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Enhancing the taught postgraduate experience: skills, careers and employability

The Higher Education Academy, Innovation Way, York Science Park, Heslington, York , YO10 5BR
16 November 2010 10:30-16:00

The national results of the 2010 Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) show that employment and career management are dominant motivators for students taking taught postgraduate (PGT) programmes: the top two motivational factors were ‘to improve employment prospects’ and ‘to progress in their current career path’. Further analysis conducted on the skills and personal development scale and the career and professional development scale (see full PTES 2010 report, pg 28) also showed that both scales have a significant impact on students’ overall ratings of their experiences against expectations. Employability is also an issue of national importance, given the rising numbers of PGTs as well as the Smith report’s emphasis on the need to make postgraduate provision more responsive to employer needs.

This one-day event will take as a starting point the PTES 2010 results and the national importance of employability for PGTs to explore ways in which institutions can enhance the employability of their PGTs, both in terms of skills development and career and professional development. The programme has been finalised and is available to download below. There will be a focus on sharing practice to enhance PGT provision, including a presentation of an institutional case study and opportunities to discuss embedding employability in the PGT curriculum with colleagues from other institutions.

The event is open to anyone with an interest in enhancing taught postgraduate employability provision in their institution.


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