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Embedding work placements in taught postgraduate programmes – An Institutional response to PTES Universities of Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Stirling Sue Rigby.

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1 Embedding work placements in taught postgraduate programmes – An Institutional response to PTES Universities of Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Stirling Sue Rigby Assistant Principal University of Edinburgh

2 Masters provision – why we care about it A growth area as uncapped Average student has work experience, a first degree and is International potential A poorly mapped set of degrees Capable of genuine innovation and development University of Edinburgh

3 Work related learning – a Scottish driver for change SFC seeks to embed work related learning and employer engagement into all taught programmes Funding available to support such initiatives University of Edinburgh

4 Why PTES results made us act at Institutional level - Table 19: Students views on skills and personal development Question % agree The programme has developed my research skills 78% 12b The programme has developed my transferable skills 78% 12c As a result of the programme I am more confident about independent learning 75% 12f As a result of the programme, I feel confident in tackling unfamiliar problems 67% 12d The programme has helped me to present myself with Confidence 66% 12e As a result of the programme my communication skills have Improved 64%

5 Changing the typical pattern of a masters degree 180 points 120 taught 60 research, May – August Proposal will allow students to replace dissertation with a work-related independent project University of Edinburgh

6 Focus of bid and potential Focus – employment areas prioritised by Scottish Government SMEs and other businesses new to Universities involved Numbers – around 60 in year 1, rising to around 400 in year 3 Potential – improve employability of students Port out intellectual capital from Unis to companies Create enduring links between individuals across the University wall Make the Universities some functional friends University of Edinburgh

7 Main elements of project 1.Get masters students working as consultants to employers 2.Ensure that we can regulate this activity and assess results 3.Wrap reflection on PG attributes and employability around the placement, using taught materail and PDPs Aims: Build masters students who know they can tackle unfamiliar problems, communicate effectively and be confident that they will thrive in the workoplace post masters University of Edinburgh


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