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How to ensure students can recognise and articulate their graduate skills

How do we ensure students can recognise and articulate their graduate skills

Julian Brooks - School of Computing

Project overview

My project is researching how students in higher education, particularly Computer Science, understand and talk about the skills they are learning. We're using visual tools like diagrams and maps to help students identify and articulate these.

The goal is to better integrate these skills into the curriculum and make them more transparent, ultimately improving student employability and contributing to educational excellence. Collaborating with both educators and industry experts, we aim to ensure that what students learn is both academically rigorous and relevant for employability.

The project will run for two years and is designed to be adaptable across the University.

The research approach

We plan to use a mixed-methods approach that combines visual mapping tools, interviews and questionnaires. The Pictor Technique will help students map out their skills, while Wardley Mapping will capture insights from students, staff, and industry partners. These visual tools will be hosted on an in-house digital platform for easy access and interaction. Regular interviews with students and meetings with our Industry Advisory Board will supplement the data. By merging these methods, we should gain a decent understanding of student skills, educator needs, and industry expectations.

To find out more about the project please contact Julian Brooks

Each fellowship has a project sponsor that helps the fellows achieve impact across the institution. The sponsor for this fellowship is Karen Burland.

Project start date: September 2023