A degree of employability: a research agenda towards curricula design

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The challenge of providing commercial science and technology skills in an academic environment stimulates considerable debate, with industry suggesting it cannot be done. In investigating enhancing employability skills of STEM graduates many institutions are considering new initiatives and policies. This research works towards developing models to change practice in curriculum design by embedding industry frameworks. The application of SFIA in course design intends to improve the student journey from undergraduate to graduate to employee by incorporating skills and language required by professionals, into the heart of HE curricula. The paper reflects the efforts to meet these goals and sets out an agenda for research to identify the impact of the approach. A key deliverable is a transferable model for the development of fit-for-purpose academic curricula in HEIs, fully aligned with industry requirements and needs. The research progresses to clarify the impact and effectiveness of this approach.


ConferenceLearning and Teaching Conference
Period3/12/12 → …
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  • Curricula design
  • employability
  • SFIA
  • STEM
  • skills framework


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