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1 Aiming University Learning at Work A partnership: University of Glasgow, Glasgow Caledonian University, University of St Andrews

2 Aiming University Work Bid submitted in response to Learning to Work –much ongoing in relation to work experience and placements…. less known about WRL –worth exploring WRL as an alternative/complement to structured work placements –to raise awareness of embedded WRL to promote students employability, particularly in non-vocational disciplines

3 Project Aim: –to identify strategies and practices that would enhance and facilitate delivery of WRL Piloting models for sustainable WRL across a variety of disciplines Assessing the effectiveness of discipline-based models of WRL Researching barriers to and opportunities for embedding WRL in curricula Assessing the effectiveness of pilot models Exploring opportunities for awarding credit Providing guidance to the sector

4 Approach to the project Work carried out in three phases –research –pilot work in non-vocational disciplines –evaluation of the pilot projects Recommendations of sustainable practices and structures

5 Work Related Learning – what is it? Work Related Learning encompasses the higher order attributes, skills and understandings students gain throughout the course of their degree, from a broad range of activities in, or related to, the world of work, which will enhance their learning, progress into, adaptability for, and success in, their chosen careers. Project, 2009

6 Key Findings WRL that is delivered and experienced in the context of the discipline develops students subject-specific learning and skills and attributes that prepare them well for the world of work Successful WRL initiatives are relevant to the programme of study and are assessed and accredited Students, graduates, academic staff and employers agree on the benefits of WRL Students want WRL to be embedded in the curriculum and offered throughout the whole degree programme

7 Key Findings WRL provides a range of options through which to engage employers, students and academics in students personal development and employability Transferability of WRL (Project pilots) There are common barriers to implementation Provision of WRL requires an underpinning structure and support mechanisms WRL must be embedded in institutional strategy & policy

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