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Attracting and retaining key talent

Individual HE organisations need clear strategies to attract, motivate and retain key academics and senior professional staff who drive the quality of teaching, research and academic services. Academic staff especially operate in international labour markets where HEIs face competition over reward packages and support for research. Attracting and retaining the best talent can be challenging. 

This is a practical workshop for those working in HR and strategic planning roles in UK HEIs wishing to develop or enhance their approach to attracting and retaining key talent. This workshop, facilitated by Wendy Hirsh and Peter Reilly of the Institute for Employment Studies (IES), will help participants explore the following areas:

  • Attraction/ retention hot spots and how these are changing, for example since the BREXIT Referendum.
  • Changing requirements – do employers look for the skills they need in the future?
  • Labour competitor analysis and internal sources of evidence.
  • What HE organisations can offer: recognition, reward and the psychological contract.
  • How are HE organisations seen externally:  Employer branding

Attendees will have an opportunity to drill down into a specific talent challenge and consider how to approach it.

The event facilitators would welcome some very short and informal inputs at the workshop from colleagues who would like to showcase interesting and effective approaches to attracting, retaining or developing key academic staff or senior professionals. 

Please contact seminars@ucea.ac.uk with ideas and materials you might like to share with fellow delegates.

The day will run between 10.15am and 3.30pm (registration from 9.45am) and will take place at a central London (WC1H) location.

A timed programme can be found below:

Attracting and retaining key talent - programme

This workshop is part of a wider suite of events facilitated by IES looking at strategic workforce planning issues. The other scheduled workshops (more details will be available shortly) are:

Please email seminars@ucea.ac.uk if you wish to be sent more information on these workshops.

Prices and booking processes:

Participants from UCEA member HEIs

£359 per place.

If you work at a UCEA member institution book places via the online booking form


Participants from other HEIs and HE sector agencies

£459 per place.

Please email seminars@ucea.ac.uk for more information.