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Our resource database currently contains 83 resources in the Employability section, listed in summary form below. To view the full descriptive record for each resource click the '[View full description/Comments] ' link after the title.

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Full list of 83 resources from the Employability section listed below.

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Employability Audit
This employability audit is designed to be completed as a team activity within or across departments. It is not intended for the assessment of individual modules. The purpose of the audit is developmental, to help academic staff consider the content and design of a course with respect to the issue of employability and to see where they could improve the course to better address this issue. This resource is adapted from the original audit developed the Centre for Bioscience.

Author(s): Engineering Subject Centre (Corporate Author)

URL(s):
 • http://www.engsc.ac.uk/er/employability/audit.pdf

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Employability briefing for engineering academics
This Briefing has been produced as a ready-reference for the busy academic who would like access to a handy overview of "what is employability?" for graduates in engineering, and how the students' development might be enhanced through the curriculum. The Briefing gives a resume of Engineering Subject Centre resources in employability and a comprehensive list of references and related publications as further reading.

Author(s): Engineering Subject Centre (Corporate Author)

URL(s):
 • http://www.engsc.ac.uk/downloads/EmployabilityBriefingAcademics.

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ENGAGE : Facilitating Dialogue between Employers and Engineering, Physical Sciences and Materials Academics in Higher Education
This web page provides links to the outputs of the ENGAGE project, a Higher Education Academy funded employer engagement project. ENGAGE facilitated dialogue between employers and academics and other key partner organisations who are stakeholders in the employability of engineering, physical sciences and materials graduates. Outputs include a report, resources, a DVD and conference proceedings.

Author(s): Engineering Subject Centre et al. (Corporate Author)

URL(s):
 • http://www.engsc.ac.uk/engage
 • http://engage.lboro.ac.uk/

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Engage project report: facilitating dialogue between employers and engineering, physical sciences and materials academics in higher education
The Engage Project was a one-year employer engagement project to enable the building of longer term strategic relationships with Sector Skills Councils and to support Higher Education institutions’ response to identified workforce development needs by developing
discipline-specific practice. It was funded by HEFCE through the Higher Education Academy. The project partners identified key priorities and defined the remit for four working groups:
1. Work-based learning;
2. Levers and enablers;
3. Management of change;
4. Building partnerships.
This Engineering...(more)

Author(s): Carol Arlett, Richard Dales

URL(s):
 • http://www.engsc.ac.uk/downloads/engage-report-final.pdf

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Engineering Education Conference 2006

Other title: EE2006 international conference on innovation, good practice and research in Engineering education

This is the website of the EE2006 International Conference on Innovation, Good Practice and Research in Engineering Education held on 24 — 26 July 2006 hosted by the UK Centre for Materials Education (UKCME) and the Engineering subject centre, in Liverpool, England. The conference presented new ideas and research to help in the development of teaching practices. It also provided an opportunity to share experiences with other engineering educators. The presentations are available to download from the web page.

Author(s): UKCME (Corporate Author), Engineering Subject Centre (Corporate Author)

URL(s):
 • http://www.ee2006.info

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Engineering graduates for industry
'Engineering graduates for industry' was commissioned to identify how to increase the number of employable engineering graduates with the skills required by industry. This Engineering Subject Centre / Royal Academy of Engineering report reviews current approaches to engineering higher education and provides a review of a range of motivational techniques used by universities to meet the needs of business and industry. Eight key research findings emerged: one size doesn't fit all; experience counts; relevance motivates; change needs champions; responsibility must be shared; management leads change;...(more)

Author(s): Fiona Lamb et al.

URL(s):
 • http://www.engsc.ac.uk/downloads/egi/201002-egi.pdf

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Engineering Subject Centre : student employability profile for Engineers with a Supplement of supporting evidence from Engineering graduates and academics
This is an Employability Guide from The Engineering Subject Centre. The profile is designed specifically for academic staff engaged with students on engineering courses. The project was undertaken by Bianca Kubler and Peter Forbes and financed by the Enhancing Student Employability Coordination Team of the Higher Education Academy (ESECT), the Council for Industry and Higher Education (CIHE) and 12 of the Subject Centres in the Higher Education Academy.

The profiles will benefit students, parents and employers. The authors drew on the subject benchmark statements developed and maintained...(more)

Author(s): Bianca Kubler (Corporate Author), Peter Forbes (Corporate Author)

URL(s):
 • http://www.engsc.ac.uk/downloads/scholarart/employability-guide.

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Engineering Subject Centre Guide : Personal Development Planning for Engineering Students
This guide, commissioned by the Higher Education Academy Engineering Subject Centre aims to provide an introduction to Personal Development Planning (PDP) for all engineering academics. The guide also includes references to further resources to support those implementing PDP and Progress files into the curriculum.

Author(s): Warren Houghton, Alan Maddocks

URL(s):
 • http://www.engsc.ac.uk/downloads/resources/pdp.pdf

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Engineering Subject Centre Teaching Awards : Embedding enterprise in engineering - reality teaching through a business planning module
This case study has been developed as part of the Engineering Subject Centre Teaching Awards 2004-2005, from data gathered through a demonstration of the teaching and learning materials available, interviews with the tutor and a student focus group.

This case study describes how teams of students taking the Business Planning module of the Masters in Engineering programme at The University of Sheffield solve a genuine commercial problem provided by real customers.

