Embedding Employability into the Curriculum builds on existing HEA work in this area, including Defining and Developing Your Approach to Employability: a framework for higher education institutions published in 2013, which provides a process for providers to review and enhance their employability provision in a systematic and holistic manner. Identifying key questions for academic managers and practitioners, it is a key resource to facilitate discussion and change in relation to embedding employability into the curriculum through engaging a range of stakeholders, and can be adapted to address particular areas of development.
There are currently 37 higher education providers across the UK participating in this strand:
|Higher education provider||Project lead||Description|
|Bangor University||Chris Little||In the next academic year, Bangor's Careers and Employability Service plan to extend the embedding of the Bangor Employability Award into the curriculum by incorporating other activities and experiences, which are not accredited by the course itself, into the BEA accreditation system.|
|Brunel University, London||Zahir Irani||This primary aim of this initiative is to design, implement and evaluate a ‘generic credit-bearing module’, which will serve to enable all level-one students in the College of Business, Arts and Social Sciences (CBASS) to develop knowledge, skills, behaviours and attributes in relation to key aspects of employability.|
|Canterbury College||Lauren Anning||This project aims to embed workplace learning and employability across all HE programmes in preparation of delivering Foundation Degrees in the future.|
|De Montfort University||Tor Clark||This project aims to enhance the University's Employability Programme by developing academics’ confidence and understanding when delivering different aspects of employability to students.|
|Edge Hill University||Chris Beaumont||
The project aligns Edge Hill University strategy with practice by auditing, evaluating, sharing, embedding and disseminating good practice in programmes throughout the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS).
|Glyndwr University||Emma Taylor||During this project the University intends to enable under-achieving Engineering students to engage with careers-based employability and mentoring activities.|
|Lancaster University||Christopher May||This initiative seeks to build on current work in the area of placement activity in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences to develop cross-discipline work-based learning modules to enhance employability.|
|Middlesex University||Kevin McDonald||The focus of this project will be to support the collaborative development of student e-portfolios within the Department of Criminology and Sociology.|
|Newcastle University||Vanessa Armstrong||
The focus for the area of development is to devise and modify current academic curricula so that there is an increased awareness and opportunity for undergraduates to develop their employability skills. As opposed to additional careers modules that are logistically very difficult to undertake for certain student groups, embedding such skills within the taught sessions alongside course material, will allow all to engage. The importance of self- reflection and creation of a modality in order to be able to do this will help students to progress.
|Northumbria University||Doug Cole||The Northumbria team plan to embed the HEA's own framework for employability as one element of their Programme Design and Delivery documentation and annual performance review processes.|
|Plymouth College of Art||Ian Farren||PCA plan to develop an interactive online employability skills development platform which will feature piloted educational resources in step by step journey to completion.|
|Regent's University London||Simon O’Leary||
An area of focus for this initiative concerns employer engagement in curriculum activities, and how this can best be achieved. The initiative will provide an opportunity to review existing employer engagement activities at Regent’s, assessing and identifying particularly fruitful activities (e.g. consultancy projects) used on modules that might then be used on other modules or courses.
|Rose Bruford College||Mark Simpson||Rose Bruford College plan to develop their work on Embedding Employability in the Curriculum by widening their consideration of differing career pathways in the creative industries, by considering different "portfolio career" models and by developing the notion of a set of employability skills which are common to all performing arts students.|
|Royal Veterinary College||Charlotte Lawson||This project is intended to support biosciences students with regard to employability – both to facilitate their career planning and thinking about alternative careers, and also to increase their awareness of their skills.|
|Sheffield Hallam University||Graham Holden||This project intends to address perceived issues with student employability by introducing mechanisms for students to use social media and other learning technologies to reflect on their employability and to develop it. The project incorporates PPDP (personal and professional development planning), learning ecologies and social media.|
|Teesside University||Kiersten Avery||This project plans to start to implement the GAProject 2014 recommendations and progress into stage 3 and stage 4 of the HEA framework model by focusing on staff/student support and benchmarking and sharing of best practice.|
|University Campus Oldham, Oldham College||Christine Cattermole||
Oldham College's intended area for development is to first reflect on, evaluate and improve the student employability experience and increase the opportunities for career progression at graduation. This process will enable the team to develop both course, programme and institution wide engagement of employers and organisations who will be involved in an advisory and consultation role.
|University Centre, North Lindsey College||Chris Rowley||
Within the University Centre, North Lindsey's future objectives regarding employability focus upon two primary aims; the first of which is to make their Classifieds Scheme more accessible to students through a range of opportunities which account for the diversity of students and their associated commitments outside of their studies. Secondly, to develop an Employability Scheme and accompanying working group, with the aim of encouraging closer collaboration between programme teams and students within the University Centre.
|University of Aberdeen||Bruce Scharlau||The Aberdeen team plan to build a second tier of the STAR Award programme. Student participants will organise a series of events aimed at staff and students across the university who would like to improve general problem solving skills, awareness of transferable skills and employability and entrepreneurial insights. In addition the team will submit the paperwork for one or more courses open to all students where they can build upon the ideas sampled so that students can develop their entrepreneurial skills over a longer period of time.|
|University of Bedfordshire||Paul Beedie||
The Bedfordshire team plan to gain an enhanced understanding of employer needs for their graduates; this will lead to a more effective communication within the triangular model: the aim is a genuine integration of vocational skills, knowledge and experience into our curricula so that graduates have real employability potential and the confidence to articulate this, including through relevant official documentation such as the Edge and the HEAR.
