Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs (IOEE) honours HEA Head of Academic Practice

Wednesday, 23 November, 2016

Doug Cole, Head of Academic Practice at the Higher Education Academy, has been invited to join the IOEE at the pinnacle of membership, with Honorary Fellowship.

The IOEE exists to make sure that all those involved in enterprise are able to access the support they need, when they need it.

Doug’s award was confirmed at the IOEE annual awards which started with an event at the House of Lords. The grant of Honorary Fellowship is “conferred on such persons of eminence or distinction that the Advisory Council in their absolute discretion think fit.”

Doug said, “I am very proud to be invited to be an Honorary Fellow of the IEOO.  I am passionate about employability and enterprise and in particular how this is addressed in higher education.  We have achieved a great deal, but there’s much more to do and I’m hope that this award will draw attention to the fact that I’m here to play my part. ”

In 2012, Doug developed the concept of a framework for employability to support institutions in developing a more consistent, comprehensive and cohesive approach to employability and is conducting PhD research in this same field. 

He went on to develop this work further and co-authored the HEA publication Defining & developing your approach to employability: A framework for higher education institutions with Maureen Tibby and both then led on the refresh of this framework in 2015.  He has delivered many keynotes and workshops to guide and advise institutions in the development of their approaches to employability.

Professor Stephanie Marshall, CEO Higher Education Academy, said “I am delighted that Doug’s work has been celebrated in this way. There is intense focus on employability and clearly it is at the forefront of most students’ minds as they look to their undergraduate experience to develop their attributes and help them become work-ready for a graduate level role.  Doug’s contribution in supporting institutions in this area is incredibly important and valuable.”

More information about the HEA employability Framework is here.