Future Choices: Preparing Students to Thrive, University of Portsmouth

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The world of work is constantly changing and evolving. Together we need to support students in making the right choices for their future and equip them with the skills to succeed.

At the University of Portsmouth, we want the best for our students. We are number one in the UK for boosting graduate salaries (The Economist 2017) and 97.5% of our graduates are in work or further study six months after finishing their course (DLHE 2017).

This success is a result of our focus on work-related learning; our outstanding links with employers and professional bodies; the importance we place on getting our graduates relevant workplace experience while they're studying with us; and the ongoing support we give our graduates once their course is over.

Our free conference will focus on how we can work together to support students with their University choices and equip them to thrive in their future careers.


09:15 Arrival and Registration with refreshments

09:45 Welcome from the Vice Chancellor, Graham Galbraith

10:00 Keynote from Dr Deirdre Hughes OBE, DMH Associates

'Universities and equipping students for the rapidly changing world of work'

10:40 Paralell sessions, choose one from the following:

  • Graduate Employability
  • T-levels
  • Degree Apprenticeships: All you need to know
  • Ask Admissions: Applications, interviews and workshops at the University of Portsmouth
  • UCAS update: The latest developments from UCAS, delivered y the UCAS Professional Development Team

11:20 Break with refreshments

11:40 Discover our faculties

Visit our Faculties to tour the facilities, learn more about our course areas, meet academic staff, discuss student placement opportunities and the future careers options from these subjects.

Please select one of the following options:

  • Health Science
  • Creative and Cultural Industries
  • Technology
  • Business and Law
  • Geography and Earth Sciences
  • Humanities

12:45 Two course lunch with University staff and students, followed by an information fair

14:00 Keynote: 'What progress has been made in achieving the Gatsby Benchmarks?'

Kerry Senatore, Regional Lead- Thames Valley- Careers and Enterprise Company

14:30 Sharing best practice: How can the University of Portsmouth support the Gatsby benchmarks?

In this session meet the team, learn about the programme of support and the resources offered by the Recruitment and Outreach Team.

This session will also include an opportunity to share best practices and ideas.

15:30 Depart

For those who would prefer to travel to Portsmouth the day before, we are offering hotel accommodation and an evening meal on Wednesday 8 May. Please note that there will be a limited number of rooms available and priority will be given to those delegates who have furthest to travel.

For those delegates travelling from further afield, we may be able to offer some assistance with travel expenses. Please request this at time of booking and we will be in touch.

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