|University of Bolton||Julie Bateman||The University of Bolton plan to develop their institutional practice through: sharing good practice in the embedding of employability skills into the curriculum; reappraising the University's ten employability skills and how they are being delivered; delivering enterprise education and an up-to-date set of employability skills within the curriculum; engaging students and the Students' Union in the evaluation, auditing and enhancement of the delivery of enterprise education and employability skills within the curriculum.|
|University of Central Lancashire||Lynne Livesey||
The Employability, Enterprise, Careers and Students’ Union teams will work together to: a) Clarify definitions of employability and enterprise in order to create a working benchmark/definition for staff across the University. b) Clarify the role of enterprise and entrepreneurship in the development of student and graduate employability. c) Review establish practice and compile strategy models for implementation of UCLAN student employability and enterprise d) Create a culture for employability and enterprise which aims to place employability and enterprise at the core of the academic curriculum by developing staff awareness, knowledge and competency in creating and delivering an innovative curriculum which engages the wider student population.
|University of Chichester||Cathy Childs||Chichester plan to inform and enhance strategies, approaches and practices as well as the national networks and benefits of exchange working practices.|
|University of Dundee||Susan Buckman||
Dundee's plan is to capture the elements of the work to date, transcribing this ultimately into a sustainable, transferable model of good practice, situated within the respective Employability and Internationalising HE Frameworks (HEA 2013; 2014). They recognise the need for specific professional areas for an enhancement-led model supported by associated resources to develop practice.
|University of East Anglia||Helen Gillespie||
UEA plan to develop an authentic employability experience for our students – a cross faculty project contributing towards the University wide UEA Skills Award employability initiative. The project will explore authentic employability in the experience of our students, both in the sense that they see their academic work as being directed to the ‘real-world’, but also in that they need to recognise their own authentic and unique attributes in order to be able to showcase them to an employer. The project will provide evidence for students that will enable them to articulate their employability in a confident fashion.
|University of East London||Femi Bola||UEL would like to develop an evaluation framework based on the skills, attitudes and behaviours identified as being at the centre of employability in the NUS/CBI employability report (2011) Working towards your future: making the most of your time in education. It is envisaged that the framework would involve the development and application of tools that would allow academic colleagues and students to identify improvements in the understanding and articulation of the skills and behaviours associated with graduate level employment and career success following engagement with a specific area of the curriculum.|
|University of Gloucestershire||Nicki Castello||
This project plans to pilot a Personal Career Plan for our students, to encourage them to ‘Explore, Decide, Achieve’ in the three areas identified as being critical to the development of students' employability – work experience, skills development and career management.
|University of Huddersfield||Jane Lugea||
Huddersfield plan to implement learned practices into these two existing modules and perhaps into the undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes more generally. What Knight and Yorke (2003) and Dacre Pool and Sewell (2007) both stress is the incorporation of degree subject knowledge with career development tools. This – the ‘embedded’ approach - is currently lacking in their practice and the team plan to work harder to integrate subject area content and work experience. By participating in a national network, the team hope to learn from other institution’s practices and implement good practice here. Conversely, the team aim to report on their evidence-based learning on how employability can be embedded in the curriculum, in order to inform the HEA’s support and resources for the sector.
|University of Leeds||Raphael Hallett||This initiative aims to bring together research-based learning and employability within the curriculum, joining up two of the key strategic aims of the Leeds Curriculum in the form of a curriculum-based opportunity for students.|
|University of Manchester||Christine Rogers||This project team are aiming to support and facilitate the work of academic advisors and personal advisors in key faculties in the university. This project will inform a University review of the work of academic advisors to provide a consistent approach with regard to employability.|
|University of Northampton||Bethany Alden Rivers||The aim of this project is to embed social innovation and social impact across all disciplines as part of a holistic approach to employability. This will be achieved through the one-year project EmbedCH. Go to the Northampton word press blog to see further details of the project.|
|University of Nottingham||Judith Wayte||This project plans to adapt an existing final year module, Personal and Professional Development for Food Scientists, for embedding into other courses within the School of Biosciences.|
|University of Stirling||Tim Whalley||The Stirling team plan to continue working as a part of the Employability Working Group (EWG), consisting of staff, students and employers, with the aim to monitor the quality and effectiveness of the strategy's implementation.|
|University of the Arts London||Cara Lee Roth||At the University of the Arts London the team plan to build a mapping project based on the UAL Creative Attributes Framework (CAF), working with courses and students to identify and illustrate approaches to enterprise and employability as part of a creative curriculum. In addition the team plan to gain institution-wide consensus in enterprise and employability practice in learning and teaching for arts and design HE, and share these across the sector and subject areas and use the framework as a basis for a UAL employability award to enhance student engagement and experience.|
|University of Warwick||Siobhan Bennett||
This project aims to work with academic departments to highlight employability skills inherent within the curriculum and making this transparent to students through the use of Mahara. The project hopes to achieve agreement on a common agenda that combines academic endeavour and employability which will enable student engagement and success.
|Warwickshire College Group||Tanya Carey||The Warwickshire College Group team plan to run inaugural student symposiums and seek to evaluate the success of the evens both immediately and later in the year once students have time to reflect on their personal development.|
|Writtle College||Anya Perera||This project aims to bring together previously fragmented employability initiatives through the creation of a new module, Developing Graduateness, in the School of Sustainable Environments and Design. In addition having just been awarded Foundation degree awarding powers, the College will develop a number of new Foundation degrees over the coming year. The HEMT will support subject teams to embed entrepreneurial thinking skills in to the new curricular and encourage through training, innovative methods of delivery and assessment of the skills.|
Start date: 2014-09-01 00:00:00
End date: 2015-07-31 00:00:00