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The ASET Conference 2014



The Placement and Employability Professionals' Conference

2-4 September 2014 

Northumbria University, City Campus

The Student Journey towards Employability

Keynote Speakers :  Stephen Isherwood (AGR) sand Charles Hardy (LinkedIn)



                                                                     Northumbria University


Conference will focus on the engagement process at each stage of the Student Journey towards Employability, covering the plethora of options available to students from Insight days, to work-shadowing opportunities, mentoring schemes, work experience, volunteering, summer internships, international opportunities as well as the more established 12 month placements. With such a varied menu of placement opportunities, and with employers increasingly keen to target first years, how can we offer the right support at the right time to students at all the stages on their journey? Why is it that some students take advantage of these opportunities and others do not? Who are the key influencers in this process, and how can we encourage all students to engage?

Conference will be based in Northumbria University Business School, which is a landmark building designed to be both “a highly visible symbol of regeneration in the North East and to embrace the principles of sustainability”. The venue is bright, modern and well designed, the perfect venue for networking, with all the meeting and workshop rooms off the central circulation area where Conference Reception, and our sponsors will be located. The programme of events can be seen below

General Programme


Day 1 - Tuesday 2 September

08:00 - 09:00              Breakfast (Monday night delegates only)
10:30                            Registration and refreshments
11:00 - 11:20              ASET Welcome    / Conference Opener from PVC Bus Eng Northumbria Uni
11:25 - 12:15             
Keynote: Stephen Isherwood (AGR)

12:15 - 13:15              Lunch

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

14:15 - 14:45              Plenary : RateMyPlacement 

14:45 - 15:15              Refreshment break

15:15 - 16:00              Workshop Session 1*

16:15 – 17:00             Workshop Session 2 *

18:30                            Drinks Reception - City Campus East Cafe
19:00                            Dinner – City Campus East Cafe


Day 2 – Wednesday 3 September

08:00 - 09:00              Breakfast

09:00                            Registration for day delegates

09:30 - 10:15              Plenary : ASET, Maximising our Impact

10:15 - 10:45              Plenary : Northumbria University Directors of Placements 

10:45 - 11:15              Refreshment break

11:15 - 12:00               Keynote: Charles Hardy (LinkedIn)

12:15 - 13:00              Workshop Session 3 *
13:00 - 14:00              Lunch

14:00 - 14.45              Workshop Session 4 *

14:45 - 15:15              Refreshment break

15:15 -                         Informal networking space available

                                      Meet the ASET Executive
                                      PRN Group Meeting

                                      Free time – Explore Newcastle

19:00                            Meet for Drinks – foyer of The Sutherland Building

19:30                            Gala Dinner– The Great Hall, Sutherland Building


Day 3 – Thursday 4 September

08:00 - 09:00              Breakfast
09:00 - 09:15              Day registration
09:15 - 10:00              Workshop Session 5 *
10:15 - 11:00              Workshop Session 6 *
11:00 - 11:30              Refreshment break                           

11:30 - 11:55              Research Bursary project presentation – University of Central Lancashire
12:00 - 12:15              Exploration and Enhancement Bursary Project Presentation  - Sheffield Hallam University

12:15 - 12:30              Exploration and Enhancement Bursary Project Presentation – University of Sheffield

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


As in previous year's Practititioner Workshop and Research Paper Sessions will run in parallel. There is no requirement to book these sessions in advance but you may wish to plan your conference by taking a look at the timetable of sessions and the abstracts for each of the sessions, which is available for download here

2014 Practitioner Workshop and Research Paper Timetable and Abstracts


The information above will also be reproduced in your delegate brochure which will form part of your conference delegate pack.


Delegates Guide

If you have already booked your place, you may wish to take a look at the Delegates Guide for conference, which is available for download here Delegates Guide 2014. This guide contains Travel Information, details about the venue and accommodation, including check in details, and advice about using WiFi whilst at conference. This information WILL NOT be reproduced in the delegate brochure.


The Gala dinner on Wednesday evening will be held in the Great Hall on the first floor of the Sutherland Building.

                                   Sutherland Building                           Up to the Great Hall                          The Great Hall


We are looking forward to another memorable evening and hope you are planning to join us there.


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Please note that whilst the last day for booking is officially Friday 15th August, all residential places are now FULL. Non-Residential places are still available.








Booking for the ASET 2014 Conference

The delegate rates for 2014:

2014 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

£50   per night

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


Booking forms for the 2014 Conference are available from the ASET office









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