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Building employability skills into the higher education curriculum: a university‐wide initiative

Stephen Fallows (Stephen Fallows is Reader in Educational Development at the University of Luton, Luton, UK)
Christine Steven (Christine Steven was a Principal Teaching Fellow within the Faculty of Science, Design and Technology at the University of Luton and left the university in summer 1999 when she moved to Kent.)

Education + Training

ISSN: 0040-0912

Article publication date: 1 March 2000



Today’s challenging economic situation means that it is no longer sufficient for a new graduate to have knowledge of an academic subject; increasingly it is necessary for students to gain those skills which will enhance their prospects of employment. Employability skills include the following abilities: the retrieval and handling of information; communication and presentation; planning and problem solving; and social development and interaction. The University of Luton has established an initiative to ensure that each of its students engages with these skills and has embedded this within the academic curriculum for all disciplines. Central to the initiative has been the creation of detailed templates that describe the University’s expectations for each undergraduate level. The article describes the Luton initiative and includes some initial comments on its impact.



Fallows, S. and Steven, C. (2000), "Building employability skills into the higher education curriculum: a university‐wide initiative", Education + Training, Vol. 42 No. 2, pp. 75-83.




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