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The ASET Conference 2013

Sponsored by


The Placement and Employability Professionals' Conference

3-5 September 2013 

University of Greenwich, Greenwich Campus

The "Social" Revolution

Keynote Speakers :  Sir Tim Wilson and Lewis Wiltshire (Twitter)

University of Greenwich, Greenwich Campus

With additional sponsorship and support from


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LAST DAY FOR BOOKING Wednesday 14th August

We are delighted to welcome the support of our three sponsors, who will all be presenting at conference.

Conference 2013 will focus on how we can design and develop wide-ranging benefits for our students, employers and the institution as a whole, and develop a student-centred, quality focussed culture.

"Social" provides a key component of this student and quality focussed culture. There are many aspects to the "Social" Revolution. The continued rise of the use of, and impact of, social media in the graduate career market place, and the added emphasis provided by HEAR on co-curricular social student activities also provides a challenge for how we encourage and teach students to reflect on these activities. Added to these social aspects is the growing demand by business for Emotionally Intelligent graduates and for Universities to "groom the best students with targeted preparation and coaching to be work-place ready".

With all these "Social" conundrums, what are the challenges for us in not only using social media to add to this quality focussed culture, but measure the impact of the students' use and or misuse of it on their graduate career prospects? What new and innovative ways are there to allow students to develop and reflect on their employability skills development through these co curricular activities, and how do we provide this targeted preparation and coaching?

The conference will run over three days with keynote, development, practitioner workshop, and research paper sessions as well as whole group discussions around work based and placement learning.

The conference facilitates the dissemination of the findings and recommendations of employability and work-based learning research.

A key feature of previous ASET conferences has also been the opportunity to hear about work at a broad range of institutions, about new initiatives and projects, and of good practice systems - this conference will continue this strong tradition.







Our conference venue this year is the University of Greenwich, Greenwich Campus, which is set within the grounds of the World Heritage site, the Old Royal Naval College, on the banks of the River Thames. The conference will be held in Queen Anne Court (see above images), one of three baroque buildings designed by Sir Christopher Wren at the end of the 17th Century. To make the most of this beautiful venue, we are pleased to announce we will be holding a Gala dinner on the first night, Tuesday 3rd September, in King William Undercroft, beneath the Painted Hall. This will be a more formal event with live music provided by students from Trinity Laban Conservatoire, another ASET member institution, which also lies within the bounds of the Greenwich site. The catering will be provided by LEITH's, menu to be available shortly.



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Conference Programme

The full conference programme can be seen below and is available for download here Conference Programme

        ASET Annual Conference 2013

                                              The “Social” Revolution

General Programme

Day 1 - Tuesday 3 September
08:00 - 09:00       Breakfast (Monday night delegates only)
10:30                  Registration and refreshments

11:00 - 11:20       ASET Welcome   
11:25 - 12:15       
Keynote: Lewis Wiltshire

                           Director of Media Partnerships at @TwitterUK & Head of Sport for Twitter in UK/Europe

 12:15 - 13:15    Lunch

13:15 - 14:15       President's Address and ASET AGM

14:15 - 14:45       Plenary : Launch of the  New ASET Code of Practice Guide 

14:45 - 15:15     Refreshment break

15:15 - 16:00       Workshop Session 1 (see separate Workshop and Research Paper Timetable )
16:15 – 17:00       Workshop Session 2 (see separate Workshop and Research Paper Timetable )

18:30                  Drinks Reception
19:00                  (Formal) Gala Dinner with live music – King William Undercroft


Day 2 – Wednesday 4 September
08:00 - 09:00       Breakfast

09:00                   Registration for day delegates

09:30 - 10:00       Plenary : Employability at the HEA

10:00 - 10:45       Keynote: Sir Tim Wilson

10:45 - 11:15     Refreshment break

11:15 - 12:00       Plenary : “Placement Provision in the UK”, research outcomes from National Centre for Universities and Business survey 

                            - Jane Artess, HECSU, Joe Marshall, CIHE and James Evans, CFE

12:15 - 13:00       Workshop Session 3 (see separate Workshop and Research Paper Timetable)
13:00 - 14:00     Lunch

