Practical examples of building graduate capital and project co-creation: Towards improved employability

Namvar, S ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5571-368X 2022, Practical examples of building graduate capital and project co-creation: Towards improved employability , in: Employability Symposium 2022.

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Abstract

The University of Salford is home to a diverse community of learners, with a large percentage of students from BAME, disabled and low socioeconomic backgrounds. The Biomedical Sciences (BMS) programme holds a particularly high proportion of BAME students, many from low-income back grounds and the first in their family to go to university. There is a link between these aforementioned factors, imposter syndrome, progression and employability. Our approach to supporting social mobility is based upon the graduate capital model, which states that employability does not simply relate to a ‘good degree’ but to the many forms of graduate capital. Over the last three years the academic team have developed a range of career mentoring schemes, a careers blackboard site, redeveloped tutorial modules to embed employability and developed an annual careers festival in collaboration with the library, careers services and external partners. These provisions have been complemented by the co-creation of a range of exciting extracurricular projects with students, such as TED-style competitions, a student magazine, general interest reading book clubs and much more. These innovative changes, primarily implemented during the pandemic have brought about a real positive culture change. Some preliminary evidence indicates a positive impact of these activities on graduate outcomes.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Schools: Schools > School of Environment and Life Sciences
Journal or Publication Title: Advance HE
Depositing User: S Namvar
Date Deposited: 08 Apr 2022 10:10
Last Modified: 08 Apr 2022 10:10
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/63575

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