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Vacancies on the AGCAS Board of Directors

Are you interested in the strategic management of AGCAS? We're seeking motivated and enthusiastic volunteers to join the AGCAS Board of Directors to get involved in making key decisions about the organisation's future development for the benefit of its members, staff and key stakeholders.

The roles available are Vice-President, Company Secretary and Company Law Member. This is an exciting time to be part of an executive team with a renewed vision and focus.




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.




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

 




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.




AGCAS e-induction launched

A new e-induction programme is now available for all new Associate and Affiliate members of AGCAS and HECSU, which aims to offer an introduction to careers work in HE and provide an overview of the supporting roles of AGCAS and HECSU.




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.




Vacancies on the AGCAS Board

To reflect the recent changes to the AGCAS mission and strategic aims, three new positions are being created on the AGCAS Board of Directors. This is an exciting time to be part of an executive team with a renewed vision and focus.




Vacancy on the Teaching and Related Professions Task Group

The AGCAS Teaching and Related Professions Task Group is seeking a new member. If you would like to develop your knowledge of teacher training, recruitment and careers in the education sector, why not consider joining? You don't need to be a careers adviser and you don't need to be an 'education expert'. However, you do need enthusiasm and a desire to contribute, and some knowledge of teacher training and the variety of roles in the education sector would be a distinct advantage.




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.




Launch of improved job search facility for international students and graduates
AGCAS, HECSU, NASES and The Careers Group, University of London, working in partnership, have undertaken enhancements to the International Graduate Jobs on Prospects.ac.uk as a result of research with international students and graduates, employers and careers professionals. The work has been funded by the Prime Minister’s Initiative for International Education (PMI 2) and develops the work undertaken in a previous PMI 2 project which saw The Careers Group, University of London’s International Job Online made available through www.prospects.ac.uk.




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.




Placement and Work Based Learning Task Group vacancy

The AGCAS Placement and Work Based Learning Task Group is seeking a new member. If you are currently working as a placement adviser or leading a team of staff in facilitating summer internships or long-term placements and you are interested in contributing to the AGCAS community by sharing information and good practice from your institution, please consider joining the task group. 




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.




New guidelines for setting up regional DLHE groups

The Graduate Labour Market Task Group (GLAM) has published guidelines and recommendations to support new or existing members with setting up, joining or running a regional DLHE group.




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.




Professional development at New College of the Humanities

AGCAS welcomed New College of the Humanities as a new member service in February 2014. Based in London, it is a small college that opened in 2012. Director of Professional Development, Swatee Jasoria, outlines their professional development programme, which is designed to teach skills and foster behaviours that create greater productivity and job satisfaction.




Phoenix May 2013 - call for articles

The next issue of Phoenix will be published in May. The editorial group is looking forward to receiving a wide range of articles on the following topics: the commercialisation of careers services; using technology; and graduate resilience and adaptability. The deadline for copy is Friday 1 March 2013.




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.




Vacancy on the AGCAS Skills Awards Task Group

The AGCAS Skills Awards Task Group is seeking a new member. They are an active group, delivering webinars to members twice a year and hosting a conference bi-annually. In addition, they contribute to national work on skills awards, and this coming year will be focusing on the impact of skills awards and enhancing the evidence-base.




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.




Sir Alex Ferguson's employability audit

Sir Alex Ferguson this week celebrates 25 years as Manchester United manager. To be continually employed for a quarter of a century is quite an achievement, especially in a field where job security is rare. From a careers professional's point of view though, it's interesting to consider what would happen if, perhaps through no fault of his own, Sir Alex had to look for work. Would he readily find another position in the same or another field? Is he still employable?




Social mobility toolkit for the professions

Professions for Good, a public information campaign to which many professional bodies have signed up, is developing a Social Mobility Toolkit on behalf of the Gateways to the Professions Collaborative Forum and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).




Bookings open for Heads of Service Conference 2012

Booking is now open for the AGCAS Heads of Service Conference 2012. The conference will take place at Bewley's Hotel Ballsbridge in Dublin, Ireland, on January 5th and 6th. The conference programme has been developed by heads of service in Ireland and is open to all heads and deputy heads of AGCAS member services.




Update on planning careers 2015

In August 2015, Jackie Leyland, Careers Adviser at the University of Liverpool and AGCAS Liaison Officer (ALO) for the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), met with representatives from the RTPI to discuss careers in planning.




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.




AGCAS new year resolution: Make ARENA even better

Here at AGCAS, we're always trying to improve our communications with members. Recently, we seem to have got better at reporting things that interest you. What we are working on now is being quicker off the mark so that, with our help, AGCAS members are recognised as the most up-to-date and well-informed people anywhere on any issue to do with the graduate labour market, employability and careers information, education, advice and guidance.




Vacancy on AGCAS Board of Directors - Company Secretary

AGCAS is looking for an enthusiastic member to join its Board of Directors in the role of Company Secretary. This is a great opportunity to get involved in the strategic management of AGCAS and to help the organisation make key decisions about its future development, especially how it can best support member services. The role of Company Secretary involves a number of administrative, legal and statutory responsibilities. A full induction will be given, however, and there is plenty of support available both from experienced AGCAS staff and from other members of the AGCAS Board.




Vacancy on the Research Staff Task Group

The AGCAS Research Staff Task Group is looking for a new member to join the group. The task group has been busy producing resources for careers advisers and for early career researchers and is also active in the researcher development community to raise the profile of the work of careers advisers and to feed into policy and developments such as the Researcher Development Framework (RDF) and the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers.




Transfer of AGCAS qualifications to Warwick

AGCAS is delighted to announce that The University of Warwick has become the host institution for the AGCAS Career Education, Information and Guidance in HE (CEIGHE) qualifications. From 1 August 2010 the AGCAS qualifications (at Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma and MA level) will all be cared for by The University of Warwick’s Centre for Lifelong Learning (CLL).

 




First career destinations of disabled graduates - research published

The AGCAS Disability Task Group has produced its annual report on the first destinations of disabled graduates nationally, What Happens Next? This year's report indicates a certain level of stability returning to the graduate labour market following last year’s downturn.




Case studies highlight award-winning work

A series of case studies has been produced to showcase the winning projects and initiatives recently commended as part of the AGCAS Awards for Excellence 2011.

The case studies have been compiled using the original submissions received from each AGCAS member service. They are intended to encourage and share good practice amongst HE careers professionals to help promote excellence in careers and employability work.




Work while studying: blessing or curse?

Research into undergraduates' experiences of working has been conducted by AGCAS member Angela Vesey, Senior Lecturer in the School of Social Sciences at Nottingham Trent University (NTU) and winner of the 2011 AGCAS John Roberts Memorial Prize. Angela's study, as part of her MA in Career Education, Information and Guidance in HE (CEIGHE), explored the nature and extent of undergraduates working at NTU, their motivations for working and its perceived impact.




My other job

Working a full-time job alongside running your own business can test your organisational and time management skills to the limit. Sam Doud, IT and Web Services Manager at the University of Leeds Careers Centre, also runs his own web design and consultancy business.




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.




Postgraduate Students Task Group vacancy

The AGCAS Postgraduate Students Task Group has another vacancy on the group and hopes to recruit an AGCAS member who will be able to bring their expertise and a fresh perspective to advise and inform the group's activity.




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.




