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  • Careers website and afternoon careers session for BSc Genetics and Biochemistry students. Feedback provided by the students in Tables 1&2 http://scs.swan.ac.uk/genetics_careers/index.htmlRectruitment firms:who regularly come to Swansea to run CV workshops with the students, and discuss employment opportunities. Alumni, Anthony Lynch (GSK), David Tweats (GSK) both lecture on PM-316
  • 2 - This includes visits from key individuals at these industrial bodies and chances to interact with them. Therefore students get exposure to these employers, learn about entrepreneurship and hear presentations from members of staff at these corporations about this part of the science sector.3 - ..thus expanding their knowledge outside their traditional areas of immediate interest.6 - CoM also insists on students presenting their data to the whole college at the annual “research day”, thus encouraging students to learn presentation skills.
  • Selection of candidates: who have all made a mature choice to apply for medicine (being graduates themselves), who have demonstrated academic ability by gaining 2:1 or 1st degree and commitment through sitting a specific aptitude test (GAMSAT) and whose personal statements (UCAS) and interview demonstrates an awareness of the character of medical practice
  • George johnson

    1. 1. Student LedEmployability: Genetics and Biochemistry Dr. George Johnson 1
    2. 2. Employability• Big focus of Universities, as employability metrics are used in ranking all Universities, and in the new ‘Key Information Sets’.• Swansea is at the forefront of these developments through the newly formed Swansea Employability Academy (SEA) headed by Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Hilary Lappin-Scott.• Each College has an Employability Champion who sits on the SEA. I am the Champion for the College of Medicine.• This role emerged through my work on employability with Genetics and Biochemistry BSc students. 2
    3. 3. Background• In the 2007-2008 National Student Survey, Swansea genetics graduates felt that they could have had better careers advice during their undergraduate studies.• The careers office provides general advice, however more specific information was required for these students.• Following this feedback, I approached the students at level 2 and 3 of the genetics and medical genetics BSc degree schemes, who echoed this lack of subject specific careers advice. 3
    4. 4. Genetics and Biochemistry BSc – Interventions since 2008 employability previously assured by:1. Careers website, careers afternoon and careers advice with involvement from Alumni.2. Industrial placements with GlaxoSmithKline and NHS.3. Extension of links with major employers including Pfizer, Astra Zeneca and GlaxoSmithKline.4. Communication-focussed transferable skills in modules.5. Employment focussed modules, including “dragons den” element.6. Providing final year projects within the Institute of Life Science, often leading to future PhD opportunities. 4
    5. 5. SALT Grant• Student led-employability through student ambassador scheme and trips to local companies.• Combine with the Biochemistry and Genetics (BiG) society, where they take the lead in organisation and running.• Initial plans were to go to GE Healthcare in Cardiff, and Morvus Pharmaceuticals in the Welsh botanical gardens.• Student ambassador schemes were planned for students to give talks at their old schools. BSc and PhD students invited through the BiG society and the Medical Research (MedRes) society.
    6. 6. GE Healthcare Cardiff: Friday of employability week 2012 Not Not I don’t Yes, Yes,Following this trip, do you at all really really care slightly completelyHave a better understanding of the careeropportunities available upon graduation? 0 0 0 14 6Feel more enthused about your chances inemployment? 0 1 0 11 8Have a greater appreciation of how your degree willhelp in preparing you for one of these careers? 0 1 0 9 10Overall, do you have a better understanding of thetopic? 0 0 0 14 6Did this stimulate your interest into becoming ascientist? 0 1 1 12 6Would you recommend such industry trips to fellowstudents? 0 0 0 5 15Would you like to go on more trips to industry orconferences? 0 0 0 10 10Would you see the benefit of becoming a studentambassador and talking at local schools? 0 1 5 4 10Do you have an appreciation of how your CV wouldlook like, to your employer? 0 1 4 4 11Would you be interested in improving your CV bytaking on some responsibilities? E.g. studentambassador or student representative on a committee 0 1 1 1 17 6
    7. 7. Morvus: March 2012 Not at Not I don’t Yes, Yes,Following this trip, do you all really really care slightly completelyHave a better understanding of the careeropportunities available upon graduation? 6 1Feel more enthused about your chances inemployment? 2 4 1Have a greater appreciation of how your degree willhelp in preparing you for one of these careers? 6 1Overall, do you have a better understanding of thetopic? 7Did this stimulate your interest into becoming ascientist? 4 3Would you recommend such industry trips to fellowstudents? 2 5Would you like to go on more trips to industry orconferences? 2 5Would you see the benefit of becoming a studentambassador and talking at local schools? 1 3 3Do you have an appreciation of how your CV would lookto your employer? 1 1 5Would you be interested in improving you CV by takingon some responsibilities? E.g. student ambassador orstudent representative on a committee 7 7
