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The wider picture: Graduates for the 21st century


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Slides for the presentation by Alistair Robertson (Academy Scotland) at UKCLE's Enhancing legal education in Scotland conference, 5 November 2009.

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The wider picture: Graduates for the 21st century

  1. 1. The wider picture: Graduates for the 21 st Century “ Enhancing legal education in Scotland”, 5 th November 2009 Alastair Robertson, HoPP, Scotland Higher Education Academy
  2. 2. Outline <ul><li>HE today and the changing nature of the student learning experience </li></ul><ul><li>Challenges for the next 10-15 years </li></ul><ul><li>In the news this week... </li></ul><ul><li>Scottish focus: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Graduates for the 21 st Century </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Staff for the 21 st Century and professional development </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. The Changing Nature of the Student Learning Experience 1 <ul><li>A changing student population </li></ul><ul><ul><li>More part-time, mature and international students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More in part-time employment or based in the work place </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More articulation between further and higher education </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Desire for more vocational-based qualifications, enhancing graduate attributes…. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Greater internationalisation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Of the curriculum </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The student body </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Of staff </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Of subject and institutional associations and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Of institutions </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. The Changing Nature of the Student Learning Experience 2 <ul><li>New Financial challenges </li></ul><ul><ul><li>For students, institutions and funding bodies </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Increasing collaboration with and competition from international providers </li></ul><ul><li>Institutional diversity </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Types of student </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Programmes offered </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Level of resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Focus of mission </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Learning experiences offered </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More mergers? </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. The Changing Nature of the Student Learning Experience 3 <ul><li>Continuing challenges to academic value and new demands on academic staff </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Changing expectations of academic roles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Balancing research, teaching and administrative roles and values placed on these by institutions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Desire for greater student engagement </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The changing nature of academic disciplines and trans-disciplinary approaches </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>New ways of relating to business and the professions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Target-driven cultures? </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. The Changing Nature of the Student Learning Experience 4 <ul><li>The use of technology </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Web 2, social networking sites (myspace, facebook, flickr, bebo, twitter etc), e-portfolios </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Digital natives versus digital immigrants </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Changes in delivery, student support </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Legislative changes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Including equality and diversity and employment law </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Challenges for the future <ul><li>Increased expectations (govt, employers and students) </li></ul><ul><li>Resources and infrastructure </li></ul><ul><li>Flexibility of offer </li></ul><ul><li>International issues </li></ul><ul><li>Student engagement </li></ul><ul><li>Postgraduate issues </li></ul><ul><li>Student preparation </li></ul><ul><li>Assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Workforce </li></ul><ul><li>Quality, standards and diversity </li></ul>Teaching and the student experience
  8. 8. Moving forward: three point plan Reform curriculum and assessment Develop a more flexible workforce Rethink quality and engage students
  9. 9. This week.... <ul><li>Tuesday: New framework for HE in England announced: “Higher Ambitions- the future of universities in a knowledge economy” </li></ul><ul><li>Wednesday: Higher Education Achievement Record (HEAR) </li></ul><ul><li>Graduates and Staff for the 21 st Century... </li></ul>
  10. 10. Scottish Focus: Graduates for the 21 st Century <ul><li>Graduate attributes and whole institutional curricular reform e.g. Sydney, Melbourne, Harvard, Aberdeen.... </li></ul><ul><li>New Quality Enhancement Theme </li></ul><ul><li>Institutional dimension “What does it mean to be a graduate of ?? in C21st?” </li></ul><ul><li>Subject dimension “What does it mean to be a Lawyer In the C21st?” </li></ul><ul><li>What are the kinds of attributes and skills we need to instill in our Law graduates for them to be successful and contribute to 21 st Century society? </li></ul><ul><li>Similar questions for our staff? </li></ul>
  11. 11. Scottish focus: Staff for the 21 st Century <ul><li>What does it mean to be a Law lecturer in .... In the 21 st Century and how do you think this has changed, if at all, since you began your career- discuss with a neighbour </li></ul><ul><li>Professional development of staff </li></ul><ul><ul><li>New lecturing staff e.g. PG Cert </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More experienced staff , CPD frameworks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Generic and subject-specific support; a balance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Scholarship of L and T, links with subject-based research and KT </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Recognition and Reward for excellence in L&T </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Scholarly approaches to L and T <ul><li>Keeping up to date with innovations in L and T, generic or at the subject level e.g. </li></ul><ul><li>Written information and resources (case studies, question banks, journals, newsletters and guides) </li></ul><ul><li>Events, departmental workshops </li></ul><ul><li>Networking: special interest groups, collaborations </li></ul><ul><li>External examining </li></ul><ul><li>Undertaking some action research, applying for project funding, teaching awards </li></ul><ul><li>Policy development- links with relevant professional associations, employers... </li></ul><ul><li>HE Academy Subject Centres, EvidenceNet... </li></ul>
  13. 13. Getting involved <ul><li>UKCLE and other various Academy mailing lists </li></ul><ul><li>Scottish-specific web pages: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>UKCLE Nations Fund </li></ul><ul><li>Events, Networks.... </li></ul><ul><li>Academy Scotland travel fund to attend events in other parts of the UK </li></ul><ul><li>Key contacts in your institution </li></ul><ul><li>UKCLE new Scotland consultant- Michael Bromby </li></ul><ul><li>NEW , follow us on Twitter: </li></ul>