Author(s): Liz Willis, Elena Rodriguez-Falcon

URL(s):
 • http://www.engsc.ac.uk/downloads/entre.pdf


Awards:
HE Academy Engineering Subject Centre Teaching Awards - Finalist HE Academy Engineering Subject Centre Teaching Awards - Finalist
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Engineering your workplace advantage
The Engineering your Workplace Advantage website was developed as a personal development planning resource for Engineering degree students. The project was led by Andrea Duncan, PDP Coordinator, The University of Northampton, and was funded as a mini project by the Engineering Subject Centre. The material builds on skills workshops with undergraduate students at levels four and six and was developed to incorporate greater understanding of employability and skills transferability. Careers resources are also provided, including graduate case studies.

Author(s): University of Northampton (Corporate Author)

URL(s):
 • http://pdp.northampton.ac.uk/Engineering/home/index.html

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Graduates for industry : Engineering Subject Centre web page
Graduates in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) are key to providing the higher level skills that are required for economic recovery and long-term prosperity in the UK.

Engineers play a crucial role in emerging and growth sectors and, critically, engineering expertise is largely made up of ‘know-how’. Specifically, companies require more engineering graduates with practical experience of industry.

Stronger partnerships between industry and higher education (HE) can ensure that an increasingly diverse student body develops the engineering skills...(more)

Author(s): Engineering Subject Centre (Corporate Author), Royal Academy of Engineering (Corporate Author)

URL(s):
 • http://www.engsc.ac.uk/graduates-for-industry/

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HoneyBee : evaluating Glamorgan’s work-based learning initiative : mini project report
This is the final project report of the mini-project 'HoneyBee: Evaluating Glamorgan’s Work-Based Learning Initiative', funded by the Higher Education Academy Engineering Subject Centre, and carried out by Lenira Semedo, Loretta Newman-Ford, Stephen Lloyd and Stephen Thomas of the Faculty of Advanced Technology at the University of Glamorgan, South Wales. The project found that schemes such as HoneyBee have the potential to attract people into higher level engineering and improve the employability of engineering undergraduates. The study investigated the development of new, practical and...(more)

Author(s): University of Glamorgan, South Wales (Corporate Author)

URL(s):
 • http://www.engsc.ac.uk/downloads/scholarart/100126-honeybee-fina

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HoneyBee: evaluating Glamorgan’s work-based learning initiative
This is a project summary of the mini-project 'HoneyBee: Evaluating Glamorgan’s Work-Based Learning Initiative', funded by the Higher Education Academy Engineering Subject Centre, and carried out by Lenira Semedo, Loretta Newman-Ford, Stephen Lloyd and Stephen Thomas of the Faculty of Advanced Technology at the University of Glamorgan, South Wales. The project found that schemes such as HoneyBee have the potential to attract people into higher level engineering and improve the employability of engineering undergraduates.




Lenira Semedo, Loretta Newman-Ford,...(more)

Author(s): University of Glamorgan, South Wales (Corporate Author)

URL(s):
 • http://www.engsc.ac.uk/downloads/honeybee-miniproject.doc

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LTSN Engineering Teaching Awards : developing students' academic and professional skills through skills development exercises and project planning on a 'Field and Enterprise Skills' module
This case study has been developed as part of the LTSN Engineering Teaching Awards 2003-2004, from data gathered through a demonstration of the teaching and learning materials available, interviews with the tutor and a student focus group. A novel approach has been taken to incorporate key skills development and PDP into the 'Field and Enterprise Skills' module for first year civil engineering students at Coventry University. The case study introduces the background, students' perspective, benefits, issues etc of this approach.

Author(s): Liz Willis, Tim Davis

URL(s):
 • http://www.engsc.ac.uk/downloads/awards/field.pdf


Awards:
LTSN Engineering Teaching Awards 2003-2004 Finalist LTSN Engineering Teaching Awards 2003-2004 Finalist
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Personal development planning (PDP) : Engineering Subject Centre web page
This web page about Personal Development Planning (PDP) on the Engineering Subject Centre site provides information and links relating PDP to learning and teaching. The page includes links to Continuing Professional Development information (CPD).

Author(s): Engineering Subject Centre (Corporate Author)

URL(s):
 • http://www.engsc.ac.uk/er/pdp/

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Scotland’s Quality Enhancement Themes : Engineering Subject Centre website
This is an Engineering Subject Centre web page about Scotland’s Quality Enhancement Themes. The Enhancement Themes initiative aims to enhance the student learning experience in Scottish higher education by identifying specific areas for development. The themes encourage academic and support staff and students to share current good practice and collectively generate ideas and models for innovation in learning and teaching. The web page contains links to useful resources for employability, assessment, and flexible delivery.

Author(s): Engineering Subject Centre (Corporate Author)

URL(s):
 • http://www.engsc.ac.uk/an/tqe/scotland.asp

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Student employability profiles : a guide for higher education practitioners
This guide for higher education practitioners features summaries of the 52 student employability profiles compiled by The Higher Education Academy and its Subject Centres with the Council for Industry and Higher Education (CIHE). Each profile identifies skills that can be developed through the study of a particular discipline, based on the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) subject benchmark statements. These skills have been mapped against input from CIHE Employer membership regarding the employability skills, competencies and attributes which they valued when recruiting. The...(more)

Author(s): Higher Education Academy et al. (Corporate Author)

URL(s):
 • http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/resources/detail/ourwork/employabilit

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Briefing on Employability 1 : issues for employers
This is one of seven Higher Education Academy briefings prepared for key stakeholders in employability. Briefings on Employability Number 1 'Issues for Employers' reviews areas such as awareness, work placements and key skills.

