Careers and Employability Forum

The forum is an advisory and developmental committee and as such it is a source of advice and consultancy for the University and the Careers and Employability Service.  Its role is to provide a specific focus for employability and associated skills within the University, to provide a source of feedback and advice from key stakeholder groups on employability and career development of Nottingham students, and to provide advice and support for the University's Careers and Employability Service in the delivery of its strategies.

The forum provides practical support and input in projects associated with careers, skills and employability and its members are asked to support in the delivery of these projects - as such the forum has a dual function both as a committee of Council and also as a strategic working group for the Careers and Employability Service.

Terms of Reference

  1. Informed by destination and other data, to contribute to the development and dissemination of innovative good practice in relation to employability and to the promotion of skills development and entrepreneurship. Exploring specific themes that capitalise upon the University's unique strengths.
  2. To advise the University's Careers and Employability Service on its strategies, monitoring feedback, considering annual reporting and KPIs and actively supporting delivery of key objectives.
  3. To raise the profile of the Careers and Employability Service, working to identify opportunities to develop the Centre and the University's activities.  Liaising with external (including funding) bodies and acting as a conduit for information to those external stakeholders and intervening as appropriate.
  4. To bring employer perspectives to bear on the University's approach to employability, skill development and careers education - assisting in the development of appropriate projects and activities in this regard.
  5. To report to the University Executive Board as appropriate.


The term of office shall be three years unless extended by Council, members can occupy up to three terms of office.  Unless stated, nominees and alternates are not permitted.


Dr Jim Crilly

Ex-Officio Members

Registrar: Dr Paul Greatrix
Students' Union Sabbatical Officer: 
Director of the Careers and Employability Service (Secretary): Dr Nalayini Thambar
Deputy Director of the Careers and Employability Service: Paul Charman
Associate Director, Careers and Employability Service: Stuart Marriott
Head of Graduate School: Dr Jane Wellens

At least two School representatives:


Up to ten additional members drawn from a range of stakeholders, including employers.  Further members co-opted for individual meetings or specified periods of time that remain within acceptable practice of Council committees.  Normally including: a member drawn from appropriate sector body; a member drawn from an SME; a member drawn from another comparable university careers service; a member who is a career/employability practitioner.

Minutes Secretary: provided by the Careers and Employability Service

Other members co-opted as appropriate including the use of facilitators for workshop sessions.

Frequency of Meetings and Reporting Line

Normally, no more than four meetings per year

Reporting to University Executive Board as appropriate


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