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Conference: Embedding Employability in Education A one-day conference for staff in Education Studies and the Social Sciences

Date(s) Tuesday 2 June 2009
Venue University of Central Lancashire
ceth suite in the Media Building, ME315/7
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Organised by ESCalate

Aim of the One-day Conference

Employability has acquired a central role within policy, strategy and the student curriculum in HE. Education Studies is often automatically with linked with specific vocations such as a career in teaching or with the social care profession but are there wider employability messages we could be emphasising?  Should Education Studies embed the wider aspects of employability in their curriculum?

This one-day conference aims to explore how Employability can be engaged with across the Education Studies curriculum in HE. It provides an opportunity for academics in Education Studies and the Social Sciences to discuss and share approaches, models and to evaluate potential approaches to giving Employability and Employer involvement a greater role in shaping the curriculum.


The Conference will be highly interactive using a series of panels of invited speakers to explore:

  • Tools and strategies for embedding employability
  • Stakeholder perspectives – students, graduates, employers
  • Questions of curriculum design

Keynote: Ray Land ‘the Threshold Concepts of Employability’


Ray Land is Professor of Higher Education and Director of the Centre for Academic Practice and Learning Enhancement (CAPLE) at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. His research interests include educational development, threshold concepts, research-teaching linkages, and theoretical aspects of digital learning. He is the author of Educational Development: Discourse, Identity and Practice (Open University Press 2004) and co-editor of Education in Cyberspace (RoutledgeFalmer 2005), Overcoming Barriers to Student Learning: Threshold Concepts and Troublesome Knowledge (Routledge 2006), Threshold Concepts within the Disciplines (Sense Publishers 2008) and Research-Teaching Linkages: Enhancing Graduate Attributes (QAA 2008).

Lunch will be provided.