Re-positioning the knowledge economy –
how can universities engage with
business?
Professor Nigel Healey
Pro-Vice-Chancell...
Why engage?为什么参与?
2
Business: Shaping the Future of Higher
Education
3
Employers need to be part of the process of
building a higher education...
Case Study 1: University of Wales Network
75
4
Combined work and study route to a degree.
Students employed at host compan...
Case Study 2: University of the West of
England
5
Internships: short-term work
opportunities
实习:短期工作机会
Case Study 3: Nottingham Trent University
6
Nottingham Trent University ‘live’ consultancy
partnership with Rolls-Royce
诺丁...
Case Study 4: The Hive at Nottingham Trent
University
7
Nottingham Trent University’s business
incubator: The Hive
诺丁汉特论特大...
Case Study 5: ‘Thinkubator’ at Nottingham
Trent University
8
Business Solution Challenge
商业方案的挑战
Case Study 6: Nottingham Trent University
Partnership with Kentz
9
Bespoke MSc Management and Leadership
Programme for Hig...
Case Study 7: University of Salford
10
Collaborative Portfolios
合作方式
Case Study 8: University of Lincoln
11
Purpose-built Engineering School
特定的工程学院
Case Study 9: Greenwich University
12
Part-time BSc in Engineering
在职基础工程学位/预科
Case Study 10: Sheffield Hallam University
13
Bespoke Degree in Residential
Construction
居民区建设的个性化基础学位/预科
Thank you
普通话谢谢你
14
nigel.healey@ntu.ac.uk
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A review of the way that members of the UK's University Alliance engage with businesses to enhance graduate employability. Presentation given at the International Dialogue on Higher Education Reform of South China Summit 2014.

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  • Business and innovation R&D 16 per cent of UK R&D is funded from overseas; the highest rate of international R&D support within the OECD. Research into investment decisions shows that, amongst developed economies, the most important factors for locating R&D are the presence of universities, collaboration with universities, qualified researchers.

    UA interviewed over 40 employers, big and small, to find out what they think about working with universities. What they tell us is that they really value the experience. They like partnerships with universities that deliver results and they especially value partnerships that result in graduates who are ready to hit the ground running.

    For Alliance universities, partnership is at the heart of their approach. These universities have been in the business of working with employers for over 100 years. Many were set up in partnership with employers around the time of the industrial revolution to respond to the needs of a changing economy. They continue to operate this way now, working closely with employers to deliver a relevant, real world learning experience for students (which is why we deliver half of all sandwich courses in the UK).

    UKuniversities are ensuring their students gain the best employability skills on top of their degree – this means developing excellent core capabilities and strengths alongside resilience and an enquiring mind
    Employers are engaging across the whole of the university – from the careers department to individual faculties and with specific academics who share their business interests and can help them to identify sector-specific talent and opportunities.
    Employers are getting involved in a range of activities, from course design and careers presentations to taking interns or placement students.
    We face massive uncertainty and change
    Future is unpredictable
    so, how do we innovate and prepare for the unknown?
    highly capable, resilient graduates – the employability agenda

    Through building close relationships, such as those described in the pages that follow, universities and employers can maximise talent, plug skills gaps and create progression routes for people from a wide range of different backgrounds. For the employers involved it is not merely altruistic but is about the bottom line. Ultimately it is helping them to recruit the best people they can, to support their future business success.


  • To really be creating the future we want, with fairness and prosperity, people making most of opportunities around them, we need to be bold in the way we think about and deliver higher education.

    We talk a lot about higher education playing a really central role in the future success of the UK.

