Reporter 413, 26 January 1998

Ready for work

A national project aiming to bring together academics and employers and address concerns about the ‘work readiness’ of students held its first conference at Leeds this month, with representatives from universities all over Britain and from businesses such as Procter and Gamble, Price Waterhouse and Marks and Spencer.

The University has been chosen by the Partnership Trust to house a national project, called Context, to promote new ways of active learning to enhance students’ skills for the world of work (see Reporter 412). The Dearing Report highlighted the need for a partnership approach between business and HE to address the problem, and the level of interest shown in the first conference, attended by around 80 people, shows real commitment to enhancing students’ learning experiences.

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