Preparing our students for their futures is a key aspect of the role of contemporary degree courses. Perspectives on the place of employability in higher education range from viewing it as a core part of all discipline-focussed degree work, as an inevitable or accidental by-product, or as an externally imposed and ill-fitting bolt-on. English degrees, in all their forms – specialising in literature, language and linguistics, or creative writing – equip students with invaluable knowledge and skills. Our graduates are critically astute and culturally sensitive; they are analytical thinkers and agile communicators. This event asks: what we are doing to support students in recognising, developing and articulating the skills and aptitudes they gain through our courses, what can we do better, and how? It offers a day of sharing views, insights and good practice throughout the discipline, during which we explore different ways of thinking about, ‘embedding’, ‘extracting’, engaging with and talking about employability in our courses. The event begins with insights from graduate alumni on their experiences of employability and skills development during their degrees and the ongoing impact of their degree learning on their careers. Later panels share different in-curricula, co-curricula and extra-curricula approaches to employability. The end of the event is dedicated to current and future employability priorities for our graduates, and, finally, to finding and sharing constructive positions and messages about employability in HE English.



Monday, 16 September 2019 from 11:00 to 16:15 (BST)

Northumbria University

Newcastle upon Tyne


United Kingdom


General Admission         £40.00

Discounted rate               £20.00


We are pleased to offer a discounted ticket rate for colleagues not in full-time employment. These tickets are strictly limited to attendees who are not in full-time employment, and will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. If the cost of registering is an issue for you, please get in touch with us on


Event Programme


11:00-11:15     Opening and introductions

11:15-12:00     Panel One: Insights from English graduate alumni

12:00-13:00     Panel Two: Embedding employability

13:00-13:30     Lunch

13:30-14:30     Panel Three: Work-based learning in English studies

14:30-15:00     Talk + Q&A: Helping English graduates prepare for their futures: Employability priorities for HE English

15:00-15:15    Afternoon refreshments

15:15-16:00    Plenary + round table: Talking about the ‘value’ of English in the workplace

16:00-16:15    Close


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This event is organised and supported by the English Association and University English.