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Employability Symposium 2021: 3Es for Wicked Problems

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United Kingdom
Position on the Pathway
Excellence in practice
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All Fellowship Categories
Event Type
Virtual Symposia
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End Date
1 day
Institution Type
Higher Education and Further Education
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We all have wicked problems to solve, and are actively engaged in preparing our students for an uncertain and complex world, so join us on 22nd April 2021 for the Advance HE Employability Symposium: Employability, Enterprise, and Entrepreneurship: Solving Wicked Problems, where we will discuss the issues, look at our options and consider our changing role as educators.

Developing entrepreneurial graduates is of value, regardless of discipline, because the relevant behaviours, attributes and competencies that are being called for not only support Employability, Enterprise and Entrepreneurship, but will also enable our graduates to have a positive impact on creating value that is economic, social, cultural, environmental, or a mixture of each.

Throughout education, developing the relevant behaviours and attributes of the ‘3Es’ are critical in enabling students to better adapt to changing environments, and it’s these behaviours, attributes and mindset that we need to address wicked problems, across all subjects and disciplines.  

Solving wicked problems isn’t easy; there aren’t simple answers or a one-size-fits-all solution. However, engaging with wicked problems is a powerful way of identifying and addressing global challenges including, but not limited to: sustainability, climate change, poverty, justice, health and education. Breaking boundaries and sharing thinking is an acknowledged strategy, so we are taking a broad-based view of wicked problems, allowing you to define and include a range of issues, either at a macro level or through a specific lens. What examples do you have of embedding enterprise, entrepreneurship and employability within your curriculum to specifically address wicked problems? Where are the issues and what are the solutions?

We want to recognise and promote good practice where employability, enterprise and entrepreneurship are part of the curriculum, bringing together cutting-edge examples of how sustainable and innovative approaches can be delivered at school, faculty/college and/or institutional levels.

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Symposium aims

The aims of 3E for Wicked Problems are:

  • To provide an open and supportive environment within which to share and discuss contemporary practice and initiatives in employability enterprise and entrepreneurship, specifically tackling ‘wicked problems’
  • To spot the issues, propose solutions and think forward.
  • To develop a principled, and evidence-informed, approach to devising subsequent support and guidance for change(s) with regards to enhancing the ‘3Es’ in higher education
  • To develop a compendium of case studies that will help shape and inform the sector.

Call for papers

Colleagues are invited to submit a 500-word case study abstract for a presentation or workshop at the Symposium. Please ensure that your submission addresses 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 the 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?

Presenters will be eligible for a £50 discount off their attendance fee.

Due to an issue with the online submission portal on 25 February, we have extended the submission deadline for this call until 12pm, 1 March.

Submit your abstract here

Reviewing criteria

Please note that all submissions will be reviewed according to the following criteria.

  • Relevance to symposium focus and themes.
  • Linkage to the broader employability landscape.
  • Clarity of overall message or argument.
  • Reference to relevant academic / research literature.

Who should attend?

This event is for HE lecturers, programme leaders, those responsible for curriculum design and anyone with responsibility for improving employability within their institution.

Who is delivering the symposium?

The symposium will be chaired by Stuart Norton, Senior Adviser T&L, Advance HE, assisted by other Advance HE colleagues and associates.