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How inspirational and innovative Teaching and Learning projects at the University of Huddersfield prepare our graduates with employability skills for a changing world of work.

By Lisa J. Ward and Jane A. Gaffikin

Abstract

How inspirational and innovative Teaching and Learning projects at the University of Huddersfield prepare our graduates with employability skills for a changing world of work.\ud The University of Huddersfield is one of the Top Ten providers of Sandwich Education (one year work placement as part of a four year degree) in the UK. Our strategy aims include ‘to produce employable and enterprising graduates’. We are committed to work placements to such an extent that they are ‘fee free’. We have a huge range of vocational courses and our scholarly courses also contain strong work integrated learning components.\ud \ud Our Teaching and Learning initiatives include a suite of projects funded by the ‘Teaching Quality Enhancement Fund’. The paper will focus on how these innovative and inspirational projects support the development and ultimately the employability of our students. In particular projects focus on:\ud • Practical support for students including: peer assisted learning, support for disabled students, researching how today’s students learn, and building student confidence in the use of an academic library.\ud • Employer engagement and working with the wider community. This includes community and work related opportunities for music students, networks for students and professionals in creative and traditional industries, and work with our partners in the Further Education sector.\ud • Creativity: including pure creativity delivered by an inspirational drama team, and using creativity within teaching in Higher Education.\ud \ud These projects help our students to attain graduate-level skills, to position themselves in the community, industry and workplace of the future and to become more creative ‘thinkers’.\ud The paper will focus upon how the project outcomes support our students in entering an ever changing world of work

Topics: LB2300
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.hud.ac.uk:8250

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