Education liaison

Conference for Teachers and Advisers

Our annual Conference for Teachers and Advisers aims to update key knowledge, offer critical insights and allows for networking and idea sharing among teachers, advisors, heads of sixth form and everyone involved with helping students with their future university choices.

Friday 28 June 2019 – 9.15am to 4pm

Booking Form

Programme for the day



9.15am - 9.45am

Registration and Breakfast

9.45am - 10am

Welcome to Queen Mary University of London

Leah Brown, Assistant Director, Marketing and Communications

10am - 10.30am

Keynote speaker

10:30am - 11am

Preparing today's students for tomorrow's workplace  - Careers and Enterprise at QMUL

Abi Gaston, Deputy Head, Careers and Enterprise

Students today will be joining the workforce tomorrow. Preparation for success in tomorrow’s work environment requires a different approach from learning at school. Changing business needs, the increasing need for soft skills, the modern workplace and the increase in competition, among other factors, are redefining what are considered to be valuable skills for the future.

How can teachers help students prepare for this? What do we do at QM to help develop our students? This session offers insight into how teachers and advisors can help support and prepare their students.

11am - 11.20am

Break for refreshments

11.20am - 11.50am

Confirmation, Clearing and Adjustment - everything you need to know

Joanne Tallentire, Head of Admissions

12pm - 12.30pm

Pathways to Medicine and Dentistry - alternative routes to a career in science

Sam Coker, Admissions Manager

This session will explore careers in Medicine and delve into the realities and challenges applicants can expect. It will also explain Queen Mary’s entry and selection criteria, the course and the student support provided.

With Medicine, Dentistry and the Life Sciences being renowned for being some of the most competitive courses, this session will also provide advice on how to make a successful application and examine other routes to Medicine as well as alternative careers in science.

Student wellbeing in Higher Education - Advice and Counselling Services

Kevin Halon, Head of Advice and Counselling Service

Universities in the UK have experienced a 94% rise in the demand for student counselling services over the past 5 years. Understanding and improving student mental health and wellbeing is a priority for everyone working across further and higher education. This session will outline the issues students are facing and the advice and support students can access at Queen Mary including mental health issues, student finance, support to students estranged from their families, to those with refugee or asylum status and to those students or potential students who have been in care.

12.30pm - 1.30pm


1.30pm - 2pm

Studying Humanities and Social Sciences. Why students with Humanities and Social Sciences degrees do so well

William McAdam, Student Recruitment and WP Officer

The worth of studying the Humanities and Social Sciences has been consistently questioned over recent years. This talk will directly challenge the implicit attacks on these subjects, furnishing you with facts and figures, mapped onto labour market information. By the end of this session, you will have a clear set of arguments, supported by statistics, that you can take back to your schools, to convince colleagues, students and parents that the Humanities and Social sciences are good for future career prospects and for the public good.

Degree apprenticeships - the new way to learn

Jamie Hilder, Degree Apprenticeships Manager

Degree apprenticeships are the fastest-growing route to attracting top talent into business. They attract high calibre candidates who gain all the benefits of on-the-job learning and a fee-free Honours degree. This session will introduce Degree Apprenticeships, the challenges students need to consider when applying, the application process and the opportunities available at Queen Mary.

2pm - 2.45pm

Understanding Queen Mary's admissions processes

Panel session with representatives from our three faculties and admissions teams

This panel discussion will offer an insight into the inner workings of the admission process at Queen Mary, a leading Russell Group university. Representatives of our three Faculties – Humanities and Social Sciences, Science and Engineering and Medicine and Dentistry – will offer an insight into what we look for at a subject level, including advice on what students should be doing to improve their applications.

2.45pm - 3.15pm

Campus tour

3.15pm - 3.45pm

Refreshments and networking session

3.45pm - 4pm

Closing session

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