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Postgraduates
01 Dec 2010
The right university, the right degree, the best student experience. Held at Westminster Studio, London

This national one-day conference brought together key stakeholders from across the Higher Education sector and provided an opportunity to discuss the main issues facing postgraduate course providers to improve student experience, attract undergraduate and graduate students and meet employers’ expectations.

Programme
10:00
Professor Howard Green, Director, Postgraduate Directions
Welcome and introduction by conference chair

10:10
Professor Malcolm McRae, Chair, UK Council for Graduate Education (UKCGE)
The changing landscape of postgraduate education

10:30
Dr Charlie Ball, Deputy Director of Research, Higher Education Careers Service Unit (HECSU)
The future: research from Higher Education Careers Service Unit

10:50
Dr. Harriet Dunbar-Morris, Senior Policy Advisor, 1994 Group
The right information, advice and guidance – outcomes from the student expectations of university JISC-funded project

11:10
Questions and discussion: Session 1
11:20
Refreshments, networking and exhibition
11:50
Dr Jayne Mitchell, Director of development and enhancement, Quality Assurance Agency (QAA)
Quality in postgraduate education

12:15
Amanda Brook, Director, Evidence Consulting ltd; Associate Partner, Postgraduate Directions
Marketing and positioning

12:40
Questions and discussion: Session 2
12:50
Buffet lunch, networking and exhibition
14:00
Dr David Docherty, Chief Executive, the Council for Industry and Higher Education (CIHE)
Postgraduate employability skills; meeting employers’ needs

14:20
Dr Paul Wakeling, Lecturer in Education, University of York
Widening participation: next steps for postgraduate education

14:40
Gary Argent Operations Manager, The Association of Graduate Recruiters
The changing landscape of graduate employment opportunities

15:00
Questions and discussion: Session 3
15:15
Refreshments, networking and exhibition
15:30
Key Issue Seminar 1: Support for postgraduate students
Finance, representation, retention and student experience Paul Tobin, Postgraduate Taught Representative, National Union of Students (NUS) Dr Debbie McVitty, Research & Policy Officer (Postgraduates), National Union of Students (NUS)

15:30
Key Issue Seminar 2: Knowing about knowledge exchange: how to add value to early research careers
Professor Alison McCleery, Director of Research and Professor of Geography, Edinburgh Napier University; Convenor of Universities Scotland’s Research Training Sub-Committee

16:15
Professor Alison McCleery, Director of Research and Professor of Geography, Edinburgh Napier University; Convenor of Universities Scotland’s Research Training Sub-Committee
Interview

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