ALO vacancy with the Royal Town Planning Institute

AGCAS is seeking a liaison officer (ALO) for the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), the UK's leading body for planning urban design, national infrastructure and domestic building. With over 23,000 members, the RTPI is responsible for maintaining professional standards and accrediting planning courses nationally and internationally.




Demystifying the PhD process

The AGCAS Postgraduate Students Task Group has produced a new resource aimed at practitioners working with postgraduate students. Demystifying the PhD Process evaluates the different approaches to helping students considering PhD study as their next step, outlines the differences in application procedures, and identifies strategies for careers professionals to apply when dealing with this client group.




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.




AGCAS announces new Company Secretary

Sue Spence, Careers Adviser at the Careers and Employability Service at the University of Huddersfield, will be the new AGCAS Company Secretary. Sue will take up her position on the AGCAS Board of Directors with immediate effect and will serve for a period of three years.




CV checking - keeping up with demand

AGCAS member Sarah Mallen, Information Manager at The University of Manchester, Careers & Employability Division, has been examining the levels of demand at other careers services for CV checking and application advice, who provides it, and exploring what methods are being used to keep up with the demand.  




Vacancy on the Legal Profession Task Group

The AGCAS Legal Profession Task Group is seeking a new Chair. This is a rewarding role offering the opportunity to lead and make a significant contribution to the work of a key AGCAS task group.




Help raise awareness of careers in housing: ALO vacancy

AGCAS is seeking a liaison officer (ALO) for the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH), the professional body for those working in, or involved in, the housing sector. CIH and other partner organisations in the sector are keen to continue to raise the profile of a career in housing and raise awareness of the breadth of opportunities for people, including graduates, at all stages of their career.




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.




Vacancy on the Teaching and Related Professions Task Group

The AGCAS Teaching and Related Professions Task Group is seeking a new member with an interest in developing their knowledge of teacher training, recruitment and careers in the education sector.




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.




HECSU seeking bursary case studies

From 1 August 2014, the Higher Education Careers Services Unit (HECSU) will be managing the administration process for the HECSU bursary, which members can apply for to fund their AGCAS/The University of Warwick CEIGHE courses. To help raise awareness of the new application process, HECSU is collating case studies of those who have already benefited from the bursary.




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. 




Graduates in the labour market - analysis and comment

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has published a report, Graduates in the Labour Market 2012, which looks at graduate and non-graduate employment over the last decade.




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.




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.




Postgraduate education consultation - AGCAS response

AGCAS has responded to a Higher Education Commission consultation on postgraduate education with a call for a review of funding, better access to work experience for postgraduate students and research staff, greater investment in careers education, information, advice and guidance for postgraduates and prospective students and more dialogue between HE and employers on postgraduate education and the needs of business.




Vacancies on the AGCAS Disability Task Group

There are currently two vacancies for AGCAS members on the AGCAS Disability Task Group (DTG). The group is active and enthusiastic and is very keen to welcome new members who share their interest in helping disabled students and graduates.




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.




Business network for SMEs wins AGCAS award

The Norfolk Network was announced as the winner of the AGCAS Award for Excellence in Careers Service Engagement at the 2012 TARGETjobs National Graduate Recruitment Awards ceremony on 4 April.




Graduate Labour Market Task Group: Update April 2012

The Graduate Labour Market Task Group (GLAM) met on 21 March 2012 with very full updates from HESA, HEFCE, BIS and HECSU. GLAM now requests comments and observations from AGCAS members about particular issues that arose around SOC coding and new job roles during the recent collection, together with specific enquiries about the future use of JACs codes.




Vacancies on AGCAS Board of Directors

AGCAS is recruiting motivated and enthusiastic volunteers to join its Board of Directors from 1 August 2012. Do you want to get involved in the management of AGCAS and making key decisions about its future development? Have you got ideas about what AGCAS should be and what it should be able to provide for its staff, members and stakeholders? As a professional body, a company, a charity and an employer, AGCAS needs to be represented at the highest level by a diverse group of committed individuals.




AGCAS Diversity Task Group: an update on activity

The AGCAS Diversity Task Group was formed in April 2010 to explore, share and develop good practice in relation to the diverse needs, backgrounds and aspirations of a varied client group. During this time, the group has focused on a range of ways to develop services and resources.




Are careers services and students' unions working closely enough?

The National Union of Students (NUS) conference is taking place this week. With employability high on student agendas, it seems like a good time to reflect on how well careers services and students' unions are working together.




AGCAS at the NUS conference

AGCAS Director and Company Secretary, Sue Spence, also Careers Adviser at the University of Huddersfield, represented AGCAS at the NUS conference held in Sheffield in April. Sue was a panellist on the conference's Global Employability Panel, a fringe event organised by NUS International Students' Officer, Christina Yan Zhang.




Graduates have reasons for optimism - despite recession

The graduate labour market is holding up well compared to the last quarter of 2011, according to university careers and employability professionals. Responding to the regular vacancy survey carried out by AGCAS, 80% of heads of careers services said that, in their experience, the graduate labour market was more buoyant (35%) or the same (45%) in the quarter ending 31 March 2012 when compared to the last quarter. 60% said it was more buoyant (50%) or the same (10%) compared to the same period last year.




Career opportunities await graduates returning to Wales

GO Wales has a range of services designed to help graduates in Wales to make the best start to their careers this summer. The programme is a collaboration between all university careers services in Wales and is funded by the Welsh Government and European Union. Over 10,000 students and graduates have benefited from the scheme during the last ten years.




ALO vacancy with the Institute of Physics (IOP)

AGCAS is seeking a liaison officer (ALO) for the Institute of Physics (IOP). The IOP has a worldwide membership of around 40,000 comprising physicists from all sectors, as well as those with an interest in physics. It works to advance physics research, application and education, and engages with policymakers and the public to develop awareness and understanding of physics.




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.




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.




Vacancy on the AGCAS Education Liaison Task Group

The AGCAS Education Liaison Task Group is currently looking for two new members with an interest in the national destinations of students and a desire to contribute to the publication What Do Graduates Do?.




AGCAS and the Careers Profession Alliance (CPA)

AGCAS considers it essential that individuals have access to high-quality careers and employability education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) when they need it: while at school, college or university; studying full time, part time or not at all; and whether in employment or not. We also believe that the wider national interest is furthered by careers professionals working closely together. Whenever possible, the profession should speak with one voice.




New Chief Operating Officer for AGCAS

AGCAS has appointed a new Chief Operating Officer. Ian Ford will start on 6 June 2012. Ian is a qualified accountant who worked in finance at Kodak and BAA, before spending 17 years at the Automobile Association and then becoming Director of Finance and Resources for the charity Hearing Dogs for Deaf People.




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.




Vacancy for head of service on AGCAS Board - new deadline

The deadline for nominations for the position of Plenary Representative on the AGCAS Board of Directors has been extended to Friday 25 May 2012. This position is an excellent opportunity for any head of service who would like to play an important part in ensuring that the association continues to serve well all AGCAS-member higher education careers and employability services and the staff who work in them.




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.




New articles for AGCAS

Amendments to AGCAS' Articles of Association, which were agreed at January's Heads of Service conference, have now been approved by the Charity Commission. The aims of the changes were to simplify the legal document that underpins AGCAS' work and to give the association more flexibility than the original version allowed for.




International students: where are all the placements?

