Individuals and society are increasingly expecting a different return on their investment in a university degree. Given the current policy context and a focus on graduate level outcomes by the OfS it’s important to understand and anticipate what this topography means in order to enable student success.
#EmpSymp20 ‘Breaking the mould’ wants to explore how HE providers are focusing on these shifts: to work in new ways, to collaborate, to provide fuller foundations for continuous learning and ultimately to provide a long-term commitment to ensuring students succeed and maximise their chances of chosen progression, in particular towards employment.
We want to recognise and promote good practice where employability is part of the curriculum, bringing together cutting-edge examples of how sustainable and innovative approaches to employability can be delivered at school, faculty/college and/or institutional levels.
We are particularly keen to encourage submissions that cover:
- Inter and/or transdisciplinary approaches to employability.
- Designing inclusive approaches to employability opportunities.
- Innovative, high impact pedagogies.
- Policy and institutional contexts focused on systematic and strategic change.
We believe that these areas are essential and, if focused upon, will lead to positive impact, reflected in student learning, student satisfaction and improved core metrics. This approach can further ensure that all stakeholders have a greater certainty in both the quality and ongoing value of their course experience (whether at UG or PG level).
Hosted at Advance HE in York , the aims of ‘Breaking the mould’ are:
- to provide an open and supportive environment within which to share and discuss contemporary practice and initiatives in employability;
- to develop a principled, and evidence-informed, approach to devising subsequent support and guidance for change(s) with regards to enhancing employability in higher education;
- to develop a compendium of case studies that will help shape and inform the sector.
Call for contributions
Advance HE welcomes submissions that are subject-specific as well as examples detailing wider institutional initiatives.
The call for contributions closes at midday, 18 February 2020.
Colleagues are invited to submit an abstract either for a 20-minute presentation or for a 45-minute workshop, as detailed below:
Presentations - presentations should be structures to include 15 minutes' presentation time, leaving 5 minutes for audience questions.
Workshops - At least 20 minutes of this session should be used for participant-centred activities.
Abstracts should address the following questions:
- What framework(s)/model(s) have you used to help frame the issue?
- What is the approach/process you have undertaken in this case study?
- What are the findings?
- Can you outline the key messages from the work undertaken?
- How might the findings of the case study be transferred to other disciplines/levels?
- How could this work be developed further; what are the next steps?
To submit an abstract, please use our online submission form.
Presenters will be eligible for the discounted rate of £180.