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Enhancing student employability skills through partnership working in STEM outreach: the University of Northampton approach

Sinclair, J. M., Allen, S. C. H., Davis, L., Goodchild, T., Messenger, J. and Turner, S. J. (2014) Enhancing student employability skills through partnership working in STEM outreach: the University of Northampton approach. Paper presented to: Learning and Teaching Conference, The University of Northampton, 2012-12-03.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Abstract: For over a decade, University of Northampton staff and students have delivered successful STEM outreach activities, master classes and co-working opportunities to learners in schools and FE colleges. In addition, the University works with the local STEMNET contract holder to gain national recognition for staff and students STEM Ambassadors and recognises STEM Ambassadors through awards (staff and student) as part of its annual celebration of volunteer achievement. Both developments derive from a culture of empowering students as partners and enhancing the student journey. The University has developed a co-ordinated programme of training and events to empower students and staff to engage with school and community outreach. A cross-University STEM Steering Group (SSG) which features both management and grass roots-level representation from the across the University (Science and Technology, Health, Education, the Arts and its Centre for Employability and Engagement) manages the activities, including recruiting representation from the student body. As such, SSG is uniquely well-placed to champion STEM activities across the University and to make these available to the wider community. Local schools are able to access inspirational science activities, whilst University students gain employability-related skills in leadership, communication, project-delivery and self-motivation and staff gain valuable CPD. Students also identify more strongly with the University. The total package plays a major role in contributing to University aspirations in widening participation and is hugely popular with participants. This paper will outline the project and will showcase the positive enhancements which it offers to University of Northampton students and school participants.
Uncontrolled Keywords: STEM, outreach, volunteering
Creators: Sinclair, John M, Allen, Stuart C H, Davis, Linda, Goodchild, Tricia, Messenger, Julie and Turner, Scott J
Faculties, Divisions and Institutes: University Faculties, Divisions and Research Centres - OLD > Research Group > Science and Technology Research in Pedagogy
Research Centres > Science and Technology Research in Pedagogy

Faculties > Faculty of Arts, Science & Technology > Computing
Faculties > Faculty of Health & Society > Sports, Exercise & Life Sciences
Date: 30 April 2014
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Learning and Teaching Conference
Event Title: Learning and Teaching Conference
Event Dates: 2012-12-03
Event Location: The University of Northampton
Event Type: Other
Language: English
Status: Published / Disseminated
Refereed: Yes

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