Conference for Teachers and Advisers


Friday 8th June 2018

This annual free conference is for teachers, managers and advisers at schools and colleges, who have responsibility for supporting students applying to university.

Through keynote speakers, plenaries and workshops we explored current issues in admissions, recruitment and outreach. Delegates were equipped with updated practical information to take back to their workplace, for colleagues and learners. This included information on entry requirements, graduate outcomes, student finance, subject range and choices and the impact of changes to framework in both sectors.

Conference Programme 2018:

08:30 Registration and Refreshments / Information Marketplace / Optional Diamond tour
09:00 Welcome and Introduction - Professor Brendan Stone, Deputy Vice-President for Education, The University of Sheffield
09:15 Introductory Address - Katherine Bond, National Schools Engagement Manager, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)
09:50 Morning Workshops - choice of one of the below:
  • Courses and Careers in STEM: A Levels in Science and Maths can take your students into a wide variety of exciting careers both inside and outside the lab. Case studies from current and graduate students will provide more guidance on inspiring careers for your STEM students.
  • International Opportunities for Arts and Humanities Students: International study and work experience is definitely not restricted to students studying Modern Foreign Languages. Come and find out how our Arts and Humanities students are benefiting from study and work opportunities across Europe and beyond, building cultural agility within a global workplace.
  • Learning and Working - how the University of Sheffield Careers Service supports students: A brief overview of the information, advice and guidance support that the Careers Service provides to students at the University, showcasing the variety of options and funded opportunities that students have to gain work experience, including part-time jobs, volunteering, one year placements, and term-time and vacation placements both on and off campus.
  • Applying for courses in Medicine, Dentistry and Health: Universities have a key role to play in recruiting and training future health service professionals. This workshop will look at the changing context in terms of course entry requirements, relevant experience prior to application and the application and interview process.
10:55 Information Marketplace
11:30 Plenary: Admissions Update by the University of Sheffield - Liz Carlile, Head of Admissions, The University of Sheffield
12:00 Lunch and Information Marketplace
12:50 Plenary: Employability - how is it working? A student, staff and employer expert panel: Katherine Bond, National Schools Engagement Manager, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC); Liz Carlile, Head of Admissions, The University of Sheffield; Paul Fennell, Head of Careers, The University of Sheffield; University of Sheffield student and alumni representatives
13:35 Afternoon Workshops - choice of one of the below:
  • Beyond Manufacturing- new opportunities for degree apprenticeships: Understand the University of Sheffield's apprenticeship offer and its plans for expansion over the coming twelve months. Also gain an understanding of an apprenticeship route into Higher Education and hear from some apprentices.
  • How does a Social Sciences degree get me a job? Social Sciences graduates are highly employable, utilising the skills learnt across a variety of subject areas. Employers value these skills but sometimes getting your foot through the door is the most challenging part; this workshop tells all about the support available to our students.
  • Employability through teamwork and problem solving - The Global Engineering Challenge: In order to tackle the challenges of the 21st century, it is important to possess teamwork, problem-solving, communication skills and global awareness, as well as technical knowledge. The Sheffield University Global Engineering Challenge Week allows students to develop these transferable skills highly valued by employers through a cross-faculty group project.
  • Widening Participation to University and work - breaking the 'old boy's network': how University of Sheffield Widening Participation initiatives help to open the doors to both university and graduate employment.
14:35 Closing Comments – James Busson, Head of Outreach and Widening Participation, The University of Sheffield
14:45 Refreshments, Information Marketplace and bring your queries to our Recruitment and Outreach staff: opportunities to ask questions on an informal 1-2-1 basis / final optional Diamond tour

Information Marketplace

University of Sheffield teachers' conference 2015There will be an Information Marketplace where delegates are able to speak to staff from academic departments, recruitment, outreach, the Students' Union, Careers and many other departments across the University.

There will be different stalls and numerous brochures and information on hand covering admissions, careers, languages, volunteering, enterprise, mature students, finance, Science, Engineering, Arts & Humanities, Social Sciences, Medicine Dentistry and Health and much more.

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