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Contextualising Employability

Employability is a key policy issue in relation to a range of groups within the labour market, including graduates. However, whilst defining employability is reasonably straightforward, there is dynamic debate over how it is framed conceptually and so what provides employability. The following link contextualises employability, please click here

What is the Collegiate Learning Assessment - CLA+

The CLA+ is a performance assessment method of students within a HE environments, this paper summarises the methodology, please click here for the paper.

Book Summary; Academically Adrift

The authors of 'Academically Adrift', Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa, have examined the status of higher education in the USA. Their research findings kickstarted a growing international debate about what undergraduate students are learning whilst in HE. The books principal and headline finding was that '45% of these students demonstrated no significant improvement in a range of skills'.

Dr Heike Behle provides a comprehensive summary of the book, please follow this link.

Assessment of Higher Education Learning Outcomes - AHELO

The OECD carried out a feasibility study which aimed to identify if it is feasible to assess what undergraduate students, in HE, 'know' and what they 'can do' upon graduation. The AHELO study will look at outcomes in both 'Generic skills' such as analytical skills, problem solving, critical thinking and written communication) and Discipline-specific skills in economics and engineering.


The ERASMUS Impact Study analyses the effects of student mobility on individual skills enhancement, emplyability and institutional development. It further examines the effects of ERASMUS teaching assignments/staff training on competences, personality traits and attitudes. It also assess's the impact of internationalisation of HEIs.

The U21 Student Exchange

Participation in this programme could provide you with the opportunity to experience new cultures, meet new people, see more of the world - all while enhancing your studies and expanding your horizons. More information and how to apply.

Outward Mobility International Study

The British Council and The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) have examined the underlying rationale of different approaches towards encouraging international study. This report provides a picture of 11 countries national strategies relating to promoting outward student mobility and the policy objectives that drive these. Further information (PDF Document)

HEFCE's Learning Gain Pilot Projects

HEFCE (The Higher Education Funding Council for England) has previously commissioned independent research(PDF Document) into 'Learning Gain', looking at different national and internatonal ways of measurement. As a result of this research HEFCE have invested further funding to support 13 collaborative institutional pilot projects to test and evaluate different ways of measuirng learning gain.

Learning Gain Programme Year 1 and Year 2 reports

Evaluation of HEFCE’s Learning Gain Pilot Projects:

Measuring “Teaching Excellence” and “Learning Gain” in the United Kingdom

The UK government introduced the Teaching Excellence Framework and Student Outcomes Framework to assess the quality of undergraduate teaching in universities and other higher education providers. There are 14 research projects which are identifying multiple ways to measure Learning Gain, a key component of the Teaching Excellence Framework and Student Outcomes Framework. Teaching Excellence encompasses Teaching Quality, the Learning Environment as well as Student Outcomes and Learning Gain, it uses both core metrics and a narrative to evaluate individual universities performance. Current research evaluate methodologies to measure Learning Gain and determine the potential suitability and scalability of possible measures across the sector. This paper describes the current state of policy and research against the specific background of the UK higher education sector. Full paper PDF file