Teaching and Assessing Employability Skills in Economics

Project overview

This is a collaborative project involving universities from across the UK. It is designed to explore how employability skills are developed in economics programmes across the country, both in the classroom and through different forms of assessment.

We hope to identify and disseminate best practice in this area to the HE economics community, in particular through the project reports and our upcoming Developments in Economics Education Conference

This is an important area of discussion for the discipline in general but particularly in the context of subject-level TEF and its focus on graduate outcomes.

Project leads

The project will be run by the Economics Network and Dr Cloda Jenkins (Principal Teaching Fellow, University College London).

Proposed approach

This is a qualitative research project. There will be two dimensions to the research:

  • Establish an understanding of what employability skills means in the context of an economics degree and whether there is a common view across economics programmes on this.
  • For each skill area, identify how economics departments are teaching and assessing the relevant skills. This should provide ideas on what is feasible and what challenges arise.

This will be done by surveying economics programme directors across UK universities. All departments should have received an email with the survey details (Feb 2019).

We will also run focus groups and collect case studies to find out more detail about what is being done to develop students' employability skills. 

Find out more

Please email Ashley (ashley.lait@bristol.ac.uk) if you have any queries about the project.

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