James has 22 years’ experience as a careers guidance professional within education, the past 15 years in management and supervisory roles within Higher Education. James has taken a leading role developing employability strategies; delivering a portfolio of services to undergraduates, postgraduates, PhD, MBA, international students; and the active engagement of under-represented groups in Scotland, England and New Zealand. James has a proven track record of developing corporate engagement programmes through a relationship-focused account management approach. These support the development of employability and professional skills, resulting in increased opportunities for students.
James’s Senior Fellowship application to the HEA focused on the design, implementation and review of activities to develop academic, professional and employability skills to enhance student success and employment prospects.
James’s current role brings together teams which provide opportunities to develop and support employability, personal and professional skills through work-related/based learning and global mobility activities. He has been involved in a range of projects supporting retention, achievement and employment at a strategic level. This has included embedding employability, personal and professional skills in curriculum, ELearning and the introduction of the Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR) and the associated opportunities and skills platform.
James has an MA in Careers Guidance, is a member of the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS) and sits on the AGCAS (Scotland) Heads of Service group. He contributes to other fora including the Edinburgh Careers Consortium, and the Induction and Transitions Networking Group.
Head of Employability & Opportunities
Edinburgh Napier University