Institute of Careers Guidance (ICG); and the National Association for Educational Guidance for Adults (NAEGA).




Thousands of graduates into work: GO Wales reflects after ten years

For the last ten years Go Wales, a work placement project funded by the Welsh Government and European Social Fund, has been the link between employment and personal development for numerous graduates looking for their big break in the world of work. The project supports the development and retention of graduates' high-level skills, knowledge and innovative potential in businesses in Wales, particularly small and medium-sized businesses.




Graduate Success Project: AGCAS findings launched

AGCAS has launched two major outputs - a project report and a new website - from the BIS-funded joint AGCAS/AGR Graduate Success Project, which explores how graduates from a range of backgrounds make the transition to the job market.

The aims of the project were to encourage employers to think seriously about social mobility, to investigate graduate and employer perspectives of the graduate employment market and to increase awareness of the Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR) amongst employers - and promote its use as good recruitment practice.

The report presents the project's main findings and highlights important issues that have implications for various stakeholders, including policymakers, HE institutions and careers services, employers, and students and graduates themselves.




Yorkshire universities celebrate internship project success

The Yorkshire Universities Internship Project was developed in response to the current graduate employment environment. The higher education sector recognised a growing need for graduates with meaningful work experience, and for universities to provide effective employability development and employment opportunities. In response to this, four universities in the Yorkshire region made the decision to run an internship programme of placements within their institutions, in partnership with Yorkshire Universities.




SME research - GTI survey live

GTI Media is about to start a major research project with STEP to survey the views of UK small businesses towards graduates and the opportunities for them to have productive careers in smaller businesses. The project team hopes to establish contact with organisations that have taken graduates on before (for either permanent positions or work experience), or those which are thinking about doing so in the future - and invites AGCAS members to help promote the survey amongst the small businesses HE careers services have contact with.




The Bloomberg Aptitude Test (BAT)

The Bloomberg Aptitude Test (BAT) is a financial recruitment tool, developed by Bloomberg and aimed at helping students and recent alumni connect with financial employers worldwide. In the last two years, over 100,000 students and alumni have taken the BAT.




AGCAS Biennial Conference 2013 - now open for booking

AGCAS Biennial is the premier event in the HE careers calendar. AGCAS Biennial 2013 is a three-day conference at the University of Exeter comprising three stand-alone days. The conference is aimed at anyone interested in careers information, advice and guidance, employability and the graduate labour market. Bookings for the conference are now open.




AGCAS partnership with GTI Media: Publications update

Following earlier announcements about the new AGCAS partnership with GTI Media, we are pleased to be able to give members an update regarding the following publications: Diversity Matters; Country Profiles; and Teaching.




Graduate labour market improves further, report university careers and employability services

The annual AGCAS graduate labour market survey reveals that the vast majority of the leaders of higher education careers and employability services believe that the graduate labour market improved further in 2015.

More than four in five (81.5%) of respondents to the AGCAS Heads of Service Graduate Market and Student Engagement Survey agree that the graduate labour market was more buoyant in the year to 31 July 2015 than the previous year. 




AGCAS Awards for Excellence 2013: Shortlists announced

The shortlisted nominations for the AGCAS Awards for Excellence 2013 have been announced. Nominations were received in 11 different categories for a wide range of projects from AGCAS member services in all parts of the UK.




Diversity Matters published on TARGETjobs

Following the announcement of the official partnership between AGCAS and GTI Media, the AGCAS Publications Team is delighted to announce that the first set of Diversity Matters titles is now live on targetjobs.co.uk.




TARGETjobs Breakfast News: Being social

AGCAS was represented at June's TARGETjobs Breakfast News held at The Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) in London by Gemma Green, AGCAS Communications Manager. The event included presentations covering new and original thinking on how social media is used in graduate recruitment.




HESA publishes graduate employment figures

HESA has published performance indicators for the employment of leavers from higher education (HE). The statistics cover every HE institution in the UK and are based on the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey of 2011/12 graduates. The survey was changed for 2011/12 so the results are not comparable with those for previous years.




Career webinars success for Brunel

Staff at Brunel University's Placement and Careers Centre have delivered a series of webinars aimed at students. Staff started by trialling a series of online workshops over the summer. The idea was that although many students and graduates would have returned home, they may still appreciate a set of workshops to help them in their careers strategies and job hunting.




More Diversity Matters titles published on TARGETjobs

Following the announcement of the official partnership between AGCAS and GTI Media, the AGCAS Publications Team is delighted to announce that the final set of updated Diversity Matters titles is now live on targetjobs.co.uk. 




What Do Graduates Do? 2013 version now available

The 2013 edition of What Do Graduates Do? has been published. What Do Graduates Do? is a collaboration between the AGCAS Education Liaison Task Group and HECSU. The research shows the destinations of 242,285 first degree graduates and 81,650 postgraduates in January 2013 - six months after they had left university. This year's report features unprecedented data on postgraduate destinations.




University of Cape Town announced as new AGCAS member

AGCAS is delighted to welcome the University of Cape Town as its first non-UK and Ireland service member. Head of Service, David Casey, was formerly an AGCAS member at University College Dublin. David and two colleagues, Nawaal Boolay and Shaminie Chetty, attended AGCAS Biennial at the University of Exeter earlier this month. 




AGCAS announces 2013 awards winners

The results of the 2013 AGCAS Awards for Excellence have been announced. Winners were presented with their awards at an official ceremony and dinner as part of the AGCAS Biennial Conference at the University of Exeter, earlier this month. The number of nominations received in each category is evidence of the high-quality, innovative and collaborative work taking place at AGCAS member services across the country.




Smaller business research - project findings 'encouraging'

The preliminary findings of a smaller businesses research project undertaken by GTI Media in partnership with STEP, and with the support of AGCAS, NUS and CIPD, have been released.




Newman University announced as new AGCAS member

AGCAS is pleased to welcome Newman University as its 135th member service. The university is based in Birmingham and has just over 2,500 higher education students. Head of Service, Melissa Clarke, was previously a Conference Member of AGCAS.




AGCAS Country Profiles live on TARGETjobs and TARGETcourses

Following the official partnership between AGCAS and GTI Media, the AGCAS Publications Team is delighted to announce that 20 Country Profiles are now live on the targetjobs.co.uk and targetcourses.co.uk websites.




