How we develop professional capability through the undergraduate curriculum: A WIL Perspective. Dr Jenny Willis SCEPTrE Fellow Independent Educational Consultant. University of Surrey context and reputation HE is for more than employability
Dr Jenny Willis
Independent Educational Consultant
University of Surrey context and reputation undergraduate curriculum: A WIL Perspective
HE is for more than employability
Professional development structures at the University
The research brief
Questions for discussionDiscussion outlineAGN with QUT 16 April 2010
Discover Your Employability
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University of Surrey graduates are the most employable of any chartered university in England. No other university is able to match our consistently outstanding performance in the employment league tables.
In 2008 (the latest available statistics), 96.7 per cent of our graduates entered employment or further study, compared with the national average of 91 per cent. This is the best figure of any chartered university in England.
Between 1996 and 2008, Surrey had an average unemployment rate of just 2.3 per cent, compared with the national average of 6.3 per cent. This ranks us first overall.
This means that over a 13-year period we have had the lowest average graduate unemployment rate of any UK university.
Discover the University of Surrey.
Lowest average unemployment rates for UK universities, 1996–2008
1 Surrey 2.3%
2 Hull 3.5%
3 Cambridge 4.1%
4 Nottingham 4.2%
5 Bristol 4.2%
6 Imperial 4.8%
Educated for Success
Our outstanding employment record is a clear indication that employers value the knowledge, skills and experience of Surrey graduates.
“a set of achievements, understandings and personal attributes that make individuals more likely to gain employment and be successful in their chosen occupations.”Yorke & Knight 2003
“Increasingly, it is the students’ capacity to fend for themselves in the wider world that is coming into view, their capacities to sustain themselves, to engage with the wider world, to be resilient and to prosper – not just economically – in it. We are witnessing the emergence, surely, of a curriculum for life.” Barnett and Coate 2005:119
“to facilitate the development of degree-level learning through an associated emphasis upon the reflective learning processes.”Moreland 2006
Professional Training Experience? undergraduate curriculum: A WIL Perspective
Only 50% annual uptakeso what else?How does the University develop these professional competences?
How we develop professional capability through the undergraduate curriculum?: A WIL Perspective
Are there generic core competencies that relate to becoming professional being developed through the curriculum and professional training programmes?
To provide base-line data as part of SCEPTrE’s legacy, with examples of practice to inform future curriculum development and delivery
Flexibility: responsive to different needs and values – how to compare?
Incomplete data on web how to compare?
Hard copies of handbooks
Central systems that do not support data analysis/retrieval
Staff resistance to interviewDifficulties: 2, access to data 3, validity of data
Difficulties: 4, complexity and variability -how to present the data?