Learning Gain project could boost employability

Published: 4 November 2016 at 09:12

Students' discussion during lecture

Anglia Ruskin is one of 10 universities investigating how learners develop their skills

A project being undertaken by Anglia Ruskin University and nine other English higher education institutions will show how students’ skills develop during their degree – giving them demonstrable progress reports to showcase to future employers.

The National Mixed Methodology Learning Gain Project – funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) – will track the progress of participating full-time, under-21-year-old, UK-based undergraduates, including EU and international students.

Through the completion of a set of online questions at four points during their studies, the project aims to ascertain the extent to which students develop their cognitive and non-cognitive skills as they progress though their chosen course.   

Sharon Waller, Head of Anglia Learning and Teaching, said: 

“Students will be able to use progress reports to identify how to develop their skills further with support from their personal tutors, faculty employability advisers and Study Skills Plus, a university-wide collection of information, advice and guidance for all students.  We will also receive progress reports categorised by students’ characteristics and courses, enabling us to further enhance their university experience.

“As a consequence, students and staff will have a better understanding of the non-academic skills and abilities students have developed as a result of their time at Anglia Ruskin which can be articulated to future employers - giving students a head start when applying for jobs.”

This initiative is being led by Anglia Learning and Teaching in collaboration with Student Services and the Academic Office.

For more information about the initiative, visit hefce.ac.uk/lt/lg/ and arul.ink/learninggain