Grow Your skills: Embedding Employability – Why?

Grow Your skills: Embedding Employability – Why?


Employability is a complex concept, often ill-defined or not defined at all (Gazier 1998). So what is it we are all working towards?

With the context of Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and the Government White paper providing a new landscape it is clear that now, more than ever, employability matters - but what is it exactly we are seeking to develop in our students, and are we getting it right?

This workshop will have an emphasis on how to engage with the HEA Embedding Employability Framework as a practical tool to support the curriculum design, whilst also considering how we better align our provision beyond the curriculum.

Learning outcomes

Participants will:

  • better understand the HEA Framework for Embedding Employability in Higher Education and how to use this in practice;
  • better understand the importance of language related to employability activity;
  • develop confidence in discussing key issues around employability;
  • gain insight into how teaching and learning activities align and support a more co-ordinated approach to employability;
  • explore practical approaches to embedding specific features of employability with case study examples.
Event Schedule
Tuesday, 24 April, 2018 - 10:00
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Event Duration
6 hours
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Who should attend?

Individuals wishing to enhance their pedagogic practice or develop module content. It is also of relevance to programme or discipline leaders looking to embed employability more effectively 

Who is delivering the workshop?

Using the HEA Framework to Embed Employability in Practice will be led by Stuart Norton, the HEA’s Academic Lead for Employability alongside an expert HEA associate.

Stuart joined the Higher Education Academy in April 2016. Prior to this Stuart has worked in academia since 2003, writing and developing a range of criminology and policing programmes, including a direct entry pre-join route into Thames Valley Police. Stuart has undertaken a range of managerial and leadership roles in Higher Education including; Portfolio Lead for Social Sciences and Law, Head of Academic Department for Criminology, Sociology and Police Studies, and Director of the Institute of Professional Policing at Buckinghamshire New University. These roles included line management, curricula design, and more generally making year on year performance improvements to NSS, DLHE and HESA returns. A key focus of Stuart’s role has been on strategies for improving the student experience and fostering a partnership approach to the higher education learning experience.

Stuart has taught a range of criminological modules including; organised crime, policing concepts theories and practice, social sciences for policing, criminal investigation systems and work related learning modules. Stuart’s focus on work related learning formed the basis of his successful Senior Fellowship application to the HEA in 2015. Stuart embedded employability into the course alongside scaffolding learning, adopting a variety of techniques to move students progressively towards a stronger understanding and, ultimately, greater independence in the learning process.

Stuart currently leads on the HEA’s UK and international work regarding employability. As the Academic Lead, Stuart adopts a flexible and collaboratively approach to supporting the HEA’s role in informing UK sector-wide learning and teaching policy. Stuart supports institutions, discipline communities and individual academic and professional services staff, engaging in a range of projects that include; embedding employability at an institutional level, placement provision, employability within disciplines, employability for individual practice and enterprise learning.

A member of the Society of Evidence Based Policing, Stuart is currently undertaking further Post Graduate studies in Applied Criminology and Police Management at the University of Cambridge. Stuart has held several external examiner positions during his career and is currently an External Examiner for Plymouth University and the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. Stuart was awarded ‘Honorary Life Membership’ in 2016 by Bucks Students’ Union for his exceptional contribution to the furtherance of the Students’ Union.

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