How you help to prepare graduates for life beyond university is something at the forefront not just of students’ minds, but also those of their parents. HEA consultancy can help you address your strategic priorities and enhance student success.
HEA will work with you to embed employability in your:
HEA framework for embedding employability
A shared point of reference for the sector
Our framework for embedding employability in HE is an integral part of the HEA frameWORKS series. Developed with the sector for the sector, the series covers key thematic priorities that impact upon the quality of teaching and learning in HE. HEA frameWORKS provide a shared point of reference and common language to shape and review policy, process and practice in order to enhance student success.
“The Higher Education Academy frameworks are evidence-based and provide the higher education sector with a national reference point to enable the institution to develop its own approach according to local circumstances as well as benchmarking performance.” Universities UK (2016), p.73, Working in partnership: enabling social mobility.
HEA employability framework audit
A powerful diagnostic tool
An HEA employability framework audit is a diagnostic tool helping you determine where you are on your journey towards successfully embedding this core priority. Aligned to our HEA transforming employability framework, a completed audit is a powerful tool that provides:
- An overview of the scale of implementation at institution, faculty, department, programme and/or individual level
- A self (or peer) assessment tool to promote staff engagement in the enhancement of employability policy and practice
- Evidence to build a case for excellence in learning and teaching
- A benchmark from which to evidence progress and plan for the future
- A dialogical tool to prompt reflection, debate and discussion of key issues in employability
- The means to identify areas for future consideration.
Employability information pack
Resources to inform and inspire
Employability is at the heart of many challenges faced by higher education providers at institutional, faculty, departmental and programme levels. To support you in designing your approaches to embedding employability, we've developed an information pack that includes a number of informative resources, giving you a flavour of the support we can provide through our consultancy services.
Case study: The University of Manchester
Developing an Academic Advising for Employability’ toolkit
Employability is a key priority for The University of Manchester who, in their Manchester 2020 Strategic Plan state: “We will produce graduates distinguished by their intellectual capabilities, employability, leadership qualities, and ability to contribute to society.”
Our HEA consultant worked with Dr Christine Rodgers of the Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences to support academic staff in helping students to think about their employability, encourage them to be proactive and to make concrete future plans. The framework for embedding employability was the core reference point.
A key output of the project was the development of the ‘Academic Advising for Employability’ toolkit. This toolkit has been disseminated across the University with Academic Advisors now feeling more confident in offering advice and guidance to students around employability. Students are also benefiting from the enhanced advice and guidance they receive from Academic Advisors using the toolkit.
“The support from the HEA has been crucial to the success of the project. Meetings provided a clear framework for our activities and prompted steps that we may otherwise have missed. Discussions with our HEA consultant have been invaluable for encouraging reflection at key stages and have ensured momentum.” Dr Christine Rogers Reader in Psychology and Faculty Lead for Employability, Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences, University of Manchester
Case study: Higher Education Council, Bahrain
Embedding employability into the curriculum
The Higher Education Academy was commissioned by the Higher Education Council of Bahrain, via the British Council, to help formulate and implement a plan to embed employability into the curriculum of the universities across the Kingdom. This is part of the Kingdom’s economic vision 2030.
The HEA developed and ran a workshop, working with the Higher Education Council of Bahrain and the British Council. The purpose of the workshop was to support institutions to develop their curriculum in order to address employability more effectively and to raise standards across the board. We introduced staff to a process for employability, using the HEA’s Embedding Employability framework as a starting point. The framework provided delegates with a process to evaluate their practice, identifying areas of strength and areas for development and a structure for monitoring progress. Upon completion of the workshop, delegates were able to take this process back to their institution where they could use it to ensure that they have effective support in place for their students and also to look at whether they can inform the curriculum taking on board what employers are actually saying about what they want from graduates and using that to inform the curriculum.
"The HEA are really good partners. They understand Bahrain, they understand the Middle East, and our issues here in Bahrain. They do not provide something off the shelf. Whatever they’ve done for us and will continue to do is to be adaptive, and contextualise for Bahrain’s needs and that’s what sets them apart. As well as their people who have great energy, great experience and are a pleasure to work with.'” Cameron Mirza, Head of Projects, Higher Education Council, Kingdom of Bahrain
Upcoming employability events
Debate key issues, share best practice, inspire change
We are committed to working with you to address your challenges and strategic priorities. Our events are designed so you can, explore these priorities, build on your existing knowledge, share your expertise, boost your professional networks, develop a range of practical solutions and stay ahead of the curve.