Author(s): Hugh Smith

URL(s):
 • http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/resources/detail/ourwork/employabilit

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Briefing on Employability 2 : are your students employable?
This is one of seven Higher Education Academy briefings for key stakeholders in employability (e.g. Employers, Students, Senior Managers Heads of Department, Careers Advisers). Briefings on Employability 2 'Are your students employable' covers: · The role of student development activities within employability · Employability activities within your union · Some existing employability schemes.

Author(s): Kate Lester

URL(s):
 • http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/resources/detail/ourwork/employabilit

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Briefing on Employability 3 : the contribution of learning, teaching, assessment and other curriculum projects to student employability
Briefings on Employability 3 'The contribution of learning, teaching, assessment and other curriculum projects to student employability' covers:
· Making the tacit explicit,
· Employability comes from good learning (and vice versa)
· Implications for projects.
It is one of seven Employability Briefings from the Higher Education Academy, produced for the key stakeholders in employability: Employers, Students, Project Initiatives, Senior Managers, Heads of Department, Careers Advisers and Subject Communities.

Author(s): Peter Knight

URL(s):
 • http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/resources/detail/ourwork/employabilit

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Briefing on Employability 4 : encouraging the development of employability : a guide for busy senior managers
Briefings on Employability 4 'Encouraging the Development of Employability: A Guide for Busy Senior Managers' discusses employability as a national priority, routes into the promotion of employability and leadership for employability. It is one of seven Higher Education Academy Employability Briefings produced for the key stakeholders in employability: Employers, Students, Project Initiatives, Senior Managers, Heads of Department, Careers Advisers and Subject Communities.

Author(s): Prof. Mantz Yorke

URL(s):
 • http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/resources/detail/ourwork/employabilit

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Briefing on Employability 5 : helping departments to develop employability
Briefings on Employability 5, 'Helping Departments to Develop Employability' concentrates on the implications for heads of department, regardless of their subject area, of government policies to enhance higher education's contribution to student employability. It is one of seven Higher Education Academy Employability Briefings produced for the key stakeholders in employability: Employers, Students, Project Initiatives, Senior Managers, Heads of Department, Careers Advisers and Subject Communities.

Author(s): Lee Harvey, Peter Knight

URL(s):
 • http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/resources/detail/ourwork/employabilit

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Briefing on Employability 6 : good learning and employability : issues for HE careers services & practitioners
Briefings on Employability 6 'Good Learning and Employability: Issues for HE Careers Services & Practitioners' provides a guide to student employability issues for HE career services, practical examples of careers service strategies to enhance student employability and guidance on additional sources of information and advice. It is one of seven Higher Education Academy Employability Briefings produced for the key stakeholders in employability: Employers, Students, Project Initiatives, Senior Managers, Heads of Department, Careers Advisers and Subject Communities.

Author(s): Ms Jeanne Booth

URL(s):
 • http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/resources/detail/ourwork/employabilit

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Briefing on Employability 7 : a subject community perspective on supporting the development of employability
This guide is for HEA subject centre managers and directors, who are invited to develop it into a briefing suitable for their academic communities. It includes
·Shared Understandings of Employability
·Enhancing Employability
·What does this mean for developing practice
·Responding to the Sceptics.

Author(s): Mr Rob Ward, Mr David Pierce

URL(s):
 • http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/resources/detail/ourwork/employabilit

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Developing professional skills
This UKCME guide outlines the skills required for successful lifelong and professional development and the strategies and methods through which these are achieveable. It also looks at the importance of professional learning skills and ways in which to achieve effective professional development.


Author(s): John Wilcox

URL(s):
 • http://www.materials.ac.uk/guides/developing.asp

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Embedding employability in the context of widening participation
(Ed./Ver: series 2)
This publication discusses how the issue of employability relates to student diversity. It considers the breadth of diversity in the student population, and the particular barriers these students may face in relation to employability. It then illustrates how steps can be implemented throughout the student lifecycle to improve the employability of all students, but particularly those from nontraditional backgrounds.

The Learning and Employability series is primarily intended for staff in HE institutions who are considering the enhancement of student employability. The publications will...(more)

Author(s): Liz Thomas, Robert Jones

URL(s):
 • http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/assets/York/documents/ourwork/tla/emp

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Embedding employability into the curriculum
(Ed./Ver: Series 1, no. 3)
This guide is part of the Higher Education Academy Learning and Employability series. The guide discusses a number of issues about embedding employability into a curriculum. It is relevant to colleagues who are designing new curricula or are considering how existing curricula might be altered to develop students' employability. It may be helpful to those whose curricula are coming up for review under an institution's (or some external body's) quality assurance processes.

Author(s): Prof. Mantz Yorke, Prof. Peter Knight

URL(s):
 • http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/assets/York/documents/ourwork/tla/emp

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Employability : judging and communicating achievements
(Ed./Ver: Series 1, no. 2)
This guide is part of the Higher Education Academy Learning and Employability series. The guide is for staff in Higher Education who are responsible for programmes and who need to ensure that those programmes make a clear contribution to student employability. It is also for those who work with programme leaders, particularly for educational developers.

