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The graduate employment paradox – and how thinking locally might unlock it Charlie Ball Head of Higher Education Intelligence, Higher Education Careers Service

An interesting article from Charlie Ball redefining the profile of a 2018/19 graduate

We tend to assume that the ‘average student’ will be a young person, starting university at 18, who will move away from home to study for an honours degree on a full time basis and on graduating, will then move again to wherever is ‘best’ (commonly London) to find work.

Age and study status assumptions probably still hold: part time and mature student numbers have fallen in recent years and so new students tend to be 18 and studying full-time. A closer look at the data suggests it is time to challenge many long-held assumptions around student mobility and outcomes.

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Preparing for degree study. Analysis of Access to Higher Education Diplomas and integrated foundation year courses

This report shows that there are similarities between Access to Higher Education Diplomas and integrated foundation year courses, but also important differences.

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Following on from the recent thought proving BBC programme Climate Change -The Facts please take a look at ‘Changing Systems, Not Just Lightbulbs – a new guide to Zero Carbon in Higher Education’

The Carbon Neutral University Network (Sheffield) has recently published Changing Systems, Not Just Lightbulbs – Building Pathways to Zero Carbon in Higher Education: a guide to what works.  The guide starts from the question, How can our universities develop a leading role in building a low carbon society in the UK? 

The guide aims to help people in any position at higher education institution – students, staff members and senior leaders – to build low carbon initiatives. The focus is on using HE as ‘living laboratories’, and the authors examine how systems thinking can lay the foundations for effective change.  Approaches to building a strong culture of prototyping are explored and illustrated with case studies.

Tim Allen, Sustainability Coordinator at the University of Sheffield Students’ Union, tells us:

“I have made great use of the “Changing Systems, Not Just Lightbulbs” guide recently, in the context of:  A) Supporting students with a campaign to switch the University to a renewable electricity supply, and  B) When planning how to give an inspiring presentation about climate justice to the student officers who lead my students’ union.  For A), the chapter about “Engaging with University Management” has been helpful in getting my head around how to advise students on the interpersonal side of this challenging campaign.  For B), the chapter on “Strategic Thinking – the roles of senior leaders” and in particular “Chapter 10 – Key Action Points” were great prompts to put me into the shoes of the student leaders of the organisation, as they operate (and lobby) at that higher strategic level.”

 The guide is available here    together with resources including videos of the keynote presentations which informed the case we present.  These resources include practical tools for enhancing engagement.  Printed copies of the guide are available – enquiries to carbonneutraluniversity@gmail.com.


The Changing Demand for Skills in the UK CVER Blog post by Andy Dickerson and Damon Morris

The results indicate strongly increasing use of both analytical skills and interpersonal skills, and declining use of physical skills over the period 2002-2016

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