Researcher vacancy: Come and work with us at iCeGS

The International Centre for Guidance Studies (iCeGS) at the University of Derby is looking to recruit a Researcher to support the growth and development of the Research Centre research and consultancy, working work closely with other researchers in the Centre on our expanding portfolio of local, national and international assignments.

We are looking for a researcher with a knowledge of a range of research methods, quantitative expertise would be particularly welcome, applicants should have a strong interest in careers and the relationship between education and work with a Masters degree in a relevant subject and preferably a Doctorate in educational or social research.

Find out more and apply online

Note, for less experienced researchers we also have a Research Assistant vacancy available at the moment.



Alan Bennett on universities and social mobility

I studied Alan Bennett’s plays for my A Level English. Undoubtedly Michael Gove wouldn’t approve. He also wouldn’t approve of Bennett’s recent comments on social mobility, public schools and universities. I’m with Alan on this one….

Alan Bennett, To educate according to the social situation of the parents is wrong and a waste
As a 17-year-old, the odds were stacked against boys like me trying to get into Oxbridge. Sixty years on, it is still unfair – and even un-Christian

Visit to Chesterfield College

cheserfield college

On Monday I got to spend a very interesting day with Ben Owen (Head of Student Services) and Amy Woolley (Guidance and Admissions Manager) from Chesterfield College. They showed me round the College and we talked about the way in which they have reworked their careers provision in the College.

What was most impressive about the provision that they have developed was the fact that careers and guidance are conceived as an integral part of every student’s journey into, through and out of the College. Ben and Amy have been actively working with schools and careers providers in the area to ensure that pre-entry information and guidance is available. Once a student applies to a college they receive an admissions interview undertaken by a trained guidance practitioner to help them to decide whether they are a good fit for the course that they are applying for.

The linking of guidance with admissions usually raises all sorts of concerns about impartiality. How can you give guidance at the same time as being essentially part of the recruitment process? Amy and Ben were clear that, for them, this was not an issue for two reasons. Firstly the staff who are undertaking the guidance are professionals and understand their appropriate professional role. Secondly the College has no interest in recruiting students who are a poor fit for the courses that they are seeking to study on. Consequently, every student begins their course with an opportunity to think about how the course fits into their wider life goals.

Once they are on course the College uses a mixture of group work and one to one support to support students progression and to help them to achieve post-College outcomes. Perhaps the most interesting element here is the way in which this in-course guidance function has been combined into a single team with the pre-course guidance function. This provides the College with a larger pool of career experts who are naturally focused holistically. Ben spoke passionately about the dangers of having the recruitment and admissions functions divorced from delivery. In Chesterfield College this can’t happen as pre-entry and on course careers support are part of the same thing.

We discussed the poor evidence base that exists in relation to careers work in Colleges. Schools have always been the focus of most educational research with universities a close second. The FE and vocational education sector has always struggled for attention. This is as true in relation in careers work as in any other aspect of the educational process. My visit to Chesterfield College suggests that this is a shame as there is much good and interesting practice that deserves closer attention.

If anyone has any ideas on how we could fund a new study of careers work in FE I’d be very interested to talk further.


Research assistant wanted – come and work at iCeGS

iCeGS is a pretty great place to work. I’ve been there for almost five years and can honestly say that they have been the best five years of my career.

So I’m pleased whenever we have an opportunity to recruit someone new to the team.

We are currently looking for a Research Assistant. View the vacanancy. Ideally you would be a Masters graduate in Education or Social Science. You would be interested in career and career support and excited about the possibility of engaging in the evaluation of educational programmes.

For the right person this is a great opportunity. I just have to hope that the right person is reading this blog!

Research Assistant (Fixed Term) – Ref: 4298, Education, Health and Sciences – International Centre and Guidance Studies

Future Talent Campaign

A joint statement by the Careers Sector Stakeholder Alliance and a number of employer bodies highlights the importance of close working between careers professionals and employers.

Further details about this are available from the CSSA Future Talent campaign page.

Employers say partnership working the only way to get careers guidance in schools and colleges right

A joint statement by the Careers Alliance is published today with the support of a wide range of employers and sector bodies, including Atkins, Capgemini, Deloitte, National Grid, Siemens, Wates, the ACCA, the Bar Council, the Chartered Management Institute, the ICAEW,the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Federation for Industry Sector Skills & Standards, Creative & Cultural Skills, and the Recruitment and Employment Confederation amongst many others.

It calls for collaborative action between professional careers advisers, employers and schools and colleges in providing careers advice and guidance to young people by:

  1. Highlighting the importance of careers education and guidance in schools and colleges.
  2. Framing employer contributions as part of professionally managed careers programmes and not as ad hoc initiatives.
  3. Affirming that, working together within a planned careers programme, employers and career professionals can provide far…

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Free copies: Evaluating the impact of career management skills module and internship programme within a university business school

I’ve recently published an article entitle Evaluating the impact of career management skills module and internship programme within a university business school in the British Journal of Guidance and Counselling.

I’m able to give away 50 free views of the article. So if you don’t work in a university and would like to engage with our research follow the link to pick up your free copy. First come, first served

I want my free copy of “Evaluating the impact of career management skills programme”