Languages and employability conference

5 June 2015 13:00 - 5 June 2015 17:00 Add to Calendar 5-06-2015 13:00:00 5-06-2015 17:00:00 36 Languages and employability conference Regent's University London, Park campus DD/MM/YYYY

Regent' Institute of Languages & Culture is hosting a half day conference on languages and employability.

Not only do languages enrich a student’s perspective, businesses consistently stress the value of graduates with language skills. Given that a number of surveys show that employers value language skills in applicants, to what extent does this translate into their employment decisions?

This half-day conference will discuss this point from various perspectives, including those of employers, students and universities. In addition, it will showcase examples of good practice in embedding employability in the HE languages curriculum and consider the following questions.

  • Do language skills make graduates more employable?
  • What are the skills gained through language study that make graduates more employable?
  • How well do employers value the skills gained through language study?
  • How can universities help graduates to better articulate the skills gained through language study to potential employers?

This conference is aimed at HE academics (languages as well as other subjects), programme leaders, careers professionals, employer relations and placement officers, researchers and employers.

Highlights to include:

  • Keynote address: Richard Hardie, non-executive, Chair of UBS Ltd and Chair of Born Global steering group on language policy
  • An employers’ panel discussion on the employers’ perspective
  • Examples from academics and careers professionals from Regent’s, Plymouth, Sheffield and Roehampton University on how they embed employability in the languages curriculum
  • Graduates’ perspective on how languages have helped them develop their careers

The international diversity of the Regent's student population, representing more than 140 nationalities with 110 languages spoken on campus, sets it apart from other UK universities. We teach nine commercially important languages. We believe that our commitment to teaching languages brings enormous benefits to our students, both personally and professionally.

Register to attend

Attendance is free of charge, but online registration is necessary.

Please book your place here





Professor Aldwyn Cooper, Vice Chancellor, Regent’s University London


Keynote address
Richard Hardie, Non-executive Chair, UBS Ltd
Languages and globalisation: the case for linguistic skills in the 21st century workplace


Employers’ panel discussion
Gianpaolo Alfano, Manuela Doutel-Haghighi, Liz Harris, Andrew Keefe
The employers’ perspective: role of languages in developing a global graduate. Do employers need graduates with languages?
Chair: Matthias Feist


Coffee break


Graduate experience
Emilio Herrero
The role of languages in global careers


Embedding employability and collaboration: good practice case studies from UK higher education institutions
Ellie Shepherd, University of Sheffield
The University of Sheffield Employer Awards: Engaging Languages Students
view abstract

Jacqueline Page and Lourdes Melcion, University of Roehampton
Work Based Learning as a Model for the Development of Employability Skills in Applied Language Programmes at the University of Roehampton
view abstract

Ricky Lowes, University of Plymouth
Developing Professional Competences through Multicultural Team-work
view abstract

Amparo Lallana, Victoria Pastor-González and Olga Helly, Regent’s University London
‘Your CV is only the tip of the iceberg’: Embedding employability in language modules at Regent’s University London
view abstract


Learning points: taking it forward


Regent’s Institute of Languages & Culture reception
Drinks and networking

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See abstracts here

Regent’s University London has no connection with Regent University of Virginia USA


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