    8. 8. Follow up from trips• Remain in contact with GE Healthcare, Morvus and other companies. In talks about industrial placement schemes.• Collaborate with GE on a £400,000 grant for the refinement, replacement and reduction of animals in science (NC3Rs) with the DNA Damage Group in Swansea. Started in March 2012• Funds for BiG society led trips included the College business plan.• Staff relationship has developed well with the BiG society. I often pass information to the president, who then places it on the societies facebook page. 8
    9. 9. Student Led Ambassador Sessions• Advantages: • Disadvantages: – Benefits BSc and A- – Later stage students level students. more desirable. – Mentoring – Better with PhD possibilities. students who have – Publicity for University success stories. and course. – Guidance and contacts – Widening access needed for organising possibilities. session and materials. 9
    10. 10. Destination of Leavers from Higher Education % Employed 2005-2006 100% 2006-2007 100% 2007-2008 66.7% 2008-2009 100% Biochemistry joined Medicine 2009-2010 82.0% Swansea JACS Subject University DLHE Lower Upper No. ofDepartment Area 2009/10 Quartile Median Quartile HEIsMedicine Biol. Sci. 82.0% 50.00% 57.90% 66.70% 109 10
    11. 11. DLHE results for 2007-2010 for the College of Medicine (CoM) % Employed All CoM 2007-2008 88.5% All CoM: 2008-2009 100.0% All CoM: 2009-2010 88.9% Undergrad 2007-2008 66.7% Undergrad 2008-2009 100.0% Undergrad 2009-2010 81.8% Just Postgrad 2007-2008 100.0% Just Postgrad 2008-2009 100.0% Just Postgrad 2009-2010 100.0% 11
    12. 12. • 8th/ 37 = genetics, www.Unistats.direct.gov.uk• 96%+ student satisfaction“Third Year project was really interesting and I think itwill benefit me in my future career prospects”. NSS,2010-2011
    13. 13. Acknowledgements• Swansea Employability Academy: Prof. Hilary-Lappin Scott, PVC, Judith James and Phil Brophy.• Swansea Academy Learning & Teaching (SALT).• Jess Griffiths and CoM E-learning team.• Prof. David Skibinski.• Andrew Morgan and the tHE.• Genetics and Biochemistry teaching group.• Institute of Life Science staff for delivery of research projects.• DNA Damage Research Group. 13
    14. 14. Careers –e-learning toolhttp://scs.swan.ac.uk/genetics_careers/index.htmlTransferred the PowerPoints from the careers afternoon into a website with Jess Griffiths and Martin Goddard (CoM).Update the site regularly and act on feedback. 14
    15. 15. DLHE % In Grad Job all Work & % Un- Subject Area Study employed % Indicator 2005-2006 33.3% 0% 100% 2006-2007 0% 0% 100% 2007-2008 100% 33.3% 66.7% 2008-2009 75% 0% 100% 2009-2010 44.4% 18.2% 82.0% Swansea JACS Subject University DLHE Lower Upper No. ofDepartment Area 2009/10 Quartile Median Quartile HEIsMedicine Biol. Sci. 82.0% 50.00% 57.90% 66.70% 109 15
    16. 16. DLHE results for 2007-2010 for the College of Medicine (CoM) 2007-2008 % In Grad Job all % Unemployed % Indicator Work & Study All CoM 2007-2008 100.0% 11.5% 88.5% All CoM: 2008-2009 90.9% 0.0% 100.0% All CoM: 2009-2010 78.3% 11.1% 88.9% Undergrad 2007-2008 100.0% 33.3% 66.7% Undergrad 2008-2009 75.0% 0.0% 100.0% Undergrad 2009-2010 44.4% 18.2% 81.8% Just Postgrad 2007-2008 100.0% 0.0% 100.0% Just Postgrad 2008-2009 100.0% 0.0% 100.0% Just Postgrad 2009-2010 100.0% 0.0% 100.0% 16
    17. 17. For PhD students – employability is assured by:1. Access to undergraduate and taught masters modules to increase knowledge base in subject area.2. Close links between CoM and key industrial/pharmaceutical sector (GlaxoSmithKline, AstraZeneca, Roche, NovoNordisk, Unilever) as well as local SMEs.3. Students attend compulsory Biomedical/health services research (as appropriate) seminars on a weekly basis.4. CoM provides a compulsory course on “statistics for biomedicine” ensuring that all students are adept at data analysis.5. Access to careers service on campus and engagement in seminars/workshops run there.6. Close monitoring of progress of all PhD students by the CoM, including a 1st year viva by independent academics to ensure students maximise their research opportunity.7. Annual postgraduate research day is set up like a professional scientific conference with poster presentations, verbal presentations, visiting researchers, visiting companies etc. This develops the students presentation and networking skills, with prizes for the best work and much feedback/kudos given between students for good presentations. It is also very social and collaborations often occur as a result of this.8. Encouragement to attend careers related course offered by studentship sponsors such as BBSRC. 17
    18. 18. For the GEM – employability (ie the ability and the incentive to work) is assured by:1. Selection of candidates.2. Early exposure to clinical practice through short Learning Opportunities in the Clinical Setting (LOCS) during the first two years of the course3. Exposure to clinical practice in primary care through a course of community-based learning that begins in the first year4. A system of personal tutors that help students deal with issues that might include their suitability for the profession5. Clinical Apprenticeships throughout the 4 yr course where pairs of students are placed with a senior clinical teacher in a clinical setting in order to reflect on the practice of medicine6. Specialty Attachments in the 3rd and 4th year where students experience the management of patients with specific health needs7. Matching our teaching, learning and assessment against the GMC outcomes for graduates (as expressed in ‘Tomorrow’s Doctors 2009’)8. Working closely with the Welsh Postgraduate Deanery in order to develop a ‘seamless’ transition from graduation through the first 12 months of postgraduate ‘Foundation’ training. 18

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