Keynote speakers announced for TeachMeet 2020: Employability in Practice

Published: 5 December 2019 at 09:58

We’re delighted to announce our keynote speakers for TeachMeet 2020. This year’s events bring together colleagues from across ARU to share ideas around the theme of Employability in Practice which will enable our students to realise their full potential.

In keeping with tradition, a guest keynote speaker will open each TeachMeet followed by short presentations from ARU colleagues sharing their approaches to developing students’ graduate capitals. 

Chelmsford TeachMeet (Tues 21 Jan 2020)
Keynote, Aranee Manoharan, Employability & Enterprise Curriculum Manager, Kingston University, will focus on: ‘Delivering an inclusive curriculum that enables all students to achieve their aspirations’.

Aranee says: “I will share Kingston University’s journey towards embedding employability into the curriculum and explore the philosophical and pedagogical underpinnings that are driving it; specifically the concepts of holism, universal design, graduate capitals, and critical multicultural pedagogy.

“I will also discuss some of the challenges on our continuing journey and offer insight into how they can be overcome so that colleagues feel supported, confident, and energised about new ways of working.”

Cambridge TeachMeet (Wed 22 Jan 2020)
Keynote, Prof Pat Tissington, Academic Director: Employability and Skills at University of Warwick, will explore: ‘“Careers has no place in the curriculum” and other myths’. 

“In an era where the financial burden of higher education has shifted towards the graduate, universities are under pressure to demonstrate to potential students that a degree will make them attractive prospects in the job market. And yet many academics passionately believe that they should have no part to play in creating employability, enhancing skills or preparing students for their career,” argues Pat.

“But there is an emerging discourse about how graduates lack key skills and how they are not ‘ready for work’. I will discuss these competing demands and propose some possible ways that we might navigate these dangerous waters.”

Contributions are welcome
Colleagues wishing to share their approaches to developing students’ employability can submit a proposal online.

“This is an opportunity to discuss the need for universities like ARU to bring the inclusion and employability agendas of HE together within the curriculum. Graduate capitals are an important part of the Anglia Ruskin Employability Strategy 2018-2023 to ensure that our graduates are career ready,” says Andrew Middleton, Deputy Head of Anglia Learning and Teaching. 

“TeachMeet 2020 is set to be one of our most inspiring and hands-on events yet, featuring best practice and take-away ideas from our Academic Leads for Employment and other colleagues. Participants will be able to find out how it’s being done and implement it into their own work.”

To register to attend TeachMeet 2020 in Cambridge and/or in Chelmsford visit TeachMeet 2020.

More information about the sessions will be shared in the coming weeks. Keep in touch with upcoming #aruteachmeet announcements via the AL&T Monthly Update, on Twitter and LinkedIn