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Following the introduction of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), expectations and assessment of universities have changed dramatically. In particular, levels of graduate employability is now a vital measure of the teaching excellence of a university, with two new supplementary metrics based on the longitudinal education outcomes data.

In order successfully attract new students and remain competitive in the new higher education landscape, you must develop clear strategies to maximise employability prospects for your students.

On this Improving Graduate Employability in Higher Education course, receive the latest guidance on the expectations for employability set out in the TEF.  Learn how to engage effectively with employers and create a successful university-wide strategy for maximising graduate employability. This course will be chaired by Eluned Jones, Director of Student Employability, University of Birmingham.

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Learning Outcomes

  • Receive up to date guidance on graduate employment requirements and importance of maximising employability skills for students
  • Take away innovative approaches to embedding employability in curriculum design
  • Learn how to develop an outstanding student employability service
  • Identify how universities and employers can work most effectively together
  • Take back an action plan to improve graduate employability
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09:15 - 09:45


09:45 - 10:00

Chair’s Welcome & Clarification of Learning Objectives

10:00 - 11:00

Employability and the TEF: Exploring Recent Developments

  • Review the current graduate employment landscape and importance of maximising employability skills in your university
  • Discuss the impact of the new Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) on graduate employability
  • Examine innovative approaches to embedding employability in curriculum design
  • Share ideas and good practice about how to develop transferable and technical skills in your curriculum
  • Identify common challenges for universities in maximising graduate employment
11:00 - 11:15

Morning Break

11:15 - 12:00

Employability-Related Learning Gain and Student Outcomes

  • Explore the role of career services in maximising employability-related learning gain and student outcomes
  • Share ideas for securing buy-in for embedding skills and employability from academics and management
  • Examine innovative models of employability-related learning gain
  • Explore the role of learning gain in enhancing evidence-based institutional graduate employability
12:00 - 12:45

Case Study: Developing an Outstanding Student Employability Service

  • Examine how to develop an outstanding student employability service
  • Learn about innovative and effective career guidance services
  • Develop a shared agenda on employability, especially in terms of student experience
  • Understand the benefits of work experience, internships, degree apprenticeships and placements
  • Learn how to embed social mobility considerations into your university’s career services
12:45 - 13:45


13:45 - 14:45

Developing an Integrated Approach to Student Success and Employability

  • Research to practice, learning lessons from the literature
  • Employability, Assessment and Feedback, Retention and Attainment – synergies and lenses for curriculum design
  • Developing a shared language around employability and student success
  • Strengthening relationships – engaging staff, students and employers in the curriculum design process
14:45 - 15:00

Afternoon Break

15:00 - 16:00

Workshop: Building Graduate Employability Considerations into Your Organisation’s Policy Design

  • Discuss how to improve your university’s graduate employability to enhance your university’s competitive edge
  • Round-table discussion to ascertain the best methods of engaging students with career services
  • Explore innovative approaches to building career skills and work-based learning
  • Develop effective partnerships with employers to design more effective career services
  • Take back an action plan to improve graduate employability for your students
16:00 - 16:15

Feedback, Evaluation & Close


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