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The Next Normal Episode 12 – HeppSY Happenings in 2020

Join Chris Webb (@WorldWebb) and Helen Armitage (@HelenArmitage16) from the Careers and Employability Service at Sheffield Hallam University (@SheffHallamUni) for another foray into the world of work, as told by Covid-19.

For our final show of Season 2, we welcome a bumper panel from the world of widening participation to the (virtual) booth, as we discuss how the work that HEPP (Higher Education Progression Partnership) and HeppSY (an Office for Students funded Uni Connect programme, serving the South Yorkshire region) undertake with students, teachers and parents/carers has been adapted over the past year, what it has been like supporting school and college staff experiencing some of the biggest challenges the education system has ever faced and which trends are here to stay in the world of widening participation work once the dust settles on the Covid-19 restrictions.

Further Reading/Listening:

HEPP website –

HeppSY website :

HEPP Fest Information – (HEPP Fest Reloaded, recorded sessions made available in January)

HeppSY Happenings Podcast

The Froth Podcast – Rhod Gilbert and Sian Harries

The Squiggly Careers Podcast – Helen Tupper and Sarah Ellis

That Peter Crouch Podcast

The Mo Gilligan Podcast

Our Presenters:

Helen Armitage – A Senior Employability Adviser for the College of Social Sciences and Arts at Sheffield Hallam University. Helen leads on the Hallam Career Mentoring Scheme and primarily supports the department of Art and Design with in-curriculum careers delivery.

Chris Webb – An Employability Adviser at Sheffield Hallam University, Chris supports the Gradvantage programme for final year students and graduates, as well as collaborating with the College of Business, Technology and Engineering on in-curriculum careers delivery.

Our Guests:

Caroline Hanson – Caroline is a level 6 qualified careers adviser currently working with schools and colleges in Rotherham and North Notts. Prior to working with HeppSY she was employed by Sheffield Hallam Careers and Employability with experience in adult career guidance also. 

Rachel Crowder – A Higher Education Progression Adviser at HeppSY, Rachel has previously worked with Sheffield City Council as a School Placement Officer, advising young people on apprenticeship opportunities within the region.

Mike Garnock-Jones – Mike originally qualified as a Social Worker (adolescent mental health) working in Liverpool, London and Sheffield. He moved into education and training, becoming a teacher and then leading partnership work in schools, FE and the region including Aimhigher, Enterprise Adviser Network and Made in Sheffield. He has been the Director of the Higher Education Progression Partnership (Hepp) since 2017.

Sabrina Mcketty-Edwards – A Sheffield Hallam University Film Production Graduate, Sabrina is currently a Higher Education Engagement Assistant with HeppSY, linked to Longley Park Sixth Form College (having previously also worked closely with The Sheffield College).

If you are interested in any of the discussion points raised in this podcast or have suggestions for future podcast episodes or guest speakers, please contact Chris or Helen on LinkedIn!

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