Author(s): Prof. Mantz Yorke, Prof. Peter Knight

URL(s):
 • http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/assets/York/documents/ourwork/tla/emp

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Employability and doctoral research postgraduates
(Ed./Ver: series 2, no. 2)
This guide forms part of The Learning and Employability series. It is aimed at research supervisors and others engaged in running doctoral research programmes, and considers what can be done to support the development of employability of research students. It discusses the importance of postgraduate researchers to the UK economy, looks at where PhDs tend to gain employment both in and out of academia, and explores the ways in which research degree programmes can develop skills and thus employability. There are checklists of what supervisors and HEIs can do to encourage the development of employability...(more)

Author(s): Dr Janet Metcalfe, Dr Alexandra Gray

URL(s):
 • http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/resources/detail/ourwork/employabilit

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Employability and enterprise (Higher Education Academy)
This is the Higher Education Academy's web page on Employability and enterprise. There are many ways of thinking about ‘employable' graduates and there are diverse views about the ways in which employability can be enhanced. These pages offer a range of perspectives, but all are based on evidence that employability and effective student learning are linked. The Academy has also undertaken a substantial amount of work on Personal Development Planning (PDP).

Author(s): The Higher Education Academy (Corporate Author)

URL(s):
 • http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/ourwork/learning/employability

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Employability and Higher Education : what it is - what it is not
(Ed./Ver: Series 1, no. 1)
The guide is part of the Higher Education Academy Learning and Employability Series. The guide is intended to serve two purposes. First, it makes a case for employability as a set of achievements which constitute a necessary but not sufficient condition for the gaining of employment. Employability is, on the analysis presented here, considerably more complex than some proponents of 'core', 'key' and 'transferable' skills have suggested, and is strongly aligned with the academic valuing of good learning. The second purpose is consequential, in that this publication has considerable implications...(more)

Author(s): Prof. Mantz Yorke

URL(s):
 • http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/assets/York/documents/ourwork/tla/emp

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Employability and work-based learning
(Ed./Ver: series 1, no. 7)
This guide forms part of the Learning and Employability series. It discusses the learning that a student can gain from work experience. The term 'work-based learning' is taken to mean learning that is derived specifically from doing a job of work and taking on a workplace role.

Author(s): Brenda Little et al.

URL(s):
 • http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/resources/detail/Employability/employ

Employability Card Sorts
The Biosciences card sort is designed primarily to enable students to gain insight into the real nature of effective career planning and to learn how to progress their own plans, it can also be used to:
• Motivate students to identify their skills and areas which need further development.
• Encourage students to take responsibility for their own planning for learning and work.
• Enable students to understand how to enhance their CV.

Author(s): The Higher Education Academy Biosciences Subject Centre (Corporate Author)

URL(s):
 • http://www.bioscience.heacademy.ac.uk/issues/employability/cards

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Employable graduates for responsible employers
This Higher Education Academy webpage provides a summary of a research project that looked at the links between sustainability and employability in the graduate job market in relation to higher education teaching and learning. The report recommends how universities can change their culture, governance, career advice, teaching styles as well as employer links through work experience, volunteering and low-level research led by students with employers. Links to the full report and a pdf of the research briefing are available from this web page.

Author(s): Adam Cade

URL(s):
 • http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/projects/detail/esd/esd_employable_gr

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Enhancing Student Employability Co-ordination Team (ESECT)
The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) funded the Enhancing Student Employability Coordination Team (ESECT) to help the sector engage with this policy priority. Its work began on 1st September 2002 and finished at the end of February 2005. ESECT has dovetailed its plans with those of the Higher Education Academy to provide a ‘one stop shop’ on employability matters.

Author(s): ESECT (Corporate Author)

URL(s):
 • http://www.hefce.ac.uk/learning/tinits/esect/
 • http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/ourwork/learning/employability (HEA employability link)

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Entrepreneurship and higher education : an employability perspective
This guide is part of the Higher Education Academy Learning and Employability series. It argues that entrepreneurship can be seen as a special form of employability. The briefing paper begins the task of connecting entrepreneurship - which can be seen as an add-on available to a selection of science and business students - to mainstream undergraduate and postgraduate practice.

Author(s): Neil Moreland

URL(s):
 • http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/assets/York/documents/ourwork/tla/emp

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Ethics and employability
(Ed./Ver: series 2, no. 4)
This guide forms part of The Learning and Employability series, intended for staff in higher education who are involved in the area of student employability. This publication aims to show how ethics, far from being antithetical to business, or an optional add-on to any description of employability, is central to both. It looks at the importance of ethical reflection in contemporary business and the professions. It then analyses more closely the meanings of ethics and employability. Finally, it examines how ethics might be embedded in the curriculum.

Author(s): Rev Simon Robinson

URL(s):
 • http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/resources/detail/Employability/employ

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Good practice in industrial work placement
This guide, Good Practice in Industrial Work Placement, was produced by LTSN Physical Sciences (now the Higher Education Academy Physical Sciences Centre). It is of relevance to academics dealing with degree courses which incorporate a year in industry. It offers useful suggestions on how to ensure the year is rewarding for the student, the company and the academic institution.

Author(s): Dr Robert Murray, Mr Ray Wallace

URL(s):
 • http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/physsci/publications/practiceguides

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Part-time students and employability
(Ed./Ver: series 2, no. 3)
This guide forms part of the Learning and Employability series, intended for staff in higher education who are involved in the area of student employability. It considers the issue of employability from the perspective of part-time students on undergraduate programmes. It looks at the findings from some recent studies of part-time students and highlights aspects that could have a particular bearing on employability within a higher education curriculum.