AGCAS Teaching content live on TARGETjobs and TARGETcourses

The AGCAS Publications Team is delighted to announce that, working in partnership with GTI Media, the updated AGCAS teaching content is now live on the TARGETjobs and TARGETcourses websites.




University of Bedfordshire: Hire Me Project review

The University of Bedfordshire has won the AGCAS Student and Graduate Employability Award (in association with The Higher Education Academy) at the AGCAS Biennial Conference 2013 for their support for unemployed graduates of any university who live in Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire.




AGCAS welcomes Health Education North East as new member

AGCAS is delighted to welcome Health Education North East as our latest new member service. The Head of Service (Careers Lead) Mike Wilson, formerly of Newcastle University, has over ten years' careers experience in further and higher education.




University of Exeter: Think it, Try it, Do it

The University of Exeter won the AGCAS Entrepreneurship Award (in association with NCEE) at the AGCAS Biennial Conference 2013 for their innovative strategic approach to the provision of enterprise and entrepreneurship education based around a three-fold 'Think about it', 'Try it' and 'Do it' approach.




UCL Careers Service: Careers and Cultural Management Module

UCL Careers Service, part of The Careers Group, University of London, won the AGCAS Careers Service/Academic Department Partnership Award at the AGCAS Biennial Conference 2013 for successfully delivering a credit bearing professional development module to encourage students to consider their careers in a global context. Since its pilot within the Management Science & Innovation department (MS&I), the programme has seen over 90% of students in employment within three months of graduation.




Liverpool John Moores University: World of Work Certificate

The World of Work Careers Centre at Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) won the AGCAS Technology Award at the AGCAS Biennial Conference 2013 for successfully embedding their World of Work Certificate into every undergraduate degree.




University of Huddersfield: The Employability Challenge, Skills for Life

Crowned AGCAS Awards for Excellence winner in the category of Research, the University of Huddersfield Careers and Employability Service undertook its research project with funding from the PMI2 British Council initiative. The work was carried out in conjunction with the University's School of Education and Professional Development and in partnership with GPNU University in Guangzhou, China.




University of Leeds: Careers Registration scheme

The University of Leeds Careers Centre won the AGCAS Student Engagement Award and the AGCAS Excellence Award - Overall Winner at the AGCAS Biennial Conference 2013 for its Careers Registration scheme, a groundbreaking and new compulsory element to university registration, which connects students to the Careers Centre even before they start at the university.




Student-led engineering employability audit project at UWE

Adele Merrison, Careers Consultant at the University of the West of England (UWE), successfully bid for HE STEM project funding for a student-led employability audit of engineering degrees. The project aims were to demonstrate that capturing the student voice and co-inquiry with learners leads to more meaningful learning and, at the same time, to encourage student input into employability initiatives within the curriculum.




New enterprise blog from AGCAS task group

Following on from their successful AGCAS Biennial Conference workshop focusing on what careers professionals can do to effectively support students who want to become more enterprising, members of the Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Task Group have decided to start a monthly entrepreneurship and enterprise blog.




University of Exeter: Partnership with Exeter City Football Club

The University of Exeter won the AGCAS Careers Service/Employer Partnership Award at the AGCAS Biennial Conference 2013 for their strategic partnership with Exeter City Football Club (ECFC) to provide valuable knowledge and expertise to the football club through the creation of work experience for students.




University of Ulster: Internship programmes

Employability and Marketing at the University of Ulster won the AGCAS Award for Employer Engagement (in association with AGR) for engaging employers through two key graduate internship programmes: the Professional Experience Programme (PEP); and Santander supported graduate internships with local SMEs.




AGCAS Awards for Excellence 2013: Winners in focus

The results of the AGCAS Awards for Excellence 2013 were announced at the AGCAS Biennial Conference held at the University of Exeter in September. Here, the winning services provide an overview of their award-winning schemes and offer an insight into the background and challenges they faced in delivering their initiatives and project outcomes.




'Non-graduate' jobs data - an AGCAS perspective

New figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that almost half of all university graduates are in jobs that don't require a degree. The ONS analysis, Graduates in the UK labour market 2013, shows 47% of graduates are working in 'non-graduate' roles. AGCAS President, Paul Redmond, asks: what is a 'non-graduate' job? And how neatly can you classify roles in a changing graduate jobs market?




Peer-to-peer mentoring across education programmes

Adele Merrison, Careers Consultant at the University of the West of England (UWE), describes the mentoring project she set up across education programmes at the university. The project aimed to improve UWE students' applications for teaching posts, at the same time as providing HE work experience for UWE Qualification in Careers Guidance (QCG) students.




Leeds City College joins AGCAS

AGCAS has welcomed Leeds City College as a new member service. The Head of Service (Career Development Manager) is Claire Miller. Leeds City College is the UK's third largest further education establishment and has 1,828 FTE higher education students.




Is a degree the best route to a successful career?

Jenny Blakesley, AGCAS Vice President and Director of Careers at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), was recently a guest on Radio 4's You and Yours. The programme's discussion was based on the latest figures released by the Office for National Statistics that suggest that increasing numbers of graduates are working in non-graduate roles, and addressed the issues around whether taking a degree is still the best passport to a successful career.




Football tournament planned for HE careers services and graduate recruiters

Gradcore is organising a six-a-side football tournament, The Gradcore Cup 2014, for university careers services and graduate recruiters. The event is planned for May/June 2014. The tournament is open to all AGCAS members, entering as individuals or whole services, from all regions of the UK.




AGCAS publications: Where to find them

AGCAS publishes a wide range of careers publications for members to use in their work with students and graduates. Remember, it's easy to spot AGCAS content as it will have our logo on the page.




New resources for placement and work-based learning

The AGCAS Placement and Work-based Learning Task Group has launched a new range of placement and work-based learning resources. Many of these examples have been created by members for colleagues at institutions where placement and work-based learning is considered core business within the university curriculum. 




AGCAS welcomes University Campus Barnsley

AGCAS is pleased to welcome University Campus Barnsley into its membership. There are around 700 FTE higher education students studying at the campus and courses available include degrees in art and design, construction, early years, film and animation, music and music technology and teacher training courses. HE provision is managed and delivered by Barnsley College and the degrees are validated by the University of Huddersfield.




TARGETjobs Awards 2014: Nominate an employer

Once again, AGCAS has been invited by GTI to judge and present an award at the annual TARGETjobs National Graduate Recruitment Awards to be presented at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London on Thursday 20 March. We have chosen as its title: The AGCAS Award for Excellence in Careers and Employability Service Engagement.




