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Special Interest Group

Careers and Employability

The Careers and Employability SIG serves to connect and foster networking opportunities and research collaborations across educational sectors.

The SIG was created to supported collaboration and networking activities between researchers with an interest in careers and employability in any educational setting. SIG priorities include fostering cross-sector collaboration (e.g. between higher education and post-16/compulsory education) and to support research and initiatives relating to equity of opportunity relating to career and graduate outcomes.

Research interests

  • Transitions between post-16/compulsory education and higher education
  • Careers-related outreach between educational sectors
  • Employability and social justice
  • Closing the graduate outcome gap
  • Meaningfully embedding employability in curricula
  • Working with students to embed employability in the curriculum
  • Exploring critical perspectives on employability

SIG Aims

  • To cultivate strong, cross-sector educational research collaborations to extend understanding about careers and employability in different educational environments.
  • Using research to understand how careers and employability can be enhanced as learners transition between sectors (particularly between post-16/compulsory education and higher education, and from higher education into employment).

  • Promoting an ethical and values led approach to how careers and employability is approached within educational delivery to ensure that the needs of all learners, particularly marginalised and under-represented learners are spoken to.

  • Enhancing cross-stakeholder participation in research projects concerning careers and employability, particularly from learners themselves and employers.
  • Identifying new areas for research and innovation and building research capacity among early career researchers and including learners within research initiatives where possible.

SIG Convenors

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Dom Conroy, Dr

Principal Lecturer at London Metropolitan University

Dr Dom Conroy is a Principal Lecturer and Head of Collaborative Partnerships for the School of Social Science and Professions at London Metropolitan University. He has previously worked at University of East London, Birkbeck University and the...

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Sara Namvar, Dr

Reader, Programme Lead for Biomedical Science at University of Salford

Sara completed her PhD in 2011 and followed this with seven years of postdoctoral research experience, all at the University of Manchester. She joined the University of Salford in 2018 as Lecturer in Biomedical Science where she has continued to...

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Iwi Ugiagbe-Green, Dr

Reader at Manchester Metropolitan University

Dr Iwi Ugiagbe-Green has over 20 years’ experience of working in higher education and nearly 15 years’ experience of supporting students in higher education. She is Reader at Manchester Metropolitan University Business School and a (lapsed)...

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