Westminster Higher Education Forum

Graduates and the labour market - improving employability, addressing skills gaps and latest recruitment practices

Thursday, 30th March 2017

Central London


This conference will bring out latest thinking and initiatives to improve graduate employment outcomes. Delegates will examine challenges in the graduate labour market, new trends in recruitment practices, and how universities can better work with business to improve employability of undergraduates.

It comes with the Teaching Excellence Framework - which includes graduate employment rates and earnings as key metrics - being introduced in 2017 and is also timed follow the review of the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, due to conclude in early 2017. Rachel Hewitt, Senior Data Policy & Governance Analyst, HESA will be delivering a keynote address on the outcomes of the DLHE review.

Delegates will discuss how universities can better support students to improve CVs through extra-curricular activities whilst at university, work with industry to grow work experience opportunities, and successfully embed employability into the curriculum. Further sessions will focus on how universities respond to changing interview practices, the impact on social mobility of ‘blind’ application processes as well as the issue of unpaid internships - and Nicola Turner, National Lead for Skills Strategy and Policy, HEFCE will be discussing the role of Degree Apprenticeships and the likely impact of the Apprenticeship Levy on graduate recruitment.

Guest of Honour

Nicola Turner

National Lead for Skills Strategy and Policy, HEFCE

Guest of Honour

Nicola Turner

National Lead for Skills Strategy and Policy, HEFCE

Keynote Speaker

Rachel Hewitt

Senior Data Policy & Governance Analyst, HESA


Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb


Dr Heike Behle

Research Fellow, LEGACY Project, Warwick Institute for Employment Research, University of Warwick

Sam Gordon

Research Analyst, Association of Graduate Recruiters

Charlie Ball

Deputy Director of Research, HECSU and Head of Higher Education Intelligence, Prospects

Elaine Boyes

Executive Director, AGCAS