Vacancy for the role of AGCAS President-Elect

Nominations are invited from Full Members of AGCAS for the post of President-Elect on the AGCAS Board of Directors. The duration of this role is approximately six months, leading to the commencement of a two-year term of office as AGCAS President from 1st August 2014. Within the overarching responsibilities there is significant scope and opportunity for the President to undertake and fashion the role to meet his or her own style, strengths and interests. 

 




University of Aberdeen: Bringing Graduate Attributes to Life

The primary aim of this Higher Education Academy (HEA) funded project is to translate high level graduate attribute statements into practical language that can be understood and used by academic staff in their subject areas, students in those areas and also by employers.




Midlands to host inaugural AGCAS regional conference

AGCAS is holding its first regional conference, the AGCAS HE Careers Professionals Midlands Showcase, in Leicester on 25 June 2014. This one-day event will showcase the success of AGCAS members in the region and is a new venture for AGCAS, which we hope to reproduce for other regions in the future.




Jan Perrett awarded MBE

Jan Perrett, former Deputy Director of the Careers and Employability Service at The University of Nottingham and Honorary Lifetime Member of AGCAS, has been named in the Queen's birthday honours lists 2014.

The lists recognise the achievements and service of extraordinary people across the UK. Jan has been awarded an MBE for Services to Higher Education.

Jan Perrett has had an outstanding national impact on careers guidance practice, the professional development and training of careers staff and the quality of HE careers services over the last 15 years. 




London interns and employers receive royal recognition

HRH The Princess Royal has met graduates and young professionals at the Rewarding Interns event organised by The Careers Group, University of London to award the best interns and employers participating in the London Councils Internship Programme (LCIP) and the Step Internships Scheme.




ALO vacancy with the Royal Institute of British Architects

AGCAS is seeking a liaison officer (ALO) for the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). RIBA champions better buildings, communities and the environment through architecture and their members. They provide the standards, training, support and recognition that put their members - in the UK and overseas - at the peak of their profession. With government, they work to improve the design quality of public buildings, new homes and new communities.




HESA publishes graduate destinations statistics

HESA has published statistics on the destinations of UK and other EU domiciled leavers from higher education who obtained qualifications in higher education institutions (HEIs) in the UK during the academic year 2012/13. The data draws on the 2012/13 Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey and presents time series analysis relating to 2011/12 when the revised DLHE survey was introduced.




AGCAS Annual Conference 2014: Bookings now open

We are delighted to announce that bookings are now open for our first AGCAS Annual Conference for HE Careers Professionals, which will take place at The University of Warwick, 8 - 9 September 2014. The theme of this two-day event is Change: Connectivity and Collaboration.




Anne-Marie Martin, former AGCAS President, to retire

Anne-Marie Martin, Director of Shared Services (Students and Graduates) at The Careers Group, University of London, has announced that she will retire on 31 July 2014.

During her 31 years of working at the University of London, Anne-Marie has also been an active member of AGCAS, working tirelessly on a wide range of sub-committees and working groups, culminating in her time as AGCAS President, 2010 - 2012.




Introducing Eluned Jones, new AGCAS President

Eluned Jones, Director of Student Employability at the University of Birmingham, has taken up her post as AGCAS President. Eluned takes over the role from outgoing president Dr Paul Redmond, whose vision and commitment over the past two years has helped raise the profile of AGCAS and steer the national graduate employability agenda.




AGR survey: Graduate vacancies predicted to rise

The Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR) has published its Graduate Recruitment Summer Survey 2014, providing a detailed insight into the state of the graduate jobs market. Published biannually, the survey also contains: the latest statistics on graduate vacancies and salaries across career areas and regions; graduate selection methods; the availability of student placements and internships; and graduate retention rates and salary progression.




Success for world's first careers and employability MOOC

A team of careers consultants at The Careers Group, University of London has successfully designed and delivered the world's first careers and employability skills MOOC via the Coursera platform. Delivered over six weeks from May to July 2014, the course explored aspects of self-awareness, skills awareness, career readiness, articulating experiences, making a good impression and networking, both online and in person.




AGCAS to sponsor TARGETjobs award 2015

AGCAS has once again been invited to sponsor one of the main awards at the annual TARGETjobs National Graduate Recruitment Awards 2015. We will be seeking nominations for The AGCAS Award for Careers Service Engagement early in the new year. The awards ceremony, now in its 11th year, will take place at Mayfair's Grosvenor House on 1 April 2015.




AGCAS Annual Conference 2014: Bookings still open

Bookings are still open for our first AGCAS Annual Conference for HE Careers Professionals, sponsored by TARGETjobs, at The University of Warwick on 8 - 9 September 2014, but space is now limited overall and fully booked for some aspects of the conference.




AGCAS seeks members to form research group

AGCAS has taken significant steps towards achieving one of its key aims to be 'the focal point for sector-wide research and expert opinion'. We are currently seeking applications from suitably qualified and interested AGCAS members who would like to support and work with the AGCAS Research Officer, AGCAS staff and the Director of Research on the AGCAS Board in developing a research programme for the benefit of members and the wider sector.




Big drop in early graduate unemployment, reports What Do Graduates Do?

Findings from the latest (2014) edition of What Do Graduates Do? show that graduate unemployment fell from 8.5% to 7.3% year-on-year, marking the biggest drop in early graduate unemployment in 15 years.

This annual publication is a collaboration between the AGCAS Education Liaison Task Group and HECSU: HECSU provides the facts and figures from the DLHE returns and AGCAS members apply their expertise to provide commentary and written articles to help interpret the figures.




Stranmillis University College joins AGCAS

AGCAS is delighted to welcome Stranmillis University College to AGCAS as a new member service. Stranmillis is a college of Queen's University Belfast with 1,610 higher education (HE) students (940 FTE). The Head of Service is Ciara Love.




AGCAS Awards for Excellence 2016: nominations open

Nominations are now open for the AGCAS Awards for Excellence 2016. Nominations are invited from AGCAS member services, individual members of AGCAS, AGCAS Task Groups or partnerships/groups of AGCAS member services, as appropriate for each award category.




AGCAS welcomes Leeds College of Art as new member

AGCAS is delighted to welcome Leeds College of Art as our latest new member service. The College is one of only a few independent art schools in the UK, with students enjoying a small, close-knit community in a creative atmosphere. It offers a range of art-related further education courses and undergraduate programmes, as well as a Master of Arts in Creative Practice aimed at creative practitioners.




Academic career journeys: new research published

The AGCAS Research Staff Task Group has published a new report, Getting the First Lecturing Job, which reveals how doctoral researchers and PhDs manage the challenging and demanding transition from early careers researcher to the established academic position of lecturer. 




ALO vacancy with CILIP

AGCAS is seeking a liaison officer (ALO) for CILIP (Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals), representing the information professions. An ALO updates their own and other AGCAS members' knowledge of employment, training, the graduate labour market and career development opportunities in a particular sector and, in return, helps professional bodies better understand how HE careers services work. The relationship is intended to be mutually beneficial.




Graduate labour market buoyant, report heads of university careers services

A new survey from the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS) reveals that the vast majority of the heads of careers and employability services believe that the graduate labour market improved further in 2014.




TARGETjobs AGCAS award shortlist announced

Six employers have been shortlisted for the AGCAS Award for Careers Service Engagement 2015. They were all nominated by higher education careers services. The award is one of the prestigious annual TARGETjobs National Graduate Recruitment Awards.




QAA consultation: Guide for international students studying in the UK

AGCAS members are invited to contribute to an official AGCAS response to the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education's (QAA) consultation on the draft revised version of International Students Studying in the UK: Guidance for UK Higher Education Providers, now entitled Assuring Quality for International Students Studying in the UK: A Guide for UK Higher Education Providers.




Win for AGCAS members at NUE Awards

The sixth National Undergraduate Employability Awards (NUE Awards) took place on Friday 6 February 2015 in London. The event was organised by RMP Enterprise, sponsored by PwC and supported by AGCAS and AGR. This year's ceremony was also run in association with The Guardian.




Health Education Kent, Surrey and Sussex joins AGCAS

AGCAS is delighted to welcome Health Education Kent, Surrey and Sussex (KSS) as a new member service. KSS is a Local Education and Training Board and part of Health Education England. It has been established to ensure the effective planning, education and training of the NHS workforce within the region.




Phoenix: February 2015 edition now available

The latest issue of Phoenix, the AGCAS journal, is now available.

The February 2015 edition focuses on university mission groups, exploring the role these groups play in the higher education landscape. Do they shape careers service employability identities? Unite or divide?




Impact of the closure of the Post Study Work route revealed

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Migration has published an inquiry report into the impact of closing the Post Study Work (PSW) route in 2012, which allowed non-EU graduates to seek employment in the UK for up to two years after their studies.




University of the Arts London win NUE award

University of the Arts London (UAL) won Best University Careers/Employability Service at the recent National Undergraduate Employability Awards (NUE Awards). The awards, which took place on Friday 6 February 2015 in London, recognise the outstanding achievements of universities, students and employers in the undergraduate employability market.




University of East London - new AGCAS member

AGCAS is pleased to welcome the University of East London (UEL) as a new member service. UEL is one of the top six modern universities for research in the country and is a vibrant university with a vision to bring transformational academic and enterprising opportunities to those in the region. It is one of the most diverse universities in the UK, with more than 120 nationalities represented on campus.




Commitment to Employability award for the University of Kent

The University of Kent Careers and Employability Service won the award for Most Improved Commitment to Employability at the recent National Undergraduate Employability Awards (NUE Awards). The awards took place on Friday 6 February 2015 in London and recognise the outstanding achievements of universities, students and employers in the undergraduate employability market.




AGCAS at Westminster: Influencing the future of HE careers

Sue Spence, Careers Adviser at the University of Huddersfield and AGCAS Director of Professional Development, discusses AGCAS's increasingly important role in lobbying on behalf of the HE careers sector. Sue reports from three recent meetings at Westminster, where AGCAS was invited to take part in policy-forming consultations and Sue was able to represent the views of AGCAS members at a national level and contribute to the many debates surrounding the future of careers work in the UK.




Mark Stow elected AGCAS Director of Communications

Following the recent election for the role of AGCAS Director of Communications, Mark Stow, Head of Careers and Employability at the University of Lincoln, has been elected to the AGCAS Board. Mark will take up the position with immediate effect.




Update on architectural education from RIBA

In March 2015, Chris Jones, AGCAS Liaison Officer (ALO) for the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and Senior Careers Adviser at The University of Nottingham, attended the RIBA Education Council and Forum. This was an open meeting to discuss and vote on five key recommendations from the RIBA Education Review.




University of Leicester wins AGR Award

The University of Leicester Career Development Service won Preparation for work by Higher Education (Overall Strategy) at the recent AGR Graduate Development Awards. Award winners were announced at the AGR Development Conference 2015 in London on 19 March. The award is given to HE institutions for outstanding commitment to improving the employability and long-term career success of their graduates across a wide range of activities.




Phoenix Education Trust wins TARGETjobs AGCAS award

Phoenix Education Trust has won the AGCAS Award for Careers Service Engagement at the 2015 TARGETjobs National Graduate Recruitment Awards. Phoenix Education Trust was nominated by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). The award was presented to Rachel Roberts, Director of the Phoenix Education Trust, by Eluned Jones, AGCAS President and Director of Student Employability at the University of Birmingham, at the awards ceremony in London on 1st April. Also pictured is Graham Storey, CEO of Group GTI.




AGCAS welcomes two new member services

AGCAS is delighted to announce that two new services have joined the membership in April: Birmingham Metropolitan College and The University of Melbourne (as an International Service Member).

 




PwC scrap UCAS points as entry criteria for graduate jobs

PwC is to scrap the UCAS tariff as an entry criteria for its graduate scheme. Removing UCAS scores as an entry prerequisite follows analysis of applications to the firm from students who have not achieved the normally required A-level grades.




Update on careers in building services engineering

In April 2015, Andrew Byrne, AGCAS Liaison Officer (ALO) for the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) and Careers Adviser at Liverpool John Moores University, represented AGCAS at a meeting of the CIBSE Careers Panel.




AGCAS support secures future for legal recruitment code

AGCAS, AGR (Association of Graduate Recruiters) and the JLD (Junior Lawyers Division of the Law Society of England and Wales) have agreed to remain as signatories to the Voluntary Code to Good Practice in the Recruitment of Trainee Solicitors. This follows the recent announcement from the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) that they would be withdrawing as a signatory.




