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Employability Symposium 2020: Breaking the mould

TBC, York
County / Region
United Kingdom
Position on the Pathway
Excellence in practice
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All Fellowship Categories
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7 hours
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Higher Education and Further Education
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COVID-19 update

In response to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak we have changed the date of the symposium from 22 April 2020 to 15 September 2020. See our COVID-19 updates page for the latest information on our services.


Individuals and society are increasingly expecting a different return on their investment in a university degree. Given the current policy context and a focus on graduate level outcomes by the OfS it’s important to understand and anticipate what this topography means in order to enable student success.

#EmpSymp20 ‘Breaking the mould’ wants to explore how HE providers are focusing on these shifts: to work in new ways, to collaborate, to provide fuller foundations for continuous learning and ultimately to provide a long-term commitment to ensuring students succeed and maximise their chances of chosen progression, in particular towards employment.

We want to recognise and promote good practice where employability is part of the curriculum, bringing together cutting-edge examples of how sustainable and innovative approaches to employability can be delivered at school, faculty/college and/or institutional levels.

We are particularly keen to encourage submissions that cover:

  • Inter and/or transdisciplinary approaches to employability.
  • Designing inclusive approaches to employability opportunities.
  • Innovative, high impact pedagogies.
  • Policy and institutional contexts focused on systematic and strategic change.

We believe that these areas are essential and, if focused upon, will lead to positive impact, reflected in student learning, student satisfaction and improved core metrics. This approach can further ensure that all stakeholders have a greater certainty in both the quality and ongoing value of their course experience (whether at UG or PG level).

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Symposium aims

Hosted at Advance HE in York , the aims of ‘Breaking the mould’ are:

  • to provide an open and supportive environment within which to share and discuss contemporary practice and initiatives in employability;
  • to develop a principled, and evidence-informed, approach to devising subsequent support and guidance for change(s) with regards to enhancing employability in higher education;
  • to develop a compendium of case studies that will help shape and inform the sector.

Symposia programme


Employability Symposium 2020: Breaking the mould

Symposia programme