Improving employability in Higher Education: Delivering and embedding employability modules within undergraduate courses

Karl McCormack


Employability is receiving increased attention from higher education providers, parents, government and statistical bodies, as well as staff and students (Graves & Maher, 2014; HEA, 2015) but this focus is nothing new, it can be traced back to the Robbins Report (1963) and the Dearing Report (1997). 

The Higher Education Academy (HEA) (2015) stated that employability was an institutional wide responsibility and even developed an employability framework for embedding employability.

QAA subject benchmark statements make reference to the expectation that graduates will develop employability skills through their programme of study (HEA, 2012).

This short evaluative project will reflect on my experiences of embedding employability into the curriculum focusing on a module called Professional Development.

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