Nano Conference #7 - Enabling Employability

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Wednesday 25 October 2023

10:30 AM - 12:20 PM


Online via Zoom



Nano Conferences are a series of online, bite-sized, convenient sessions that share practices to enhance the student experience.

Running once a semester, Nanos include six presentations lasting only 15 minutes each, showcasing staff and student insights from a variety of disciplines and settings across the CU Group, as well as external speakers. This year, Nano #7 has taken on the theme of Enabling Employability. 

Agenda and speakers

  • 10:30am Welcome - Brinder Rajpal, Academic Developer, Academic Enhancement and Professional Development 
  • 10:35am University Social Responsibility: A Primer

This talk will tackle forms of university social responsibility with a particular focus on those that have an impact on student learning. A university that is committed to addressing societal challenges and contributing to the development of its community is said to be a socially responsible institution. Service-learning, which is a form of experiential education, combines learning objectives with community service to provide a pragmatic, progressive learning experience while meeting societal needs. Examples of student-led service-learning projects will be presented and discussed to shed light on how student engagement with local communities reinforces learning in real-world situations that otherwise would not be possible to simulate in the classroom.

  • Associate Professor of communication at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco. Dr Agnaou has served as the University General Education Coordinator, Undergraduate Studies Coordinator, and Chair of the University Academic Council. He earned the Teaching Excellence Award in 2018 and is interested in Civic Engagement and Service Learning in Higher Education.

    Abderrahim Agnaou

  • 10:50am Making Large Scale Assessed Groupwork Work Well - the Tale of Two Modules 

This presentation will share how lessons learned about assessment of and for learning from a module, helped inform the assessment redesign of another. This case highlights successful use of group work, Padlet, and class activities to track assessment progress and create opportunities for group co-creation and cohesion. The assessment redesign enhanced student progression and supported ease of marking and feedback.

  • A lecturer in project management in Coventry University London with research interests in constructs of project value and competitiveness, the dark side of projects, and project management education. She’s also interested in the implications of digital technology for project management and projects.


  • 11:05am Transforming Lives through Service Learning: Empowering Communities and Enhancing Employability

A showcase of how Level 4 students at Coventry University Wrocław worked on a service-learning project that aimed to empower small business owners and senior entrepreneurs who possess limited knowledge of social media platforms. Following a preliminary needs assessment and then throughout the course of the project, students created a step-by-step social media guide to inform the target audience about the potential of social media as a powerful marketing tool, enabling them to effectively utilise these platforms to have more market visibility, boost their revenues, and upgrade their businesses.

  • Dr El Asri teaches on the Business Management and Leadership programme at Coventry University Wroclaw. Her research interests include Knowledge Management, Procurement, ESG, and Artificial Intelligence. She holds a Doctorate in Knowledge Management and a MSc in Management Information Systems.


  • Student, Coventry University Wrocław

  • 11:20 – 11:30am Break
  • 11:30am Unlocking Potential & Empowering Diversity through Coventry University's Black Interns Project  

This presentation will delve into the powerful impact of Coventry University's Black Interns Project in improving diversity within the world of work. By bridging the gap between academia and professional development, this project has successfully opened doors for aspiring black professionals, fostering an inclusive and equitable environment. We will explore some of the barriers to entry, our strategies, outcomes, and prospects of this initiative, highlighting the transformative potential it holds for creating a more diverse and vibrant workforce.

  • Hilda is a Project Manager at Coventry University Group with over seven years of experience working with start-ups and high-growth companies in various sectors across Africa, India, and the United Kingdom while developing marketing strategies, brand campaigns, and connecting strategy to operations. In her role as Project Manager of a diversity and equality project – Black Interns Project – Hilda engages with employers, strategic partners, students, and wider stakeholders to gain buy-ins and execute the project.

    Hilda Adun

  • 11:45am Employability: a student perspective 
  • A former Coventry University student, Nikhil graduated with First Class Honours in Sports Therapy in 2017. He has experience working with amateur and professional athletes in both a sporting and clinical setting. He opened his own Sports Injury Clinic in 2021 and was awarded ‘Role Model of The Year’ for outstanding work done within the community.

  • 12:00pm - Research Enriched Learning the Coventry Way

This talk will focus on engaging staff in research-enriched learning. It offers practical tips for initiating research-based teaching, emphasizing the benefits of incorporating research into learning environments. Attendees will gain insights and actionable advice to embark on this pedagogical approach effectively.

  • Associate Director of Research and Engagement for the Research Institute for Global Education. Elizabeth has over 20 years of experience in higher education, actively contributed to the field by developing curriculum and advocating for employability-focused education. While currently engaged in exercise for health research, she is one of the leaders of research enriched learning across the University.

    Elizabeth Horton

  • Associate Director of Research and Engagement for the Research Institute for Sustainability, Equity and Resilience. Amanda is an Epidemiologist and a registered Public Health nutritionist with over 20 years of experience in Research and Teaching & Learning. Having worked in HEIs in the UK and internationally she has vast experience in designing innovative courses, supervising early career researchers, and mentoring junior academics.

    Amanda Rodrigues Amorim Adegboye

  • Associate Director of Research and Engagement for the Research Institute of Health and Wellbeing. Samuel has 20 years of experience as a Sports and Exercise Scientist, has extensive expertise in research and teaching. He has worked across various schools in HLS, actively contributing to the creation and approval of courses. Samuel provides guidance and fosters the professional growth of staff members engaged in research and teaching.

    Sam Oxford

  • 12:15pm Closing - Brinder Rajpal, Academic Developer, Academic Enhancement and Professional Development 


For enquiries please contact the Academic Enhancement and Professional Development team.