Evidence from the International Student Barometer survey shows that the lack of placement opportunities is one of the most frequent criticisms by overseas students of their time in the UK. Here, members of the AGCAS Placement and Work-based Learning Task Group offer their perspectives, including both 'real' and 'perceived' reasons as to why international students have greater difficulty accessing placements.




Generating placements overseas for UK students

The recent report Global Graduates into Global Leaders focuses on the need for UK graduates to work across national borders, manage complex international and intercultural relationships and understand global aspects of the world of work. Instrumental in driving the number of UK students going overseas is the need to increase the number of international work and study placements available to them.




Australian research into student disabilities

Members of the AGCAS Disability Task Group recently worked with Mark Glascodine, a careers adviser based in Melbourne, Australia, who specialises in working with people with disabilities. Mark visited the UK in October to learn more about the systems implemented by HE institutions here to support disabled students in transition.




Election for AGCAS Vice-President

Following the recent advertisement for a Vice-President to serve on the AGCAS Board, Full Members of AGCAS are invited to vote in an online poll to decide who should be elected.




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. 




Careers service engagement with medium-sized enterprises

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has established a working group to look at HE engagement with medium-sized enterprises (MSEs). An academic from The University of Edinburgh Business School is leading a strand of this work, looking at the talent pipeline for MSEs.




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.




Last chance to book your place at the AGCAS CIEL Conference

The 2012 AGCAS Careers Information and Employer Liaison (CIEL) Conference is proving to be extremely popular and the event is almost full. The theme of the conference, which will be held at The University of Warwick, 26 - 27 June, is Access and Impact. The primary audience is those working in careers information and employer liaison roles in the HE sector. However, the event will also be of interest to careers advisers in the HE sector, graduate recruiters and those working in related areas.




Message from AGCAS' new Chief Operating Officer

Ian Ford started work as AGCAS Chief Operating Officer on 6 June 2012. He joins AGCAS from Hearing Dogs for Deaf People after previously working for Kodak, BAA and the Automobile Association. Ian says:

'I come from a financial background in major blue-chip companies, followed by six years in director-level roles in the not-for-profit sector. The HE careers sector represents a new and really interesting opportunity, albeit that the underlying issues, concerns and opportunities in today's economy apply to each and every organisation and institution regardless of sector.'




Re-election for AGCAS Vice-President

A record number of votes was received in the recent election for a Vice-President to serve on the AGCAS Board 1 August 2012 - 31 July 2015. We would like to thank all Full Members of AGCAS who voted for your interest and participation. This has resulted in a tie position between Terry Dray and Jenny Owen, who each received an equal number of votes. We now need to ask Full Members to vote again to decide who should be elected.




Election for AGCAS Plenary Representative

Following the recent advertisement for a Plenary Representative to serve on the AGCAS Board 1 August 2012 to 31 July 2015, heads of service are invited to vote in an online poll to decide who should be elected.




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.




Yorkshire Universities' Graduate Internship Scheme

Huddersfield is one of four Yorkshire institutions working in conjunction with Yorkshire Universities and Graduates Yorkshire to offer internal internships to its own graduates. Alongside Leeds Metropolitan, Bradford and York St John, the scheme offers 12 weeks' work experience to 2010 and 2011 leavers in a role linked to a graduate profession.




University of Derby: Careers management research project
The Wilson Review recommendations suggest that careers and employability support becomes a recognised part of the ongoing student experience rather than an aspect that captures the attention of students in their final year. The University of Derby has a wide range of employability activities that students can participate in from year one, but the challenge faced is to attract more students to participate in the activities that are offered.




AGCAS liaison vacancy with ICAEW

AGCAS is seeking a liaison officer (ALO) for ICAEW, a professional membership organisation that promotes, develops and supports over 144,000 chartered accountants worldwide. Their chartered accountancy qualification, the ACA, is a professional qualification that gives students the opportunity to study for a globally-recognised qualification while in full-time employment.




Queen Mary, University of London: Local work experience scheme

QM Projects, run by Queen Mary Careers, part of The Careers Group, University of London, provides its students with challenging projects in local charities. The aim is to give the student an opportunity to gain experience in their area of career interest while sharing the knowledge they've gained from their course with a local charity in need of a particular skill set. At the end of their three month project, the student is able to demonstrate initiative and give a clear, positive outcome of this work on their CV.




Queen Mary, University of London: Start Up Stand Up

Start Up Stand Up, held in May 2012, was a joint event coordinated by the QM Entrepreneurship Society and Queen Mary Careers, part of the Careers Group, University of London, and supported by the National Association of College & University Entrepreneurs (NACUE). The event was structured like a comedy club and aimed at inspiring students to consider working in an SME or starting their own business.




Business Networking: Developing employability skills through forum theatre
The Careers Service at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) are continuing to support and promote the highly successful business networking events that were developed through PMI2 funding. The most recent business networking events have been delivered to master’s students in the School of Health and Life Sciences and to MBA students.




Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU): BIO Employability Exit (BEE) Initiative
The Division of BIO within the School of Health and Life Sciences and GCU Careers Service have created the BEE Initiative. This initiative addresses employment rates for international MSc students within biological and biomedical sciences (BIO) with an emphasis on improving career prospects both locally, globally and in their home country. It aims to empower graduates to understand the value of transferable 21st century graduate attributes, develop career management skills and raise confidence in dealing with employers.




Vacancies on the AGCAS Board of Directors

AGCAS is recruiting motivated and enthusiastic volunteers to join its Board of Directors from 1 August 2012. Do you want to get involved in the management of AGCAS and making key decisions about its future development? Do you have ideas about what AGCAS should be and what it should be able to provide for its staff, members and stakeholders? As a professional body, a company, a charity and an employer, AGCAS needs to be represented at the highest level by a diverse group of committed individuals. As an AGCAS Director, you will be making a difference to the future of the organisation.




New members on the GLaM Sub Committee

New members have been appointed to the AGCAS Graduate Labour Market (GLaM) Sub Committee. Andrew Whitmore (Manchester) joins the group as Co-Chair working alongside Terry Dray, existing Co-Chair and the Heads of Service Representative on the AGCAS Board of Directors. The group is also joined by Christopher Tye (Reading) and Stephen Davie (Sheffield).




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.




Support for postgraduates and postdoctoral researchers at the University of Exeter

In recent years, universities in the South West and Wales (SWW) have made significant steps towards improving career development opportunities for researchers. It has, however, been challenging at an institutional level to bring significant numbers and representative types of employers together with researchers in a meaningful way.




Graduate employment figures in context

The newly-published Destinations of Leavers of Higher Education (DLHE) data shows that 71% of 2010/11 leavers of higher education were in employment at around six months. A further 16% were in further study, with 9% assumed to be unemployed. These figures are almost unchanged from last year. The mean salary, however, has risen from c£19,000 to c£20,000. What does this mean for students and graduates? How are careers and employability services responding?




Record numbers attend CIEL Conference 2012

Over 180 delegates gathered at The University of Warwick last week for the AGCAS Careers Information and Employer Liaison (CIEL) Conference 2012. Materials from the event are being added to the AGCAS website as we receive them. The conference, which received a record number of bookings and high support from employers, was jointly organised by members of the AGCAS Careers Information Specialists Group (CISG), representatives of employer liaison staff and AGCAS staff.




