Centre for the Study of Higher Education



Research Symposium on Graduate Outcomes

Location/ Date/ Time Event Details

Wednesday 25 March 2020

13.00 -17.00 (for a 13.30 start)

Grimond Lecture Theatre 3 and Aphra Foyer

Canterbury Campus

all staff welcome


Research Symposium on Graduate Outcomes: How can universities best prepare students for life after university?


While the UK higher education sector has been paying more attention to students' employability in recent years, HESA's revised measure of graduate outcomes now enables a broader view of how well students are doing 15 months after university. This symposium explores what academics, staff and students can do to best prepare graduates not only for employability, but for personally-fulfilling careers and lives.  Based on recent research, each speaker will take a different perspective on the symposium's title question. This event is sponsored by the Centre for the Study of Higher Education at the University of Kent, with support from a grant from HECSU. The event is free and open to the public.

To book your place, please sign up via Eventbrite by 18th March 2020.



  • 13.00 – 13.30  Registration and tea/coffee – Aphra Foyer, Grimond
  • 13:30 - 13:45   Welcome – Dr Kathleen M Quinlan, Director, Centre for the Study of Higher Education, University of Kent.
  • 13:45 - 14.15  Career Cartography and Student SatNav: Understanding Starting Points and Journeys
    Professor Bob Gilworth, Director of the Careers Group, University of London
  • 14.15 - 14:45  Where do our graduates go?  Mobility, local labour markets, and key employability factors 
    Dr Charlie Ball. Head of Higher Education Intelligence, Graduate Prospects.
  • 14:45 - 15:00   Refreshment break – Aphra Foyer.
  • 15:00 - 15:30   Preparing students for meaning and purpose in their work
    Ms Helen Stubbs, Senior Consultant, Gallup.
  • 15:30 - 16:00  Promoting students’ career interests: what influences career interest during university?
    Dr Kathleen M. Quinlan and Mr James Corbin, Head of Careers and Employability Service, University of Kent
  • 16:00 - 16:30   Panel discussion facilitated by Dr Kathleen M Quinlan
  • 16:30 - 17:00  Drinks reception - Aphra Atrium

For the full programme including talk abstracts please see here

Please be aware there is limited parking on campus. For full details please see this link.

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