Embedding enterprise education into the Languages curriculum.

  • Date: 26 Apr 2012
  • Location/venue: School of Arts, Languages and Cultures, University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester,, England, M13 9PL

The Higher Education Academy Discipline Workshop and Seminar Series

The employability of our graduates is high on the agenda. As tuition fees rise, so too will students’ expectations of getting the best ‘return’ on their investment and data on graduate employment outcomes are likely to play a central role in informing future students’ choice of institution. At a time of increased competition for graduate vacancies (The report The Graduate Market in 2012 published in January 2012 by the independent think-tank High Fliers suggests graduate applications to top employers have risen 19% in the last year), our students will rightly be seeking programmes of study that will enhance their employment opportunities.

At the same time, demands are being placed on academics to make more time- and cost effective use of existing resources and networks, establish greater flexibility in the delivery and assessment of their course units, heighten the impact of their work, and work in partnership with employers and businesses. The on-going Wilson Review is looking specifically at university-business collaboration, and the June 2011 White Paper underscored the importance of developing students’ enterprise skills.

The principal driver in this initiative is therefore to discuss critically, and facilitate the sharing of ideas on, new and sustainable modes of delivery and assessment that will increase students’ business awareness and develop valuable enterprise skills in ways that are compatible with the Languages curriculum. The event will also provide an opportunity for academics and support staff in HEIs (e.g. Careers Services) to network with one another; view the University of Manchester’s flagship Flexible Teaching Studio, which supports the delivery of units with a strong EBL/PBL focus, and, uniquely, interact with and elicit feedback from students engaged in project work that develops leadership and management skills.


10-10.15 Registration, coffee, welcome

10.15-11.00 ‘Enterprise education’, Sheila Quairney, Director of EEUK and Rachel Bower, Sheffield Business School (talk and discussion)

11.00-11.45 ‘Embedding enterprise skills into Language disciplines’, David Gibson OBE, Queen's University Belfast (winner of the THE prize ‘Most Innovative Teacher of the Year 2011’) (talk and discussion)

12-1pm Presentation of University of Manchester student EBL projects undertaken in collaboration with the Careers Service and Humanities eLearning Team (talks and discussion)

1-2pm Lunch, networking, discussion, A2 poster presentations

2pm Close

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