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ESRC Seminar Series: re-framing service delivery, professional practices and professional identities in UK careers work

NOW AVAILABLE - Reframing Careers Work, Special Edition of the British Journal of Guidance & Counselling bringing together eight open access articles from seminar presenters and an editorial by Professor Jenny Bimrose, Dr Sally-Anne Barnes, Professor Laurie Cohen and Professor John Arnold, freely available through the Gold Open Access route, due to the generous support of the University of Warwick.

Against a turbulent policy background in which the profession of careers guidance is being reviewed and reformulated, the seminar series provided a forum in which academics, policy makers and policy shapers, trainees and practitioners could contribute to increased understanding of crucial issues, their inter connections and possible solutions. It has made a timely contribution to current policy formulation and debates about high quality services with a special symposium edition of the British Journal of Guidance & Counselling, coinciding with the launch of the first report from the National Careers Council - An aspirational nation: creating a culture change in careers provision.

The series was supported by funding from the ESRC and comprised 7 one-day seminars. The seminars were organised by the University of Warwick in partnership with Loughborough University.

Project website hosted by Cloudworks is available here.

Reframing Careers Work

Introduction to Special Edition of the British Journal of Guidance & Counselling, Reframing Careers Work, by Professor Jenny Bimrose.

ESRC Seminar policy briefing

ESRC Seminar series Policy Briefing by Professor Jenny Bimrose and Dr Deirdre Hughes (December 2012)


Launch Seminar: UK policy and practice: comparing and contrasting delivery models

1 December 2010, University of East London

Seminar 2: Professional associations & professionalism: Exploring the ‘Balkanisation’ of careers guidance, the role of the associations and their inter-relationships

31 March 2011, University of Glamorgan

Seminar 3: Professional identity formation: careers work and workers across a range of public and private sectors

9 June 2011, University of Limerick (click here for photographs of the event)

Dr Lucy Hearne wrote a brief article on the seminar published in the NGCE news (2011, Issue 36).

Seminar 4: Digital technologies: exploring emerging and potential uses to deliver enhanced careers practice

29 November 2011, University of the West of Scotland (click here for photographs of the event)

Article entitled Labour Market Information and Intelligence: Embedding LMI into Training and Practice for Careers Advice by Mike Danson (University of the West of Scotland) and Patrick Watt (Skills Development Scotland) is available. Please do not quote from this paper without the permission of the authors.

Seminar 5: Stakeholder perspectives: how employers, trades unions and human resource management professionals see the purpose and practice of careers support in work settings

29 March 2012, University of Ulster

  • Introduction by Laurie Cohen, Loughborough University and Welcome by Professor Ronnie Wilson, Head of the School of Psychology, University of Ulster
  • Engaging parents in the transition in and through work, Celine McStravick, Director National Children’s Bureau, Belfast
  • Developing the workforce: panel session
    • Gordon Parkes, HR Director, NIE
    • Mervyn Langtry, Head of Skills Solutions Branch, Department for Employment & Learning
    • Sharon Doherty, Austins, Derry
    • Dr Deirdre Hughes OBE, Commissioner, UK Commission for Employment & Skills
  • Developing people and organisations: a Trade Union perspective, Patricia McKeown, Regional Secretary for NI UNISON
  • Employee well-being, mental health and careers guidance, Pete Robertson, Napier University, Edinburgh
  • Reflections on the day, Dr Rob Millar, School of Psychology, University of Ulster

Seminar 6: Learning from others

20th June 2012, Nottingham Trent University

Seminar 7: Looking back and looking forward: What does the future hold for career services?

30th October 2012, Education & Employer Taskforce, London

Project duration: 2010-2012

IER Project team:

Jenny Bimrose

Sally-Anne Barnes

Project partners:

Laurie Cohen, Nottingham University

John Arnold, Sheffield University


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