The safety and well being of our members and staff continues to be our highest priority, and whilst we are monitoring the latest advice from the UK government and Public Health England concerning Coronavirus (COVID-19), we have decided to act now in order to be in a position to continue to deliver support and training to our members.
We have now moved all our Staff Development Workshops Online. The first of these, the IWPM session, was delivered on 26th March, and dates for all subsequent session remain unchanged, although we are now delivering sessions 9.30am – 1.30pm each day.
To reflect this change to our programme we have lowered the price for each session to £125 ASET members and £275 non-members. Booking remains open for all sessions.
In addition we are now offering regular FREE hub meetings for members, dates will be advertised via the e-Bulletin.
If you have not yet requested to join our ASET LinkedIn page for Placement and Employability Professionals, we urge you to do so now. Members will be posting and sharing ideas in this closed group over the coming days and weeks which may just be the lifeline you need.
Dates for the 19-20 academic year are detailed below. Find out more about each workshop with video introductions from our Learning and Development Advisor, Nicola.
2020 Workshop Programme Book Online 2020
|RADD||Risk Assessment and Due Diligence||9 June||Online|
|RAP||Resilience and Placements||30 June||Online|
|SSDP||Supporting Students with Disabilities on Placement||8 July||Online|
Widening Participation and Placements (WPP)
Thursday 23rd April (9.30-1.30) Online
Discussions surrounding widening participation and the social mobility of our students are perennially on the agenda, nationally, in the HE sector. For those of us on the ground, what can we do, practically, to increase the take up of placements by students from a range of disadvantaged backgrounds? How can we reach out to and better engage students with employability and to support the development of their social capital? Furthermore, what solutions can we share to engage employers in order to further these broad aims? In an interactive session of participation and dialogue, our course leaders will facilitate discussions on ways to support the employability of disadvantaged students and ways to overcome challenges and barriers to participation in placements. Delegates will have the opportunity to build their own tool-kit of ideas and suggestions.
Enhancing Engagement in Student Sessions (EESS)
Tuesday 5th May (9.30-1.30) Online
Do your student preparation sessions need a fresh injection of ideas or energy? Are you keen to increase student engagement within your placement workshops? Would you benefit from hearing about innovative ideas to liven up your delivery and generate more interaction in sessions? ASET’s experienced workshop facilitators will help you enhance and increase student engagement in your workshops, seminars and preparation sessions, sharing a range of top tips, practices, and tools. From high-tech to no-tech, working with small groups or large groups, in restricted or flexible spaces the day will equip you with ideas for all these scenarios. The workshop will be, naturally, participative in style and we will encourage you to share your ideas with others too. You can expect to take away a rich array of ideas to use in your day to day practices at work.
From Placements to Employability (FPTE)
Wednesday 13th May (9.30-1.30) Online
Perhaps you have expertise in supporting placement students but are now being asked to become involved in curriculum design and development more broadly associated with employability? Or you have experience in your subject based curriculum but are new to placements and employability? Do you know what you might do differently if you were assessing a first year undergraduate placement compared to a Masters level placement? Single interventions, like the sandwich placement, are no longer sufficient in terms of determining employment success on graduation – we must consider the whole student experience. We will contrast employability in the curriculum with employability through the curriculum i.e. how broader teaching, learning and assessment strategies throughout a programme can impact on employability. The intended outcome of the session is to enable you to use your experience and expertise from placement activities to work with your colleagues in your own institutions to appropriately embed placement and other employability related activities in the curriculum.
Risk Assessment and Due Diligence (RADD)
Tuesday 9th June (9.30-1.30) Online
In 2010 ASET published a Good Practice Guide with advice on how to implement the new, risk based approach to Health and Safety, resulting from the release of new policy guidance from UCEA in 2009. The revised and updated edition of the ASET Good Practice Guide for Health and Safety for Student Placements was released in September 2016.This publication is part of a series of ASET Good Practice Guides including the ASET Good Practice Guide for Work Based and Placement Learning in Higher Education (September 2013), which was designed to support practitioners in meeting the expectations of the QAA Quality Code.Discussions across the sector have raised concerns about managing the risk assessment and due diligence processes associated with placement provision in Higher Education.Are you confident in your risk assessment processes before placement?Do you know what you should be doing in terms of due diligence?Do you realise the extent of the university’s legal liability for all of this?This workshop will explain the philosophy behind the both sets of guidance, particularly focusing on establishing manageable, proportionate and appropriate risk assessment and due diligence processes for placement provision. It is aimed at university staff who work with student placements / work experience, whether new to the position or experienced, whether academic or administrative, wanting a refresher and update.
Resilience and Placements(RAP)
Tuesday 30th June (9.30-1.30) Online
In this practical and participatory workshop, the salient topic of resilience will be explored by our facilitators in the context of placements and work-based learning and a world where the future of work is changing. How does resilience (or a lack of it) manifest itself? What can placement practitioners do to support the building of student resilience whilst they navigate the choppy waters of recruitment and selection? What techniques can be put to use to strengthen resilience whilst students embark upon the start of their professional working lives on placement? How can we reflect upon our own capacity for resilience and how can we utilise this to inform our work in HE? Drawing upon a range of perspectives including mental health and growth mind-set theories, ideas will be shared and discussed to enable delegates to create a tool kit of suggestions and approaches to take back to their teams and institutions.
Supporting Students with Disabilities on Placement (SSDP)
Wednesday 8th July (9.30-1.30) Online
The aim of this interactive workshop is to provide advice and guidance on the support of disabled students to those working in work experience, work based learning and placement roles, as well as encouraging dialogue and discussion amongst delegates. The following topics will be covered:An overview of the Equality Act; how does it help disabled placement students and how can you help employers interpret and understand what the Act means?Guidance on assisting students with disclosure in the recruitment process. Should they disclose or not? If so, how and when should they disclose?Case study examples to highlight placement success storiesFurther resources and support available to students and employers, and others involved in the placement.
A bespoke training session can address all these issues and more. Our trainers will travel to any ASET member institution to deliver bespoke training, which may be delivery of a full workshop from our programme of workshops below, or a tailored combination of topics – summarised for delivery within a day.
We can run sessions on one topic or can mix and match different parts to cover multiple areas.
Some of the core topics we can offer include:
Please feel free to suggest any other relevant areas for staff development training you would like.
ASET member institutions
Fees for bespoke sessions are fixed at a daily rate of £125 per delegate (with a minimum fee of £1500 per day) wherever you are in the UK.
Fees for bespoke sessions are set at a daily rate of £250 per delegate (with a minimum fee of £3000 per day) wherever you are in the UK.
If you would like to talk about ideas for a bespoke workshop to suit a specific requirement at your institution, contact Debbie at the ASET Office email@example.com .