Author(s): Dr Brenda Little et al.

URL(s):
 • http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/assets/York/documents/ourwork/tla/emp

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Pedagogy for employability
(Ed./Ver: series 1, no. 8)
This guide forms part of the The Learning and Employability series, intended for staff in higher education who are involved in the area of student employability. It concentrates on teaching, learning and assessment at the levels of the study unit and the teaching encounter: programme-wide issues are covered in the companion Guide 'Embedding employability into the curriculum'.

Author(s): Pedagogy for employability group (Corporate Author)

URL(s):
 • http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/resources/detail/Employability/employ

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Personal development planning and employability : revised edition [Learning and Employability series]
(Ed./Ver: Revised edition)
This guide forms part of the Learning and Employability series, which is being extended by the Higher Education Academy to reflect changing challenges and priorities in the relationship between higher education and the many work opportunities likely to need – or benefit from – graduate or postgraduate abilities. This revised edition builds upon and extends the structure of the first by considering the development of personal development planning (PDP) within a more explicit careers-oriented frame and a modified categorisation for the Case Studies.

Author(s): Prof. Mantz Yorke (series editor)

URL(s):
 • http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/assets/York/documents/ourwork/learnin

Personal learning in the built environment
This is an ACBEE case study about a Personal Learning Plan (PLP) for all undergraduate students studying in the Construction Management and Surveying Programme (CMS), School of the Built Environment, Heriot-Watt University. It was produced and implemented in preparation for the requirement of all higher education providers to offer a Personal Development Plan for all students by 2005/2006. The PLP requires students to self assess their skills and plan ways of developing and improving them by undertaking either academic work, paid employment (related or not related to their degree) and social activities/interests....(more)

Author(s): Dr Fiona Grant

URL(s):
 • http://www.cebe.heacademy.ac.uk/learning/acbee/read_abstract?ide

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Reflection and employability
(Ed./Ver: Series 1, no. 4)
The guide is part of the Higher Education Academy Learning and Employability series. The guide is an exploration of the rationale for treating reflection as an achievement which can not only help a student to become employed but is also an achievement which will help them in their employment. It also considers how reflection can be integrated into the higher education curriculum.

Author(s): Jenny Moon

URL(s):
 • http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/resources/detail/ourwork/employabilit

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Supporting New Academic Staff (SNAS) online database
This web page on the Higher Education Academy website provides access to the Supporting New Academic Staff (SNAS) online database - a collection of discipline-specific and generic resources for new academic staff. Resources have been chosen on generic topics such as Assessment, Curriculum design, and Group work; and on discipline-specific topics such as Fieldwork and Laboratory work. The database is primarily for the use of PG Cert L & T Course Tutors and the new academic staff enrolled on their learning and teaching programmes.

Author(s): Higher Education Academy (Corporate Author)

URL(s):
 • http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/snasdatabase.asp

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The Higher Education Academy
This is the website of The Higher Education Academy (HEA). The Academy's mission is to help institutions, discipline groups and all staff to provide the best possible learning experience for their students. The website provides access to further details about the Academy, including its structure, subject network and functions. The Engineering Subject Centre is one of the 24 centres of the Academy's subject network.

URL(s):
 • http://www.heacademy.ac.uk

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Widening participation and employability
(Ed./Ver: Series 1, no. 5)
This guide concentrates on the employability facet of student success and is designed to facilitate the sharing of ideas and practices amongst lecturers, policy makers and practitioners. The guide discusses the issues affecting widening participation and employability, and focuses on:
1. The background to widening participation
2. Issues regarding employability
3. Examples of current practice
4. An agenda for change.
The guide is part of the Higher Education Academy Learning and Employability series.

Author(s): Prof. Geoff Layer

URL(s):
 • http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/resources/detail/Employability/employ

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Work-related learning in higher education
(Ed./Ver: series 2, no. 1)
This guide forms part of the Learning and Employability series, intended for staff in higher education who are involved in the area of student employability. It covers the planning and provision of the formal curriculum and the co-curriculum (such as through careers advice and guidance). This paper begins by defining work-related learning, and after comparing it with work-based learning, provides the rationale for incorporating work-related learning in the higher education academic curriculum before discussing examples of what that work-related curriculum might contain.

Author(s): Neil Moreland

URL(s):
 • http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/resources/detail/Employability/employ

A toolkit for enhancing personal development planning strategy, policy and practice in higher education institutions
This toolkit has been produced as part of a programme of work to support
HEIs in Scotland implement Personal Development Planning (PDP). This work has been carried out by QAA Scotland jointly with the Higher Education Academy and the Centre for Recording Achievement through the Scottish PDP Forum. The toolkit may prove useful to those wishing to develop and enhance PDP provision.

The toolkit is available in PDF format and a hard copy version and interactive website are planned.

Author(s): Kirsty Miller et al.

URL(s):
 • http://www.qaa.ac.uk/scotland/PDP/PDP_Toolkit_Final.pdf

ACBEE case study : interdisciplinary design for the built environment (IDBE) Masters Programme
This Accelerating Change in Built Environment Education (ACBEE)case study, on the CEBE website, examines interdisciplinary education in the IDBE course, a Masters programme that accepts Engineers, Architects, Constructors, Surveyors, Planners, Clients and other disciplines. Through lectures, seminars and collaborative project work it encourages students to explore beyond the historic boundaries of their own particular specialism. It is a part time-course organised into a pattern of one week intensive study sessions.

