Employability Symposium: An Enterprising Mind-Set for Employability

Employability Symposium: An Enterprising Mind-Set for Employability


For educators to fully support students in an ever-changing world employability must be considered. With increasing numbers in the graduate labour market, graduates need to be able to compete - and let’s not forget those who are considering self-employment as an alternative option. An enterprising mind-set can help develop a number of critical components to enable students to succeed. Not only are these components, once combined with subject-specific knowledge and technical skills, attractive to potential employers, they also act as the foundation for developing the student throughout their career. The HEA’s Embedding Employability in Higher Education symposium An Enterprising Mind-Set for Employability aims to bring together cutting-edge examples of effective practice that are sustainable and impact at programme, school/faculty/college and/or institutional-level.

By engaging in a process of effectively embedding employability throughout the student lifecycle positive impacts can be expected in student learning, student satisfaction and improved core metrics. 

The aims of this symposium are:

  • to provide an open and supportive environment within which to share and discuss contemporary practice and initiatives in enterprise for employability;
  • to begin to craft a principled, and evidence-informed, approach to devising subsequent support and guidance for change(s) with regards to enhancing enterprise for employability in higher education.

Call for contributions

The HEA welcomes submissions outlining various approaches for the symposium.

Submissions can be subject specific as well as examples detailing wider institutional initiatives aimed at strategic and systemic change.

In no more than 500 words, please position your case study against one of the three core themes above by identifying the following:

  • What is the context of your study (discipline; generic issue; UG/PG; country(ies)?
  • What is (are) the central issue(s) your case study responds to within this theme?
  • What framework(s) have you used to help frame the issue?
  • What is the approach/process you have undertaken ?
  • What are the findings?
  • Can you outline the key messages from the work undertaken?
  • How might the findings of the case study be transferred to other disciplines/levels?    
  • How could this work be developed further; what are the next steps?

NB: Please be sure to include in your submission full contact and affiliate details for all contributors.

Submission Deadline date: 1 March 2018

Submissions should be e-mailed to: employability@heacademy.ac.uk

Presenters will be eligible for a discounted delegate rate of £180.

Higher Education Academy
Event Schedule
Tuesday, 15 May, 2018 - 09:30
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Event Duration
7 hours
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Who should attend?

The symposia series is intended for anyone – managers and leaders, academic and support staff – with an interest in and/or responsibility for employability in higher education at all levels. It will be a useful forum to encourage the exchange and dissemination of different ways of thinking about employability and enterprise.

The symposium will feature a keynote presentation, followed by themed sessions showcasing case studies from the sector.

Delegates will have the opportunity to learn from leading practitioners in the sector, debate priority issues and learn from cutting-edge initiatives on employability and creating an enterprising mind-set.


Who is delivering the symposium?

The symposium will be facilitated by Stuart Norton, HEA Academic Lead for Employability, in partnership with experienced HEA Associates.

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Innovation Way,
York Science Park,
YO10 5BR,
United Kingdom
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