Geological Society of London Higher Education Network Annual Meeting 2018
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‘The Way to Work’: Graduate Employability in the Geosciences

The University of Plymouth is hosting the 2018 HEN Annual Meeting, which this year features graduate employability as its general theme. 

This meeting will provide a forum for lively discussion and the sharing of good practice between teachers, students, practitioners, employers and other stakeholders on issues relating to the employability of GEES graduates. As ever we intend ‘geoscience’ to be applied in its broadest sense and very much welcome participation from across the GEES disciplines. 

We intend oral presentations to comprise the first day of the conference, with more interactive sessions such as small group discussions and workshops taking place on the second day. We welcome offers of contributions across all of these formats and on any aspect of employability. Some suggested themes include, but are not restricted to:

  • Current issues, future trends
  • Engaging with your careers service
  • Impressing employers
  • The transferable nature of degrees
  • Inclusivity and employability
  • The role of the academic/tutor in employability
  • Whole university/collaborative approaches
  • The role of assessment in developing employability skills.

Our schedule will also be graced by the HEN AGM, to which all delegates are cordially invited.

Keynote speakers

  • Professor James Griffiths, Emeritus Professor and Engineering Geology Consultant
  • Simon White, Digital Director for Atkins

Indicative timings

  • Abstract submission deadline: 17:00, Friday 10 November 2017
  • Registration: Monday 8 January 2018


The meeting will take place in the Rolle Building on the University campus. 
Crèche: please visit our childcare webpage for details.


Please contact Alison Stokes ( should you have any queries.

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About Plymouth

Plymouth is located on the border between Devon and Cornwall on the south-west coast of England. The region is an area of outstanding natural beauty and amongst the most popular tourist destinations in the UK. Plymouth is a vibrant, compact city by the sea. The University and its facilities enjoy a central city location and thus is within walking distance of hotels and the famous Barbican and Hoe, boasting numerous fine restaurants and pubs, in a rich historical setting.

Conference venue

The University of Plymouth is located at the heart of the city of Plymouth, with excellent rail and road links. The campus boasts an extensive range of modern conference facilities including state-of-the-art lecture theatres, exhibition venues, galleries, meeting and breakout rooms.

The University’s dedicated conference and events team work with delegates to provide a comprehensive support package so that the conference is a success. Our meeting rooms offer the ideal space for focused presentations or group work, away from usual working environments.

The campus accommodation is well equipped with modern facilities and comfortable furnishings offering en-suite single bedrooms with all towels and bedding provided.

Travelling to Plymouth

There are hourly trains from London Paddington that take between 3-4 hours, the driving time is similar.

GWR are offering discounted conference rail travel to TSG and MSG delegates, further information can be found on the GWR website.

The nearest airports are Exeter and Newquay, both of which are approximately an hour (40-60 miles) away and are near or have access to train stations that have direct links to Plymouth. Bristol airport is two hours away by car or train.

London Gatwick and Heathrow are four hours away by car with good rail and National Express coach service links.

Plymouth also has an international ferry port serving France (Roscoff) and Spain (Santander).


Jurys Inn Plymouth: book online and quote JIPLYM150118 for the rate of £76.00 B&B per room per night.

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