Author(s): Paul Kirby, Annabel Hollick

URL(s):
 • http://www.cebe.heacademy.ac.uk/learning/acbee/read_abstract?ide

Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS)
This is the website of The Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS), the professional association of careers professionals in Higher Education. Its members include the careers services of all the universities and most of the major degree-awarding colleges in the UK and Ireland, as well as over 1,450 individuals concerned with the delivery of careers information, advice and guidance to HE students and graduates both in the UK and overseas.
This site also offers access to an Employability Portal, developed as part of the ESECT project. The resource is provided to facilitate...(more)

URL(s):
 • http://www.agcas.org.uk/

Creating future proof graduates
This is a website created as part of a National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS) project 'Creating future proof graduates : transformative learning through critical incidents'. The aim of the project was "to create resources which will help students identify and prepare for critical incidents which, according to employers, epitomise the major problems that newly qualified graduates encounter when they start work in the ‘real world'". The website includes resources based on research with employers and students.

Author(s): Birmingham City University (Corporate Author)

URL(s):
 • http://www2.bcu.ac.uk/futureproof

Department for Employment & Learning Northern Ireland (DELNI)
This is the website of The Department for Employment and Learning, Northern Ireland. The website provides information about education, training, employment measures and legislation. It provides access to publications, contacts and briefing on new initiatives.

Author(s): Northern Ireland Executive (Corporate Author)

URL(s):
 • http://www.delni.gov.uk/

Employability : the Skills for Business Network : a briefing paper for Scottish higher education institutions
This publication QAA 084 07/05 forms part of the QAA's 'Enhancing practice' series. It relates to the 'enhancement theme' of employability for Scotland and covers the role of the Sector Skills Development Agancy, Sector Skills Councils, Sector Skills Alliance Scotland and the Skills for Business Network.

Author(s): Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (Corporate Author)

URL(s):
 • http://www.enhancementthemes.ac.uk/documents/employability/SSASc

Resource description originator
Employability card sort : Physical Sciences
The Higher Education Academy's Physical Sciences Centre produced an employability card sort exercise that helps students prioritise their skills development. Students should undertake this exercise with help and support from their tutor. Files are available from this list as win-zip files. There is a link to another employability card sort from Biosciences with this record.

Author(s): Physical Sciences Subject Centre (Corporate Author)

URL(s):
 • http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/physsci/resources/downloads

Employer engagement (HEFCE web page)
This is a web page from The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) about employer engagement. It describes the role of higher education in economic productivity and growth, including strategy, policy and pilot projects in support of employer engagement.

Author(s): The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) (Corporate Author)

URL(s):
 • http://www.hefce.ac.uk/learning/employer/

Employers' forum on disability
This is the website of The Employers' Forum on Disability, a UK employers' organisation focused on the issue of disability in the workplace. It is funded and managed by employers. The Forum represents organisations in the private, public and educational sectors who employ over 20% of the UK workforce. The Forum is recognised as the authoritative voice on disability as it affects employers and service providers. The website provides further information about the organisation, its resources and events and membership details.

URL(s):
 • http://www.employers-forum.co.uk/

Employment opportunities for people with disabilities
This is the website of Employment Opportunities, a charity helping people with disabilities find and retain work. It also provides a wide range of support and advice to employers on disability and employment issues and has a section for students and graduates.

URL(s):
 • http://www.opportunities.org.uk/

Engineering leadership education : a snapshot review of international good practice
This is a summary report of a snap-shot review of engineering leadership education. It was sponsored by the Bernard M. Gordon-MIT engineering leadership program. Key findings were that there were differences in attitude and approach between the US and the rest of the world; most programs were US-based; overall there was a lack of resources, expertise and formal networks in engineering leadership education, compared to engineering entrepreneurship education and global engineering education.


Author(s): Dr Ruth Graham, Dr Edward Crawley, Bruce R. Mendelsohn

URL(s):
 • http://web.mit.edu/gordonelp/elewhitepaper.pdf

EngineeringUK

Other title: Engineering UK

This is the website of EngineeringUK, a non-profit making organisation that works in partnership with business and industry, Government, education and the profession to improve the perception of engineering and technology in the UK. The organisation was previously known as the Engineering and Technology Board (ETB). The website contains news, events, case studies and further information about EngineeringUK's work.

URL(s):
 • http://www.engineeringuk.com/

Future fit : preparing graduates for the world of work
This report highlights good practice by universities and employers to help students in higher education develop the employability skills they will need in their working lives. It is divided into employability, what works, survey findings, case studies and further information.

Author(s): CBI on Higher Education (Corporate Author)

URL(s):
 • http://highereducation.cbi.org.uk/uploaded/HRE_091_Future%20Fit%

Guidelines for HE progress files
Development of the 'Guidelines for HE progress files' was co-ordinated by QAA and written by a consortium from Universities UK, Universities Scotland), SCOP, QAA and LTSN. The Guidelines have been prepared to help universities and colleges of higher education develop and introduce Progress Files.

Author(s): QAA (Corporate Author)

URL(s):
 • http://www.qaa.ac.uk/academicinfrastructure/progressfiles/guidel

On becoming an innovative university teacher : reflection in action
(Ed./Ver: 2nd)
This webpage provides publisher's information for a book about innovative teaching. Though not specifically written for engineers, the author is an engineer and the examples are mostly taken from engineering. This book mixes theory with real examples to show how teachers in HE can design activities to encourage students to reflect on their own performance and learning. It also demonstrates how teachers can reflect on their own practice.


