THE University of Winchester will host a conference about the future of work next year.

The Future World of Work – Recruiting and Retaining the People You Need takes place at the university’s West Downs Centre on Tuesday, January 9. 

A team of experts has been lined up to explore and explain how work will change and the implications for recruitment.

One of the keynote speakers will be a futurologist Dr Nicola Millard, principal innovation partner at BT, whose presentation focuses on how to shape the future hybrid workplace. 

Dr Millard said: “The future world of work was already being redefined by digital technologies before the pandemic hit.

Hampshire Chronicle: Dr Nicola Millard

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“Now, as old and new ways of working collide, we have a unique opportunity to rethink things to make work work for people, productivity and the planet, whilst harnessing the best of both real and virtual worlds.” 

Dr Millard combines thinking from psychology, anthropology, computing, and business to develop strategies for the workplace. 

She was involved with some BT firsts, including the application of artificial intelligence into its call centres, experiments with home working, and helping to develop BT’s “net easy” customer score. 

Attendees will have a chance to quiz their ‘employees of the future’ at a Q&A session with a panel of students from the university and other local further education providers. 

The University of Winchester is among the top 10 universities in the UK for graduate outcomes with 92.8 per cent of students who graduated in 2021 going onto work and/or further study within 15 months according to the latest data from HESA (Higher Education Statistics Agency).

Vice chancellor Professor Sarah Greer said: “As a university we prepare and train employees of the future, and to do this well. It is essential that we support and work closely with their potential employers. 

“This conference will provide some valuable insights and advice for businesses in a time of rapid change.” 

Additional speakers will be confirmed in the next few weeks. 

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