Employability rebooted

Employability rebooted is the latest in our series of reports, From fixes to foresight: Jisc and Emerge Education insights for universities and startups

The growing proportion of university students from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds has been a great success story for UK HE, but after those students graduate their employment outcomes often lag behind those of more privileged peers. This report shows how more effective use of technology can improve the employability prospects of those graduates.

The coronavirus crisis has had an immediate impact on the work that university careers teams do with students. The lockdown and social distancing measures have resulted in services being moved online at speed. Staff have had to grapple with the social and technical logistics of virtualising things that may have felt inherently physical, from careers fairs to internships.

This report highlights a range of responses from UK universities, ranging from trailblazing efforts at Liverpool and Staffordshire with their use of peer support, to innovative and flexible approaches at York, Ulster, and Hertfordshire that build on existing strengths, to incremental improvements at institutions like Falmouth designed to adapt and extend provision to achieve the best possible outcomes for their students. Each case study shows the ways in which the sector has shown resilience and responded in ways appropriate to their context.

If you would like to know more about how we support universities and startups to collaborate on digital solutions, please do get in touch at edtech@jisc.ac.uk

You can also join our ecosystem of universities and startups by taking part in our Step Up Programme.