This QAA Scotland infographic highlights the elements of the graduate skills including equality and diversity, readiness for employment and global perspective.
Each year, we choose a topic for the Focus On project. We base this on our findings from Enhancement-led Institutional Review (ELIR). We invite all Scottish higher education institutions and students’ associations to tell us how we can give them the best support around this topic. This guarantees what we do will be useful and relevant.
With the apprenticeships and skills work high on the agenda across the sector, a Focus On: Graduate Skills is relevant and timely. This project will also build on our previous work including the Graduates for the 21st Century Enhancement Theme.
We identified topics relating to graduate skills in Enhancement-led Institutional Review (ELIR) Outcome Reports and in our Thematic Report on Employability and Graduate Attributes.
We consulted Scottish higher education institutions and students’ associations to identify the priority areas for our work on graduate skills. As a result, the project will consider:
There will also be an international angle to our work, recognising that Scotland is an exporter of graduates around the globe and that all graduates will live and work in a global society.
On 5 December 2018 QAA Scotland guest-hosted the #LTHEchat on the subject of 'Graduate Skills'. We used this tweetchat to ask a series of questions about how higher education institutions and providers can better support student to develop the skills they will need to thrive in their lives and work following their studies. You can see the whole tweetchat conversation by clicking on this button.
The aim of this project is to analyse the views of current students on the skills they are developing through their studies at higher education institutions in Scotland, addressing the following questions:
This work is being carried out by Dr Maxine Swingler, Dr Archie Roy, Anna Rolinska, Dr Maria Gardini, and Scott Kirby of the University of Glasgow. Project outputs will be posted here in May 2019 and shared at the Focus On: Graduate Skills sharing practice event on 5 June 2019.
This event will celebrate good practice and share current approaches to skills development through a variety of presentation and workshop sessions from institutions across Scotland. In addition, the early outcomes of two commissioned research projects on student, graduate, and employer views on graduate skills will be shared on this day. The event will be held in The Studio in Glasgow. The registration page for this event will be posted here in due course.
The ‘Graduates for the 21st Century’ Enhancement Theme, which ran from 2011-2014, combined the work of the earlier Enhancement Themes. Issues raised relating to Employability (originally an Enhancement Theme in 2004) are still relevant in 2019, and the following resources may prove useful.