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The employer perspective on universities' promotion of opportunities to engage with the STEM UG curriculum

Lead Institution: Bournemouth University

This is a sub-project of Get STEM working: innovation with employer and student engagement

Final project report

It is recognised that projects and industrial/commercial placements offer great benefits to both STEM students and employers.  They can be a cost effective and flexible mechanism for employers to benefit from the knowledge, skills and enthusiasm that STEM undergraduates possess.  They can provide a showcase to STEM students of the opportunities and challenges presented by potential employment in companies providing the projects or placements.  It is also an excellent opportunity for students to work on real world problems and projects with all the constraints that these bring and can be the starting point for longer term relationships between the company and the university or college.  Many Higher Education Institutions have a long and successful track record with industrial placements and undergraduate projects linked to industry.  The aim of this project was to build on existing relationships and best practices in order to develop an innovative methodology for promoting the benefits to companies of providing experiential learning opportunities.  Drawing on the learning from a review of the literature, interviews with currently engaged employers, university staff with experience of employer engagement and currently non engaged employers, an institutional self audit tool-kit has been developed to support employer engagement activities within HEIs.

Final project report

Project Highlights

  • All 9 employers that we approached were eager to become involved and contribute to the study
  • Institutional buy-in has been demonstrated by attendance of the vice chancellor at the Bournemouth HE STEM institutional seminar, a progress meeting attended by the pro vice chancellor and all HE staff that we approached were enthusiastic in their desire to contribute to positive change
  • There is a commitment within the institution to using the institutional self audit tool once it is finalised

Staff involved

Christine Keenan
Project lead, Bournemouth University

Penny Mitchell
Project coordinator, Bournemouth University

Dr Xavier Velay
Bournemouth University