Mind the gap: Engaging with employers in your region

University Alliance (UA) is collaborating with universities across the country to deliver a series of regional workshops exploring how to best support STEM-related employer engagement in higher education.

These events follow the recent publication of our research report, Mind the gap – engaging employers to secure the future of STEM in higher education.

They offer university staff with an interest in STEM and employer engagement the opportunity to come together and discuss the findings of Mind the Gap and how they relate to their own work.

Each event will also feature a series of case studies that showcase good practice in STEM-based employer engagement.  There will also be an interactive session run by the Higher Education Academy to introduce their Embedding Employability in Higher Education Framework.

Please click on the related link below to register for a place at one of the events.


Three regional workshops will take place at:

The University of Lincoln, Tuesday 26 January 2016

The University of Lincoln is recognised for its pioneering approach to employer engagement, winning a Lord Stafford Award and a Times Higher Education Award. It has also been named among the UK’s best modern universities in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016, ranking in the top 15.


Register for the Lincoln event here.


Liverpool John Moores University, Thursday 18 February 2016

LJMU has an outstanding global reputation for understanding the realities of business. The university consistently uses this experience and expertise when applying its knowledge to commerce and industry, especially in relation to employer engagement.


Register for the Liverpool John Moores event here.


University of West England (UWE Bristol), Thursday 17 March 2016

UWE Bristol has a strong reputation for supporting innovation and business growth in STEM subjects and beyond, which translates to delivering best practice when engaging with employers.


Register for the UWE Bristol event here.


Further details about the HEA session –  Engaging employers through the HEA Embedding Employability in Higher Education Framework

This part of the programme will be divided into two sections. The first will introduce participants to the underpinning rationale for the embedding employability in Higher Education framework. It will then highlight the challenges of engaging with employers and introduce a structured process that if adopted at an institutional level can act as a vehicle to support employer engagement across all disciplines, whilst being owned and shaped by the subject specialists within the institution which is a critical factor in relation to wider staff engagement. 

The second section is an interactive workshop to introduce you to the four stage process central to the HEA’s framework. This framework has been designed to support institutions in developing a more comprehensive, cohesive and consistent approach to employability by working collaboratively with all stakeholders. Launched in 2013 the framework has now been used by over fifty institutions across the UK and internationally. 

By participating in this session you will have the opportunity to reflect on your current provision and approaches to employability and employer engagement and consider how the HEA framework can help you to take your work in employability to the next level.

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