Monday, 20 March 2017

PlaceNet Conference May 17th & 18th 2017 is heading to Manchester

This year's conference will once again bring together best practice from across the world of placements and a range of insights from fantastic placement employers. 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 Paul Redmond (University of Manchester) and Dr. Charlie Ball (Graduate Prospects) and Helen Alkin (Future Talent Manager, Marks and Spencer) headlining an impressive line-up of award-winning placement practitioners and undergraduate employers.

17th May - University Insight Day (Registration and networking from 9:45am)
The importance of early engagement - Paul Redmond, Director of Student Life, University of Manchester
Creating a snowball effect through employer engagement- Ann Cooper, Head of Placements & Work Experience, University of Southampton (Winner Outstanding Contribution to Work Experience 2017 at the NUE Awards)
Delivering placements to scale: home and abroad - Carolina Salinas, Head of Placements, Aston University
Applying nudge theory to placements – Kimberley Harris, Internships Development Manager, University of Warwick
Our story- Andrew Stainton, Student Placements Manager, University of Huddersfield, Business School Placement Unit (Winners of Best Placement Service in the UK 2017 at the NUE Awards)
Allies and influence: Gaining power and credibility across the institution - Adele Browne, Senior Placement Manager – De Montfort University 
Developing employability initiatives to build the aspirations of widening participation students - Tonia Galati, Talent Development and Employability Manager, Kingston University

18th May - Employer Insight Day (AGM at 9:30am, conference Day 2 starts at 10:30am) 

Hosted by Rate My Placement.
Dr. Charlie Ball - Head of HE Intelligence - Graduate Prospects


Rate My Placement - 'Student Attitudes towards Work Experience'. Lizzie Brock (Head of Marketing) and Amirah Hajat (Marketing Coordinator)

Plus sessions from: 


More incredible speakers will be announced in the coming weeks but spaces are limited so please book ASAP.

There will also be a range of networking sessions and a hackathon style idea generation event.

The conference will be taking place at the wonderful Crowne Plaza Hotel in central Manchester. We will also be hosting sponsored drinks and a conference dinner at the fantastic Botanist Restaurant.


 *****Attendance at the conference also provides you with PlaceNet Membership and free attendance to our Masterclass series throughout the year. See here for more details ********

Please either complete the attached booking form and return to placenetuk@gmail.com or visit our Eventbrite page to book online.

We look forward to seeing you there.


Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Free PlaceNet Membership offer!

In advance of releasing information of the stellar line-up of speakers and booking details of the Placement Conference 2017 taking place in Manchester on the 17th and 18th May, we wanted to make an announcement regarding a significant change to how we run and fund PlaceNet activities.

As a charity staffed solely by volunteers who are in it purely for the love of placements, we strive to keep an extremely low-cost base and are always considering new ways to deliver outstanding value for our members. In recent years’ we launched our popular series of free Masterclasses for members but now we have decided to go one step further…………

We know how hard it can be to secure budget and that spending in placement and employability departments is constantly under the microscope. We also appreciate it can be hard to secure permission to become members of a professional organisation and then subsequently even more challenging to secure further budget to attend the annual conference.

This year we are revolutionising our long-established membership model; more than anything we would love you to attend and benefit from our annual conference! Therefore, if your institution books a space at the conference, you automatically will become members and can as part of that package send multiple staff to our multiple free Masterclass events across the year.

For example, if you sent just 1 person to the conference for £395 (the same price as last year), you will secure membership and could send 4 staff to each of 2 masterclasses, that would equate to 10 days of targeted professional development (with food and drink included) across the year at less than £40 a day.

PlaceNet Membership Benefits include:
·                     Free attendance to the Masterclass Series
·                     Access to the PlaceNet LinkedIn Group
·                     A team of Trustees lobbying and promoting your interests nationally
·                     Professional placement support and advice

Clearly to make this work, we need the support of the placement community; please make every effort at attend our annual conference and will keep working hard behind the scenes to bring you fantastic professional development and networking events.

Keep an eye out for conference updates coming very soon!

All the best

Mike Grey (Chair of PlaceNet, on behalf of the Board of Trustees)