Alongside the NICEC Journal, NICEC Seminars and Network meetings are the key means of sharing ideas and evidence around our network of Fellows, members and other interested people.


NICEC holds 6 Fellows meetings per year. These are followed by either early evening seminars (4 a year) or full afternoon Network meetings (2 a year).

NICEC seminars and network meetings are included in the membership fees paid by Fellows and Members.
Others are most welcome to attend for a modest charge - £20 for seminars and £40 for Network Meetings.

Please contact: Dr Robin Mellors-Bourne

Dates for 2018

Next NICEC event

Wednesday 23rd January        Seminar 5.00-7.00pm,                        Hamilton House, London
Bob Gilworth, Fiona Cobb and David Winter, from The Careers Group, University of London

Our presenters will share findings and conclusions of the Careers Registration Learning Gain pilot project, which concluded in October 2018. The project was one of a suite of 13 HEFCE/OfS-funded learning gain projects, which together formed part of the national learning gain research agenda within UK higher education. 

The primary objective of the national Careers Registration Learning Gain project was to investigate the value of Careers Registration (CR) — introducing questions about career readiness and work experience into mandatory data collection at HE student enrolment — as a measure of learning gain in relation to career- or work-readiness. The research addressed three core questions:
1. Does Careers Registration provide a viable method for obtaining data that provides an indication of learning gain related to work readiness? (i.e. correlating CR data with existing measures of work-related learning gain)
2. Can we use CR to highlight the employability needs of different groups?
3. Can we use CR to evaluate different employability activities?

The team analysed cross-sectional and longitudinal data to determine baseline trends in patterns of career thinking across subject areas/disciplines and socio-demographic characteristics. This tracked evolution of career thinking  and modelled the factors that are associated with it.  Career thinking and destinations data were analysed and modelled to understand the relationship between career thinking and career outcomes. 
At the conclusion of the learning gain projects, the seminar considers the question "what does the future look like?" for both Careers Registration and the work-readiness learning gain landscape within HE. 

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At the Cutting Edge-Research into Practice

Careers Guidance with Refugees: Practical Lessons from Research

11 February, 10.00 am-16.00 pm – The Welcome Centre, Coventry

Twice each year NICEC and the Career Development Institute collaborate on a Cutting Edge event for practitioners. This latest Cutting Edge event in Coventry, a city of Sanctuary, will provide career practitioners with practical tools, ideas and insights from a transnational EU funded project led in the UK by Professor Hazel Reid of Canterbury and Dr Anne Chant from Canterbury Christ Church University.

Six different countries are collaborating on solutions for integrating refugees and migrants into labour markets. Themes include working with diverse clients, inclusion, celebration of difference, the impact of severe disruption on people’s future life course and the power of courage and hope. The day will enable participants to sample materials from the six modules of the higher education course and help us consider lessons for work both with refugees and a broader base of clients. The day will include insights and learning from community based projects.
Topic included in the day
  • Overview of recent migration and implications for career guidance
  • An overview of work in Coventry – Coventry Refugee and Migrant Centre, the Friendly Cities development
  • Introducing the CMiNAR Project – the key partners and a brief introduction to national approaches in Turkey, Italy, Germany and Sweden
  • Sharing lessons and good practice from the work of Afghanistan and Central Asian Association – Rabia Nasimi
Additional information, Agenda and Booking information
Future planning - Dates for 2019

Wednesday 20th March - Seminar 5-6.30
Monday 13th May - Network Meeting 2- 5 pm
Thursday 20th June - Seminar 5-6.30 pm
Friday 20th September - Network Meeting 2- 5
Monday 18th November - Seminar 5-6.30 pm

All events will be hosted at Hamilton House, Mabledon Place, Euston, London


Previous events
In recent months we have held Seminars & Network meetings on:
  • A longitudinal study of young women's transitions in Tower Hamlets in an age of austerity
  • Impact of Brexit on careers
  • Career guidance and career decision making in Norwegian Schools
  • Can the 21st Century workplace be a sustainable and positive experience for all? How can we create ‘Good Work’?
  • Chaos, Madness and the Specials: taking one step beyond the Rat Race
  • What do we think practitioners need to know about career guidance needs of asylum seekers, refugees and migrant populations
  • Labour market inequality - implications for career development work
  • The Success Code: Self projection for the modest
  • Vocation, Calling or Career
  • The contribution of career events to career learning 
  • Appropriate attire for careers
  • Career education
  • Youth unemployment
  • The UK labour market
  • The Future Track project
  • Redesigning work-related learning
  • The National Careers Service and the market in career guidance
  • Professional development for careers advisers and careers coordinators;
  • Career-related learning pilots in Key Stage 2;
  • Foundation Degree Forward;
  • The UKCES work on ICT in career guidance

All sessions were led or facilitated by NICEC Fellows or other acknowledged experts in career guidance.

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