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Student Success – perspectives from our global membership

30 Sep 2021 | Dr Catriona Bell Student Success is a six-month longitudinal project for the Connect Benefit Series 2021-22 focusing on access, retention, attainment and progression, and embedding employability in higher education. This new podcast features international members in conversation on employability.

Following the publication of Advance HE's Employability: A Review of the Literature 2016-2021 which aims to identify specific impact and evidence in relation to embedding employability within higher education, Dr Catriona Bell, Head of Membership (Scotland) and Senior Advisor (Learning and Teaching), introduces this new podcast sharing global insights on Employability from our international member institutions. 

One of our key roles at Advance HE is to convene colleagues from across our international membership to share insights, perspectives and good practice around a range of contemporary global issues facing the sector. In doing so, we aim to support other Advance HE member institutions to gain global insights and to adopt practical, evidence-based approaches that enhance student success. 

We were, therefore, delighted that colleagues from member institutions (both public and private providers) in Switzerland, Thailand and Scotland accepted our invitation to discuss personal, institutional and international perspectives around ‘Employability’ as part of our Connect Benefit Series Student Success longitudinal project.  

This podcast, which was recorded before the publication of the literature review, captures their conversation around Employability initiatives at their institutions and how these have been adapted in response to Covid-related challenges, particularly in their fields of Hospitality and Entrepreneurship. They share global insights that highlight the complexity and inter-related elements required to effectively embed ‘Employability’ into degree programmes in a peri-Covid world, including the need for flexible learning opportunities, new approaches to work-based placement preparation, adaptive assessment methods and fascinating student perceptions around Employability linked terminology.  

They also share their thoughts around which areas of our recently released Employability: A Review of the Literature 2016-2021 are of particular interest to them, and how they plan to embed this into their future work. 

We would like to extend our sincere thanks to the colleagues involved: 

  • Dr Jackie Brodie  (SFHEA, NTFS, CATE) 

Associate Professor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland 

  • Dr Issra Pramoolsook  (SFHEA) 

Assistant to Rector of SUT and International Liaison Officer of the Thai Association for Cooperative Education (TACE), Suranaree University of Technology, Thailand 

  • Ruth Puhr  (PFHEA) 

Head of Teaching and Learning Development, Les Roches, Switzerland 


Advance HE members can download the podcast here 

Colleagues from Advance HE member institutions can join us at either 07:00 or 15:00 BST on 14 October for a discussion with the authors of Employability: A Review of the Literature 2016-2021.

Book your free place 

Employability: A Review of the Literature 2016-2021 is part of the Connect Benefit Series - Student success along with a series of supporting podcasts

Essential frameworks for enhancing student success: Enterprise and Entrepreneurship – A guide to the Advance HE Framework for Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Education is available for Advance HE members to download.

Find out more about the Connect Benefit Series during 2021-22 here

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