What are we educating our students for? An employer’s perspective

21 January 2015

Time: 6:45pm
Venue: Skeel Lecture Theatre, People's Palace, Mile End Campus, E1 4NS

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All too often, employers complain that graduates are unprepared for the world of work. Meanwhile educational institutions frequently find employers distant and difficult to engage with. For nearly 30 years, Anne has been recruiting new entrants to that most competitive and opaque of all industries, the media. She is passionate about connecting universities and employers to get the most talented and diverse people into sought-after jobs, rather than just those with a head-start of privilege and connections. She will give an insight into the skills and experience employers are looking for in this area and question whether higher education is currently providing them. Crucially she will explore how both sides can work together to bridge the gap between education and employment. In such a fast changing world, the jobs today's students end up doing in five or ten years time may not yet have been invented, but the qualities they'll require are easier to divine.


Watch a video of Anne talking to QMUL about the lecture


Anne Morrison is the chair of BAFTA, the leading charity in the UK supporting, developing and promoting the art forms of the moving image. It celebrates excellence through its awards ceremonies and stages over 250 events a year, sharing insights from the best practitioners in film, television and games. She is the second woman to chair the Academy in its 67 year history.


Until 2014 she was Director of the BBC Academy which she launched in 2009. It is the BBC's centre for training and houses the Colleges of Journalism, Production, Leadership and Technology. Its portfolio includes face to face courses, online resources and development initiatives.  The BBC Academy is the largest training organisation in the UK, delivering over 57,000 days of training each year, including journalism, production, leadership and technology.


This free public event is the ninth annual Drapers' Lecture, a series which gives new and challenging perspectives on teaching and learning from a variety of viewpoints, institutions and organisations. The lecture is followed by a drinks reception.  

Please note that filming and photography will take place throughout the event.  Your attendance is assumed as permission to use any images taken of you for internal and external purposes.

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