Embedding employability and transferable skills in the curriculum: a practical, multidisciplinary approach

Maria De Rodanas Valero*, Tom Reid, Ghislaine Dell, David Stacey, Jo Hatt, Yvonne Moore, Sally Clift

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Abstract

This paper discusses a practical, multidisciplinary approach used to embed employability skills in a new postgraduate (PGT) Engineering course at the University of Bath. Informed by relevant professional bodies, key transferable skills were identified and embedded in the curriculum with discipline-specific content. Students worked on a series of hands-on activities in which they integrated and applied principles and methodologies from various areas (linguistics, information, etc.), complementary to their technical expertise, as in the working environment. This was facilitated by a multidisciplinary team comprised of Academic and Professional Services staff at the University of Bath. The organisational context and rationale for the approach presented, including the practical implementation and initial outcomes in the new PGT course, are provided.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)247-266
Number of pages20
JournalHigher Education Pedagogies
Volume5
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2020

Keywords

  • employability
  • multidisciplinary
  • STEM

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