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The 2016 Employability Conference is an enterprising success!

Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprise, Making a Job Not Taking a Job, was held on Monday 19 September and was the University of Essex Employability and Careers Centre’s second employability conference. 

 The conference successfully attracted 113 people including representatives from key employers, Essex County Council, University Court, local schools and other universities career services.

The 2016 conference

Increasingly essential for graduate success are Entrepreneurialism and Social Enterprise.   

The venue for our conference was the Essex Business School, a shining example of the value that Essex places in enterprise skills.  

In a rapidly changing labour market graduates must have the enterprise skills.  What better way to do this than by embedding enterprise education within the academic programme?

Conference presentations and workshops

The Employability and Careers Centre is very grateful to all the presenters, panellists and workshop leaders for their contributions and for generously making these available for you to view and listen to below.

  • Presentations and workshops

    Keynote Addresses

    Professor Malcolm Hoare
    Visiting Professor of Enterprise Education – University of Derby
    'Enterprise Education - Employability and Beyond’

    Professor Nigel Lockett
    Professor of Entrepreneurship – Lancaster University Management School
    ‘The University is dead, long live the University: Is Entrepreneurial Learning the 'missing link' between University Education and Employability?’

    Workshop I

    Dr Anthony Vickers
    Reader – School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering – University of Essex
    ‘21st Century Students as Job Creators not Job Seekers – a Road Map'

    Workshop II

    Dr Jane Hindley
    Lecturer – Interdisciplinary Studies Centre, University of Essex
    ‘Orienting Students to the Social Enterprise Sector: Reflections on a Pedagogical Experiment’

    Workshop IV

    Dr Mark Colpus
    Senior Lecturer, Performance Analysis and Biomechanics – University of Greenwich
    ‘Student Confidence – helping them to help themselves’

    Workshop V

    Chris Durkin
    Associate Professor, Head of the N.I.U.A and Social Enterprise Development Director, School of Social Sciences - University of Northampton
    ‘Developing the social entrepreneurs of the Future’

    Workshop VI

    Lara Ligeiro
    Head of Entrepreneurship Office - NOVA University
    ‘Entrepreneurship Programs from NOVA University’

    Panel members

    • Professor Malcolm Hoare Visiting Professor of Enterprise Education – University of Derby  
    • Christine Michaelis Enterprise Officer – University of Essex  
    • Dr Anthony Vickers Reader – School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering – University of Essex  
    • Josh Gulrajani VP Education – University of Essex Students' Union  
    • Zoe Garshong SU President – University of Essex Students' Union

    Closing Keynote Address

    Sheridan Chilvers
    Big Bank Executive Officer – Learn by Design and Founder of Creative-Dimensions
    ‘Make a Job AND Take a Job’

The University of Essex is proud to be an innovator in the way of Enterprise Education in HE. Our Enterprise Programme is supported by Christine Michaelis, Enterprise Officer within the Employability and Careers Centre.