Dr Ponikwer added: “The approach taken is highly inclusive and provides exposure to transferable employability skills to all students. Most importantly, the design of this activity is suitable across all disciplines of study – and showcases innovation in our teaching and learning to support students.”
The students themselves saw the real-life work-based content of this approach as significantly enhancing their employability and helping secure jobs. A selection of comments included:
“I used to explain this task in interviews and it really impressed the employers. I think it must have helped, as speaking to others they think it’s seriously novel.”
“This made me more ready for interviews...and gave me more awareness of what I could do with my career. I was able to use this as a great example of my awareness of business and presentation.”
“Really useful activity that helped me provide evidence for job applications due to the range of skills we conducted.”
Employers added praise for the approach, including Dr Alex Gharagozlow, Executive Director at Phenomenex: “Your initiative is immensely creative. It’s certainly one that other universities should attempt to emulate in producing graduates that are far better prepared for roles in industry. Phenomenex is very proud to support this activity and our CEO highlights this as a flagship educational task that will inspire students to understand industry”.