Celebrating 25 years of Conference
ASET Annual Conference 2018
Sharing Success and Inspiring Innovation
University of Nottingham, Jubilee Campus
4th – 6th September 2018
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The ASET conference conference is a participatory event with parallel sessions showcasing the latest work of your colleagues working in Work based and Placement Learning. Conference will provide delegates with many opportunities to find out about new initiatives, projects and good practice, and this year we also aim to ensure you too are ‘fit for the future’.
This year’s conference is taking place at the University of Nottingham, Jubilee Campus, in the Business School South, a modern purpose-built campus over 65 acres. The campus was opened in 1999 and Business School South, built in 2004, is one of many iconic buildings on campus – its open lakeside setting offers plenty of outdoor space to escape to, and wildlife a plenty. We are hoping for yet another sunny week to take advantage of the setting with an informal BBQ on the first evening of conference, and our Gala Dinner the following evening. This year our Gala Dinner, celebrating 25 years of Conference will be in the spectacular GSK Winter Gardens, within the newly completed GSK Centre for Sustainable Chemistry.
Conference 2018 will consider our role in future-proofing placements, sharing and reflecting upon success, and inspiring innovation for the future.
Conference will focus on:
What will employability and the world of work look like in the future?
What are the success stories and how do we learn from them?
How will innovation in our learning spaces and technology influence our work?
What are the challenges of diversification in the range of work based and placement learning opportunities?
How do we as professionals remain vocationally current and fit for the future?
With the emphasis on students this year, our now well-established panel session will bring a range of student voices, insights and experiences with both current students and recent graduates on the panel. And don’t miss our post panel Professional Development Tasters which will encourage you to consider what you need to do to ensure you too are “Fit for the Future”.
This year we are delighted to welcome our Conference Partners RMP Enterprise and sponsors QuantumIT, Pagoda Projects, CRCCAsia, ARC Technologies and Virtual Internships :
This year’s Call for Papers is closed.
The full programme of parallel sessions is now confirmed and the timetable for the sessions and the abstracts for each session are available for download below. Start planning your conference today!
Day 1 – Tuesday 4 September
08:00 – 09:00 Breakfast (Monday night delegates only)
10:00 – 11:00 Registration and refreshments
11:00 – 11:10 ASET Welcome
11:10 – 11:30 Opening Address: Dr Paul Greatrix, Registrar, University of Nottingham
11:30 – 12:15 Keynote: Jane McNeil, Executive Dean, Learning and Teaching, Nottingham Trent University
12:15 – 12:45 ASET AGM
12:45 – 13:30 Parallel Session 1 – Regional Hub Meetings
13:30 – 14:30 Lunch
14:30 – 15:00 Plenary: Exclusive Insights with RateMyPlacement.co.uk
15:00 – 15:45 ASET Bursary Projects
Research Bursary Project Presentation
Summer Project Bursary
15:45 – 16:00 Refreshment break
16:00 – 17:00 Parallel Session 2
18:30 Drinks Reception
Day 2 – Wednesday 5 September
08:00 – 09:00 Breakfast
09:00 – 9:15 Registration for day delegates
09:15 – 9:45 ASET on….
09:45 – 10:45 Parallel Session 3
10:45 – 11:00 Refreshment break
11:00 – 12:00 Parallel Session 4
12:00 – 12:45 Keynote: Lisa Gray, Jisc
12:45 – 13:45 Lunch
13:45 – 15:15 Panel Session: Student Insights
15:15 – 16:00 Professional Development Tasters: Are you ‘Fit for the Future’?
16:00 – Refreshments
ASET Practice & Research Network Meeting
18:30 Drinks Reception
19:30 Gala Dinner in the GSK Winter Gardens
Day 3 – Thursday 6 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: Maddy Woodman and Sarah Rourke, Business Leaders Programme, Henley Business School
12:45 – 13:00 Conference Wrap-up & Close
13:00 Packed Lunch and depart
Please note: The programme and/or individual parallel sessions may be subject to change at short notice
Workshop sessions will be approximately 45 minutes long and should be designed to be participatory in nature – the presentation element of the workshop should be no longer than 20 minutes, allowing for discussion and activities to follow.
Sessions for research papers will be approximately 45 minutes long and any presentation element of the session should be no longer than 30 minutes to allow for colleagues to ask questions and discuss the research presented.
Posters are welcome for display in the main circulation area, where conference refreshment breaks will be hosted. Delegates will be invited vote to award a prize for the best poster.
ASET Annual Conference 2017
The Placement and Employability Professionals’ Conference
5th -7th September 2017, University of Kent
Preparing Students for the Global Workplace
The 24th ASET Annual Conference, welcomed more than 170 delegates to University of Kent, Canterbury Campus. See Brochure here . Conference this year was a lively and fast paced event with lots of new faces. Inspired by our conference theme, delegates were eager to share their knowledge and experience and get involved in the discussions considering:
Conference opened with a University of Kent welcome from Professor April McMahon, DVC Education, followed by a challenging opening Keynote from Dr Sonal Minocha, PVC Global Engagement, Bournemouth University, considering issues not just pertinent to the global workplace. David Palmer, trendence UK, focussed on facts and figures arising from a research project specifically designed for ASET, and Day 1 moved quickly on with the ASET Bursary Project presentations, to a packed auditorium. Congratulations to both students for excellent work.
The day concluded with Parallel sessions, and delegates reflected to on the issues raised in their Regional Hub groups, led by ASET trustees.
After such a packed schedule we were all ready for some R&R, which was certainly delivered at the, sadly rainy, barbeque – but who noticed the rain when Quizmaster Professor Colin Turner challenged us all to a mammoth 7-part trial?Triumphant winners of the 2017 Quiz were led by Steve Wallers, University of Exeter.
Day two featured the Global Perspectives Panel led by Stephen Isherwood, ISE, many thanks to our panellists, Dawn Bennett, Curtin University, Jamie Bettles, InternChina, Katherine Brewster, FDM Group, Maria Forrest, KPMG, Martyn Lewis, Marriott Hotels, and Susan Oyston, DWP.
Day two keynote from Dan Cook, HESA had a focus on data whilst Sarah Flynn put a focus on Excellence with the second of our ASET on…. series of lectures featuring the TEF – and all you need to know.
The now established Gala dinner was held on Wednesday evening this year, and was a culinary triumph of locally sourced cuisine from heritage tomatoes at the start to Kentish apples, and a special treat from award winning Chapel Down winery. Getting the chatter started Professor Dawn Burnett, had everyone swapping the contents of their pockets and a surprising way to ensure all delegates got to know each other this year?
Duncan Piper, Blue Chip Leaders,drew conference to a close on Day 3 with a lively and engaging presentation giving us all the start to the new academic year we needed. Thank you to all our speakers and guests. And thank you too to ASET Trustees helping to ensure your conference stays continues to be unmissable.