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Meeting the current challenges: the humanities and employability, entrepreneurship and employer engagement

Date posted: 02/06/2009

This event will be held on 23 October 2009 at Woburn House, 0 Tavistock Square, London.

The question of student employability has rapidly risen up the agenda in the past few years at both departmental and institutional level. Whilst students of humanities disciplines develop the intellectual skills and attributes widely sought by employers (e.g. critical thinking, time management, constructing arguments, and intercultural and communication skills), teachers of humanities subjects in higher education can find it very challenging to help their students articulate these skills and attributes to themselves and to future employers.

Demonstrating that the study of the humanities creates economic, social and cultural value has particular poignancy in the present economic climate. Organised by five humanities subject centres and the Routes into Languages programme, Meeting the current challenges is a one day conference aimed at teachers of humanities in higher education seeking to enhance the employability of their students. The conference aims to share good practice across humanities subjects.

Call for papers

With reference to employability, entrepreneurship and employer engagement, the organisers welcome papers/ session proposals in the following areas of activity.

  • Case studies of practice in particular humanities disciplines
  • Working with employers
  • Embedding employability and entrepreneurship in the humanities curriculum.
  • Working in partnership with careers advisors
  • Assessment and evaluation of employability-related activities.
  • Student work experience in the UK and abroad.
  • Residence/ study abroad.

Please submit a short proposal/abstract (max. 200 words) to Sue Nash by 13 July 2009. The organisers will be able to refund reasonable travel expenses for accepted proposals.

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