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Employability symposium

Employability Symposium 2023: Lighting the Labyrinth: Enhancing Student Success through the 3Es

A presenter-led one-day event to learn, discuss and share latest practices in employability, enterprise and entrepreneurship.


We know that, regardless of discipline, developing graduates for successful trajectories beyond university is of critical importance. Enabling our graduates to have a positive impact, whether that be through creating value that is economic, social, cultural, or environmental – or indeed a mixture of each, is the embodiment of this success.

The event, by way of oral presentations, workshops and posters, will provide a space to discuss and share latest practices in embedding employability among a network of peers. The symposium will focus on employability initiatives that are inclusive and provide equitable opportunities and will address the following themes within higher education:  

  • Enterprise Education  
  • Sustainability  
  • Authentic Assessment  
  • Work Integrated Learning  
  • The 3Es from a careers perspective  
  • Inter/Multi-disciplinary approaches 

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Date: 25 April 2023

Venue: theStudio, Manchester

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Symposium aims

  • To provide an open and supportive environment within which to share and discuss contemporary practice and initiatives in employability;
  • To identify challenges, propose solutions and create a safe space to think forward;
  • To develop a principled, and evidence-informed, approach to devising subsequent support and guidance for change(s) with regards to enhancing employability;
  • To develop a compendium of case studies that will help shape and inform the sector.
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Employability Symposium 2023 Programme



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Employability Symposium 2023 Abstracts

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Stuart Norton, PFHEA

Senior Consultant, Education
Advance HE
Stuart Norton
Stuart has over 18 years’ experience within higher education with extensive experience in designing and developing strategic, institutional-wide change. In his role as Senior Consultant, Education at Advance HE, he focuses on both thought leadership and providing evidence-based solutions to support institutions, educators and students.

Dr Iwi Ugiagbe-Green

Manchester Metropolitan University
Dr Iwi Ugiagbe-Green
Dr Iwi Ugiagbe-Green has over 20 years’ experience of working in higher education and nearly 15 years’ experience of supporting students’ transition to graduate labour market. In the last five years her work has focused on race and its intersection with other characteristics within the context of student education, experience, transition and progression to graduate labour market and postgraduate study. Iwi is an expert on race equity issues that impact students in higher education and graduate employment. Her work is inter-disciplinary and collaborative.

Michelle Phillips

Senior Lecturer and Deputy Head of Undergraduate Programmes
Royal Northern College of Music
Michelle Phillips
Michelle Phillips is a Senior Lecturer and Deputy Head of Undergraduate Programmes at the Royal Northern College of Music (Manchester, UK), and Chair of the subject association MusicHE.