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Shifting the focus from skills to ‘graduateness’

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WATTLE Presents in collaboration with UOW Careers Central:

Lorna Froud, Director of Employability at the University of Reading, with Chris Rust, Emeritus, Professor of Higher Education at Oxford Brookes University, UK.

"There is no difference between academic skills and employment skills,"(Jackson, 2011, p1). In this workshop Lorna Froud and Chris Rust examine the relationship between graduate attributes and employability and discuss how approaches to learning can improve both students’ employability and their academic achievement. They will argue that there is often a false dichotomy in the minds of academics between employability, and the so-called 'skills agenda', and the teaching of academic disciplines. And even in professional courses, the view of employability can be very blinkered, limited to getting a job and working in the specific profession e.g. law, nursing, architecture. It is their argument that an explicit focus on the graduate attribute 'personal literacy' - literally the ability to 'read oneself', to be critically self-aware- can unite the academic and employability agendas and reveal them as one, joint enterprise. In addition, that both the development of employability and the learning of academic disciplines can be significantly improved through the development of students' critical self-awareness and personal literacy. Having made this case, they will then go on to consider examples of how this might be achieved in practice.

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Lorna Froud was Head of Careers at Oxford Brookes University, UK, during which time she also served on the Board of AGCAS (Association of Graduate Careers Advisors). More recently she was Director of Employability at the University of Reading, UK. She is now an independent consultant.

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Chris Rust is Emeritus Professor of Higher Education at Oxford Brookes where he worked for over 25 years. He was Head of the Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development, and Deputy Director of the Human Resource Directorate from 2001-2011. Between 2005-10 he was also Deputy Director for two Centres for Excellence in Teaching and Learning - ASKe (Assessment Standards Knowledge Exchange) and the Reinvention Centre for undergraduate research (led by Warwick University). For his last three years, he was Associate Dean (Academic Policy).


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