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Transferable Skills: Realising potential through translation to other contexts

Friday, 23 October 2015

Transferable Skills: Realising potential through translation to other contexts

The notion of ‘transfer’ is a highly topical one, whether it is cast in terms of the employability of graduates, the development of transferable skills among Postgraduate Researchers (PGRs), or the experience of transferring into the academy for a Professional Doctorate.  The notions of ‘transfer’ and ‘transferable skills’ are everywhere: frequently invoked, but little explored particularly in the context of the postgraduate experience. 
This seminar will explore some of the key issues identified in three different postgraduate areas: through the experience of an MSc programme explicitly focused on transferring students out of academia and into the commercial world; through reflections on a decade of developing transferable skills in PGRs; and through research into the experiences of Industrial Doctorates at the interface between academia and industry. 
Drawing on the lessons learned and the insights obtained from these different perspectives on ‘transfer’ and diverse Postgraduate experiences, the presentations will help us to consider how we could more successfully prepare our students for transitions through our teaching, our support for postgraduates, our development programmes, and at an institutional level.

12.30                     Registration and Lunch.

1.00-1.30 -           Shifting the emphasis from learning a skill to transferring it to practice : Professor Pam Denicolo – University of Surrey & Dr Julie Reeves – University of Southampton

1.30 – 2.15 -        Capturing the Impact from Industrial Doctorates -Transferable lessons for DTCs/CDTs: Dr Fumi Kitagawa – University of Edinburgh

2.15 - 3.00 -         Is communication a transferable skill? Lessons from Imperial College: Dr Stephen Webster – Imperial College, London

3.00- 3.15 -           Tea and Coffee break

3.15 - 3.45 -          What could we do differently? Small group discussion

3.45 - 4.15 -         General Discussion and close.

Dr Fumi Kitagawa is a Lecturer in Entrepreneurship & Innovation at the University of Edinburgh.  Fumi conducted a study on the impact of industry-based doctoral training (EngD) in the UK, funded and supported by the EPSRC and the AEngD. She has recently completed a following up study (under the EPSRC IAA) at the University of Edinburgh to apply the findings of earlier study to other collaborative doctoral schemes  She is building research on innovation, skills and competences across organisational boundaries.
Dr Stephen Webster is Senior Lecturer and director of the Science Communication Unit at Imperial College, where he leads the MSc science communication programme. Stephen has published in many different formats including radio documentary and drama. His current research is into the academic value of quietude. For several years he was a curriculum developer at Imperial College, teaching transferable skills to STEM undergraduates.
Professor Pam Denicolo and Dr Julie Reeves are two Postgraduate Interest Network convenors, have between them some 50 years’ experience of developing researchers across their academic careers. They made a key contribution to the Vitae Researcher Development Framework and together have co-authored articles and a book about transferable skills and their development. They work with supervisors as well as researchers and have made key contributions to their universities’ programmes for academic staff and researcher development. Their interest of late has turned to working with researchers and employers to improve the understandings of each about the other in order to enhance the delivery of effective training. They both contribute to the SRHE Professional Development Programme.

Network: Postgraduate Issues
Date: Friday, 23 October 2015
Times: 12:30-16:30
Location: SRHE, 73 Collier Street London N1 9BE
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Capturing the Impact from Industrial Doctorates -Transferable lessons for DTCs/CDTs
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Shifting the emphasis from learning a skill to transferring it to practice
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