    Universities are at the heart of creating and sharing knowledge
  • Network75 is a combined work and study route to a degree. Undergraduates apply their academic knowledge to real-life work within a host company.  During term-time, students work in a local business three days per week and attend university two days per week. Students also work full-time at their host company throughout holiday periods.
    Network75 is available in many subject areas including:
    • Accountancy • Aeronautical Engineering • Business – all areas • Civil Engineering • Computing and Information Technology • Electrical and Electronic Engineering • Mathematics • Mechanical Engineering • Project Management • Quantity Surveying.
    Benefits to N75 students
    Excellent employability - Network75 a 100% employability record.
    Earn while you learn - Network75 students receive a minimum tax-free bursary of £5,000 per annum, which increases by £500 each academic year.
    Tuition fees paid - All Network75 students have their course tuition fees paid in full.
    Professional training scheme - All companies participating in Network75 must prove that they are innovative and able to offer a high quality placement to students.
    Company Information - Network75 provides companies with a cost-effective means of accessing graduate employees.
  • The University of the West of England (UWE) is home to one of the largest undergraduate internship schemes in the UK, funding and supporting over 120 students in 2012.
    UWE internships improve graduate employment prospects through the development of relevant knowledge, experience and contacts. Internships enable businesses to develop relationships with future graduate talent and increase the capacity of local businesses which in turn benefits future graduates and the wider economy.
    The university sources businesses to take part in the scheme and advertises internship vacancies to students. The internships run for a minimum of eight weeks and UWE subsidise the cost of each intern, with employers matching the funding. This has two main benefits; all students can afford to participate in the placement scheme and it enables small employers to participate who wouldn’t otherwise have the capacity to
  • The University has worked hard to build influential links with over 6,000 companies bringing many benefits for students, including in-course opportunities.
    Recent final year students took on a ‘live’ development consultancy project working with Rolls-Royce including design, financial appraisal and producing development and planning proposals. Mirroring the interdisciplinary nature of the working environment, students worked with interior designers, lawyers and urban designers during the project. Students’ final presentations, seeking approval to act on behalf of a ‘client’, were to a board consisting of industry and university representatives from Rolls-Royce and Muse Developments alongside academics and staff from NTU’s business incubation unit, The HIVE.
    The skills and attributes enhanced at each stage directly translate into preparation for professional practice. Students gain confidence, experience presenting in a board setting, and experience of development consultancy work. Learning in this setting, students graduate with knowledge, skills, contacts and experience useful for their future careers.
  • The Hive is specifically involved in supporting the start-up of new business ventures by students, staff and graduates.
    The Hive has been around since 2001 (one of the first universities in the UK to have a purpose built centre for student and graduate entrepreneurship
    These days – supports some ~120 students to explore the potential of starting up a business with ~50%+ actually starting
    Have created >350 businesses with ~70% survival rate - those still around now employing >350 and turning over >£8m per annum
    Central function supporting all schools and colleges
    Has a number of support projects to complement its main stream offer such as
    UnLtd  project for Social Enterprises
    Enterprise Inc and Inspired in Nottingham – funding and support projects for early stage graduates
    Cobden Chambers – a retail incubator (first university to do so in a town centre shopping area)
    Embedding enterprise and entrepreneurship skills across the curriculum at NTU with initiatives such as NBS’s Enterprise Opportunity 2nd year elective module
  • In recognition of the importance of ensuring the skills students acquire match those that organisations need, NBS launched the UK’s first Thinkubator Challenge in November 2013. 
    This was a problem solving day where NBS opened its door to business for free, putting 1,500 academics and final year and postgraduate economics, business and management students at the disposal of companies of all sizes but particularly SMEs, entrepreneurs, owner-managers and company executives to help them grow their businesses through solving challenges they submitted. Dedicating an entire day to help businesses directly epitomises NBS’ philosophy of developing hands on initiatives, illustrating that business schools should not just be talking shops but should be engines of growth.   The School’s collective brainpower was put to the test by more than 60 businesses, ranging from micros to multi-nationals.
    Business Beenfits:
    Gain from the latest insights from the challenge hubs
    Identify alternative solutions for their business challenge
    Learn how the University can support them in overcoming their challenges with appropriate next steps.
    Student benefits:
    Application of learning to real-world challenges
    Interaction with business.
    Experience of working as part of a creative team to a tight deadline
    Leadership & Employability - personal and CV development.
    University benefits:
    Closer links to companies
    Generation of consultancy projects for post-graduate programmes
    Development of real life case studies for teaching purposes.
    Placement and internships, KTPs, training programmes
  • • Kentz Engineers & Constructors wanted a robust Masters programme for high potential employees within the organisation.
    • Nottingham Trent University was approached because of its employability record.
    • The staff delivering the bespoke MSc Management and Leadership have real world experience and understand Kentz’s business.
    • This three-stage postgraduate programme is taught in week-long intensive blocks at NTU or abroad.
    • The students often work in remote locations and are reliant on technology. They have ongoing support from NTU, as well as use of the University’s online facilities.

