HEA STEM (Computing): Improving Computing Sandwich Year Placements For Scottish HEIs Workshop

Date(s) - 02/05/2013
All Day

St Andrews Parliament Hall

In order to improve the employability of Computing students, it’s important to try and persuade them to undertake a sandwich year placement. Despite the efforts of teaching staff, placement staff, careers staff and employability officers, many students do not end up undertaking a placement.This workshop aims to demonstrate to staff from Higher Education Institutions in Scotland how they can use best practice from across the sector to support their students throughout the placement process.

The workshop is based around a detailed study of the current approaches used towards industrial sandwich year placements within the Computing discipline across the UK higher education sector. The research methodology included a literature review, a survey of 116 higher education institutions and 10 focus groups with employability staff and students.

Although the study has been focused on the Computing discipline, the results will be of a wider interest as many of the recommendations are equally applicable to other subject areas, as well as those offering shorter forms of placements such as internships and vacation work opportunities. It is intended that the workshop will appeal to all those involved with employability and the wider placement support process.

Additionally, the latest findings from e-Placement Scotland will be presented.

Time will be available for discussion and networking.

The research presented during the workshop has been funded by the HEA Teaching Development Grant Project “Improving Industrial Sandwich Year Placements For Computing Students”.

Attendance is free for staff and students from the host university, Robert Gordon University.

The cost of this workshop is £50 for attendees from other HEA subscribing institutions.

There is one free place reserved for each subscribing institution in Scotland. You can check if you belong to a subscribing institution of the HEA at the following link: http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/subscribing-institutions.

For those that do not belong to a subscribing institution the cost will be £100.

Attendance is free for staff and students from the host university, Robert Gordon University.

Workshop Contact:
Professor Ian Allison (i.allison@rgu.ac.uk)

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