Traditional Lecturers replaced by Online Mentors?

I’m not sure if the following is dystopian or utopian… I really hope that universities still value the skills of their staff and reward appropriately – and recognise what works online and what doesn’t: Traditional lecturers may soon be replaced by networks of online mentors working for several universities, a new study predicts. In the report, titled Horizon Scanning: What will higher education look like in 2020?, the Observatory on Borderless Education suggests that academic staff Continue Reading →

Linked In Posts Employability Data

An interesting use of data by LinkedIn: LinkedIn, the social media giant, has started publishing details of what each university’s students do after graduating. When users register with LinkedIn – a social network for professionals with more than 238 million members worldwide – they are asked to give information about their alma mater and their employment history. Now, these data are being aggregated and displayed on dedicated university pages that can be accessed by anyone. Continue Reading →

Consumerism of Higher Education

Interesting article. Find the idea of students as consumers difficult to take on board, but it’s definitely a feeling that’s getting stronger & stronger: Dr Williams – who will be discussing her views at the Barbican in London later this month at the Institute of Ideas’ Battle of Ideas Festival – said that during her own English degree, it was immersion in the subject that had made her “employable, and a different person”. “That transformed Continue Reading →

What do students want from employers? #Employability

Read more here. Digital Fingerprint Digiexplorer (not guru), Senior Lecturer in Digital Marketing @MMUBS. Interested in digital Literacy in the third sector. Author of ‘Raising Children in a Digital Age’, regularly checks hashtag #DigitalParenting. Like it? Share it…

Social Media for Employability (@_UoW)

Social Media for Job Hunting on Prezi The University of Winchester is hosting ‘Employability Week’ this week, and right now, I’ll be presenting the above Prezi, hopefully to a keen bunch of students (you don’t get too far in social media without being keen/enthusiastic), covering some of the ways that I’ve used social media to build my online reputation, and suggesting different options for them. Digital Fingerprint Digiexplorer (not guru), Senior Lecturer in Digital Marketing Continue Reading →

Britain needs Talentopolis says @timeshighered

With an increasingly challenging economic landscape ahead, the role of universities in creating hubs of enterprise and employment in their areas is now more important than ever. In the US, universities are referred to as “anchor institutions” because they are local assets that are unlikely to move in tough and changing economic times. Anchor institutions have a key role to play in local economies: they create jobs, attract businesses and the highly skilled, and form Continue Reading →

Embrace this high level of industry engagement – it can benefit us all

The influence of industry on the curriculum has never been greater, says Frazer Mackenzie, but it is far more positive than simply creating a workforce There has been a relentless drive from the Government, quality assurance agencies and others to place “employability” at the centre of the university curriculum. As public funding continues to be squeezed and the reality of carrying large loans into working life hits the first wave of variable fee-paying undergraduates entering Continue Reading →

Pat Cryer – PhD Skills

Postgraduates do not realise how employable they are. Pat Cryer explains how to get well paid job. “Students often give up when they realise how few jobs there are in their specialism. Believing they have nothing else to offer they end up jobless.” The long haul is over and the prospect of lucrative job offers are an enticing alternative to months of solitary confinement in the research laboratory. Yet very few PhD students do themselves Continue Reading →