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D4 Employability Workshop

D4 Employability Curriculum Design Workshop

The D4 Employability Curriculum Design Workshop is a 4 stage process for curriculum design. It was designed as a way to introduce employability into the curriculum in a well-planned and supported way.

The D4 Employability Curriculum Design Approach draws on principles of Appreciative Inquiry. Appreciative Inquiry is a positively focussed model for change management, designed around four stage: discover, dream, design, destiny (Kadi-Hanifi et al. 2014). We have developed a set cards which unpick aspects of employability which are used to support the workshop. There are modelled on the Viewpoints approach (Nicol 2012).

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Useful Resources on Employability:

These are some of the resources on which the workshop has been based.


    HEA document by Yorke & Knight (2006): Embedding Employability into the Curriculum 

    HEA document by Roberts (2008): Recording and Reflecting on workplace experience 

    HEA Website: Defining and Developing your Approach to Employability: A 
    Framework Higher Education Institutions

    Jisc report by Chatterton & Rebbeck (2015): Technology for Employability 

    Jisc case studies by Chatterton & Rebbeck (2015): Technology for Employability:HE Case Studies  

    Jisc’s presentation from the webinar: Preparing for Employability in a Digital Age 


    Artess, J., Forbes, P. and Ripmeester, N. (2011) Supporting Graduate Employability HEI Practice in Other Countries, BIS Research Paper Number 40, Department for Business Innovation and Skills.

    Bathmaker, A.-M., Ingram, N., & Abrahams, J. (2015). The labour market transitions of recent graduates: narratives of classed experiences. Paper presented at the Converging Concepts in Global Higher Education Research: Local, national and international perspective, Celtic Manor, Newport.

    Becket, N, and Kemp, P. (eds.) (2006) Enhancing Graduate Employability: in Business and Management, Hospitality, Leisure, Sport, Tourism, Threshold Press  Ltd.

    Evans, N. (ed.) (2000) Experimental Learning Around the World: Employability and the Global Economy (Higher Education Policy Series), Higher Education Policy 52.

    Kadi-Hanifi, K., Dagman, O., Peters, J., Snell, E., Tutton, C., & Wright, T. (2014). Engaging students and staff with educational development through appreciative inquiry. Innovations in Education and Teaching International, 51(6), 584-594. doi:10.1080/14703297.2013.796719

    Knight, P. and Yorke, M. (2006) Embedding employability into the curriculum, Higher Education Academy.

    Little, B. and ESECT colleagues, (2006) Employability and work-based learning, in Learning & Employability: Series One,
    Higher Education Academy.

    Lowden, K., Hall, S., Elliot, D., and Lewin, J. (2011) Employers’ perceptions of the employability skills of new graduates, Research commissioned by the Edge Foundation, University of Glasgow, The SCRE Centre.

    Lowden, K., Hall, S., Elliot, D., and Lewin, J. (2011) Employers’ perceptions of the employability skills of new graduates, Research commissioned by the Edge Foundation, University of Glasgow, The SCRE Centre.

    Nicol, D. (2012). Transformational Change in Teaching and Learning Recasting the Educational Discourse EVALUATION OF THE VIEWPOINTS PROJECT at the University of Ulster

    Pegg, A., Waldock, J., Hendy-Isaac, S. and Lawton, R. (2012) Pedagogy for employability, in Learning and Employability: Series One, Higher Education Academy.

    Pool, L. D., & Sewell, P. (2007). The key to employability: Developing a practical model of graduate employability. Education and Training, 49(4), 277-289. doi:10.1108/00400910710754435

    Yorke, M., & Knight, P. T. (2006). Embedding employability into the curriculum. Retrieved from files/id460_embedding_employability_into_the_curriculum_338.pdf


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