We will offer a combination of on-campus teaching and learning with online delivery, to ensure that our students can access the high-quality King’s education that is highly respected by employers around the globe, as well as an enriching university experience.Professor Nicola Phillips, Vice-President & Vice-Principal (Education)
06 May 2021
Focusing a Roadmap for Employer Interactions at King's
Andrew Wright, Head of Employer Engagement
Updates on our offer for employers and partners engaging with King's throughout 2021-22
As we enter the next phase of the pandemic, like many of our employer partners King’s is making careful consideration of what lies ahead into summer and beyond. Our teaching plans for autumn are developing apace, and so we’re delighted to begin confirming our intentions for employer activity also.
Further details on our plans can be reviewed on our offer holders’ pages.
Wider COVID-19 Employer Updates
Review our wider updates for employers on King's teaching and assessment provision, our employer relations support, internships and placement provision which will be kept up-to-date.
We are looking forward to welcoming students onto our campuses this autumn, and the opportunity to network and engage with employers, guest speakers and alumni is a key component of the student experience.
In line with the decision to offer a blended combination of on-campus teaching with digital delivery at least during the first semester, we have chosen to conduct our core activity and events through a HyFlex (hybrid, flexible) delivery model which focuses on ‘virtual first’ but with increasing physical opportunities, led by employers, as may be safely permitted.
In a year where we’ve seen attendances for much of our virtual engagement parallel with historic physical activity, it’s also fair to say that the nature – and impact of that engagement has significantly altered for employers. But at the heart of everything we have delivered we’ve also witnessed the most diverse attendance of our audience – by discipline, level of study, gender, age, race, disability and socio-economy background and we’re confident this continues to provide value in direct engagement with King’s into the future.
Building on the successes of our delivery this year, we’ve thought critically and carefully about our plans – further adapting our Festivals and Fairs; focusing on new areas including culture, risk and justice; partnering with like-minded global institutions to develop engagement in China and the USA and expanding our Spotlight on Inclusion series, all supported by robust platforms and our expert teams, curating the right engagement for you.
Rather than plan just for the short-term, we know it's important for employers to understand how their engagement with King's might be delivered across the full year, so we're boldly announcing a plan that we hope will provide confidence to partners through to spring 2022.
We also hope we're being true to our strategy of continuously innovating our provision, providing bespoke opportunities for you to engage at King's and remain confident our offer represents the continuation of a journey towards a new form of engagement for partners to connect with us.
Focusing your brand
Retaining what's important - direct engagement with students, opportunities for conversation, sector and thematic focus, a continued drive on diversity and inclusion, and the high-quality interaction we know our employers value, we're continuing our continuing our Festivals held across the academic year.
You'll have the option to participate in fairs, skills workshops, masterclasses, diversity events shining a spotlight on inclusivity, physical drop-ins or bespoke webinars and we also welcome employers sharing your own virtual or physical activity with us.
We’ve thought long and hard about the best ways for employers to engage – listening to feedback from our stakeholders, changing what hasn’t worked as well as we hoped and ensuring our plans provide opportunities to complement your existing plans with opportunities for bespoke digital and physical engagement with our audience through events, curated content, online modules and programmes. Once more, we’ve taken the opportunity to reconceptualise our plans to provide further innovative opportunities unique to King’s, supported by robust platforms and our expert teams who will curate the right engagement for your organisation.Andrew Wright, Head of Employer Engagement
Whilst the economy is starting to recover, we know the landscape has changed irrevocably – often with more limited resources but with a greater targeting of engagement across the country. So as you continue to make difficult decisions, we’ve simplified and reduced many of the cost barriers to continuing engagement at King’s next year.
Booking for ‘phase one’ of our intended delivery is now open - you can review our planned Festivals, share your own activities with us, express interest in delivering a range of masterclasses, sharing digital content and start building your virtual stand.
Embedding curriculum engagement
Working with colleagues across faculties, we have enhanced opportunities to get directly involved in our curricula. From our new ‘Insights’ module on our flagship International Management MSc in King’s Business School to the rollout of our new Accredited Internships module across departments as diverse as Digital Humanities and Psychology, there are opportunities to host visits or create bespoke work-based learning.
Additionally, through our Global Placements delivery, from this autumn students across almost all undergraduate programmes in our Business School have the option to undertake an industry placement further enhancing ways in which your organisation can develop top talent ready to on-board on placements from 2023. Coupled with planned growth of placements in Engineering and Mathematics and the hoped improvement of global mobility once more, these represent a great way to build a genuine talent pipeline.
Together with our wider offer, our Careers Consultants are planning embedded events and further opportunities for more niche engagement if you're looking to focus on particular disciplines or programmes and we hope to share more details very soon.
Digital engagement opportunities
- Share your video content on our virtual learning environment
- Participate in our new legal careers podcast
- Complete our skills profiler to enable students to match their knowledge, skills and attributes to your industry
- Partner on new digital skills modules on areas including negotiation and data analysis which enhance our wider skills development programme
Our Festivals provide opportunities to further raise your profile by enhancing your stand through banner adverts, guest blogs, new sponsorship opportunities and our social media packages maximising your brand directly with our students.
Generating meaningful work experience
Our King's Internships portfolio was reimagined in 2020 to enhance support for Black and diverse heritage students, alongside those from groups under-represented in higher education.
Participate in our Advance or Springboard programmes, gain valuable consultancy and support in crafting your job description or creating inclusive assessment practices and access funding to support your organisation bounce back from the economic challenges of the last year.
Supporting career decision-making, our virtual Insights programme provides group nano-projects for final year undergraduates and our researchers, equipping them with access to valuable experience and commercial insights to help them further their own career ambitions and build success.
Discuss potential opportunities
In line with our Employer Engagement strategy, we're keen to develop innovative ideas which continue to change the identity of our partnership, providing employers with solutions which work within your resource, budget and evolving recruitment plans.
Our Employer Relations & Development Advisers work with employers to support you in bespoke partnerships and their alignment to industry clusters provides a depth of intelligence across your market. Additionally, our King's Internships Advisers and Global Placement Advisers continue to seek new ways of curating opportunities aligned with our priority groups and where we support faculty delivery.
For a more strategic discussion, please contact:
- Andrew Wright, Head of Employer Engagement (& Acting Global Placements Adviser for King's Business School)
- Phil Hardcastle, Employer Relations & Development Manager
- Cristiane Lima, King's Internships Manager
- Jonathan Goodliffe, Events & Experiential Learning Manager
- Melissa Ingleton, Faculty Placements Coordinator (Natural, Mathematical & Engineering Sciences)
We look forward to welcoming you back to engage with King's next year!
Review our Statement of Professional Standards and Terms & Conditions
We have recently updated our Statement of Professional Standards and Terms & Conditions of Engagement and our Terms & Conditions for Events. We encourage all employers to review these thoroughly before commencing new engagement with us.