Improving Engineering students' awareness of employabilty skills: A case study at Ulster University

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Abstract

Despite the high tuition cost of a university education in the UK it is a disappointing phenomenon that many students fail to capitalise on opportunities at university to develop the ‘softer’ professional skills that they will need to be successful in the fast-paced, evolving, and often uncertain work environment of the future. This study describes first and final year engineering students’ attitudes towards how their employability skills were developed as a result of their experiences at Ulster University and analyses their perceptions about what curriculum developers could do to further improve their employability prospects on graduation.
LanguageEnglish
Title of host publicationUnknown Host Publication
Number of pages1
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 16 Dec 2016
EventHEA Annual Conference 2017 Generation TEF: Teaching in the spotlight - Manchester
Duration: 16 Dec 2016 → …

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ConferenceHEA Annual Conference 2017 Generation TEF: Teaching in the spotlight
Period16/12/16 → …

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Keywords

  • Graduate employability
  • student perceptions
  • active engagement
  • professional skills

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Morgan, M & O'Gorman, P 2016, Improving Engineering students' awareness of employabilty skills: A case study at Ulster University. in Unknown Host Publication. HEA Annual Conference 2017 Generation TEF: Teaching in the spotlight, 16/12/16.

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Unknown Host Publication. 2016.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

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