the Workforce

Rebuilding the Workforce

12.00 – 1.00pm GMT | Thursday 11 March 2021

We are delighted to announce that the second webinar in our series is dedicated to rebuilding the university workforce following the COVID-19 outbreak.

Listen to our special guest speakers and participate in a question and answer session to learn more about the latest developments in this area.

Our session will feature two 20 minute presentations, which will cover a selection of topics from the following areas; workforce analytics and projections for the future, practical tips for restructuring university departments and re-integrating furloughed employees.

Furthermore, we aim to provide advice on managing sector specific recruitment challenges brought about by the pandemic, as well as offering recommendations for improving the representation of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic staff in the workforce.

In response to the rapidly changing landscape, this overview will be updated with our confirmed topics nearer to the broadcast date, to ensure that this webinar is as current and helpful as possible.

Stijn Broecke

Senior Economist at the OECD

Stijn is a Senior Economist at the OECD, where he leads the organisation’s Future of Work Initiative. He co-edited and co-authored the 2019 Employment Outlook on the Future of Work.

He is currently in charge of a large programme of work on the impact of Artificial Intelligence on the labour market. Other current research projects focus on new forms of work and the gig economy. He holds a PhD in Economics from Royal Holloway, University of London. From 2006 to 2010 he worked as an economic advisor on higher education in the UK Civil Service.

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Graeme Hunter EY LLP

People Consulting

Graeme Hunter leads EY’s People Consulting business for education, policing and local government and our Organisation Design Community of Practice.

He is passionate about using the power of EY and consulting to improve how organisations recruit, lead and manage their people, and has twenty years’ experience in lead clients and their people through complex change, redesigning their organisations to deliver their purpose and strategy.

He is currently helping police clients to create new partnerships with higher education, to transform how they recruit and develop new officers. He lives in Northumberland and looks forward to a time when he can meet people face to face again!


Changes in the nature of work, and the impact of Covid-19, have put higher education under pressure. Looking to the future, this session will look at the key things HEs will need to consider in rebuilding the workforce. How could you better balance demand for capabilities with supply of talent? How could you plan for a future where the nature of work is changing – not just its location? And what could this mean for how HR operates in the future?

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This year's programme will feature three webinars, each with a tailored line-up of panellists, special guest speakers and session hosts:

The Future of Work is Here

Thursday 4 March

Rebuilding the Workforce

Thursday 11 March

HR Managers’ Open Forum

Thursday 18 March