A New Breed of Degree for a Modern Workplace?

Dr Philip Hallam | Posted 08.03.2015 | UK
Dr Philip Hallam

Whatever people do make of nanodegrees, I'm pleased to note that very few are using 'online distance learning' itself as a criticism of the concept. I believe this is a reflection of increasing mainstream acceptance of this study mechanism but also an acknowledgement of the changing face of online students.

Erasmus Didn't Travel to Boost Employability and Job Prospects

Layli Foroudi | Posted 26.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Layli Foroudi

A boost to employability and job prospects is great news, but the more noble, founding notions that underpin the Erasmus scheme must not be forgotten.

New curriculum, same need for students to self-assess & self-promote

Pete Edge | Posted 08.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Pete Edge

Students at primary and secondary schools returned to school last week to experience their first few days of a revamped 'tough' new curriculum that mi...

Developing the Employability Skills Businesses Are Looking For

Tonyeh Vincent | Posted 14.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Tonyeh Vincent

Developing your employability skills is important if you want to stand out to employers and be successful when you apply for jobs. Whether you are in year 10 or year 13 there are several ways in which you can develop your employability skills whilst you're at school.

Avoid the Trap of Unpaid Internships - 5 Alternative Ways to Add to Your CV

Jenna Allcock | Posted 13.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jenna Allcock

Don't be fooled into thinking unpaid internships are an essential stop on the route to graduate employment - there are alternative ways to add to your CV and land a great graduate job without spending months on end in unpaid labour!

Soft Skills Are Making the Grade With Employers

Mark Boleat | Posted 12.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Mark Boleat

Getting good grades can of course open the door to a promising future, but more employers are stressing the importance of soft skills... we need to address the skills shortage and ensure that young people are better prepared for the world of work in order to bolster this economic growth.

Surfing Research Part of One of the Best Degree Programmes in the Country

Gregory Borne | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK
Gregory Borne

This week represented the conclusion of an academic year. Let me make it very clear, this does not mean I am now on holiday. Far from it, there is a considerable amount of work to do in preparation for next years teaching and a pressing need to continue the research agenda.

Students Matter

Jenny Shaw | Posted 16.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jenny Shaw

Students find the money for university from a number of different sources. The 'bank of Mum and Dad' is still the most popular way of financing higher education, along with loans and grants, but 11% of undergraduates rely on credit cards and a worrying 2% on payday loans. This would imply over 250,000 students and 46,000 students in the UK respectively.

Should Employers Reward More Employees for Their Social Media Profiles and Personal Brands?

Jonathan A.J. Wilson | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK Tech
Jonathan A.J. Wilson

Business today means leading and empowering professionals towards branding themselves, and being less precious about top-down control. Help people to be themselves and trust that they will return the favour by bringing brands and campaigns to life, just like Pinocchio.

If You Don't Know Your Numbers, You're Screwed as an Entrepreneur

Vivi Friedgut | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK
Vivi Friedgut

And what is critical for future workers is equally critical for future business owners. How much more important is being a financially capable entrepreneur when there is no corporate safety net should productivity or mental health be impaired.

The Workplace of the Future: Preparing the Workforce to Be Future-Ready

Prithvi Shergill | Posted 23.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Prithvi Shergill

Future ready organisations will grow if they find people who have the distinctive ability to drive change and innovation. Organisations need to create a culture architecture that enables, engages and empowers individuals to seed, nurture and harvest ideas.

Students Want Greater Access to Work Experience and Industry Content

Aaron Porter | Posted 07.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Aaron Porter

For universities and institutions the message is even more unequivocal, greater collaboration is vital, and not only because students want it and businesses value the graduates it produces.

You're Fired! Golden Opportunity But Only for a Few

Angela Vesey | Posted 07.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Angela Vesey

It's National Apprenticeship Week! The popular TV programme 'The Apprentice', like it or loathe it, has probably achieved more than any campaign to raise young people's awareness of apprenticeships...

