Regional Hubs



For the foreseeable future, we will continue to hold Regional Hub events online.
The recent Spring Hub series titled: Outside the Box: Work Based Learning explored new
initiatives and unexpected positives emerging as a result of the extraordinary
circumstances of the past year. The meetings were held over 5 days in April. A short video from
ASET Trustee, Mohson Khan, City, University of London, sharing some of the work of his team helped to get the events off to a good start.
Outside the Box: Work Based Learning:

South West & Wales     Wednesday 14th April  10:00 – 11.30 am
South East                     Thursday     15th April  10:00 – 11.30 am
Midlands                        Friday          16th April 10:00 – 11.30 am
Scotland & Ireland         Monday       19th April 10:00 – 11.30 am
North                             Tuesday       20th April 10:00 – 11.30 am

If the last 18 months have taught us anything it’s that we as a sector are agile, innovative and will go above and beyond for our students. This challenging period of uncertainty has led to many innovations in a variety of industries across a range of sectors. As placement practitioners, we have contributed by developing new, alternative and creative solutions to enable our students to gain the vital professional experience they require. Across the placements sector there have been countless examples of innovation – none better exemplified than the examples shared by many of our peers in the Advanced HE report on this very topic;  https://www.advance-he.ac.uk/knowledge-hub/employability-breaking-mould
The Regional Hub meetings gave ASET members the opportunity to share and hear about some of these innovations first hand, what worked, what didn’t, lessons learned, and the long-term impact. There was, as always, plenty of opportunity to network and share knowledge with ASET colleagues in breakout room sessions, where the following questions were considered:

1. Have you developed an alternative to the Year-long Placement, or Summer Internship?  If so:
i) What did you offer?
ii) How did it progress?
iii) What lessons have you learnt from it?

2. Are there any specific approaches you have taken with employers in order to generate new opportunities? If so:
i) Have employers come up with suggestions?
ii) Are there any differences between sectors, industries?
iii) What do you think could help open these conversations?

Members of staff at ASET member institutions who have joined our mailing list, will automatically receive an invitation to join their Regional event. To sign up to the ASET mailing list email  [email protected] using the Subject Header JOIN 

Check if your institution is a Current member here


What are Regional Hubs?

ASET Regional Hub meetings came about in response to suggestions from you, our members, who wanted to meet to share thoughts and hear about work taking place at HEPs local to them. Regional Hubs are free of charge to ASET members.

In normal times we aim to meet in person and plan to do so again in 2021, as soon as we are able. In the meantime, we will continue to meet online via Zoom.

Face to Face events:

  • Aim to meet 3 times a year,  in September (at our annual conference), at the end of term in December, and during the Easter holiday in March/April
  • Are 2 hours in duration (10-12 am or 2-4 pm)
  • Facilitate focussed discussions on a current topic relevant to our field – video introduction from ASET supplied
  • Enable local networking to take place (outside of our conference and staff development workshops)
  • Are free of charge to our members (each HEP may send up to 2 members of staff)
  • Give opportunities to improve the links between individual members/local HEPs
  • Can lead to the production of new ASET Viewpoints
  • Hub events are supported by ASET with a trustee or member of the ASET Staff team in attendance at each event

Which Regional Hub do I belong to?

We have broadly split the UK into 5 regions as follows:

  • Scotland and Ireland
  • North
  • South West & Wales
  • South East
  • Midlands

If you are unsure which Regional Hub you belong to, please contact the ASET Office.

How do I host a Regional Hub meeting?

Regional hub meetings are normally 2 hours in duration, either mornings (10-12) or afternoons (2-4).  If you would like to host a Regional Hub event for your region and have a venue which could comfortably accommodate between 25-50 people, and can provide teas/coffees, please contact us. Host institutions are allocated up to 5 free places for these events.