Empower with Plymouth University

As the enterprise university, Plymouth University places employability and enterprise at the heart of its' learning experience. This translates to students as a three-pronged approach to enhancing their employability. The following is an overview of the opportunities available, as well as how Plymouth University is engaging employers to add value and relevance to the student experience.




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.




AGCAS welcomes new Board members

New appointments have been made to the AGCAS Board of Directors to replace this year's outgoing officers.




Gradual shift in the graduate labour market?

The graduate labour market is holding up well compared to the first quarter of 2012, according to university careers and employability professionals. Responding to the regular vacancy survey carried out by AGCAS, 93% of heads of careers services said that, in their experience, the graduate labour market was more buoyant (50%) or the same (43%) in the quarter ending 30 June 2012 when compared to the previous quarter. 79% said it was more buoyant (43%) or the same (36%) compared to the same period last year.




Umbrella careers body discusses membership framework

The Careers Profession Alliance (CPA) will be replaced by the Career Development Institute (CDI) from September 2012 in a change that has the full support of government, the National Careers Council and Careers England. The member bodies of the existing CPA are currently working on a common membership framework for their new organisation.




Vacancy on the Disability Task Group

The AGCAS Disability Task Group is seeking a new member to join the group and help shape the careers support available to disabled students at UK universities. The group comprises seven members and meets two to three times annually to progress a range of issues concerning support for disabled students and graduates. The group produces What Happens Next? A Report on the First Destinations of Disabled Graduates and provides a training event for AGCAS members each year.




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 president for AGCAS

Paul Redmond, Head of Careers and Employability at the University of Liverpool, has taken up his post as the new AGCAS President. Paul takes over the role from outgoing president Anne-Marie Martin, who served during a period of challenges and change - in the economy, in the job market and in the higher education sector. Paul will be setting out his priorities for AGCAS for the coming year during the next couple of months.




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.




AGCAS liaison opportunity with the Institute of Physics

AGCAS is seeking a liaison officer (ALO) for the Institute of Physics (IOP). The IOP has a worldwide membership of more than 50,000, comprising physicists from all sectors, as well as those with an interest in physics. It works to advance physics education, research and application, and engages with policymakers and the public to develop awareness and understanding of physics.




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.




TARGETjobs Breakfast News: Engaging talent earlier

The September 2012 TARGETjobs Breakfast News was attended by Jennifer Steven, Careers Consultant at The London School of Economics and Political Science. The focus this month was on engaging talent earlier.




Graduate Prospects seeking AGCAS members to review Types of Jobs

Graduate Prospects is looking for a small team of experienced HE careers professionals to help ensure the currency of Types of Jobs and to review the ratings for Prospects Planner.




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) 




AGCAS project to research graduate success

AGCAS and AGR have been commissioned by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) to carry out research into the graduate labour market with the aim of giving students, graduates, careers and employability professionals, the HE sector, recruiters and government a better idea of how the graduate labour market works in practice.




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.




Plymouth University Careers Service wins national enterprise award

Plymouth University Careers Service has won the Enterprise Champion Award at the National Enterprise Education Awards. In partnership with Working Knowledge, Plymouth University has used FLUX, an enterprise challenge for students, as a way of engaging students in the possibility of setting up their own business, while at the same time using FLUX events to develop the employability skills of their students. Working in teams of four to six, students have half a day to create a business idea before presenting it to a panel of business 'dragons'.




Vacancies on the AGCAS Internationalisation Task Group

The AGCAS Internationalisation Task Group is seeking two new members to join the group and help shape the careers support available to international students at UK universities and encourage UK students to gain an international outlook. The group meets two to three times annually to work on a wide range of events and resources.




ALO vacancy with CITB

AGCAS is seeking a new liaison officer (ALO) for CITB, the national training organisation for construction in the UK. CITB has a strategic priority regarding the image and recruitment of the construction industry for professional, management and technical careers. They view the graduate and higher education arena as integral to the success of the sector, as well as providing a variety of opportunites to entrants. 




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.




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.




Vacancy for the role of Chair on the AGCAS Legal Profession Task Group

The AGCAS Legal Profession Task Group is seeking a new Chair. This is a rewarding role which involves overseeing the work of the task group and chairing two meetings per year, held at The Bar Council and The Law Society respectively. You will have the opportunity to lead and make a significant contribution to the work of a key AGCAS task group.




University of Aberdeen: Embedding employability within the Scottish curriculum

Career Development: Find Your Direction is a 15-credit, second year, university-wide course, delivered by the University of Aberdeen's Careers Service. In Scotland it is traditional to offer a four-year degree in most subjects, and a course is equivalent to a module in the English higher education context.




Bournemouth University: Encouraging male students to engage with the placement process

A placement year is a compulsory component for the 260 students studying Bournemouth University's BA (Hons) Business Studies degree. From staff feedback and placement statistics we discovered that male students were less immersed in the placement process than female students, thus missing out on a number of early opportunities. The challenge was therefore to find a way to encourage early engagement.




University of Ulster: Employer-led careers module as part of the BSc Accounting degree

The University of Ulster 20 point, level 5 careers module is completed by BSc Hons Accounting students in Semester 1 of Year 2. It was designed and has been delivered by the Career Development Centre for a number of years with significant employer input as a main feature. This is a compulsory, core module delivered over 12 weeks which contributes to the students' overall degree classification.




University of Chester: Integrating an employer event into the curriculum

Inside the Creative Industries is an annual University of Chester event organised by Careers and Employability, the media department and a team of students from a variety of courses, including journalism, graphic design, PR, marketing, TV and English literature. Students put their questions to creative industry professionals to get advice, tips, industry views and the chance to network informally with employers.




Home Office reviews Points Based System

The Home Office Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) has issued its review of the Points Based System following a consultation earlier this year to which AGCAS responded on behalf of members.




AGCAS Careers Education Task Group relaunched

The AGCAS Careers Education Task Group has been relaunched having recently received confirmation of funding for the 2012-2013 cycle and with two new members on the group. The group in its newest formation first met in September 2012 to progress planned activities for the coming year.

 




Graduate labour market continues to improve, say careers services

Heads of higher education careers and employability services believe that the graduate labour market was more buoyant in the third quarter of 2012 (July to September) than at the same time last year. 80.9% of those surveyed by AGCAS reported that, in their experience, the graduate labour market was the same or more buoyant (47.6% better, 33.3% same), compared with 4.8% who believed it was less buoyant. 14.3% said they did not know. This is a more optimistic picture than that of the second quarter of 2012 when 79% of the heads of service said it was more buoyant (43%) or the same (36%) compared to the same period last year.

 




University of Bradford: Using the PebblePad Webfolio for assessment purposes

The Career Development Services at the University of Bradford has developed a Masters level, 20 credit module for final year pharmacy students. The module, developed in collaboration with the School of Pharmacy and in consultation with a range of employers in community and hospital pharmacies, uses an e-portfolio to assess reflection. It was felt that, in addition to the clinical knowledge and skills required for professional pharmacy practice, graduates require knowledge and skills in the management of both themselves and others in order to be successful.




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.




Election for AGCAS President-Elect: voting open

Following the recent advertisement for a President-Elect to serve on the AGCAS Board of Directors, Full Members of AGCAS are invited to vote in an online poll to decide who should be elected. Nominations were received for: Eluned Jones and Lucy Madahar. The nominee who secures the most votes by the closing date of Friday 28 February 2014 will be duly elected.




