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Teacher and Careers Advisor Conference 2018

Teacher and Careers Advisor Conference 2018

Loughborough University London - 9th January 2018

Loughborough University’s School and College Liaison Team invite you to join us at our annual Teachers’ and Careers Advisors’ Conference on Tuesday 9th January 2018

With a key focus on ‘Employability and Journeys into Careers from Creative Subjects’, this conference will provide you with crucial knowledge for supporting your students through the UCAS application process with a particular connection to their future job prospects.

In particular, the day will include a range of talks and practical workshops on topics including: ‘How Students use Social Media; An Insight into Current Trends’, ‘Writing References’, as well as an introduction to our new and engaging Year 10 resource, ‘Subject in a Box’. Designed to enable teachers to provide their class with a unique insight into degree-level study, Subject in a Box provides an interactive lesson suitable for your students’ current level of learning across subjects including Art, Architecture, Business, Drama and Engineering. 

Undergraduate Admissions Manager at Loughborough University, Dave Norton, will be discussing how Qualification Reform has affected universities admissions processes including offer making and clearing decisions.

In addition, the conference will include a keynote speech from inspirational English graduate and Sports book author, Seth Burkett. Seth (who is currently working in social media marketing at Nike in London) completed his MA in English at Loughborough University in 2014 and has since published a number of books relating to football. One of his recent publications, The Boy in Brazil, was shortlisted as Football Book of the Year in 2015 and focuses on Seth’s experiences of travelling to Brazil to play the game. In his talk, Seth will share his creative journey with you and highlight the career paths that a degree in Arts, English or Drama can lead to.

As part of the conference, you will get to meet staff from Loughborough University’s School and College Liaison Team to find out more about our own internal developments and events, as well as to build on your own network of key contacts.

This event is completely free of charge and is open to anyone involved directly in the UCAS application process or in advising students on the future options available to them.

Please contact the School and College Liaison Team at Loughborough University on 01509 222492 or email scl@lboro.ac.uk for more information and to book.

We look forward to welcoming you to our London campus on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in January!

Creative Journeys: Seth Burkett

English alumnus Seth Burkett, who is now a published author, returns to Loughborough University to talk about his creative writing.

9:30-10.00 - Arrival and Registration

Arrival and registration at Loughborough University London. Tea, coffee and refreshments will be available on arrival.

10.00-10.15 - Welcome

Conference welcome speech and information about the conference.

10.15-11.00 - Session 1 - Qualification Reform - Dave Norton

Loughborough University's Undergraduate Admissions Manager, Dave Norton, will be discussing how Qualification Reform has affected Loughborough University's admissions processes including making offers and decisions during clearing and confirmation.

11.00-11.20 - Refreshment Break

Refreshment Break

11.20-12.05 - Breakout Sessions: Social Media, Reference Writing, Subject in a Box

Choose from one of our three breakout sessions:

  • Social media - an insight into how students use social media and current trends. With social media activity growing exponentially, this session can show new and different ways to engage with students on these platforms along with the current trends in how young people use these platforms.
  • Reference writing - how to write an academic reference for students UCAS applications. This session is designed to help you with how to write a supportive reference for Y13 students as part of their UCAS application.
  • Subject in a Box - Subject in a Box is designed to enable teachers of year 10 students to provide their class with a unique insight into degree-level study whilst providing an engaging, interactive lesson, suitable for their current level of learning. Each box has had input from one of our University academics and has been tailored for year 10 students aged 14-15 years. We send your chosen box directly to your school free of charge, complete with a lesson plan, presentation, worksheets and the equipment required to deliver the lesson. In this session you will get to experience a box for yourself in a hands on workshop and ask any questions about this resource you may have.

12.05-12.40 - Lunch & Networking Opportunity

A buffet lunch will be provided alongside a chance to network with other attendees or members of our School and College Liaison team.

