The Enhancing Graduate Employment Outcomes conference is your chance to join like-minded peers from universities across the country in exploring proposed solutions to address the challenges inherent to producing work-ready graduates. Learn from industry leaders as they share their trials and successes in working towards developing strategies to enhance graduate employability and ultimately produce career-ready students.
By attending, you’ll be able to
- Develop a vision to take your graduate employability strategy to the next level
- Contextualise your experience against international case studies
- Position your university for success in the face of changes to funding
- Learn what works (and what doesn’t) from subject matter experts
- Understand how to overcome curriculum-related challenges
- Engage with peers and leaders in the graduate employability field
Senior leaders from universities, TAFEs & RTOs with responsibility for:
- Graduate Employability
- Graduate Employment
- Careers & Student Development
- Work Integrated Learning
- Student Success
Benefits of Attending
- Bridge the gap between employability & employment outcomes
- Embed equity & access into graduate employability strategies
- Reimagine industry partnerships & collaborate to produce work-ready graduates
- Explore the future of work integrated learning
Associate Professor Marcus O’Donnell is Director, Digital Learning at Deakin University in Melbourne Australia. At Deakin he has been the academic lead for the Degrees at FutureLearn project a world first initiative to put a suite of degrees on an open social learning platform. He currently leads a university wide transformation project in CloudFirst learning which seeks to put the needs of online learners at the heart of course design. His background is as a journalist, editor and journalism academic and his research interests include the intersections of contemporary transmedia storytelling, digital learning and learning design. He is also the lead educator on the FutureLearn course, Professional Resilience, and he has an ongoing research interest in empowering student resilience through contemplative approaches to higher education.
The University of Manchester
The University of Sydney
Richard Miles is the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education – Enterprise and Engagement) in the Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education). He was formerly the Head of School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry and Director of the ArtSS Career-Ready Program at the University of Sydney. Richard is also the Academic Director of the Ancient North African Research Network, which coordinates research activities on the ancient Maghreb region. He was previously a Fellow and Director of Studies in Classics at Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge. A specialist in Roman and Carthaginian history, he has directed excavations in Carthage and Rome.
Richard is the author of a number of books on the ancient world including ‘Carthage Must Be Destroyed’, and ‘Ancient Worlds: the Search for Western Civilisation’. He also co-authored ‘Vandals’ with Andrew Merrills and edited ‘The Donatist Schism: Controversy and Contexts’ a collection of papers examining the Donatist Controversy by specialists in the religious, cultural, social, legal and political history and archaeology. Richard has additionally written and hosted a number of television documentaries including ‘Carthage, the Roman Holocaust’ (ABC), ‘Ancient Worlds’ (BBC) and ‘Archaeology: a Secret History’ (SBS).
University of Queensland
Susan Rowland is a teaching-focused academic who researches and innovates in the science education space. Susan teaches Biochemistry and introductory cell biology.
After completing her BSc Hons and PhD at the University of Sydney Susan was a Human Frontiers in Science Long-Term Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Connecticut. After gaining an academic position there, Susan returned to Australia in 2006 to teach and research at UQ. Susan completed a Graduate Certificate in Higher Education at UQ in 2007. In 2009 she was appointed as a full-time teaching-focussed faculty member in SCMB. Susan has previously served as Chair of Teaching and Learning in SCMB and the Deputy Director of the Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation (ITaLI) at UQ.
QuantumIT is at the forefront of delivering innovative technology solutions that support best practice business models for clients.
Headquartered in Carlton Victoria, with offices in Sydney, UK, US and Singapore, QuantumIT has a portfolio of globally significant software products and a blue chip client base including Telstra, Sensis, Motorola, Cisco, Imperial College London, University College London, Monash University, UNSW, Nanyang University of Technology, University of Texas Arlington, New York Presbyterian Hospital System and many others.
QuantumIT solutions include:
- InPlace – enterprise software platform used by universities and vocational colleges to organise student work experience opportunities. Complete solution supporting all steps from calculating demand for placements based on enrolments, to supervisor assessments and management of employability development. InPlace is used across universities as a single platform managing placements in all disciplines.
- InPlace Network – employer managed platform enabling an employer to interact with multiple educators through a single portal arranging incoming student placements, assigning supervisors, tracking student movements, attendance, performance etc. Real time integration with InPlace or any other university placement system.
- InPlace Corrections – software for managing offender rehabilitation and training and return to the community programs. Deployed to the 19 Government run prisons in Victoria.
- Quantum Labs – SEAS for High-Security Facilities (HSF) helps facilities such as correctional centres, data centres, airports, military bases, and other high-security sites achieve a proactive security posture. The solution does this by automating control of security cameras using data from a light detection and ranging (LIDAR) mesh and applying facial recognition via a customised analytics application
Our consulting team provides expertise in Applications Development, Digital Transformation Services, Cloud Architecture, Platforms and IOT, Data Migration, Big Data, API Design and Development, Analytics and Artificial Intelligence
What People Are Saying
“Graduate employment outcomes will be the most important factor under the performancebased funding model for universities.”Minister for Education, October 2019
Date: 26 May 2016 By: Leah Shmerling
Fay is a student enrolled to study a marketing course. She has forgone her full-time job to work part-time to help make ends meet, and tries to balance her personal and study life. At her tertiary institute, she regularly attends weekly classes, completes the reading, and works diligently to write and submit the unit assessments. …
Date: 17 Apr 2016 By: Judi Green
Career success for university graduates requires the involvement of all stakeholders. The outcomes are best when the university leadership is actively involved. Monash University has been innovative in this area, and the Focus Monash: Strategic Plan 2015-2020, includes aims for ensuring that the skills Monash students learn prepare them for a successful and varied career. …
Date: 6 Apr 2016 By: Josephine O'Brien
Research shows that the student experience can make a big difference in employability, but only if strategies are embedded in curriculum and assessment, and only when employability is championed by every educator in every subject. Through an Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching grant, Associate Professor Shelley Kinash led a team of researchers to …
Date: 23 Mar 2016 By: Shirley Alexander
At the recent annual Universities Australia conference, the opening keynote speaker, Jo Ritzen, argued that graduate outcomes have as much impact on innovation as research. Noting that “unlike iron ore, higher education is a value added export”, Dr Ritzen called for greater investment and support for education to enable it to make the contribution to …
Endorsers & Media Partners
Regional Universities Network (RUN)
The Regional Universities Network (RUN) is a network of seven universities with headquarters in regional Australia and a shared commitment to playing a transformative role in their regions.
Through their educational and research contributions to regional economic, social, cultural and environmental development, the RUN member universities play an important and distinctive role in advancing Australia’s national prosperity, productivity and identity.
The Network was established in October 2011. The foundation members are CQUniversity, Southern Cross University, Federation University Australia, University of New England, University of Southern Queensland and University of the Sunshine Coast. Charles Sturt University joined the Network on 29 May 2019.