Thursday, 5 May 2016

Looking ahead to #PlaceNet16

#PlaceNet16 Conference
18-19 May
Regency Hyatt Hotel, Birmingham

With two weeks to go until #PlaceNet16, the finishing touches are being applied to what promises to be our best conference ever. The PlaceNet Trustees look forward to welcoming delegates to the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Birmingham on 18th and 19th May to share ideas and good practice.

The conference has been split into two separately themed days, offering placement and employability insights from both the University and Employer perspective.  There will be keynote presentations from Aimee Bateman (Career Cake), Rachel Lyons (Fitch Training) and IBM, headlining an impressive line-up of award winning HE practitioners and undergraduate employers.

The full conference schedule can be found at the bottom of the page.

Limited places are still available, offering residential and non-residential options. Bookings can be made online at

Delegates from PlaceNet member organisations benefit from discounted rates. To join PlaceNet and take advantage of this discount, please follow this link

If you have any questions about the Conference, please email 

Wednesday 18th May 2016 - University Insights Day

Registration and Networking
Welcome to PlaceNet Conference 2016
Keynote: Aimee Bateman and Kath Foot – Career Cake
Session 1

Taking a commercial approach to employer engagement - Hanna Luetkemeier, Business Development Team Leader – Employability and Enterprise at Nottingham Trent University

Session 2-5    Ideas Worth Sharing (TED Style Talks) 20 minutes each plus Q&A
·         SMART48 Initiative (AGR Single Initiative Award Winner) – Martin Perfect, Employer Relationship Manager – University of Leicester
·         Get them while they’re fresh- creating and converting early student engagement – Rachael Collins, Head of Placements, University of Liverpool
·         When I grow up I want to be a mermaid – How LinkedIn lets students explore their futures – Jess Swift, Student Engagement Officer, University of Birmingham
·         Creating events to provide real experience - TEDx Case Study – Tom Ledgard – EC Futures, Coventry University

Coffee Break
Session 6
Building Transnational Career Support - Veejay Mistry
 – Careers Advisor, Regent's University London
What students could learn from stand-up comedians Rachel Lyons – Trainer, Fitch Learning and Stand Up Comedian
Sponsored Drinks at Hotel
Leaving for dinner

Thursday 19th May 2016 – Employer Insights Day

An interactive day hosted by Rate My Placement featuring a range of top placement employers running workshops, presentation and panel sessions.

PlaceNet AGM
RateMyPlacement – The Student Perspective – What do the RateMyPlacement reviews reveal about student attitudes towards placements?
Session 1

Assessment Centres: How hard are they in practice? – An interactive workshop led by Helen Alkin, Recruitment Manager at Marks and Spencer

Coffee Break
Session 2
Keynote – Thinking beyond ‘teamwork. ’What is it that makes a successful placement student?
Kelly Markwick, UK Schools & Universities Attraction Manager, IBM
Session 3-5    Ideas Worth Sharing (TED Style Talks) 20 minutes each plus Q&A
·         How important are universities in helping to support the establishment of a placement scheme – Claire Kennady, Human Resources Manager, IMI Precision Engineering and Alison Hedley, Employer Services Manager at Bradford University
·         Why should students consider working for a smaller company during their placement year? – Stuart McLaren, Sales and Marketing Director, Prospectsoft
·         How can universities support mass recruitment campaigns for placement schemes?  Hannah Neal, Graduate Talent Specialist, L’Oreal UK & I

Panel Discussion – Delegates will have the opportunity to tweet questions which will be answered by the employers