Learn more about careers in landscape architecture

The Landscape Institute (LI) is keen to raise members' awareness of the graduate opportunities available in landscape architecture. Poppy Smith, Education Development Officer at the LI, has provided an overview of the profession, and of the careers resources available to members, and is working with the AGCAS Liaison Officer (ALO) Marcus Zientek to help answer members' questions.




Grant Thornton: two years on from dropping graduate entry requirements

Grant Thornton currently hires over 500 trainees across four programmes and receives over 10,000 applications. Around two years ago they dropped all academic entry requirements for all their programmes, instead focusing on behaviours, shared values and potential. In a sector that traditionally takes a very traditional approach to academic entry requirements, it was a bold move.




Nicola Turner awarded MBE

AGCAS member Nicola Turner, Director of Employability at Aston University, has been awarded an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours for her services to higher education and graduate employability. Since joining Aston University in 2003, she has helped thousands of students, many from disadvantaged backgrounds, raise their aspirations and launch successful and rewarding careers. 

"I come to work every day and I do a job that I love – I thought that was as good as it gets. When I got the letter I was amazed and overwhelmed. It feels very special", Nicola commented.




Bookings now open for AGCAS Annual Conference 2015

We are delighted to announce that bookings are now open for the second AGCAS Annual HE Careers and Employability Professionals Conference. The conference is taking place in Warwick, at Scarman House, on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd September. Our headline sponsor is Prospects.




Phoenix: June 2015 issue available

The latest issue of Phoenix, the AGCAS journal, is now available.

The June 2015 edition focuses on collaboration, exploring the fantastic array of innovative and inspirational collaborative work taking place in HE careers. In this issue you can read about examples of internal departmental collaboration, external collaboration with industry and collaboration with students.




Attracting new talent - building an employer brand

Josie Leydon, Employer Liaison Manager at Manchester Metropolitan University's (MMU) Careers & Employability Service, explains how the Employer Liaison Team has reorganised and rebranded itself in order to create a unified service.




Destinations of disabled graduates revealed in new report

The AGCAS Disability Task Group has produced the latest edition of What Happens Next? A Report on the First Destinations of 2013 Disabled Graduates. This annual report compares the employment outcomes of disabled and non-disabled university leavers six months after graduation and draws upon the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey.




UKCISA offer international student support grants

UKCISA (UK Council for International Student Affairs) has launched a new grants scheme to support pilot projects and research. The scheme is open to UKCISA members and provides an opportunity for universities, colleges and students' unions to expand or adapt services which support international students or enhance members' understanding of the international student experience.




Call for Phoenix articles: Surviving and thriving through change

The AGCAS Phoenix Editorial Team is seeking articles for the next issue of Phoenix, AGCAS's digital journal, which is due to be published in October 2015.




Creating an employability event for music students

Claire Bee, Careers Adviser at Edinburgh Napier University, describes how the careers service worked with academics to create a successful employability week for music students




Royal etiquette – the joy and terror of visiting the Palace

Jan Perrett, HE Training Consultant, recently visited the Palace to receive an MBE for her Services to Higher Education. Here, she shares her experiences of the day, from learning how to curtsy to chatting with Princess Anne about HE careers.




Supporting midwifery students: a collaborative approach to delivering advice

Julie Porter, Careers Adviser at the University of Worcester, gives an insight into working with lecturers and health professionals to help midwifery students become more confident in applying for jobs.




AGCAS Awards 2015: shortlists announced

AGCAS is delighted to announce the shortlists for the AGCAS Awards for Excellence 2015. Nominations were received for a wide range of projects and for individuals from AGCAS member services in all parts of the UK.




New AGCAS President-Elect appointed

AGCAS is pleased to announce that Shelagh Green has been appointed as AGCAS President-Elect. Shelagh will serve as President-Elect for one year, leading to the commencement of a two-year term of office as AGCAS President from 1st August 2016.




Opportunities to join the AGCAS Board

Following the recent appointment of Shelagh Green to the role of AGCAS President-Elect, we are now inviting applications for Shelagh's previous role, AGCAS Vice-President.

The Plenary Committee Representative post also remains vacant, which means that there are two fantastic opportunities to join the AGCAS Board of Directors to help develop and drive the association. 




AGCAS appoints new ALO for the ICAEW

AGCAS is pleased to announce that Natalie Morris, Employability and Enterprise Officer at UWE, is the new AGCAS liaison officer (ALO) for the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW). Natalie will be liaising with the ICAEW to ensure that members are kept informed about graduate careers in the profession.




Spotlight on the company secretarial profession

The Institute of Chartered Secretaries & Administrators (ICSA) is keen to raise awareness of the company secretarial profession, and that of the chartered secretary, amongst students and careers advisers. Tara Wilson, Business Development Manager at ICSA, has provided an overview of the profession, and of the careers resources available to members, and is working with AGCAS Liaison Officer (ALO) Chris Packham to raise awareness of graduate opportunities.




Art specialist institutions join AGCAS

AGCAS is delighted to welcome art specialists Sotheby's Institute of Art, London and Plymouth College of Art as our latest member services.




Suggestions for new types of graduate jobs wanted

As part of our joint commitment with Graduate Prospects to ensure career resources are relevant and current, AGCAS and Graduate Prospects are looking to expand the series of Types of Jobs (Occupational Profiles) in 2016. As part of this expansion, we would like your help with suggestions for new titles.




Call for evidence: graduate employment and accreditation in STEM

AGCAS has been invited to contribute evidence to HEFCE's review of graduate employment and accreditation in STEM. There are two separate reviews, both commissioned in direct response to the government's science and innovation strategy to explore some of the issues around the employment outcomes of graduates from STEM disciplines.




Record number of new graduates in work, reports What Do Graduates Do?

Findings from the 2015 edition of What Do Graduates Do? show that a total of 199,810 graduates were known to be working in the UK six months after graduation, up 6% from last year and marking the largest number of new graduate entrants to the UK labour market on record.

Published annually, What Do Graduates Do? is the result of a close collaboration between AGCAS and Prospects, on behalf of the Higher Education Careers Service Unit (HECSU). 




Sue Bennett appointed AGCAS Vice-President

AGCAS is delighted to announce that Sue Bennett, Director of Student Careers and Skills at The University of Warwick, has been appointed to the role of AGCAS Vice-President on the Board of Directors. Sue brings to the role a significant amount of experience in internationalisation. Most recently, this has included creating a contract between AGCAS and the British Council for the supply of IAG and employer engagement training to new careers service staff and their management in Kazakhstan.




