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Useful Links and Reports

This page contains links to useful reports and websites for staff considering employability in the curriculum. Useful general resources covering employability in the HE and FE curriculum are listed. In addition specific resources are given by subject network (please note that this page is currently under development, if there are no resources listed for your network please directly for information).

General Resources

HEA Employability pages.

In addition these two HEA reports are very useful:

Defining and developing your approach to employability: A framework for higher education institutions (2013)

Pedagogy for Employability: update (2012)

Computing and IT

The Shadbolt review (2016) – an independent report into computer science degree accreditation and graduate employability. The report makes a series of recommendations, including that higher education institutions should extend and promote work experience, that there should be better provision of careers advice and visibility of graduate opportunities, and that graduates’ softer and work readiness skills should be improved. The report also focuses on the importance of developing a clearer understanding of start-up technology companies and SMEs (Small and Medium Enterprises) and their requirements.

Computing Graduate Employability: Sharing Practice (2016) published by CPHC/HEA – the report discusses three themes in relation to computing: addressing employability, curriculum issues and placements, the report also examines employers’ views. The report showcases examples of good practice from HEIs UK wide. 

Growing Experience: A Review of Undergraduate Placements in Computer Science (2015)

The IT Skills Shortage: Implications for CIOs and IT departments (2014)

The TechPartnership – publish a range of factsheets giving an overview of employment in the tech sector. They also have a Twitter feed that is a useful source of information on sectoral developments.