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1 Accreditation of graduate training in GSK UK Chemistry functions 22nd May 2007 Lyn Brennan Academic Consultant Harry Kelly GSK Chemistry

2 Objectives of the accreditation of graduate training in GSK UK Chemistry functions To have the existing in-house … 1. scientific training program validated, accredited and, if desired by the graduate, for the training to be used towards a higher education qualification. 2. business-driven research/development projects credited towards the award of a higher education qualification, probably an M.Phil.

3 GSK want a mechanism for advancing key graduate talent tough environment: large numbers of graduates recruited across GSK UK Chemistry each year Extensive training in:- –Synthetic chemistry –Medicinal chemistry –Informatics –Professional & interpersonal skills Well regarded across the industry But not externally benchmarked or independently assessed for cost-effectiveness or quality Not maximised as competitive advantage (recruitment, retention, staff development)

4 The Project In July 2005, UVAC approached GSK –Proposal is funded jointly with DfES –To accredit training in large companies –To correlate with higher education qualifications (including where appropriate the accreditation of prior learning and experience)

5 All areas of GSK UK Chemistry wanted to participate in this exciting initiative Initially focused on Research Worked closely with two consultants identified by UVAC Defined/agreed how our graduates acquire the Postgraduate Certificate GSK Drug Discovery Process Research Chemical Development/ Analytical Manufacturing

6 For GSK, there are many benefits … Increased motivation to continuing scientific training External academic input into in-house training Nationally recognised qualification Tools & confidence to compete for senior positions External challenge & benchmark of training Motivated & competitive graduate employees Reassurance of business benefits of investment in training Recruitment competitive edge Pioneer a new approach to investment in employees Readily adaptable for other functions Increase reputation as a preferred employer Set new standard for higher education in work place GSK graduate employeeGSK UK chemistryGSK Corporate

7 Key learning gained throughout this journey … Training provided was good and now some courses are even better Introduction of assessment will provide evidence of value being gained by participants Initiative was universally supported by graduates and managers Jargon (on both sides) has been the major barrier to overcome but we do have common goals The consultants were absolutely key in the process (i.e. official interpreters)

8 But QA Requirements very difficult –especially the requirement for GSK to undertake an institutional audit –HE Committee structures did not exist –Felt to be overly bureaucratic Jargon - on both sides Assessment issues, especially what will the external examiner see? Expensive and time-consuming process


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