Phoenix: October 2015 issue now available

The latest issue of Phoenix, the AGCAS journal, is now available. The theme of the October 2015 issue is Surviving and thriving through change. It features articles drawing on both individual approaches and wider service strategies to responding to, dealing with, managing and surviving the process of change.




Elaine Boyes appointed AGCAS Executive Director

AGCAS is delighted to announce the successful appointment of Elaine Boyes to the position of AGCAS Executive Director. Elaine will be joining AGCAS in early 2016 and will take up a position that is absolutely fundamental to our vision of creating a sustainable and representative professional body, which is recognised more broadly as the 'go-to' organisation in our field




Nominations open for TARGETjobs employer award 2016

Nominations are now open for the AGCAS Award for Careers Service Engagement at the TARGETjobs National Graduate Recruitment Awards 2016. This award recognises employers who provide outstanding support for careers services' work with students and graduates. 




Paid writing opportunities: 5 new Options with your subject

AGCAS is seeking writers for five brand new Options with your subject profiles for the What can I do with my degree? content on the Prospects website. The titles are: Creative writing; Film production; Film studies; Photography; Web design and development. As the content needs to be written from scratch, we're offering £200 per title, which includes the submission of at least one case study.




Capturing employer engagement - Phoenix articles wanted

The Phoenix Editorial Team is seeking articles for the next issue of AGCAS's digital journal, which is due to be published in February 2016. The main theme of the next issue will be Employer Engagement. The Editorial Team is interested in receiving examples of good/innovative practice, evidence of research, views or opinion pieces on a range of topics based on recent and/or previous experience of working with all types of employers from all sectors.




AGCAS welcomes Zayed University as latest international member

AGCAS is delighted to welcome Zayed University, Abu Dhabi as our latest new international service member. Based in the United Arab Emirates, Zayed University offers bachelor and master's degrees in arts and sciences, business, education, IT and media.




Graduate labour market statistics consultation

A consultation on the content and frequency of the Graduate labour market statistics (GLMS) publication has been launched. The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) is seeking views from users of the statistics, specifically on the frequency and content of future releases.




ALO update on careers with languages

Diane Appleton, AGCAS Liaison Officer (ALO) for the LLAS Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies, has produced an update on her work with the LLAS. LLAS engages in research and projects at the level of government policy and activities which promote greater public engagement with languages and related studies.




AGCAS responds to green paper for HE reform

AGCAS has submitted its response to the government's green paper, Fulfilling our potential: Teaching Excellence, Social Mobility and Student Choice, which sets out proposals to change the HE landscape.




Welcome to Elaine Boyes, new AGCAS Executive Director

We are delighted to welcome Elaine Boyes as AGCAS's new Executive Director. Elaine took up post on 18th January and is already working very closely with the Board of Directors and senior staff on key priorities.

Elaine brings significant previous experience in staff management, strategy development and business planning. Her appointment is crucial to the future of the organisation and our vision of creating a sustainable and representative professional body.




Careers in architecture: Update from RIBA

Chris Jones, AGCAS Liaison Officer (ALO) for the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and Senior Careers Adviser at The University of Nottingham, has been liaising with RIBA to provide members with an update on changes to architectural education and careers in architecture.




TARGETjobs AGCAS award 2016 shortlist announced

Six employers have been shortlisted for the AGCAS Award for Careers Service Engagement 2016. They were all nominated by AGCAS-member higher education careers services.

One of the prestigious annual TARGETjobs National Graduate Recruitment Awards, the AGCAS award focuses on employers who develop and sustain good working relationships with higher education careers and employability services.




AGCAS Annual Conference 2016 - call for workshops

We are seeking contributors to offer workshops for the AGCAS Annual Conference for HE Careers and Employability Professionals 2016, which takes place at the University of Chester from 6 to 8 September 2016. The theme of the conference is Strategy in action: innovate, influence, impress.

Spread across three full days, the conference is aimed at anyone interested in the graduate labour market, careers information, advice and guidance, employability, working with employers and work experience. 

 




Employer engagement: One size doesn't fit all

Jonathan Bainbridge, Business Development and Employer Engagement Manager at the University of Reading, discusses the different approaches used by Reading to engage with employers.




Capturing the employer engagement agenda: "Just be yourself"

Mona Vadher, Employer Engagement Manager at City University London, discusses the importance of helping students understand who they are and what they have to offer a graduate employer.




Engaging SMEs at the University of Westminster

Frances Gow, Employability Manager at the University of Westminster, explains how they have developed their Talent Bank service, originally set up to give students the opportunity to apply for paid temporary and part-time vacancies on campus, to benefit both students and local small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).




Birmingham wins NUE Award for best careers service

AGCAS members were amongst the winners at the annual National Undergraduate Employability Awards (NUE Awards) that took place on Friday 12 February 2016 in London.




Phoenix: Employer engagement issue now available

The latest edition of Phoenix, the AGCAS journal, is now available. The February 2016 issue focuses on employer engagement, with articles outlining the various ways that HE careers and employability services are working with different types of employers.




Paid writing opportunities for AGCAS members

As part of our commitment with Graduate Prospects to produce relevant and informative careers resources, AGCAS Publications are introducing nine new Job Profile titles on to the Prospects website to add to the extensive list of Job Profiles we already publish with Graduate Prospects.




Update from CIPFA on graduate opportunities

In March 2016, Justin Richardson, AGCAS Liaison Officer (ALO) for the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA), met with CIPFA representative Victoria Davitt to discuss graduate opportunities and developments.




Update on Tier 2 rules for international students

On 24 March 2016, the immigration minister James Brokenshire announced there would be no amendments to the rules for international students switching from Tier 4 to Tier 2 in order to work in the UK after their studies. The statement came in response to the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC)'s review of Tier 2.




J. P. Morgan wins TARGETjobs AGCAS award

J.P. Morgan has won the AGCAS Award for Careers Service Engagement at the 2016 TARGETjobs National Graduate Recruitment Awards. J.P. Morgan was nominated by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) for its programme supporting students from low income backgrounds to achieve their full potential.




