Why connect?

Why connect

Tomorrow I’ll be giving a session to our EdD students on networking and online networking for research. So this is the 2016 version of my “why connect?” session.

Tomorrow I’ll be on Twitter asking all of my friends to demonstrate to the new cohort of students that social media is actually useful. – You have been warned!

Why connect 2016Why connect 2016


NICEC Journal – Call for papers (doctoral or masters students issue)

The publication of the NICEC journal in October 2016 will focus on Masters dissertations or Doctoral theses from students working in career learning and development, career guidance and counselling, or career coaching. We are asking University tutors to select a completed or near completion work from one (or possibly more) of their excellent students, which they consider worthy of dissemination in the NICEC journal in the form of an article. If the student would like to publish, it is possible that they will require support from their tutor before they submit the abstract and drafts of their article. Turning a dissertation or a thesis into a 3,500 word article is not easy and will require guidance on how to focus, condense and write up the main arguments and findings. This support can be via informal help or by a process of co-authoring. The timeline for submission follows. The editor will provide feedback and will make the final decision on inclusion in the journal.

If you are interested please send an abstract of no more than 200 words by Monday 29th February 2016 to hazel.reid@canterbury.ac.uk.


Survey – Personal development support for young people in the labour market

We are currently doing some research on how young people are supported in their careers and personal development one they go to work.

So much of the discussion about young people’s transitions focuses on before the transition is made (school) and so little on after the transition is made (work). We are interested in finding out more about this from employers.

Employers can get involved in two main ways:

  1. Answer a short survey which will take about 20 minutes. The link to the survey is here https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/73ZCGQ9
  2.  Participate in a telephone interview for about 30 minutes. Please email your contact details and an indication of a suitable time for a telephone call to c.shepherd@derby.ac.uk

If you have any questions about the research please contact Nicki Moore at n.moore@derby.ac.uk


Funded PhD opportunities at Derby – Investigating the Experiences of Young People with Special Educational Needs who have Applied for but been Refused an Education, Health and Care Plan

The University of Derby is offering a range of fees-only bursaries for PhDs.

I am involved in supervising a proposed project on Investigating the Experiences of Young People with Special Educational Needs who have Applied for but been Refused an Education, Health and Care Plan.

project will look at the implementation of Education, Health and Care Plans for young people with special educational needs and disabilities. In particular this research will investigate the extent to which young people, who fall just short of the inclusion criteria for an EHC plan, are experiencing these outcomes.

It is imagined as a grounded, qualitative study that investigates, in rich detail, the experiences and trajectories of this group. It will also attempt to explain these experiences with reference to policy and provision. The study will focus on the age group 14-19 and its core questions are:

  • What is the experience of young people who have applied for but been refused an EHC Plan in the areas of education, health, social care and transition into adulthood?
  • To what extent does universal provision modelled around a ‘graduated response’ meet their needs and deliver positive outcomes?
  • How is policy implicated in the experiences of individuals provided for through ‘SEN Support without an EHC Plan’?

The supervisory team will comprise of and Dr Deborah Robinson who has expertise in the area of SEN provision and reform (Director of Study) and Professor Tristram Hooley who has expertise in the areas of career guidance and transition planning (second supervisor).

I’d be happy to speak to anyone who is interested in applying for this position.

Further details are available at http://www.derby.ac.uk/research/degrees/apply/studentship-opportunity/education/

Rethinking career development for a globalised world

21st – 22nd September 2016

Enterprise Centre, Derby

The Fellows of NICEC are delighted to be organising this two day conference, which will will provide a mixture of keynotes, debates, seminars and open discussion and will seek to address the big issues relating to the career development field.

To register your interest in attending or presenting at the event please use the Eventbrite booking system. At this stage we are asking people to register initial interest, and more information about the conference including costs and how to submit papers (if you are interested in doing so) will follow.

Rationale for the conference

Twenty years ago Tony Watts and other NICEC colleagues published Rethinking Careers Education and Guidance: Theory, Policy and Practice (Watts, Law, Killeen, Kidd & Hawthorn 1996).

This was unique as a multi-authored text that sought to integrate career education and career guidance and develop a more nuanced educational basis for our work. It featured new career learning theory and methods of measuring impact through learning out comes. It was argued that careers work is inevitably political and an influential framework was developed for understanding this. The role of career theory in one-to-one work was discussed in new ways. It was further recognized that careers work takes place within a range of international socio-cultural contexts and sectors (e.g. private sector, workplace, statutory, schools, colleges, universities, and communities).

Rethinking became a well-thumbed classic for reflective practitioners and a core text on reading lists, but it is increasingly out of date. In this conference we invite you to look forward to the next 20 years and ask:

  • What can we still take from Rethinking today?
  • What was missing? What voices, theories and contexts were neglected?
  • What now appear to be the dead ends, the fertile areas, the new paradigms?
  • How do we make sense of our field today?
  • Where does the future of the field lie?

Conference themes

The conference will be organised around three main themes as follows.

  • The changing context for work and career
  • Shifting theories and concepts
  • Innovating practice
Wednesday, 21 September 2016 at 09:30 Thursday, 22 September 2016 at 17:00 (BST) 
Enterprise Centre – University of Derby, . Bridge Street. Derby, Derbyshire DE1 3LD GB