The first aim of this SIG is to identify existing resource materials that can be used by maths support staff (and others) to enhance students’ employability skills and preparedness for taking employers’ assessment tests, particularly relating to mathematical, numerical, quantitative or logical reasoning skills. These materials could be online or paper-based, and suitable for individual study or for using in tutor-led workshops. Gaps will be identified, and calls made to help fill them. Activity associated with this aim is being co-ordinated by Kinga Zaczek. Please contact her on firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
The second aim is to create a guide for staff aiming to develop student employability through the curriculum (reflection/action planning, communication, team working etc) including suggestions for successful strategies, ‘top tips’ etc. The particular focus here will be the employability of students taking STEM subjects. Activity associated with this aim is being co-ordinated by Jeff Waldock. Please contact him on email@example.com for further details.
The third aim is to gather a collection of short case studies of successful practice in implementing employability with HE students. The focus will be on areas most likely to be of interest to the sigma Network, namely numerical reasoning for all students plus wider employability skills for STEM students. At present we are inviting contributions of short case studies on employability in mathematics, statistics, maths and stats support, or related disciplines. UPDATE (September 2017): This booklet has now been published, and is available here
Employability SIG members
Jeff Waldock (Sheffield Hallam University, Co-chair, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Peter Rowlett (Sheffield Hallam University, Co-chair, email@example.com)
Noel-Ann Bradshaw, University of Greenwich
Jonathan Cole (Queen’s University Belfast)
Dave Faulkner (University of Hertfordsire)
Frances Whalley (University of Hertfordshire)
Laura Hooke (Loughborough University in London)
Kinga Zaczek (Royal Holloway, University of London)