Author(s): John Cowan

URL(s):
 • http://www.mcgraw-hill.co.uk/cgi-bin/search_title_in_all.pl?by=t

Personal development planning in the first year [Quality enhancement themes : the first year experience]
This is an enhancement themes' enhancing practice publication from the QAA Scotland. The resource is an outcome of a First Year theme activity and looks at personal development planning (pdp). The publication also includes references to practice in the Engineering discipline and resources avaliable from the Engineering Subject Centre.

Author(s): Kirsty Miller et al.

URL(s):
 • http://www.enhancementthemes.ac.uk/documents/firstyear/PDPFinal_

Progress files for higher education
The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education's (QAA) mission is to safeguard the public interest in sound standards of higher education qualifications and to encourage continuous improvement in the management of the quality of higher education. This web page describes what Progress files are and provides a link to guidelines on their preparation. It also defines PDP and the website provides consulation documents and policy statements about this initiative.

Author(s): The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (Corporate Author)

URL(s):
 • http://www.qaa.ac.uk/academicinfrastructure/progressfiles/defaul

PROGRESS Project strategy guide : employability strategies for progression
This guide discusses opportunities to acquire skills relevant for a smooth transition from HE to industry and which should be included within the curriculum of all vocational degree courses. These skills should include those relevant to working in a competitive engineering environment. The awareness of this by students could benefit application to academic studies and retention rates.

In addition this mini-Guide has identified a list of principles of good teaching for developing employability under headings: personal qualities, core skills, process skills, and has identified weaknesses....(more)

Author(s): Dr Steve Littlewood

URL(s):
 • http://www.hull.ac.uk/engprogress/Prog3Papers/LittlewoodES.pdf

PROGRESS Project Strategy Guide : PDP for Progression in Engineering
PROGRESS was a FDTL Phase 3 project based in the Engineering Department at the University of Hull, in collaboration with a consortium from Huddersfield, Sheffield Hallam, Leeds Metropolitan, Brunel and East Anglia Universities. PROGRESS aimed to assist academics delivering courses in Electrical and Electronic Engineering in enhancing student progression and achievement. Within this broad aim Progress produced a series of case studies/educator guides that are applicable throughout all engineering disciplines.

This guide book was co-authored by a group of academics who have identified...(more)

Author(s): Elaine M. Smith (Corporate Author), Barry Beggs, Alan Robinson

URL(s):
 • http://www.hull.ac.uk/engprogress/Prog3Papers/PDPGuide.pdf

Prospects.ac.uk : graduate careers website

Other title: Graduate prospects

This is the website of Graduate Prospects (Prospects.ac.uk), the graduate careers service. Graduate Prospects works with students, graduates and recruiters. It works in partnership with HECSU (the Higher Education Careers Services Unit), AGCAS (Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services), SCOP (the Standing Conference of Principals of Colleges) and Universities UK to maintain its status as the UK’s official graduate careers support service. This page offers subject-based guidance.

Author(s): Graduate Prospects Ltd. (Corporate Author)

URL(s):
 • http://www.prospects.ac.uk/cms/ShowPage/Home_page/Options_with_y

Quality assurance and employer engagement in HE learning
This is a web page relating to the HEFCE report and accompanying research report that present findings and recommendations from the Quality Assurance Task Group (HEFCE and the QAA) on employer engagement. The group looked at the quality assurance needs of employer-led and funded provision to see whether the HE sector requires additional support.

URL(s):
 • http://www.hefce.ac.uk/pubs/rdreports/2008/rd13_08/

RAPID 2000

Other title: Promoting Skill Development on Undergraduate Programmes in Civil and Building Engineering: a Strategic Approach based on Professional Development needs.

The RAPID 2000 Project aimed to promote skills development on undergraduate programmes in civil and building engineering, based on professional development needs. There are now seven customised versions of the original Construction Management Web-based RAPID Progress File. These new files cover a range of (mainly) construction related disciplines including Civil Engineering and Quantity Surveying and enable students and graduates to record their achievements and engage in the processes of Personal Development Planning (PDP)

The project has received continuation funding to extend the...(more)

Author(s): Rapid Project Team (Corporate Author)

URL(s):
 • http://rapidprojects.lboro.ac.uk/rapid2k.html

Real World Magazine : engineering graduate case studies
Real World magazine, a UK's careers magazine, is published six times a year and is available, free of charge, at your careers service and around campus. It was founded in 1999 to support student employment. Its website contains a selection of case studies relating to engineering graduates.

URL(s):
 • http://www.realworldmagazine.com/Case%20Studies?runSearch=true&r

Science for careers : report of the science and society expert group
This report suggests that high achieving role models and case studies from academia and research may not have a wide appeal for young people and may affect the image they have of the potential of a career in science. The report recommends that more careers information is required about opportunities in SMEs, scientists working in every day settings or in the emerging technological sectors. It suggests that careers information, outreach and communications programmes consider scientists of all types and at all levels.




Author(s): Science for Careers group (Corporate Author)

URL(s):
 • http://interactive.bis.gov.uk/scienceandsociety/site/careers/201
 • http://interactive.bis.gov.uk/scienceandsociety/site/careers/fil

Sector Skills Council for Science, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies : SEMTA
This is the website for SEMTA, the Sector Skills Council for Science, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies. It is an employer-led, UK wide charity owned by industry. It is licensed by the Secretary of State for Education and Skills and regulated by the Sector Skills Development Agency (SSDA) to enhance UK productivity through improvement in its sector skill base. SEMTA includes broad engineering information such as aerospace, electrical engineering, electronics and mathematics.