Enough Death and Destruction Please - We Deserve Better

Vivi Friedgut | Posted 03.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Vivi Friedgut

We aren't short of high profile bad news this week; violence in the Ukraine, the trial of Oscar Pistorius in South Africa, head-butting football managers here at home, and all manner of death and destruction all over the place.

Commission Calls for Partnership Between Schools and Businesses to Address UK's Falling Place in International League Tables

Jonathan Douglas | Posted 11.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jonathan Douglas

The fact that this age group is facing almost unparalleled employment challenges must be linked to their literacy skills; one in five young people are unemployed, whilst the numbers unemployed for two years or more are at a 20 year high.

Taxpayers, Shareholders and the Employability Gravy Train

Rob McDowall | Posted 21.11.2013 | UK Politics
Rob McDowall

For years we have been told that society protects and has a duty to protect those unable to work due to sickness or disability as it is the right and the just thing to do. That tide has well and truly turned with the coalition at the helm of the controversial welfare reform drive...

Life's Not Fair... What Are You Going to Do About It?

Vivi Friedgut | Posted 06.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Vivi Friedgut

It has become regular media fodder to bemoan the current employment market for young people. We rattle off the statistics with such frequency that we forget that behind each number is a fresh and eager young person seeing their future and their potential, drift further out of their grasp.

How the Olympics Helped Me Get a Job I Love

Sara Cook | Posted 31.08.2013 | UK Sport
Sara Cook

When I signed up to be a Games Maker last summer, I wasn't thinking beyond the amazing opportunity to be part of the 2012 London Olympic Games. The experience has been so much more to me than a summer of great memories - it's given me the chance to earn a nationally recognised qualification, boost my employability and get back on the career ladder.

Girls Ahead Of Boys In STEM Subjects

PA | Posted 05.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education

Girls are outperforming boys in maths and science, but action needs to be taken to encourage more of them to study the subjects, it has been suggested...

Britain's 'Tap on the Shoulder' Hereditocracy

Brian John Spencer | Posted 24.08.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Brian John Spencer

There are many less well-connected students and graduates in desperate need of work experience but who can't get anything. And as can also be the case, many students are actually unaware of that employers expect experience until its too late of course.

Resilient Youth: Using Psychology to Prevent a Lost Generation

Ed Pinkney | Posted 04.08.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Ed Pinkney

Switching on the news last night, I heard a young graduate telling a reporter, "I've done everything that society told me to do, and I'm still not finding employment." As his words trailed off, the despair in his voice seemed to capture a generation that's feeling let down and unsure where to turn.

Open Letter: Why Sir David Bell is Wrong to Smack Down Employability Concerns of University Students

Brian John Spencer | Posted 14.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Brian John Spencer

Sir David Bell, vice-chancellor of the University of Reading, recently smacked down the employability demands. In a riposte he said that it was vital that academics resisted such pressure in order to protect traditional courses; adding that the demands risk undermining the intellectual integrity of degrees.

Young People Need Help to Take Charge of Their Opportunities

David Frost CBE | Posted 23.06.2013 | UK
David Frost CBE

Youth unemployment, the rent crisis and all of the other consequences of the UK's current economic difficulties are complex problems that no one measure can solve. However, good work is being done across the UK to give young people the skills and knowledge they need to cope and to prosper in life.

Get Connected, Get an Internship, Get a Job

Andy Newnham | Posted 28.11.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Andy Newnham

If you're a current student or graduate you'll have access to a pretty big toolbox that can keep you connected. I'm not talking about commenting on those Facebook photos you get tagged in from terrible clubs in town - I'm talking about finding and speaking to your future employer.

Are Parents and Universities Failing Our Young People By Ignoring Social Media?

Victoria Tomlinson | Posted 06.10.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Victoria Tomlinson

How many parents, teachers and academics have you heard dismissing social media as ridiculous or a waste of time?