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Measuring Employability Gain - approaches from different countries

SRHE Employability, Enterprise and Work-based Learning Network Meeting

Measuring Employability Gain – approaches from different countries

Date: 21 November 2017, Time: 11:00 -16:00

Location: SRHE London


In many countries, the way in which learning takes place and the level of skills and competences students gain at higher education has been criticised. Both the transferability of skills and competences to suitable graduate jobs as well as the current assessment of learning gain are being discussed. In the UK, this has prominently resulted in the introduction of the TEF (Teaching Excellence Framework) in which learning and employability gain higher education providers are able to provide are rated.

This network meeting takes the opportunity to look beyond the borders. Speakers from Germany and Italy, together with a speaker from the OECD will allow for a discussion of the way other countries identify learning and employability gain in higher education. Please use this link to register for the event



Welcome, announcements, introduction, Heike Behle, University of Warwick, UK


An international approach to assessing higher education learning outcomes: the OECD/CAE initiative – Dirk Van Damme (OECD)


Learning Gain in the UK – multiple methodological approaches and institutional findings, Camille Kandiko Howson, King’s College London, UK



12: 45


13: 30

Methods for assessing competencies in higher education in Germany – and its reflection. Edith Braun, International Centre for Higher Education Research (INCHER-Kassel) Germany

13: 50

Measuring learning gain in higher education in Italy - Evidence on labour market outcomes of Italian graduates (Luca Cattani, University of Bologna & Giulio Pedrini, University of Bologna and University of Padova)


Placement experience may mitigate lower achievement levels of Black and Asian vs. White students at University, Liz Moores and Helen Higson, Aston University, UK




Learning Gain – what’s the problem being solved? Chris Warhurst, University of Warwick, UK


Group discussion: all speakers


Concluding thoughts and close