Dr Nalayini Thambar

Nalayini is the Director of Careers and Employability at the University of Nottingham which has campuses in the UK, China and Malaysia. A Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a qualified careers adviser, her work has involved teaching, professional practice and leadership across all areas of student employability. Her doctoral thesis was an exploration of the professional identity of university careers advisers in a changing employability climate, from which she has developed her interest in the professional identity of HE Careers Professionals more broadly.

Previously Assistant Director (Business Engagement) at the University of Leeds Careers Centre, Nalayini took up her current role following significant expansion of Nottingham’s UK Careers and Employability Service in 2013. She has led the establishment of expert services within Faculties and Schools, the development of non-clinical placement activity across the UK campus and is currently leading work to articulate professional competencies across the University curriculum. As Director of Quality for the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS), Nalayini has led the creation and implementation of the first AGCAS-originated Membership Quality Standard with quality assurance processes for careers and employability activity across UK higher education