    NTU devised a three-stage postgraduate programme – MSc Management and Leadership, Postgraduate Diploma Management and Leadership, and Certificate Management and Leadership – in which two modules are delivered each year in week-long, full-time intensive study blocks. One module is delivered at NTU and the other is delivered abroad (most recently in Johannesburg, South Africa). Each module includes an extended piece of coursework, where the students are expected to complete a project related to their role within the company.
  • Over 1,500 students from 30 courses in media and digital technologies at the University of Salford are located at MediaCityUK alongside six national BBC departments, ITV, the largest HD studio block in Europe and many independent creative, digital and media organisations.
    The location, facilities and partnerships of MediaCityUK place Salford students in prime position for digital and media careers. Educational partnerships and collaboration between academics, students, professionals and industry are central. They inform the development of courses and keep content and research up-to-date, preparing graduates for work outside university. By blurring boundaries between learning and work, students acquire expertise through access to industry-leading technology and develop important capabilities such as business and client management. Recognised by partnerships with Adobe, BT, the BBC, ITV, HP and others, the University is a key provider of education in media and digital technology equipping students to be the next generation of talent.
    Students develop their professional reputation through displaying their work and networking with industry partners who visit the new campus. There is an emphasis on live briefs – projects designed in collaboration with industry that challenge students to develop solutions to real world problems. Mirroring the workplace, students from different disciplines and levels of study – such as journalism, broadcast, post-production, scriptwriting and often subjects outside the digital and media sphere – work together to produce portfolios.
  • Siemens have co-located with Lincoln’s engineering department creating the UK’s first purpose built engineering school for more than 20 years. Opened in 2009, it provides specialist courses designed to meet the future needs of engineering enterprise and innovation.
    Recognising the importance of engineers to the future of the economy, Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery Limited and the University formed a collaboration to produce graduates who were not only academically excellent, but ‘industry ready’. Siemens has made a multi-million pound commitment to the school and engages in teaching students and provides scholarships, internships and consultancy projects.
    The Siemens technology needs are reflected in Lincoln’s engineering undergraduate programmes and the partners have co- designed an MSc in Energy Renewables and Power. Part-time provision has also been developed, in partnership, meaning that members of Siemens staff now study part-time alongside full-time undergraduates. Upon graduation, students who have performed well academically and demonstrated the ability to apply this in the workplace, are offered graduate entry jobs at Siemens. To enhance this, the Siemens’ product training team provide 300 hours a year of training in Siemens product technology to students, offering real experience of engineering products and an introduction to Siemens’ production and field engineering services.
  • The part-time Foundation Degree in Engineering (Mechanical and Electrical) at the University of Greenwich was developed in collaboration with employers requiring a flexible and cost-effective way of meeting both company and employee aspirations, without losing engineers from the workplace. The qualification is structured around the application of theoretical knowledge to skills developed in the workplace. The blend of traditional taught courses and negotiated workplace projects, combined with credit for approved in-company based training and development provides a model of learning endorsed and supported by a growing number of employers. The Foundation Degree provides a coherent programme of study for students moving into higher education through the new Higher Apprenticeship Programmes in manufacturing. The first cohort graduated in 2013 and the Programme is supported by local and regional employers. In 2013, the Foundation Degree was chosen by Ford of Britain for its new Higher Apprenticeship Programme.
    This ‘model’ of learning has recently been developed with the Engineering Council to include a work-based Masters Programme in Professional Engineering leading to Incorporated Engineer (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng). A growing number of employers and their employees are benefiting from the provision of a workplace pathway to achieving academic qualifications linked to workplace activities and professional competence.
     
  • SHU has worked with Barratt Developments (house-builders) to create a foundation degree in residential construction. The 100 students studying the course are all employees of Barratts who have worked with us to create a course to develop the skills of their trainee site managers. It addresses specific skills gaps, developing future leaders who face new challenges such as increasingly technical processes in house-building.
  • Repositioning the konwledge economy: how can universities engage with business?

    1. 1. Re-positioning the knowledge economy – how can universities engage with business? Professor Nigel Healey Pro-Vice-Chancellor (International) 12 July 2014 #重新定位知识经济—大学如何参与经济活动?
    2. 2. Why engage?为什么参与? 2
    3. 3. Business: Shaping the Future of Higher Education 3 Employers need to be part of the process of building a higher education sector that enables individuals and communities to adapt to new opportunities through building their creativity, agility, resilience and flexibility. 商业活动构建未来的高等教育
    4. 4. Case Study 1: University of Wales Network 75 4 Combined work and study route to a degree. Students employed at host companies during 100% of study period 获得具有工作学习相合学位的学生100%毕业后回到实习的公司工作
    5. 5. Case Study 2: University of the West of England 5 Internships: short-term work opportunities 实习:短期工作机会
    6. 6. Case Study 3: Nottingham Trent University 6 Nottingham Trent University ‘live’ consultancy partnership with Rolls-Royce 诺丁汉特论特大学长期为劳斯莱丝提供即时咨询服务
    7. 7. Case Study 4: The Hive at Nottingham Trent University 7 Nottingham Trent University’s business incubator: The Hive 诺丁汉特论特大学的商业孵化器:The Hive
    8. 8. Case Study 5: ‘Thinkubator’ at Nottingham Trent University 8 Business Solution Challenge 商业方案的挑战
    9. 9. Case Study 6: Nottingham Trent University Partnership with Kentz 9 Bespoke MSc Management and Leadership Programme for High Potential Employees 为有巨大潜力的人提供的管理和领导力的科学硕士学位
    10. 10. Case Study 7: University of Salford 10 Collaborative Portfolios 合作方式
    11. 11. Case Study 8: University of Lincoln 11 Purpose-built Engineering School 特定的工程学院
    12. 12. Case Study 9: Greenwich University 12 Part-time BSc in Engineering 在职基础工程学位/预科
    13. 13. Case Study 10: Sheffield Hallam University 13 Bespoke Degree in Residential Construction 居民区建设的个性化基础学位/预科
    14. 14. Thank you 普通话谢谢你 14 nigel.healey@ntu.ac.uk

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