ASET Annual Conference 2016
Enhancing the Experience, Supporting the Student
University of York
6th – 8th September 2016
Conference 2016 will focus on Enhancing the Experience, Supporting the Student, acknowledging that timely support and guidance during the key stages of a student’s Work Based and Placement Learning, is vital to the student having a positive experience and learning the right lessons, looking at:
• What a student needs to succeed, how best to prepare students for the experience
• The needs and requirements of the differing student population
• Support and Guidance whilst on placement
• Post placement, how to best use the placement experience
The conference will run over three days and will feature Keynotes and Plenaries including:
Dr Gurnam Singh, National Teaching Fellow and Principal Lecturer in Social Work at Coventry University and Visiting Professor of Social Work at the University of Chester
Dr Singh has been a leading voice in the UK’s work on the disparities in student attainment, specialising in those from Black and Minority Ethnic backgrounds, including working on key Higher Education Academy projects and most recently a Leadership Foundation publication ‘Race’, Racism and Higher Education Leadership: How can we make not break BME leaders. Dr Singh will be speaking about BME attainment and the challenges for employability.
Dr Vicky Duckworth, Senior Lecturer and Research Fellow in the Faculty of Education at Edgehill University, and Helena Kennedy Foundation Trustee
Johnny Rich, HEA Board of Directors and Chief Executive of Push
Johnny is widely respected and a well-connected expert in HE, the student experience, employability and careers. He is also an established, energetic, award-winning executive, with not-for-profit, Push, an organisation whose mission is to support the choices and skills of school-leavers and students, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds. Johnny has contributed to Government HE strategy as well as working with HEFCE on student information needs, the European Commission on U-Multirank, and many think tanks such as the Social Mobility Forum and the 1994 Group. A highly acclaimed writer for many publications including The Guardian and Times Higher Education where he focuses widely on student life.
Alongside the Keynotes, we have a packed programme featuring:
Day 1 – Tuesday 6 September
08:00 – 09:00 Breakfast (Monday night delegates only)
10:00 – 11:00 Registration and refreshments
11:00 – 11:15 ASET Welcome
11:15 – 11:30 Welcome from the University of York, Kate Dodd, Academic Registrar, Student and Academic Services
11:30 – 12:15 Keynote: Dr Gurnam Singh, Coventry University ‘BME attainment and the challenges for employability’
12:15 – 12:30 ASET AGM
12:30 – 13:30 Parallel Session 1
13:30 – 14:30 Lunch
14:30 – 15:15 ASET on Brexit: ASET President and ASET Chair
15:15 – 15:45 Parallel Session 2 – Regional Hub Meetings
15:45 – 16:15 Refreshment break
16:15 – 17:00 ASET Research Bursaries
– – Research Bursary Project Presentation – University of Portsmouth
– – Exploration and Enhancement Bursary Project Presentation – Loughborough University
18:30 Drinks Reception
19:30 Gala Dinner
21: 00 – The GlassHouse – on campus
Day 2 – Wednesday 7 September
08:00 – 09:00 Breakfast
09:00 – 9:15 Registration for day delegates
09:00 – 10:00 Parallel Session 3
10:00 – 11:00 Parallel Session 4
11:00 – 11:30 Refreshment break
11:30 – 12:00 Keynote: Dr Vicky Duckworth, Edge Hill University and Helena Kennedy Foundation
12:00 – 13:00 Q&A Experts Panel
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 15:00 Parallel Discussion sessions with Panel experts on:
– – Disability/Socio-economic background/Gender and Sexual Identity/International status/Race
15:00 – 15:45 RMP Masterclass – It’s your time to shine in the NUE Awards 2017
15:45 – Refreshment break
– – ASET Practice & Research Network Meeting/ Free time to explore York?
