• Methodology


The project consists of three phases.

Phase 1: A scoping exercise

A university-wide scoping exercise will be undertaken to

  • identify existing good practices in work-related learning and other employability related activities within the university and beyond to identify opportunities for and barriers to embedding them in all schools
  • benchmark examples of best practice against innovative principles of work-related learning
  • develop innovative solutions to existing problems to encourage wider and deeper engagement with the employability agenda
  • explore opportunities for sharing best practice across the institution.

Phase 2: Piloting innovative solutions

Based on the results of the scoping exercise this phase will

  • adapt examples of good practice to a wider range of subject disciplines
  • (re-) design selected existing or new modules (one from each school) to trial innovative solutions
  • evaluate the impact of the pilots on students, staff and employers involved
  • set up a platform for sharing knowledge amongst a community of 'employability champions' either through an electronic platform or a face-to-face discussion forum.

Phase 3: Rolling out solutions across the university

The final phase will relate the outcomes of the pilots to strategic institutional employability targets. It aims to

  • develop guidelines and recommendations for embedding work related learning and employability all across the GCU curriculum
  • (re-)define generic performance indicators for all schools to ensure the sustainability of the university's employability strategy.

The findings and outputs of the project will be disseminated locally, nationally and internationally through academic journal publications and presentations at major conferences.