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Compendium of case studies published to enhance graduate employability

29 Jan 2020 | Stuart Norton Stuart Norton, Senior Advisor at Advance HE and Roger Dalrymple, Associate Dean at Oxford Brookes University, introduce a collection of case studies representing a range of creative responses to the challenges of embedding and extending employability in the student experience.

At the turn of a new decade, employability looks set to remain a central, if contested, topic in higher education policy and practice. In an unprecedented period of intensive academic discussion and policy development around teaching excellence and graduate outcomes, employability is a key concept in differentiating the value of higher education in supporting graduates to succeed and flourish in the labour market and beyond.

In the face of this complex and fast-changing picture, we are delighted to curate Enhancing Graduate Employability: a case study compendium - a collection of case studies for Advance HE members which we consider hold out the promise of solutions, innovations and new departures in employability.

Presented under the three broad groupings of New Forms of Employer Engagement, Applying Frameworks and Models, and Curricular and Pedagogic Innovations, the compendium offers readers the opportunity to learn and collaborate with colleagues from a range of HEIs and gain insight into a wide range of employability initiatives and activities being undertaken across the sector in the UK and beyond.

Some of the models, methodologies and interventions presented in the compendium may be novel per se; others may be novel within a particular discipline or context. It is our hope that, both as models of current practice and as exemplars which may be productive of further discussion, debate and innovation, these case studies will go some way to suggest emerging directions for enhancing graduate employability at the start of the third decade of the 21st century.



Enhancing Graduate Employability: a case study compendium is an Advance HE member benefit. Download the compendium here.


Call for submissions: Employability Symposium 2020: Breaking the mould – colleagues are invited to submit an abstract for either a 20-minute presentation or a 45-minute workshop before 18 February 2020. Submit your paper now


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