Preparing graduates for employability is increasingly highlighted as an aim for universities. The sigma Network’s Employability SIG will support the development of students’ employability skills in three main ways:
- Creation of resources to support students’ preparedness for taking employers’ psychometric tests (numeracy and non-verbal reasoning) as well as Numerical Professional Skills Tests for those going into teaching. They include sample tests with full solutions and PowerPoint slides with an overview of each test and sample questions. A list of available websites and books is also available providing more information and sample tests for practice. Resources are suitable for individual study or for use in tutor-led workshops and will be made available online.
- A guide for staff on how to develop student employability through the curriculum (e.g. reflection/action planning, communication, team working) including suggestions for successful strategies, ‘top tips’ etc. The particular focus here is on the employability of students taking STEM subjects.
- A collection of short case studies of successful practice in implementing employability with HE students. The focus is on numerical reasoning for all students plus wider employability skills for STEM students.
Progress on the above:
- Resources for item one are at the final writing/formatting stage. After being reviewed they will be available online (website links will be provided here upon completion of the resources).
- Items two and three are complete and the outputs have been published in a booklet Employability development for HE mathematics and statistics: case studies of successful practice, (ISBN 978-1-84387-414-0), which is available for free download.
- Ensuring resources are up-to-date (website links are live and information is still relevant),
- Reviewing new resources,
- Accepting new resources for online publication,
- Accepting new members.
Employability SIG members:
Kinga Zaczek (Royal Holloway, University of London, Chair) Kinga.Zaczek@royalholloway.ac.uk
Jonathan Cole (Queen’s University Belfast)
Anthea Cowen (University of Bedfordshire)
Dave Faulkner (University of Hertfordshire)
Karen Symons (De Montfort University)
Frances Whalley (University of Hertfordshire)
Many thanks to the former Employability SIG members for their contributions:
Jeff Waldock (Sheffield Hallam University)
Peter Rowlett (Sheffield Hallam University)
Noel-Ann Bradshaw (University of Greenwich)
Laura Hooke (Loughborough University in London)