TeachMeet Cambridge Keynote

Pat Tissington

Prof Patrick Tissington 

We are delighted to welcome Prof Pat Tissington BSc PhD FAcSS FHEA FCIPD CPsychol, Academic Director: Employability and Skills at University of Warwick, as our keynote at TeachMeet in Cambridge.

He will speak on “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. Current data show perhaps only 20% of graduate jobs specify which degree is needed which perhaps shows employers noting the value of academic study for its own sake. But there is an emerging discourse about how graduates lack key skills and how they are not “ready for work”. In this talk Pat will discuss these competing demands and propose some possible ways that we might navigate these dangerous waters.


Pat is Professor of Organisational Psychology at the University of Warwick where he is the strategic lead on employability across the university. Previously he held senior roles at Birkbeck College and Aston University.

He entered university aged 29 having already had a varied experience of working on a development project in Africa, running a stall on Portobello Road, serving in the army as a corporal, being a London tour guide and becoming a management consultant. His current tech business (an app that enables students to use their phones in their learning) is his fourth start-up.

Outside of work he rides mountain bikes, climbs (indoors!) and swims in open water. He supports Aston Villa which he says is perhaps his only regret in life.

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