ASET Annual Conference 2017
Preparing Students for the Global Workplace
University of Kent
5th – 7th September 2017
Our conferences are renowned for being participatory and providing delegates with many opportunities to find out about new initiatives, projects and good practice, and this year will be no exception. Conference 2017 will consider our role in Preparing Students for the Global Workplace, acknowledging that placements can play a key role in supporting students to work in multinational and multicultural organisations both within the UK and across the world. Conference will include roundtable discussion sessions on the conference theme, and updates from ASET on the policy landscape as we move to a UK outside the EU.
Conference will focus on:
Call for Papers
The Call for Papers 2017 is now available. To submit an abstract for presentation at conference as a Research Paper, Workshop or as a Poster, please use the 2017 ASET Conference Submission form which is available for download here.
Conference has been organised around a series of Parallel sessions and presentations in four categories:
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 exhibition circulation area, and for discussion during the poster breakout sessions adjacent to conference refreshment breaks.
NEW for 2017 Delegates will vote to award a prize for the best poster.
The 23rd ASET Annual Conference, welcomed more than 170 delegates to University of York, Campus East See brochure here, where the sun shone throughout conference enabling all to enjoy the spectacular setting.
Conference opened with a Welcome from Kate Dodd, Academic Registrar, Student and Academic Services, followed by a thought provoking Keynote from Dr Gurnam Singh on BME attainment and the challenges for employability. This was followed by a packed programme of Parallel sessions, and also featured an ASET on Brexit session, with extended discussion continuing in Regional Hub groups, led by ASET trustees.
The first afternoon session ended with a full house for the ASET Bursary presentations from the University of Portsmouth, and Loughborough University – the reports from both these projects can be viewed here , along with details for how to apply for this years’ bursaries.
Vicky Duckworth from the Helena Kennedy Foundation headlined on day two of conference with an insight into how tertiary education can help to challenge inequality.
Johnny Rich, HEA Board of Directors and Chief Executive of Push, rounded conference off with a lively and engaging presentation ‘The Employability Edge’ giving us all the start to the new academic year we needed.
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.
The now established Gala dinner was held on Tuesday evening this year, and was a culinary triumph of locally sourced cuisine and followed by an evening of networking and in the relaxed surrounds of the Glasshouse bar on campus. A barbecue on the final evening took advantage again of the setting – and prepared all for a challenging quiz night………..
Alongside the Keynotes, the programme featured: