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20 December 2017

Seasons Greetings to All from iCeGS Team

It is hard to believe that we are at the end of yet another year. We have been joined by a lot of new staff this year including Dr Katy Vigurs, Tom Staunton, Julia Everitt and Lewis Clark and in the New Year we are pleased to welcome Dr Ciaran Burke who will be joining us as Associate Professor from Ulster University.

As we move in to 2018 and our twentieth anniversary year it is a good opportunity to remind you all of some of our forthcoming events.

You’re Hired!

On Wednesday 7th February 2018 we have the first of our continuing professional development activities. This one day workshop, will be run by Tristram Hooley and Korin Grant and will support lecturers and career development practitioners to help their students to think about and plan their career. The workshop will cover many stages of career development and will explore how practitioners can engage students in each of these. Topics will include supporting students to build self-awareness, gain work experience, expand their networks, succeed in recruitment activities and start work. The workshop will offer ideas on content, activities, learning outcomes and appropriate assessments to fit each stage.

All participants will receive a complimentary copy of “You’re Hired: Graduate Career Handbook”. Participants will also receive a copy of the online supplementary guide, a resource for those wanting to use the book to support their sessions, modules, award programmes and practice.

The workshop will take place at the University of Derby’s Kedleston Road Campus on Wednesday 7th February 2018 from 10-am until 4-pm. The cost will be £90 per person including lunch. To book a place on the workshop please follow the link to our online shop here

Imagining new perspectives on work – the role of career development in shaping futures. iCeGS Twentieth Anniversary International Conference

To celebrate our 20th Anniversary in 2018 we are hosting an international conference on Wednesday 23rd and Thursday 24th May 2018 at the Enterprise Centre, University of Derby, UK.

The conference title is “Imagining new perspectives on work – the role of career development in shaping futures.” The eventaims to examine 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 include

  • Professor David Blustein, (Boston College, USA);
  • Professor Ronald Sultana (University of Malta)
  • Dr Phoebe Moore (Middlesex University)
  • Dr Deirdre Hughes OBE (University of Warwick);
  • Professor Tristram Hooley (University of Derby); and
  • Dr Siobhan Neary (Head of the International Centre for Guidance Studies, University of Derby).

The conference will focus on the key themes of globalisation, social change and technology.

To find out more about this event and to book a place on the conference please follow the link here

The MA in Careers Education and Coaching incorporating the CDI Qualification in Career Development

We now have two cohorts of students working on the MA and are preparing to enrol our third group in January 2018. Students graduating from this programme are awarded the Qualification in Career Development and the MA in Careers Education and Coaching. The programme is innovative, practice based and uses a flexible blended learning approach. Those already in work can access the programme which is delivered as both full time and part time options.  All face to face taught elements are delivered on a Saturday to fit around people’s working week commitments.  The program meets the requirements for a Post-graduate Study Loan. We are still taking applications for the programme which begins on 13th January 2018 in Derby. More information can be found here. If you would like an informal discussion please contact Nicki Moore on 01332 591578 or Email at

And finally….

Research by iCeGS cited in the Government’s new careers strategy

The Government’s careers strategy has highlighted research conducted by iCeGS on Career Leaders as they unveiled funding to train 500 careers leaders in schools and colleges. The evaluation of the Teach First careers leader pilot programme is available here.

The publication of the new careers strategy is available here.

iCeGS contributes to the evidence on #CECwhatworks

Researchers at iCeGS led three webinars as part of the Careers and Enterprise Company’s Webinar series on what works in careers and enterprise. Researchers presented evidence on transition programmes for young people with SEND, career websites and teacher CPD by employers.

Vanessa Dodd who led a webinar stated, “This was a great opportunity to disseminate research out to the wider world. This series embodies the spirit of public facing research.”

You can find out more about the Careers and Enterprise Company’s ‘What Works’ series here.

The evaluation of the North Yorkshire school and college career guidance project

The iCeGS team recently completed research for North Yorkshire County Council which evaluated the careers education and guidance project ‘Progression for Success’. The evaluation uses the Gatsby Benchmarks as an evaluation framework.  The full report and executive summary are now available to download. 

We would like to wish you all a very happy and restful Christmas from all of the iCeGS team and look forward to 2018 and all that it will bring.

Dr Siobhan Neary, Head of iCeGS