Employability Across Disciplines: a Roadmap for Staff

Rolinska, A., Swingler, M., Cleland Woods, H. and Barr, M. (2018) Employability Across Disciplines: a Roadmap for Staff. 15th Enhancement Themes Conference: Evaluation, Evidence & Enhancement: Inspiring Staff & Students, Glasgow, UK, 7 Jun 2018.

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Employability has become a key concern for all stakeholders involved in higher education. However, non-core and generic activities focusing on raising awareness may result in a low uptake among students or even result in disengagement (Macfarlane-Dick and Roy, 2006). A more flexible, hands-on and contextualised approach to designing, implementing and evaluating intervention activities is therefore needed; one that would account for the students' specific discipline-driven needs, and one addressing academic staff’s concerns about freeing up space in already overcrowded syllabi, increased workload, and impact on academic rigour and standards (Tibby, 2012). Following the principles of inclusivity, collaboration and engagement (HEA, 2015), the project team designed and conducted relevant activities within earth sciences, humanities, psychology, and social sciences. The resulting database of innovative case studies provides a useful insight into the benefits and challenges in enhancing employability, from both the student’s and the academic’ perspective. Thanks to the strong focus on practical considerations at each stage of the process, the resource provides a clear roadmap that may help any interested academic to design their own interventions.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Cleland Woods, Heather and Swingler, Dr Maxine and Barr, Dr Matthew and Rolinska, Ms Anna
Authors: Rolinska, A., Swingler, M., Cleland Woods, H., and Barr, M.
Subjects:L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Psychology
College of Science and Engineering > School of Computing Science
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