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Webinar on how to support students to recognise and articulate the transferable skills that they gain through their academic experience.

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The University's Employability Network and LITE's Transferable Skills in The Curriculum Network, are jointly hosting a Webinar led by Dr Kate Daubney (Kings College London). The webinar will address the notion of how an Institution can support students to recognise and articulate the transferable skills that they gain through their academic experience. In light of Graduate Outcomes and the new graduate voice question relating to whether they are using the skills gained through their studies, it is more important than ever that we support students to surface where those skills are studied and practiced and how they can then be transferred into the workplace.

Synopsis of Keynote: Employability is a new word for students when they come to university. For many academics who are asked to embed it in their curriculum, it can feel like something completely unrelated to what they teach and certainly relevant only to professionally-aligned programmes. But employers employ graduates, the significant majority of them from subjects completely unrelated to their sector, and they do so because something transformational happens at university that has everything to do with the academic learning experience. So what is that ‘something’, and how can we make it easier for academics and students to articulate the transformation so that students can enjoy their degree and go on benefitting from it during their careers? Kate Daubney has developed a way of extracting employability from even the most research-led curriculum that enables academics and students to articulate that transformation. By redefining what employability means in relation to the core elements of curriculum, we find that the language of curriculum is exactly the same as the language of employment; but we need to make that clear to students. In this presentation Kate outlines how every academic can revisit their existing curriculum to surface its innate employability value, an approach which also does much in the current challenging environment to support students articulate their employability, even if they have lost out on work experiences this summer.

Bio: Dr Kate Daubney (Leeds BSc (Hons) 1990, PhD 1996) has worked in careers for over 18 years and is Head of King’s Careers & Employability, the careers service of King’s College London and one of the services of The Careers Group. A former academic, Kate has created two key innovations while at King’s: a conceptual framework for extracting employability assets from the taught curriculum, re-imagining the concept of embedded employability; and a careers learning gain framework that helps students understand how careers interactions enable them to progress on their career journey, while generating service delivery impact data. She is interested in how innovative service provision supports and can drive institutional priorities, and in the extent to which digital and virtual delivery should (or should not!) attempt to replicate in-person careers services. Before working in careers she worked for 7 years as an academic specialising in film musicology, including 3 years teaching in the Department of Music at Leeds (1997-2000); during her time at Leeds she established a discipline-shaping series of film score guides.

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