14:00 - 14.45       Workshop Session 4 (see separate Workshop and Research Paper Timetable)
14:45 - 15:15       Refreshment break

15:15 -                Informal networking space available Meet the ASET Executive
                           PRG Group Meeting

                           Free time to visit Greenwich

19:00                  Meet for Drinks

19:30                 Barbeque – Queen Anne Court

Day 3 – Thursday 5 September
08:00 - 09:00      Breakfast
09:00 - 09:15      Day registration / Time available for checking out and baggage store
09:15 - 10:00      Workshop Session 5 (see separate Workshop and Research Paper Timetable)
10:15 - 11:00      Workshop Session 6 (see separate Workshop and Research Paper Timetable)
 11:00 - 11:30  Refreshment break                           

11:30 - 12:00      Research Bursary project presentation
12:00 - 12:30      Plenary : What could happen if we don’t embrace the s
ocial revolution?

12:30 - 12:45      ASET  Conference wrap-up 
12:45                 Packed Lunch and depart

Please note:  The Programme and/or individual workshops may be subject to change at short notice

Delegates will receive a full conference brochure on arrival, however to help you to plan your conference you can download the timetable of Practitioner Workshops and Research Papers here Workshop and Research Paper Timetable

You may also like to take a look at abstracts for both the Practitioner Workshops Workshop Abstracts and Research Papers Research Paper Abstracts ahead of conference.

The University of Greenwich, Greenwich Campus is easily accessible on London Transport, with the nearest station being Cutty Sark DLR, whilst Greenwich Station is also in easy walking disctance. Further travel details to help you plan your trip are available here Travel 2013 and a map of the Greenwich campus, detailing the conference location, Queen Anne Court and meal venues can be seen here Greenwich campus map

Venue, accommodation and check-in details for delegates can be found here Venue 2013

Booking for the ASET 2013 Conference

The delegate rates for 2013 :

2013 Rates

Residential Rates

£620  ASET member institutions

£775  Non-member institutions (to include 6 months institutional membership)

£575  Presenter rate (including non-members)

These rates are inclusive of three-day access, two-nights accommodation, meals and refreshments and a full conference proceedings after the event.

Non-Residential Rates

£500  ASET member institutions

£625  Non-member institutions

£475 Presenter rate (including non-members)

These rates are inclusive of lunch and morning/afternoon refreshments only. Rates do not include evening meals.


Day Rates

£250  per day

 £125   Half day rate for Thursday

£75   per night

Day rates only include lunch.  Night rates only include room and breakfast.

Early Bird Booking discount does not apply to day rates.

Additional night Monday 2 September

For those delegates wishing to stay on the night of Monday 2 September (no evening meal), there will be an additional charge of £75

Booking for this additional night can only be taken with initial booking.


Booking forms for the 2013 Conference are available from the ASET office



Conference 2012


The 2012 conference was held at the University of Chester, at the Chester Campus in the heart of the picturesque city of Chester.  The theme Adding Value, Measuring Impact , drew a capacity crowd of 116 delegates over the three days.

With Keynote Speakers and CPD sessions on the two main days of conference and a total of 25 Practitioner Workshops and Research Paper presentations, there was a full and interesting schedule around the conference theme.

Highlights of Day 1 included:

Tuesday 4th September

Keynote Speaker:  Ms Raegan Hiles, AMOSSHE (the UK Student Services Organisation)

CPD Presentation: Changes in HE and impact on us, Naeema Pasha, Consultant

and Day 2

Wednesday 5th September

Keynote Speaker: Mr Paul Redmond, University of Liverpool/AGCAS President-Elect

CPD Presentation: The Quality Code and its Impact on Work Based and Placement Learning, Dr Anett Loescher, Development Officer QAA

The conference also saw the launch of ASET Viewpoints, with the following two being the first in a planned series of opinion on key areas of interest or concern to all of us in the sector.

          1  Paid and Unpaid Placements

          2  The Benefits of Placements

If you would like further copies of these ASET Viewpoints please contact the ASET office.








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