Author(s): SEMTA (Corporate Author)

URL(s):
 • http://www.semta.org.uk

SEDA Publication Review : employability : learning through partnerships with employers by Ruth Pilkington
(Ed./Ver: SEDA Special 15)
This is a SEDA special publication no. 15. The report is a result of experience drawn from working on a number of projects such as work-related learning, PDP, employability, and learning organisations. It shows how working with employers can create opportunities, which can support learning for individuals, organisations and academic communities.

Chapters address five key employability challenges on how to:
- develop a model for co-operation between academic practitioners and employers in a range of sectors;
- support cultures of learning within and between employing organisations;...(more)

Author(s): Ruth Pilkington

URL(s):
 • http://www.seda.ac.uk/?p=5_2&pid=94

SET for Success

Other title: Final Report of Sir Gareth Roberts' Review on Science and Engineering Skills in the UK

In March 2001, Sir Gareth Roberts was asked by the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Secretaries of State at the Department of Trade and Industry and at the Department for Education and Skills to undertake a review into the supply of science and engineering skills in the UK. The review was commissioned as part of the Government's productivity and innovation strategy. The report sets out a series of recommendations to the Government, employers and others with an interest in fostering science, engineering and innovation in the UK.

Author(s): Sir Gareth Roberts

URL(s):
 • http://www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/ent_res_roberts.htm

Skills for Business

Other title: Sector Skills Development Agency

A network of UK-wide Sector Skills Councils (SSCs) started in 2002 charged to lead the skills and productivity drive in industry and business sectors as recognised by employers. It brings together employers, trade unions and professional bodies working with government. The Skills for Business network is made up of the 25 Sector Skills Councils (SSCs) – each one is an employer-led, independent organisation. The website provides access to the SSC's, news, views and documents.

URL(s):
 • http://www.dius.gov.uk/skills/sector_skills_councils

STEMNET : Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics network
This is the website of STEMNET. STEMNET's aim is for more young people in the UK to choose science, technology, engineering, and maths (STEM) related careers. The website includes information about the SETPOINT network, Science and Engineering Ambassadors, Information and advice for Teachers and Information and advice for Employers.

Author(s): STEMNET (Corporate Author)

URL(s):
 • http://www.stemnet.org.uk/

Talent fishing : what businesses want from postgraduates : a CIHE report for Department of Business Innovation and Skills
This report considers employer attitudes to postgraduates. The research was carried out by CIHE between December 2009 and February 2010. A sample of HR Directors and senior managers were surveyed online and follow-up interviews were carried out. The report looks at whether organisations recruited postgraduates, how they recruited and at values and concerns. The conclusions of the report provide recommendations for businesses and universities.

Author(s): Helen Connor, Peter Forbes, David Docherty

URL(s):
 • http://www.cihe.co.uk/wp-content/themes/cihe/document.php?file=1

Teaching Citizenship in Higher Education
This is the website for Teaching Citizenship in Higher Education. It features learning activities, PDP guidance, and suggestions for educational developers. The project is the result of a collaboration between the Universities of Southampton, Keele and Liverpool John Moores and funded through HEFCE FDTL Phase 5.

URL(s):
 • http://www.southampton.ac.uk/citizened/

teamwork.ac.uk
This website was set up as part of a project 'Marketing Graduates’ Skills', one of the Higher Education Innovations Fund series, initiated by DfES and taken over by HEFCE, (2000 - 2002). The website currently serves as an archive for the project, and also presents materials used with LSE students to develop 'teamwork skills' and work creatively and effectively on group projects. The site also advertises Peter Levin's book 'Successful Teamwork'.

Author(s): Dr Peter Levin, Ivan Kent

URL(s):
 • http://www.synergesis.com/LSEteamwork/

Resource description originator
The future of engineering research
This report explores the key issues surrounding engineering research in the UK at the time of publication in 2003. The Royal Academy of Engineering identified various trends in the engineering research environment that demanded closer attention. They hoped to focus the attention of the members of the research community, and those who influence these issues through policy and funding whilst appealing to prevent a serious skills shortage in coming years.

Author(s): The Royal Academy of Engineering (Corporate Author)

URL(s):
 • http://www.raeng.org.uk/news/publications/list/reports/Future_of

The reflective practitioner : how professionals think in action
This is guide to reflective practice. It is aimed at teachers of students or apprentices. It is categorised as “business, finance and law”, but a significant proportion of the examples used are of engineers and, because of its emphasis on professional practice, the book is particularly relevant to engineering.

Author(s): Donald A. Schon

URL(s):
 • http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/1857423194/qid=11279893

The year in industry
The Year in Industry is a UK student work placement programme, offering paid placements for students during their gap year or degree course. The website offers information for students, parents and teachers/careers advisors including means of application, case studies and links to companies.

Author(s): EDT (Corporate Author)

URL(s):
 • http://www.yini.org.uk/

Where do engineering graduates go?
This is a briefing paper from EngineeringUK that aims to provide an analysis of where higher education leavers from engineering and technology subject areas are going and what they are doing. The destination of higher education leavers (DLHE) is taken from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) survey data for 2008.

Author(s): EngineeringUK (Corporate Author)

URL(s):
 • http://www.engineeringuk.com/_db/_documents/Where_do_Engineering

  

 

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