University of Brighton’s Internship Programme gets a boost from Santander UK

The University of Brighton runs a graduate Internship Programme aimed at increasing paid graduate-level work opportunities locally. With campuses in Brighton, Eastbourne and Hastings, local employers include large, well-known organisations such as the NHS and American Express, but there is also a high concentration of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), particularly in the digital and media industries.




QM Projects: A local work experience scheme

To enhance the employability of Queen Mary students, QM Careers, part of The Careers Group, University of London, identified a need to create new local work experience opportunities. In January 2012, QM Projects was launched. Although still in its first year, the impact of the scheme on students' employability is already being reported




What do students and graduates really think about careers?

In a recent message to members, AGCAS President Paul Redmond asked what we should make of the fact that, according to the widely-respected Futuretrack survey, over 40% of graduates had never used their HE careers service.




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.




Enterprising members relaunch task group

The AGCAS Enterprise Task Group has been relaunched having recently received confirmation of funding for the 2012-2013 cycle and with five new members on the group. The group in its newest formation first met via teleconference on 31 October 2012 to discuss proposed activities for the coming year.




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.




Temporary roles on the AGCAS Skills Awards Task Group

Two maternity leave vacancies have arisen on the AGCAS Skills Awards Task Group: one position until October 2014 and the other until December 2014. The task group is very active and is currently in the process of organising a national Skills Awards Conference, to be held on 17 June. In addition, they also provide webinars for members and contribute to national work on skills awards, including the recent QAA Recognising Achievement Beyond the Curriculum Toolkit.




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.




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.




National Teaching Fellowship Scheme 2013

The National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS) is now open. The NTFS recognises and rewards excellent learning and teaching. It is open to all higher education (HE) institutions and further education (FE) colleges with more than 100 FTE students in England, Northern Ireland and Wales.




Doubling of students using careers services for networking: GTI survey

Heads of higher education careers and employability services were treated to a sneak preview of important survey findings at their annual conference in Cardiff last week. GTI Media's employability survey was a follow-up to one carried out six years ago and it showed some fascinating changes. Students and recent graduates were asked a series of questions about how well their university (and, specifically, their careers and employability service) had prepared them for life after university. 




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.




Vacancies for AGCAS Company Law Members

Nominations are invited for the role of AGCAS Company Law Member. The role provides an interesting career development opportunity and a chance to contribute to the success of AGCAS without it being an onerous responsibility. There are three vacancies. The normal period of office is four years and nominations are invited from members of Plenary Committee (heads of service) to fill these vacancies. 




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).




AGCAS survey: enterprise and entrepreneurial support

The AGCAS Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Task Group would like to hear from AGCAS members involved in the delivery of enterprise and entrepreneurial support. The group has created a short survey, designed to encourage the sharing of best practice, which asks members to outline the challenges faced in this area, as well as the areas the group could focus on and develop further.




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 announces official partnership with GTI Media

AGCAS, the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services, the voice of HE careers and employability professionals, is delighted to announce that, with immediate effect, it will be working with GTI Media, publishers of TARGETjobs, TARGETjobs Events and TARGETcourses in the UK, to deliver key careers information to undergraduates, postgraduates and recent graduates.




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.




New guide on using audio feedback in careers work

AGCAS member Julie Bhagat has produced a guide on using audio feedback in careers work. Based on research carried out for her MA Career Guidance Studies final project, the guide shares good practice, tips and suggestions from AGCAS colleagues on the use of audio clips to give CV feedback.




Summary from the AGR Financial Services Focus Group

The AGR Financial Services Focus Group met in February 2013 at a Lloyds Banking Group office in London. The meeting was attended by Graham Philpott, Career Development Consultant at the University of Reading and AGCAS Liaison Officer (ALO) for this group, who also put questions from AGCAS members to the group. There were 15 employers present, including investment banks, universal banks, insurers, professional services and regulators.




Top speakers confirmed for AGCAS conference

Sir Tim Wilson, author of the Wilson Review, Dave Jarman, Chairman and Director of Enterprise Educators UK, Jeremy Budd, Vice-President of IBM, and Carl Gilleard, Chief Executive at the Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR), have all been confirmed as keynote speakers for AGCAS Biennial 2013, which will take place 10 - 12 September at the University of Exeter.




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 announces new Company Law Members

Three new AGCAS Company Law Members have been appointed to replace this year's outgoing members. The new members are: Stephen Boyd, University of Huddersfield; Karen Lennox, Glyndŵr University; and Ann Smart, Northumbria University.




AGCAS Awards for Excellence 2013

AGCAS is delighted to invite nominations for the 2013 AGCAS Awards for Excellence. Our biennial awards aim to encourage, reward and share good practice by HE careers and employability professionals and their partner organisations. Nominations are welcomed from AGCAS member services, groups and individual members, as appropriate for the different awards. There are a number of new categories this year.




University of Aberdeen creates digital employability skills project

OPEN (Online Presence, Employability, Network) is an HEA-funded project, created by the University of Aberdeen for and with students to increase their digital employability skills. It will be a resource that aims to ensure tomorrow's graduates are keeping up-to-date with digital employability methods via social media.




Psychological testing qualifications: revalidation update

The AGCAS Psychometric Assessment Task Group has produced an update summarising guidelines on revalidating testing qualifications, as issued by the Psychological Testing Centre (PTC). The PTC will be issuing further guidance in the coming months, including the use of a suggested activity-recording pro forma.




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).




Vacancy on the Phoenix Editorial Team

The Phoenix Editorial Team is looking to recruit a new member to the group to help produce AGCAS' digital journal. The team meets three times a year, at various locations throughout the UK, to discuss current issues in HE careers and highlight possible future themes of interest to readers.




Vacancy on the AGCAS Diversity Task Group

The AGCAS Diversity Task Group is seeking a new member and would like applications from AGCAS members with an interest in joining them. The group is lively and creative with a passion and ongoing commitment to diversity issues. They would like to hear from members who share these qualities and who have particular experiences, strengths or interests that could be brought to the group.




Nottingham leads UK-Indonesia careers initiative

The University of Nottingham recently held an event designed to support Indonesian students based at universities across the UK who return to their home country to work after graduating. The event, organised by the Careers and Employability Service and the International Office, reached out to Indonesian students in Britain and encouraged them to take future opportunities in business with Indonesian and British companies.




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.




Building services engineering: AGCAS ambassador needed

AGCAS is seeking a liaison officer (ALO) for the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE), the professional body that exists to support the science, art and practice of building services engineering.




Graduate labour market still on the up

Heads of higher education careers and employability services tend towards believing that the graduate labour market was more buoyant in the first quarter of 2013 (January to March) than at the same time last year. 93.1% of those surveyed by AGCAS reported that, in their experience, the graduate labour market was the same or more buoyant (41.4% better, 51.7% same) compared with 3.4% who believed it was less buoyant. 3.4% said they did not know.




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.




Vacancies on the Graduate Labour Market Task Group

The Graduate Labour Market Task Group (GLAM) is seeking two new members to join the group. GLAM works with HESA, HEFCE and other key stakeholders on a range of issues concerning DLHE and related data collections. It also develops good practice and resources to enable careers services to utilise graduate labour market information in innovative ways and support students in their journey after graduation.




Election for new AGCAS Board members - cast your vote

Following the recent advertisement for a Director of Research and a Director of Membership to serve on the AGCAS Board, Full Members of AGCAS are invited to vote in an online poll to decide who should be elected.




