iCeGS 20th Anniversary Conference 2018

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Derby Campus

The International Centre for Guidance Studies (iCeGS) celebrated its 20th Anniversary in 2018. To commemorate this fabulous achievement and to mark the occasion we hosted an international conference on Wednesday 23rd and Thursday 24th May 2018 at the Enterprise Centre, University of Derby, UK

In 2018 iCeGS celebrates its first twenty years as one of the foremost research centres focusing on career and employability in the UK. The centre was established as the Centre for Guidance Studies (CeGS) in 1998 as a joint initiative by the East Midlands Careers Companies and the University of Derby. The purpose of the Centre was to connect the evidence base and research which underpins professional careers practice with developing practice and the policy context.
Although the centre started small, under the visionary leadership of Dr Deirdre Hughes OBE and followed in 2009 by Professor Tristram Hooley it has evolved into a world class research centre contributing to the development of careers provision for all ages in the UK and overseas. We adopted the ‘I’ for international after our 10th anniversary as our work has grown from working locally with the careers companies and Connexions services to working across the world. A few of the places we have worked include Sri Lanka, Mauritius, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, China, Malaysia, Australia, Canada, Croatia, Kosovo, Ireland, Denmark, Norway and a lot of work in Manchester and the North East of England!

The event aimed at examining how the concept of work might develop and evolve over the next decade and in conjunction with this how the role of career development practitioners might need to adapt to continue supporting individuals in the future.

Keynote speakers included: Professor David Blustein, (Boston College, USA), Dr Phoebe Moore (University of Leicester), Dr Jo Hutchinson (Managing Consultant from SQW), Professor Tristram Hooley (University of Derby), and Dr Siobhan Neary (Head of the International Centre for Guidance Studies, University of Derby).

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iCeGS 20th Anniversary - Conference Programme

iCeGS 20th Anniversary - Workshop Programme


Professor David Blustein, Boston College USA - Professor in the Department of Counselling, Developmental, &Educational Psychology.

The Impact of Work in an Age of Uncertainty

Professor Ronald Sultana, University of Malta - Professor of Sociology & Comparative Education.

Career guidance, universalisms, and localisms

Professor Tristram Hooley, University of Derby - Professor of Career Education

Using career guidance to address the ‘changing world of work’

Dr Phoebe Moore, University of Leicester - Associate Professor in Political Economy & Technology

The Threat of Physical and Psychosocial Violence and Harassment in Digitalized Work

Tristram Hooley, University of Derby, Ronald Sultana, University of Malta and Rie Thomsen, Aarhus University

Using career guidance to address the ‘changing world of work’

Helen Zhu, AGCAS and Matt Edwards, University of Birmingham

Careers Fairs as a Social Learning Setting

Aleksandra Djurovic, Belgrade Open School

Common employability skills and competences in Western Balkans countries.

Gill Frigerio, University of Warwick

Working with clients’ religious belief and practic

Ricky Gee, Nottingham Trent University

Exploring ‘career’ via Virilio’s paradigm of speed

Tom Staunton, University of Derby

Time For The Future?

Cathy Brown, Evolve Consulting Services Limited

Understanding and Leveraging Career Capital to Remain Relevant

Ben Simkins & Keren Coney, Keele University

Enhancing feedback in careers and employability activities

Fiona Christie, University of Salford

Constructing early graduate careers



30iCeGS conference hosted 30 different workshops
70The event was attended by 70+ people