Employability in Higher Education – Improving Assessment and Student Self-Awareness

Employability in Higher Education – Improving Assessment and Student Self-Awareness

For all Heads of Department, Program Directors and Academic Advisers, take note that the Australian Business Deans Council is hosting two workshops in the first week of July at the MGSM Conference Centre:

  1. Redesigning Course Assessment – A Program Leader’s Guide
  2. Supporting Employability – Workshop for Academic Advisors

Professor Chris Rust will present Redesigning Course Assessment – A Program Leader’s Guide

Date: Wednesday, 5th July 2017

 Time: 9.00am for 9.15am – 1pm

 Venue: Meeting Room 248, MGSM Conference Centre, 99 Talavera Road, Macquarie Park.  

 RSVP: denise.gillard@mq.ed.au,  Telephone 02 9850 9482


 This interactive workshop (based on a chapter in a forthcoming book) is intended for any program or course leader, or Head of School/Department, who seriously wants to improve their assessment practice. Supported by current research, the workshop will argue the need to reduce but improve summative assessment, regarding in particular the assessment of program outcomes and integrated learning, while increasing opportunities for formative assessment, the development of the students’ assessment literacy, and effective engagement with feedback – and provide practical examples of how this can and has been done.

Lorna Froud will present Supporting Employability – Workshop for Academic Advisors

 Date: Wednesday, 5th July 2017

 Time: 11am – 1pm

Venue: Meeting Room 267, MGSM Conference Centre, 99 Talavera Road, Macquarie Park 

RSVP: denise.gillard@mq.ed.au,  Telephone 02 9850 9482


An interactive workshop to give academic advisers/personal tutors an opportunity to develop and share good practice in order to provide timely, effective and appropriate support to students in the development of their critical self-awareness in support of their academic success and employability whilst at university.

Through a series of practical activities, participants will develop a deeper understanding of Critical Self-Awareness in the context of employability and what encourages students to develop effectively.  The aim is to provide a constructive forum for the exchange of ideas and sharing of good practice, as well as reassurance and some useful practical tools and resources.  Participants will also gain clarity on roles and boundaries, signposting and referral, and know what information and support is available.

By attending this session participants will be able to:

  • define what it is for students to be personally literate and critically self-aware in the context of employability and the graduate labour market
  • identify practical ways to foster students’ own development of their Critical Self-awareness for employability and academic success through the Academic Guidance process
  • make use of the support available from their university careers centre, aware of respective roles and boundaries, and knowing when to refer

Chris Rust – http://oxfordbrookes.academia.edu/ChrisRust

Retired Emeritus Professor

Oxford Brookes University

Chris Rust is Emeritus Professor of Higher Education at Oxford Brookes where he worked for over 25 years.  He was Head of the Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development, and Deputy Director of the Human Resource Directorate from 2001-2011.  Between 2005-10 he was also Deputy Director for two Centres for Excellence in Teaching and Learning – ASKe (Assessment Standards Knowledge Exchange) and the Reinvention Centre for undergraduate research (led by Warwick University). For his last three years, he was Associate Dean (Academic Policy)

He has researched and published on a range of issues including:

  • the experiences of new teachers in HE
  • the positive effects of supplemental instruction
  • the effectiveness of workshops as a method of staff development
  • ways of diversifying assessment
  • improving student performance through engagement in the assessment process
  • the role & effectiveness of external examiners

He has been a Fellow of the RSA, a Senior Fellow of SEDA (Staff and Educational Development Association) and was one of the first fourteen Senior Fellows of the UK Higher Education Academy.

Lorna Froud   https://www.linkedin.com/in/lornafroud

Independent Higher Education Consultant

Lorna Froud was Head of Careers and Employment Centre at Oxford Brookes University, UK, during which time she also served on the Board of AGCAS (Association of Graduate Careers Advisors).  More recently she was Director of Careers and Employability at the University of Reading, UK.  She is now an independent consultant.

Information provided by A/Prof. Peter Keegan,

AD L&T Faculty of Arts

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