Friday 18th September 2020

10:00-11:30Panel discussion: Recruitment & the labour market
Chair: Prof Catherine Hobbs
, Associate Dean Research and Enterprise, UWE
Charlie Ball, Head of Higher Education Intelligence, Graduate Prospects
Dan Canty, The Institution of Engineering & Technology
Paul Gratrick, Careers Manager, University of Liverpool
Helen Melling, Head of Talent, McLaren Automotive

How can businesses and universities work more closely to ensure a smooth transition from HE into the workplace? Could recruitment processes be better aligned or integrated with final year study programmes? Could universities do more to adapt to labour market demand (as opposed to student demand)? Are engineering graduates job-ready and career resilient? 
The session will include presentations giving an overview of the latest labour market data for engineering graduates and the IET’s employer survey.
11.30-12.00Downtime activities
Room 1: Meet the ‘Recruitment and the Labour Market’ panelists
Room 2: Meet the sponsors: MERI
12:00-12:30Keynote: Mary Curnock Cook OBE, Chair of Council, The Dyson Institute
‘Industry and academia: meeting the challenges’

Mary Curnock Cook is one of the UK’s leading voices on all aspects of higher education and, as Chair of the Dyson Institute, she is also at the helm of one of the country’s most innovative centres of engineering education. This keynote address will draw together some of the themes of the Congress and reflect them forward in terms of key challenges for Engineering academics, industry and other stakeholders who might help shape the future. 
12:30-12:45Announcement of the Hammermen Award and closing remarks
Prof Colin Turner
, EPC President, Interim Dean of Learning Enhancement and Professor of Engineering Education, Ulster University