Placement and Work Based Learning Task Group vacancy

The AGCAS Placement and Work Based Learning Task Group has a vacancy for a new member. If you are interested in work based learning and/or are currently in a role that supports students looking for placements/internships, the group would like to hear from you. 




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 welcomes new Board members

Following the recent advertisement for three positions on the AGCAS Board, we are delighted to announce that members have now been elected and will take up their positions with immediate effect.




Vacancy on the Teaching and Related Professions Task Group

The Teaching and Related Professions Task Group is seeking a new member. If you would like to develop your knowledge of teacher training, recruitment and careers in the education sector, why not consider joining? You don't need to be a careers adviser and you don't need to be an education expert - you do need enthusiasm and a desire to contribute. Some knowledge of teacher training and the variety of roles in the education sector would be a distinct advantage.




Two vacancies on the AGCAS Board of Directors

Nominations are invited from Full Members of AGCAS for two positions on the AGCAS Board of Directors: President-Elect and Director of Professional Development.




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.




New guide for employers recruiting international graduates

The AGCAS Internationalisation Task Group has produced a guide to help employers navigate the complexities of recruiting international graduates from UK universities. Recruiting International Graduates - A Guide for Employers provides an overview of the key schemes in place at the time of writing (June 2013).




Bournemouth heads the top ten work experience universities

Research carried out by graduate-jobs.com shows that Bournemouth University tops the list of academic institutions by proportion of graduates having work experience: almost nine out of ten Bournemouth students graduating this year stated on their CV that they have spent time in a workplace.




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.




Vacancy on the Placement and Work Based Learning Task Group

The AGCAS Placement and Work Based Learning Task Group is looking for a new member to join the group. The role is to take over the responsibilities for research and publication. The group meets twice a year in a central London location. 




Voting open for AGCAS Director of Professional Development

Following the recent advertisement for a Director of Professional Development to serve on the AGCAS Board, Full Members of AGCAS are invited to vote in an online poll to decide who should be elected.

Nominations were received for: Judith Baines, Steve Gaskin, Tania Lyden and Sue Spence. The nominee who secures the most votes by the closing date of Monday 5th August 2013 will be duly elected.




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.




AGCAS welcomes new member services

AGCAS is delighted to welcome three new member services into the HE careers and employability community. GSM London, Blackburn College and the South West Peninsula Career Planning Service, part of Health Education South West, all gained AGCAS Service Membership - UK on 1 August 2013.




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. 




AGCAS Director of Professional Development announced

Following the recent election for a new AGCAS Director of Professional Development, we are delighted to announce that Sue Spence, Careers Adviser at the University of Huddersfield and current AGCAS Company Secretary, has been elected to the role.




AGCAS Careers Education Task Group launches new resource sheets

At this time of the year, thoughts turn to preparing materials, workshops and online content. During the last few months, the AGCAS Careers Education Task Group has been scouting around for examples of good practice and has recently launched a new collection of resource sheets. These bring together different approaches used by HE careers service colleagues to help students analyse and articulate their skills.




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 role involves responsibility for AGCAS financial policy and ensuring financial policy reflects agreed objectives and would suit a member with knowledge of and an interest in finance.




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.




ALO vacancy with NHS Careers

AGCAS is seeking a liaison officer (ALO) for NHS Careers, the careers information service for the NHS in England. The NHS recruits a large number of graduates each year into a variety of roles and is keen to ensure that HE careers advisers are able to access up-to-date information about career opportunities and have a channel through which they can ask questions on behalf of their students.




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.




Introduction to Newman University Careers Service

AGCAS welcomed Newman University as a new member service in September 2013. The university is based in Birmingham and has just over 2,500 higher education students. Head of Service, Melissa Clarke, talks more about the careers service and their current initiatives and challenges.

 




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.




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.




Vacancy on the AGCAS Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Task Group

The AGCAS Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Task Group is looking to recruit a new member. The role is to take over the responsibilities for communication and publications. The group meets three times a year in a central location or via teleconference.




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.




AGCAS in Brussels

In early December 2013, an AGCAS delegation visited the European Commission. The group included members from throughout the UK and Ireland with a good cross-section of institutions represented. There was also a range of roles from Heads of Service, Careers and Employability Advisers/Consultants, Placement Advisers, Employer Engagement specialists, plus Chris Jackson of AGCAS as visit coordinator.




'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.




AGCAS welcomes RCSI as new member

AGCAS is delighted to welcome the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) as our latest new member service. The RCSI has 3,321 FTE higher education students. As well as offering courses in medicine, the RCSI also offers a range of other courses in subjects such as nursing, pharmacy and physiotherapy.




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. 




Vacancy on the AGCAS Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Task Group

The AGCAS Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Task Group is looking to recruit a new member. The group meets three times a year in a central location or via teleconference. If you are interested in enterprise and entrepreneurship and would like to be the main link for communication and publications, then the task group would like to hear from you.




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.




Supporting international students with overseas LMI

As research for one of the modules of the AGCAS/Warwick CEIGHE Diploma, Rachel Coombes, trainee careers consultant at the University of Exeter, examined to what extent UK institutions should be trying to support international students with overseas labour market intelligence (LMI).




Vacancy on the AGCAS Education Liaison Task Group

The AGCAS Education Liaison Task Group is looking for a new member to write articles for What Do Graduates Do?, written by members of the group and produced in conjunction with HECSU, and contribute to increasing awareness of the publication within AGCAS and beyond.




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.




Closure of Post-Study Work (PSW) route: Call for evidence

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Migration has launched an inquiry into the closure of the Post-Study Work (PSW) route for international students. The PSW route allowed non-EU graduates to seek employment in the UK for up to two years after their studies, and was closed by the Home Office in April 2012. AGCAS members are invited to contribute to an official AGCAS response to the inquiry.




Update from the Graduate Labour Market Task Group

The AGCAS Graduate Labour Market Task Group (GLAM) regularly meets with representatives from HESA, HEFCE, BIS, ONS, HECSU and other key stakeholders in the collection of graduate labour market data to discuss issues arising out of data collection and any forthcoming changes, and their possible implications for institutions. The task group has produced a useful update for members outlining recent meetings, current projects, group membership and the AGCAS nominee for the Longitudinal DLHE steering group.




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.




Review of the Higher Education Achievement Report

The HEA has commissioned HECSU to review the Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR). The review is 'formative' and the HEA's interest lies in assessing the impact that the HEAR has had and whether it has influenced or been taken up and used by key stakeholder groups (including HE providers, employers and students) and has led to improvements in the student learning experience and employability.




TARGETcourses changes to TARGETpostgrad

GTI has changed the name of targetcourses.co.uk to targetpostgrad.com to more specifically reflect the course content on the site - postgraduate qualifications rather than generic courses - and also in order to be more relevant to an international audience.




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.




Call for articles for Phoenix, AGCAS journal

The editorial team is seeking articles for the next issue of Phoenix, the AGCAS digital journal, which is due to be published in September 2014. In particular, they are interested in receiving contributions on the themes of structures and delivery models and globalisation.




AGCAS appoints new ALO for RIBA

AGCAS is pleased to announce that Chris Jones, Careers Consultant at Nottingham Trent University, is the new AGCAS liaison officer (ALO) for the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). Chris will be liaising with RIBA to ensure that members are kept informed about career opportunities in architecture, as well as other factors affecting the profession, such as the impact of the EU Directive on professional qualifications.




