University of Stirling Symposium

19 Oct ‘16
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10.00AM - 4.00PM

Venue: Stirling Court Hotel, University of Stirling

The University of Stirling Symposium is a student-led think tank of the University of Stirling which launched in September 2015. The Symposium launched with the goal to enhance students' career prospects, engage students to think about their future, and to bring students a chance to network with high level professionals, bringing together professionals and students under one roof. Bringing these groups together is a new and innovative way to engage in career development. The Stirling Symposium is designed to be a platform where the biggest questions facing industry and business shall be set into conversation bringing together the leaders of today with the leaders of tomorrow.

The event is open to University of Stirling staff and students. The event is free to attend with and lunch is included, however please book your place in advance here.


Professor George Burt (Stirling Management School) will offer opening and closing remarks as well as chairing the employment panel. Professor Burt is Deputy Head of the Economics and Management school, here at the University of Stirling. His research involves developing new insights into the role of 'breakdowns' and 'counter-intuition' to trigger strategic change he also co-authored the book The Sixth Sense: Accelerating Organisational Learning.

Kevin Condron is a graduate of the University of Stirling, and heads up IBM's marketing for the Industrial Sector business across Europe, a business worth over $1 billion to IBM. With over 25 years experience in the industry, Kevin has held a number of senior marketing roles across IBM's many different business lines. Kevin is a member of the University of Stirling's Court and has a passion for Employability and helping the University and graduates achieve their highest potential.

Pamela Crawford is Joint Head of the Careers and Employability Service with Lesley Grayburn at University of Stirling. She has worked at the University for a number of years in various roles including employer engagement and developing work-based learning. Pam combines her role at Stirling with other areas of work including impact evaluation consultancy and quality assessment.

Graeme David Butler is the Group Talent Acquisition Specialist for Scotland & Northern Ireland at Enterprise Rent-A-Car. With over 7 years of experience and winning numerous recruitment awards with Enterprise Rent-A-Car, he aims to inspire you all of the importance of becoming bright and talented graduates, as well as provide invaluable insights on how you can stand out from the crowd when you enter the graduate job market.   

Mike Stevenson is founder of motivations agency Thinktastic, and a sought after speaker, trainer and creative thinker. His own story is one of personal reinvention – from rough sleeper to award-winning entrepreneur.  He is passionate about the power of people to achieve the extraordinary and before he started in business 22 years ago was a founding member of the Wise Group in Glasgow, which helped thousands of unemployed people into jobs.  Mike has done a lot in his 66 years from hod-carrying to biscuit packing - he has even appeared in Taggart.


DOGFI.SH Mobile is a cutting edge enterprise mobility specialist. Their passion is Mobile, both consumer and business facing. Using innovative solutions they provide enterprise level scalable mobile solutions and strategies for some of the world’s most successful companies. They have worked with Crystal Ski, Network Rail and IKEA. Today they will be offering a workshop engaging students with why every company needs an app and what it can bring.

Contract Scotland - 99.9% of all private sector businesses in the UK are Small to Medium Enterprises (SME’s), so why do most Graduates ignore them in any job search?  Contract Scotland are one of those SME’s – an £18m+ turnover business based locally in Stirling. In this workshop some of Contract Scotland’s most experienced leaders (who’ve been with the company since graduating!) will work with you to answer several key questions (as well as any others we can think of!):

What is an SME anyway? What can an SME give me Vs a major multi-national employer? What can I achieve in an SME? Am I the right kind of person to work in an SME?


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