Our first event was held in May 2019. Designed for Heads of Services, Department Managers and Senior Leaders to frame their planning for placement provision, in the context of the current policy landscape, it was all about persuading upwards, working with University Boards and Governors, and ensuring they are maximising their influence on internal stakeholders.
The one day event heard from policy experts, created spaces for participant-led discussion, and facilitated activities to develop ideas to move forwards, and was perfect for those managing change and leading placement services in these uncertain times.
Giving us their take on the current policy landscape and how leaders in placement learning should be responding: we heard contributions from Rachel Hewitt of HEPI and Debbie McVitty of Wonkhe.
Rachel joined HEPI in November 2018, as Director of Policy and Advocacy. Prior to this she held a number of roles at the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), focused on data policy, governance and gathering requirements for information that could be met from HESA data. Rachel also led on the review of data on graduate destinations and designed and implemented the new Graduate Outcomes survey.
Debbie is Editor of Wonkhe and formerly Chief of Staff at Universities UK, and Policy Director at the University of Bedfordshire and the National Union of Students. She was a founding member of Wonkhe’s editorial group. A community of diverse voices, Wonkhe is providing platforms to drive the policy conversation forward and bring about real change through expert, trusted and essential analysis. Wonkhe Mondays keeps the sector up to date with a weekly look at the latest developments in UK HE policy, and Wonkhe Daily is keeping the sector, government and agencies ahead of the HE policy and news curve.
In these times when data is increasingly important, and having the support of the most senior members of the organisation essential to advancing placement provision and employability, getting support couldn’t be more crucial, and this event set out to do exactly that. Feedback from our participants was very positive, and has inspired us to continue to develop events and materials to meet the needs of Heads of Services, Department Managers and Senior Leaders – keep an eye out here for further updates in the near future.