Vacancy for Treasurer on the AGCAS Board of Directors

Nominations are invited from Full Members of AGCAS for the position of Treasurer on the AGCAS Board of Directors. The Treasurer oversees all financial matters of AGCAS in line with good practice and in accordance with the governing and legal requirements, reporting to the AGCAS Board about the financial health of the organisation. Principal duties include overseeing, approving and presenting budgets, accounts and financial statements/reports. The role involves close liaison with the AGCAS Business Manager.




AGCAS Annual Conference 2016: Bookings now open

Bookings are now open for the AGCAS Annual Conference for HE Careers and Employability Professionals 2016. Returning to a three-day event running from the 6th - 8th September at the University of Chester, the conference theme is Strategy in Action: Innovate, Influence, Impress.

The conference, supported by headline sponsor Prospects, will include a mix of topical keynote presentations, a wide range of workshops, an exhibition, a conference dinner and the AGCAS Awards for Excellence ceremony. The programme is available on the conference web page.




Prospects to headline sponsor 2016 AGCAS Annual Conference

AGCAS is pleased to announce that Prospects is the headline sponsor for the AGCAS Annual Conference for HE Careers and Employability Professionals 2016. We are delighted to be working with Prospects, who have supported AGCAS's flagship conference over many years and helped us to make the Annual Conference the highlight of the HE careers calendar.




HESA consultation on the future of DLHE

On Wednesday 11th May, HESA introduced the consultation around the future of the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey. AGCAS will be responding to the consultation via the Graduate Labour Market (GLAM) Sub Committee.




HE White Paper and TEF2 consultation published

The HE White Paper setting out the government's plans to reform the higher education and research system was published on Monday 16 May 2016. Experts have commented that this is one of the most important developments for HE policy in some time.




AGCAS to help implement Shadbolt computer science recommendations

The AGCAS Board is pleased to endorse the publication of the final report from the Shadbolt review of computer sciences degree accreditation and graduate employability. AGCAS has been identified as a key organisation that needs to be involved in the implementation of a series of recommendations.

This independent review explored the accreditation arrangements for computer science degrees to ensure that they continue to be fit for the future. The focus was on the purpose and role of accreditation and how the system can support the skills requirements of employers and improve graduate employability.




From mock interviews to mastering recruitment practice

Calli Amiras, Deputy Director of the Professional Development Centre and Head of Careers at Brunel University, is proud that Brunel was the first university careers service in the UK to use video interviewing. The careers service initially introduced Sonru's video interviewing as an interview preparation tool for students, but in practice its usage has extended far beyond their original intentions.




Developing your Global Career webinar series

In Spring 2016 the Midlands International Group, a consortium of 16 universities, delivered a webinar series consisting of 13 online events targeted at international students. The sessions were supported by funding from UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) and careers professionals from across the region worked with employers and alumni to run a week of online sessions, which were designed to prepare for students for the global job market.




Helping PhD students articulate their skills to employers

Lorna Warnock, Employability Manager from the Department of Biology at The University of York, discusses the competency framework they use to articulate the skills of PhD students to potential employers. This toolkit is designed to help PhD students assess their own competencies and professional development whilst undertaking their PhD internships.




Be More! Making graduate attributes meaningful at Keele

Lisa McWilliams, Head of Careers and Employability at Keele University, reflects on bringing graduate attributes to life through themed activities, events, workshops and purple ducks!




STEP to launch National Internship Week (27 June - 1 July)

National Internship Week is a week-long celebration of internships, taking place from 27 June - 1 July. The week aims to highlight the positive impact that paid internships have on businesses, the UK economy and the interns themselves.




Phoenix: graduate attributes issue now available

The latest edition of Phoenix, the AGCAS journal, is now available. The June 2016 issue focuses on graduate attributes, with articles outlining the various ways that HE careers and employability services are working with students and employers to raise awareness of the key attributes needed to attain graduate employment.

Despite being widely preached by universities, careers services and students alike, confusion still surrounds the graduate attributes agenda.  




AGCAS response to the EU referendum

Following last week's EU referendum outcome, the role of AGCAS member services in providing high-quality information, advice and guidance to students and graduates, and delivering support to employers and academics, is more important than ever to ensure our students and graduates develop the skills and attributes needed to navigate an uncertain and potentially changing jobs market.

As a community, we must prepare for the uncertainty and potential changes in the graduate labour market.




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.




More graduates working in professional services, reveals DLHE 2014/15

HESA's Statistical First Release of DLHE 2014/15, published on the 30th June, shows a continuous increase in leavers' employment rates since 2011/12. 72% of leavers from higher education were working six months after graduation, a 1% increase compared to the 2013/14 data. Only 5% of leavers were unemployed (unchanged from 2013/14). The rest of leavers were either in full-time or part-time further study, or engaged in other activities. DLHE 2014/15 also reveals a tendency that most leavers worked in professional service sectors.




Call for evidence: access into leading professions

AGCAS members are invited to submit evidence to the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Social Mobility's Inquiry into Access into Leading Professions. Run in partnership with The Sutton Trust, the inquiry will focus on how to increase access of people from disadvantaged backgrounds into the leading professions, such as law, finance, medicine, journalism and politics.




AGCAS response to the TEF consultation

Following consultation with members, AGCAS has submitted a response to the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Technical Consultation. The AGCAS response relates specifically to the questions posed about the use of employment outcome metrics. The AGCAS view is that implementation of the TEF must take into account much wider conversations within the graduate employment context.




First-Year Student Careers and Employability Survey Report

Based on a pilot survey undertaken in a UK university in November 2015, the ‘First-Year Student Careers and Employability Survey Report’ was produced by the AGCAS Research group in early 2016. The report includes students' prior experience of careers support, current views on careers and employability, future intentions of accessing career related activities and opportunities, and their confidence level in practical aspects of employability.




Vacancy for a liaison officer in the Biochemical Society

AGCAS is seeking a liaison officer (ALO) for the Biochemical Society, an organisation working to promote the molecular biosciences.




AGCAS Awards for Excellence: 2016 shortlists announced

The shortlisted nominations for the AGCAS Awards for Excellence 2016 have been announced. This year saw a high number of entries, with 48 AGCAS member services nominated for a broad range of activities across the full range of HE careers and employability work. The standard of the initiatives submitted has been exceptional. In the end, 23 institutions have been shortlisted for the 8 Service Awards.




AGCAS Membership Survey 2016: headline findings

The results are in from the AGCAS Membership Survey 2016, which took place earlier this year.

The results of the survey provide valuable insight into the priorities and needs of members, which will inform the development of the AGCAS strategy.




AGCAS Resources Survey 2016: snapshot of HE careers services

The results of the AGCAS Member Services Resources Survey 2016 have now been collated and analysed. The purpose of this research was to explore the strategic positioning of careers services within HE institutions and to find out ways that careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) is delivered.  




ALO update on teaching in the FE sector

In June 2016, Alison Proudlove, AGCAS Liaison Officer (ALO) for The Education & Training Foundation (ETF), met with a representative from the ETF to discuss further education (FE) teaching. Alison has since produced a detailed report giving an update on developments in the sector.




New liaison officers appointed for construction and biosciences

AGCAS is pleased to announce the appointment of two new Liaison Officers (ALOs) to facilitate the exchange of information between industry and the HE careers and employability sector. ALO appointments have been made for CITB, the national training organisation for construction in the UK, and the Biochemical Society, an organisation working to promote the molecular biosciences.




Disabled graduates' labour market prospects better than assumed, finds AGCAS report

AGCAS has published the latest edition of What Happens Next? A Report on the First Destinations of 2014 Disabled Graduates.

The report compares the employment outcomes of disabled and non-disabled university leavers six months after graduation and draws upon the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey. This edition of What Happens Next? includes, for the first time, data on postgraduate leavers.




Nominations open for TARGETjobs AGCAS award 2017

Nominations are now open for the AGCAS Award for Careers Service Engagement, part of the TARGETjobs National Graduate Recruitment Awards 2017. The award recognises those employers who provide outstanding support for careers services' work with students and graduates. AGCAS member services are invited to nominate one employer (of any size and from any sector) who has demonstrated commitment to working collaboratively to ensure that students are equipped with the knowledge, skills and experience that will allow them to enter, thrive in, and gain satisfaction from the world of work.




Second release of LEO data
The Government issued the second experimental release of government data on the earnings and employment outcomes of graduates on gov.uk on 1st December 2016.




Launch of the new AGCAS Strategy
Building on the invaluable contribution of members, AGCAS has formulated its new strategy, which begins today and will run through to 2019. Following months of work and consultations we are absolutely delighted that the Board have approved the strategy and the changes that it will bring to AGCAS as an organisation.




2017 AGCAS training and events
As 2016 draws to a close we have compiled a list of some of the scheduled events that AGCAS will be hosting in the new year. This is by no means a complete list, however, it gives a flavour of just some of the opportunities that we will be providing in 2017.




Paid writing opportunities: 8 new job profile titles

AGCAS is seeking writers for eight brand new Job Profile titles for the Prospects website. The titles are: Detective, Paralegal, Zoologist, Business adviser, Creative director, Radiologist, Cardiologist and Design engineer. As the content needs to be written from scratch, we're offering £400 per title, which includes the submission of at least one case study.




AGCAS consultation response on the Partial Review of the Shortage Occupation List: Teachers
AGCAS has submitted a formal response to the Migration Advisory Committee’s Call for Evidence requested in September 2016 on the Partial Review of the Shortage Occupation List: Teachers.




The British Academy – call for evidence
The British Academy for the humanities and social science has initiated a flagship project on the skills inherent to the study of arts, humanities and social science (AHSS) and the contribution that individuals with those skills make to society and the economy. They have produced a summary and initial analysis of key evidence on AHSS skills.




NewDLHE and the future of graduate outcomes: AGCAS consultation response request
HESA are currently running a public consultation on the NewDLHE as part of a fundamental review of graduate outcomes data. The proposed NewDLHE will combine a universal census survey of graduates with linked data from other sources (which will include salary information from HMRC). AGCAS members are invited to contribute to an official AGCAS response to the consultation.




Updated AGCAS publications live on Prospects
The latest batch of updated AGCAS publications is live on the Prospects website. Find out below which Job profiles and What can I do with my degree? titles have been researched and fully updated this month.




Updated country profiles live on TARGETjobs and TARGETpostgrad
The following AGCAS Country Profiles have been updated and are live on the
TARGETjobs and TARGETpostgrad websites: working and studying in Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark and Finland.




New and updated AGCAS titles live on Prospects
The latest batch of updated AGCAS publications is live on the Prospects website. This includes ten brand new What can I do with my degree? titles.




New What can I do with my degree in... titles live on Prospects

AGCAS Publications has produced ten new What can I do with my degree in... titles as part of our joint commitment with Graduate Prospects to produce relevant and informative resources for the benefit of students, graduates, careers professionals and the wider HE community.

 




Updated AGCAS publications live on Prospects
The latest updated AGCAS Job Profiles and What Can I Do With My Degree? titles are live on the Prospects website.




More updated AGCAS publications live on Prospects
The latest updated AGCAS Job Profiles and What Can I Do With My Degree? titles are live on the Prospects website.


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Graduate Success Project Report: An investigation of graduate transitions, social mobility and the HEAR

The Graduate Success Project was a BIS-funded joint AGCAS/AGR project, which explores how graduates from a range of backgrounds make the transition to the job market. The aims of the project were to encourage employers to think seriously about social mobility, to investigate graduate and employer perspectives of the graduate employment market and to increase awareness of the Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR) amongst employers - and promote its use as good recruitment practice.




Graduate Success - The HEAR and Now: Creating a level playing field in graduate recruitment and selection

This executive summary has been produced by AGCAS and AGR as part of the BIS-funded Graduate Success Project, which explores how graduates from a range of backgrounds make the transition to the job market.


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Graduate Success

In 2012/13 AGCAS was part of a research collaboration with the Association of Graduate Recruiters(AGR) funded by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) looking to help the Government implement a range of Wilson recommendations on diversity in graduate recruitment and to raise awareness of the Higher Education Achievement Record (HEAR). 

AGCAS lead on the graduate research project which provided students, parents, careers advisers and employers with an in-depth insight into how young people from a variety of social and economic backgrounds made the transition to the graduate job market. 

Prior to that work relatively little was known about the impact of social and cultural factors in the transition to graduate job markets. While the importance of work experience, internships, access to key networks and the influence of parents (and other third parties) was generally acknowledged, much of this knowledge was under-theorised and suffered from a lack of hard data. This project overcame this deficiency.

This was accomplished through the collection of the case studies and discussions with focus groups and resulted in a report into student transitions to the graduate job. 

As well as the research report  a number of national dissemination events took place across the country, supporting and highlighting the student focussed Graduate Success website.

 

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