18:30 Drinks Reception
21: 00 – The GlassHouse – on campus
Day 3 – Thursday 8 September
08:00 – 09:00 Breakfast
09:00 – 09:30 Day registration / Time available for checking out and baggage store
09:30 – 10:30 Parallel Session 5
10:30 – 11:00 Refreshment break
11:00 – 12:00 Parallel Session 6
12:00 – 12:45 Keynote: Johnny Rich, CEO Push
The Employability Edge
12:45 – 13:00 Conference Wrap-up & Close
13:00 Packed Lunch and depart
The Programme and/or individual Parallel sessions (Practitioner workshops, Something to Share Sessions, Research Papers) may be subject to change at short notice.
Delegate Guide 2016
This guide contains essential information for travelling to conference, accommodation details including check in information, and WiFi access. Please read in full before coming to conference as this information will not be printed within the conference brochure.
Call for Papers
Our Call for Papers is now closed – and we have a full schedule of parallel sessions for you to attend.
Conference has been organised around a series of Parallel sessions and presentations in four categories:
Workshop sessions will be approximately 45 minutes long and are designed to be participatory in nature – the presentation element of the workshop will be no longer than 20 minutes, allowing for discussion and activities to follow.
Something to Share discussions
These discussion sessions will be approximately an hour long to share examples of good practice and challenges within managing positive placement partnerships. The session is made up of 5 minute presentations/pitches followed by an open discussion of the topic area.
Sessions for research papers will be approximately 45 minutes long with any presentation element of the session no longer than 30 minutes to allow for colleagues to ask questions and discuss the research presented.
Posters will be on display in the central meeting/refreshment area, alongside conference registration and our sponsors.
The 22nd ASET Annual Conference, welcomed more than 150 delegates to the beautiful, University of Exeter, Streatham Campus. See the brochure.
Conference opened with a Welcome from University of Exeter’s DVC for External Affairs, Professor Mark Goodwin, followed by a thought provoking Keynote from Deirdre Hughes OBE, and Paul Blackmore on the Value of Employability Skills. This was followed by the Parallel sessions, which this year saw the introduction of ‘Something to Share’ discussions alongside Practitioner Workshops and Research Papers. In the registration/sponsors reception area a selection of Posters created a lively discussion throughout conference.
The ASET Trustees led delegates into the final parallel session of the day, the Regional Hub Meetings, which introduced delegates to their geographically closest ASET colleagues and discussed ways to build on these regional networks to benefit all. The sessions proved to be popular with delegates who all welcomed the opportunity for more regular engagement.
The afternoon session ended with a full house for the ASET Bursary presentations starting with Talia Garza Garza, University of Sheffield, and followed by Josh Gallacher, Teesside University and Matthew Lightfoot, whose project ‘Supporting Students with Mental Health Issues’ prompted much discussion.
Tuesday evening’s barbecue was the ideal opportunity to reflect on the day’s presentations and find out whether or not the outdoor pool was warm enough to risk a dip!
A bright and sunny Wednesday morning welcomed the hale and hearty from their hike or, (thankfully) ride, up Cardiac Hill (you had to be there), in time to greet Professor Joy Jarvis showing us all ‘What Partnership Looks Like When it Works Well’ – and challenging us to consider what is really important in creating effective partnerships.
With these thoughts in mind the next parallel sessions provoked wide-ranging discussion on the many facets of partnership and intrigue over the much anticipated afternoon Employer Panel.
Hosted by the newly elected ASET Vice-Chair, James Corbin, University of Kent, the panel employers represented a range of organisations in the public and private sector, and included larger multi site businesses and SMEs with less than 25 employees.
Each employer gave an open and honest account of their experiences of placement within their organisation, and of the issues they faced when working to develop their placement programmes, which proved to be enlightening for all.
After two days of working hard, our Gala dinner, in the very splendid Reed Hall, was a great chance to relax, enjoy the evening sunshine and to catch up more informally with ASET colleagues. We were delighted to welcome Louis Hurst, CEO of the Amelix Group, to speak about his experiences at the dinner. Louis has generously donated his speaking fee to Treasured Kids primary school in Uganda.
Proceedings from the 2015 Annual Conference will be available to download from the Publications page in November.