Update on teaching in the further education sector

In June 2014, Alison Proudlove, Careers and Employability Adviser at Manchester Metropolitan University and AGCAS Liaison Officer (ALO) for the Institute for Learning (IfL), met with representatives from the Education and Training Foundation and the IfL to discuss further education (FE) teaching. Alison put questions from AGCAS to the group and has produced a report on the discussion.




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.




HEA strategic enhancement programmes - call for participation

The Higher Education Academy (HEA) is inviting expressions of interest from HEA subscribing higher education providers from across the UK to participate in three strategic enhancement programmes commencing in October 2014: embedding employability into the curriculum; internationalising the curriculum; and engaged student learning.




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.




Update on planning careers from the RTPI

Jackie Leyland, Careers Adviser at the University of Liverpool and AGCAS Liaison Officer (ALO) for the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), has produced a summary of the discussion following a meeting with RTPI representatives to discuss careers in planning.




Calling retired or about-to-retire AGCAS members

For over 12 years, AGCAS has held a reunion for retired and former members. These annual events are held in different parts of the country to encourage and support those coming from across the UK to attend and they are well supported by retired members, many of whom were once active in AGCAS. Margaret Dane has agreed to organise this year's reunion, which will be held in Senate House, University of London, on Wednesday 24 September.




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.




Vacancy on the AGCAS Legal Profession Task Group

There is a vacancy for AGCAS members on the AGCAS Legal Profession Task Group (LPTG). The group currently comprises six members and meets twice a year to discuss a range of issues related to careers and opportunities in the legal sector.




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.




Catching up with AGCAS Alumni

Each year AGCAS holds a reunion for retired and former members. These events are held in different parts of the country to encourage and support those coming from across the UK to attend and they are well supported by retired members, many of whom were once very active in AGCAS. This year's event, organised by Margaret Dane, took place at Senate House, University of London. Retired member Diane Hay reflects on the day.




Experiences of a careers and employability intern at the University of Huddersfield

Debbie Kearns has recently taken on the role of Careers and Employability Graduate Intern at the University of Huddersfield. Here, she explores the transition from student to employee and looks at how both she and the university have benefited from the opportunity.




Vacancy on the AGCAS Research Staff Task Group

The AGCAS Research Staff Task Group is seeking a new member to join their small but enthusiastic team. The key focus of the group is to support AGCAS members working with early career researchers in order to develop and share expertise, professional practice and resources in this specialist area of provision.




Vacancies on the AGCAS Psychometric Assessment Task Group

The AGCAS Psychometric Assessment Task Group is looking for members to join their group. The main aim of the group is to help careers professionals with an interest in psychometric testing stay up-to-date with changes and developments in employers' testing and selection methods. The group also shares and discusses issues, resources and good practice relating to psychometric assessment, both within an HE careers setting and in the wider context.




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 seeks liaison officer for pharmaceutical industry

AGCAS is seeking a Liaison Officer (ALO) for the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI). An ALO establishes and maintains an information-sharing relationship with their link organisation and disseminates industry information to the HE careers community through AGCAS communication channels. They also help their link organisation communicate with AGCAS members and better understand the needs of HE careers professionals and their students.




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.




New ALO for the pharmaceutical industry

AGCAS is pleased to announce that Ian Walker, Project Manager at the University of Leicester, is the new AGCAS liaison officer (ALO) for the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI). Ian will be liaising with the ABPI to ensure that members are kept informed about the pharmaceutical industry and graduate opportunities.




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.




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. 




Nominations open for TARGETjobs award 2015

AGCAS has been invited, for the eleventh year, to judge and present the AGCAS Award for Careers Service Engagement at the 2015 TARGETjobs National Graduate Recruitment Awards. The award focuses on employers who develop and sustain good working relationships with higher education careers and employability services. The award recognises those employers who provide outstanding support for careers services' work with students and graduates.




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.




AGCAS seeks new liaison officer for RICS

AGCAS is seeking a liaison officer (ALO) for RICS (the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors), an international organisation with over 118,000 members who represent the land, property and construction sectors. 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.




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.




New liaison officers for CILIP and RICS

AGCAS is pleased to announce that Lucy Hawkins, Careers Adviser at the University of Oxford, and Jenny Clark, Careers Consultant and Operational Coordinator at the University of Exeter, have been appointed as the new AGCAS liaison officers (ALOs) for the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) respectively.




Would you like to join the AGCAS Diversity Task Group?

The AGCAS Diversity Task Group is recruiting two new members. The group meets three times a year to discuss relevant issues related to diversity and to plan future work.




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.




AGCAS Board vacancy: Director of Communications

The AGCAS Board has recently opted to reinstate the role of Director of Communications. Nominations are now invited from Full Members of AGCAS, ideally with a background in and/or awareness of corporate communications/the commercial sector, who can demonstrate their suitability for the role.

The Director of Communications will work closely with the AGCAS Communications Manager to promote, develop and monitor the AGCAS communications portfolio, and to make strategic recommendations to the wider Board. The term of office is three years.

 




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.




New AGCAS relationship with the Institute of Physics

AGCAS is pleased to announce that Saiyada Fazal, Careers Adviser at the University of Bath, is the new AGCAS liaison officer (ALO) for the Institute of Physics (IOP). Saiyada will be liaising with the IOP to ensure that AGCAS members are kept informed about the broad range of graduate opportunities in the area of physics.




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.




Election for Director of Communications - voting open

Following the recent advertisement for a Director of Communications to serve on the AGCAS Board, Full Members of AGCAS are invited to vote in an online poll to decide who should be elected. 

Nominations were received for: Manpreet Dhesi and Mark Stow. The nominee who secures the most votes by the closing date of 5pm on Tuesday 31 March 2015 will be duly elected.




Vacancies on the Employer Action Task Group

The AGCAS Employer Action Task Group is currently seeking new members and is particularly interested in expressions of interest from individuals based in Wales, the South West, East Anglia and Scotland, as well as members from post-'92 universities. The group exists to: share best practice and foster networking and quality improvement among all AGCAS employer liaison staff; offer expertise and ideas to support central AGCAS initiatives; engage employers and professional bodies; and update and produce relevant materials or policies. 




ALO vacancy with SkillsActive

AGCAS is seeking a new liaison officer (ALO) for SkillsActive, the Sector Skills Council (SSC) for active leisure, learning and well-being. Their work is largely focused around the seven sectors they cover - sport, active leisure, hair, beauty, outdoors, play and caravanning - and their primary aim is to increase the demand, quality and availability of skills provision throughout these sectors across the UK.




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.




Update on graduate opportunities from CIPFA

In March 2015, Justin Richardson, AGCAS Liaison Officer (ALO) for the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) and Careers Adviser at the University of Liverpool, met with a CIPFA representative to discuss graduate opportunities and developments.




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.




New ALO appointed for SkillsActive

AGCAS is pleased to announce that Charlotte Robinson, Employer Engagement Associate at Loughborough University, is the new AGCAS liaison officer (ALO) for SkillsActive. Charlotte will be liaising with SkillsActive to ensure that all AGCAS members are kept informed about opportunities around the seven main areas they cover: sport, active leisure, hair, beauty, outdoors, play and caravanning.