12.40-13.40 - Keynote Speech - Seth Burkett

Our keynote speech delivered by alumni and author Seth Burkett on his journey and the path which a degree in Arts, English & Drama can lead to. Seth (who is currently working in social media marketing at Nike, London) completed his MA in English at Loughborough University in 2014 and has since published a number of books relating to football. One of his recent publications, The Boy in Brazil, was shortlisted as Football Book of the Year in 2015 and focuses on Seth’s experiences of travelling to Brazil to play the game. In his talk, Seth will share his creative journey with you and highlight the career paths that a degree in Arts, English or Drama can lead to.

 

13.40-14.30 - Alumni Q&A Session

This is your chance to ask our alumni panel any questions you may have about their experiences in Higher Education and beyond.

14.30-15.00 - Closing & Evaluation

Closing remarks and evaluations.

Meet the Speakers

Seth Burkett

‌‌Seth Burkett grew up in Stamford, Lincolnshire, and studied at Arthur Mellows Village College. Upon leaving school, a chance encounter led to the offer of a professional football contract in Brazil. After an incredible season in South America, Seth began a course in English and Sports Science at Loughborough University.

Throughout his time at Loughborough, Seth was encouraged to develop his writing. In 2014, while studying for an MA in English, his first book was published. The Boy in Brazil went on to be shortlisted for the British Sport Book Awards, making Seth the youngest author to be put forward for the award. He has gone on to write four books, with the most recent being longlisted for the prestigious William Hill Sports Book of the Year award. 

Now graduated, Seth combines his writing with social media work for Nike and Rolls-Royce, as well as school visits, where he shares his story and encourages students to write.

David Hollis

‌David Hollis is Senior Outreach Officer at Loughborough University, with particular remit for supporting the progression of learners, from underrepresented backgrounds, to higher education. In this regard, David oversees the delivery of on campus and national programmes, such as Subject in a Box, that aim to raise aspirations and widen participation.

David has over 10 years’ experience in higher education, and 7 years focused in widening participation roles. He has a particular interest in supporting refugee cohorts into Higher Education, as well as children with learning difficulties, having discovered he had dyslexia whilst studying at University.

 

Marc Alner

‌Marc Alner is a Student Recruitment Officer at Loughborough University, as well as University alumnus. Marc works closely with schools in the West Midlands as well as many independent schools, with a passion for promoting the award-winning student experience he was exposed to during his three years of study.

Whilst studying his degree, he gained over three years' experience working with a variety of organisations in improving their social media presence. With a strong background in sport, Marc has worked for some of the highest bodies in international sport, including European Athletics and the IAAF Diamond league.

Dave Norton

Dave Norton is Undergraduate Admissions Manager at Loughborough University. He is responsible for developing and implementing admissions policies and procedures, and the relevant systems that support the effective recruitment and admission of undergraduate students. He works closely with colleagues in the student recruitment and marketing functions to support the University’s recruitment activities.
 
Dave has over 10 years’ experience in university admissions, having previously worked at both the University of Cambridge and the University of Sheffield before taking up his current role at Loughborough. Dave holds a keen interest in the applicant experience and continues to make this central to the development and improvement of admissions policy, processes and systems at Loughborough.
 
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Lucy Moy

Lucy Moy studied Materials Engineering BEng at Loughborough. Between her second and third year she completed a placement year at Jaguar Land Rover, working in Cabin Systems. During this year Lucy worked on the Jaguar XE, delivering the headliner through a launch phase. On returning to Loughborough University for her final year, Lucy graduated with a First and was offered the opportunity to enter the JLR graduate programme. Within a year Lucy was responsible for a wide variety of parts on the new Range Rover Velar, working predominantly on Loadspace components. Lucy maintained the Lead Engineer role on Velar for a year, working until the vehicle had been officially launched. Aftyer this Lucy continued her mandatory graduate scheme elements before moving to her current role as a Lead Engineer for the Core team within the Loadspace department, where she is currently working on warranty, strategy and development across all JLR models.