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LINGUIST List 23.1277

Tue Mar 13 2012

Confs: Applied Linguistics/UK

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Date: 10-Mar-2012
From: Filippo Nereo <Filippo.Nereoheacademy.ac.uk>
Subject: Embedding Enterprise Education into the Languages Curriculum
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Embedding Enterprise Education into the Languages Curriculum

Date: 26-Apr-2012 - 26-Apr-2012
Location: University of Manchester, England, United Kingdom
Contact: Filippo Nereo
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL: http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/events/detail/2012/seminars/disciplines/DW139

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics

Meeting Description:

The employability of our graduates is high on the agenda. As tuition fees rise, so too will students’ expectations of getting the best ‘return’ on their investment and data on graduate employment outcomes are likely to play a central role in informing future students’ choice of institution. At a time of increased competition for graduate vacancies (The report The Graduate Market in 2012 published in January 2012 by the independent think-tank High Fliers suggests graduate applications to top employers have risen 19% in the last year), our students will rightly be seeking programmes of study that will enhance their employment opportunities.

At the same time, demands are being placed on academics to make more time- and cost effective use of existing resources and networks, establish greater flexibility in the delivery and assessment of their course units, heighten the impact of their work, and work in partnership with employers and businesses. The on-going Wilson Review is looking specifically at university-business collaboration, and the June 2011 White Paper underscored the importance of developing students’ enterprise skills.

The principal driver in this initiative, which is funded by the UK Higher Education Academy as part of its workshop and seminar series, is therefore to discuss critically, and facilitate the sharing of ideas on, new and sustainable modes of delivery and assessment that will increase students’ business awareness and develop valuable enterprise skills in ways that are compatible with the Languages curriculum. The event will also provide an opportunity for academics and support staff in HEIs (e.g. Careers Services) to network with one another; view the University of Manchester’s flagship Flexible Teaching Studio, which supports the delivery of units with a strong EBL/PBL focus, and, uniquely, interact with and elicit feedback from students engaged in project work that develops leadership and management skills.

Registration, coffee, welcome

'Enterprise education', Sheila Quairney, Director of Enterprise Educators UK and Rachel Bower, Sheffield Business School (talk and discussion)

'Embedding enterprise skills into Language disciplines', David Gibson OBE, Queen's University Belfast (winner of the THE prize 'Most Innovative Teacher of the Year 2011') (talk and discussion)

Presentation of University of Manchester student EBL projects undertaken in collaboration with the Careers Service and Humanities eLearning Team (talks and discussion)

Lunch, networking, discussion, poster presentations


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