Vacancy on the AGCAS Education Liaison Task Group

If you regularly read What Do Graduates Do?you will know that it is written by members of the AGCAS Education Liaison Task Group and produced in conjunction with HECSU. The group is currently looking for a new member to write articles for the publication and contribute to increasing awareness of the publication, within AGCAS and beyond.




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 members share medical CV and portfolio resources

The AGCAS Medical Careers Advisers Network (MCAN) recently asked member services if they would be willing to share their resources aimed at helping careers professionals working with medical students and graduates.




Vacancy on the AGCAS Skills Awards Task Group

The AGCAS Skills Awards Task Group is seeking a new member. This is an active AGCAS group, formed in 2010 to enable colleagues from across the sector involved in the delivery of award schemes to discuss and share practice and collaborate with external professional bodies and employers.




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).

 




Law careers resources guide reissued

The AGCAS Legal Professions Task Group has updated and reissued The Good Resources Guide, which contains a wealth of information resources for members to refer to when working with students and graduates interested in a career in law.




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.




AGCAS Awards for Excellence 2015: nominations now open

AGCAS has opened nominations for the AGCAS Awards for Excellence 2015. Nominations are invited from AGCAS member services, individual members of AGCAS or partnerships/groups of AGCAS member services, as appropriate for each award category. 

AGCAS Awards for Excellence encourage, reward and share good practice amongst HE careers and employability practitioners, and their partner organisations, by promoting high-quality, creative, innovative and collaborative projects and high professional standards across the full range of HE careers and employability work. 




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.




ICSA seeks ALO link with AGCAS

AGCAS is seeking a liaison officer (ALO) for ICSA (Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators), the qualifying and membership body for chartered secretaries, many of whom work as company secretaries and in other corporate governance roles. ICSA hopes to work with AGCAS to build graduates' understanding of the great variety, challenge and rewards of a company secretarial career and would value the support of an ALO.




Paid writing opportunities for AGCAS members

Four titles from the AGCAS Special Interest Series are going to be introduced on to the targetjobs.co.uk website. We need writers to update the existing content and ensure it is in the required format for the website.




AGCAS seeks ALO for building services engineering

AGCAS is seeking a replacement liaison officer (ALO) for the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE), the professional body that exists to support the science, art and practice of building services engineering.




New AGCAS link with ICSA

AGCAS is pleased to announce that Chris Packham, Careers Consultant at the University of Birmingham, is the new AGCAS Liaison Officer (ALO) for ICSA (Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators), the qualifying and membership body for chartered secretaries, many of whom work as company secretaries and in other corporate governance roles. Chris will be liaising with ICSA to ensure that members are kept informed about graduate opportunities in the profession.




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.




Vacancies on the Internationalisation Task Group

The AGCAS Internationalisation Task Group is seeking three new members to help shape the careers support available to international students at UK universities and encourage UK students to gain an international outlook.




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.




Construction industry CIAG survey

The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) are continuously seeking to improve their understanding of how construction-related careers information is communicated to young people and adults by careers advisers, teachers and other influencers. As part of this work, AGCAS members whose role involves providing construction careers information, advice and guidance (CIAG) to young people and/or adults in England, Scotland or Wales are invited to complete an online survey to help identify opportunities for improvement.

 




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.




Vacancies on the Phoenix Editorial Group

The Phoenix Editorial Team is recruiting two new members to help produce Phoenix, AGCAS's digital journal, which is published three times a year. Phoenix has a growing readership and the team is committed to producing a high-quality journal that acts as a platform for instigating debate and sharing experiences and good practice.




Burwalls – the end of an era

Jan Perrett MBE, former Deputy Director at The University of Nottingham and HE training consultant, reminisces over the many good times spent on AGCAS training courses at Burwalls - and looks at what made it a unique venue.




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.




Vacancies on the AGCAS Board of Directors

Nominations are invited from Full Members of AGCAS for the posts of President-Elect and Plenary Committee Representative on the AGCAS Board of Directors.

The emphasis of both roles, as with all Board positions, is on strategic input and direction, representation and profile-raising.




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.




ALO update on teaching in the FE sector

In June 2015, Alison Proudlove, AGCAS Liaison Officer (ALO) for The Education & Training Foundation (ETF), met with a respresentative from the ETF to discuss FE teaching. Alison has produced a report giving an update on developments in the sector.




Disability Task Group seeks new members

There are currently vacancies for AGCAS members on the AGCAS Disability Task Group (DTG). The group is active and enthusiastic and is keen to welcome new members who share their interest in helping disabled students and graduates.




MAC review of Tier 2 - call for evidence

The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) has published a call for evidence for a wider review of the Tier 2 route of the Points Based System, the route for skilled workers from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) who have an offer of skilled employment in the UK.




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.




Vacancy on the Medical Careers Advisers Network (MCAN) Task Group

The AGCAS Medical Careers Advisers Network (MCAN) Task Group has a vacancy for a new member. This is an opportunity to be involved in a productive AGCAS group with a national profile and national voice in all things related to medical careers.




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. 




Vacancy on teaching specialists AGCAS group

The AGCAS Teaching and Related Professions Task Group is seeking a new member. If you would like to develop and share your knowledge of teacher training, recruitment and careers in the education sector, why not consider joining? You don't need to be an education expert, but you do need enthusiasm and a desire to contribute. Some knowledge of Initial Teacher Training (ITT) and the education sector would be a distinct advantage.




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.




ALO vacancy with building services engineering body

AGCAS is seeking a liaison officer (ALO) for the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE), the professional body that exists to support the science, art and practice of building services engineering. This post was advertised earlier in the year but, disappointingly, we had no interest at that time. We are re-advertising now as CIBSE is keen to maintain the link with AGCAS and we recognise that our first attempt was at a time of year when many members may have been away from the office. 




Paid writing opportunities for AGCAS members

AGCAS is introducing four brand new Options with your subject profiles on to the Prospects website. As they need to be written from scratch, we're offering payment of £200 per title. This work has to meet the writer guidelines and deadline, and include submission of at least one case study.




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.




New graduate medical careers blog from MCAN

Members of the AGCAS Medical Careers Advisers Network (MCAN) will be producing a bi-monthly blog on a range of medical-related topics over the next 12 months. The postings are relevant to careers professionals working with undergraduate medical students and doctors in training. 




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.




Update from the AGCAS Retired Members Group

AGCAS members and those about to retire may be interested to know that there is an active group of mainly retired AGCAS members and a few alumni who have left AGCAS services but are still in employment in the careers sector. 




Election for AGCAS Plenary Committee Representative

Following the recent advertisement for a Plenary Committee Representative to serve on the AGCAS Board of Directors, Heads of Service (Plenary Members) are invited to vote in an online poll to decide who should be elected.




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




AHECS survey - careers provision for doctoral students

The Association for Higher Education Careers Services (AHECS), the professional association of careers advisory and placement professionals in higher education in Ireland, is conducting an online survey to explore best practice in careers management provision for doctoral students, both at a national and international level.




HE Green Paper - AGCAS response to reform proposals

AGCAS members are invited to contribute to the official AGCAS response to the government's green paper, which sets out proposals to change the HE landscape. The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) is seeking views on the proposed next steps for HE reform, which include: the introduction of a Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF); widening participation by improving access to, success in and progression from HE for those from disadvantaged and under-represented groups; creating a new single gateway for entry; and establishing a new Office for Students.




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,