Lunch time today was busy with the first Community of Practice (COP) Internationalising Student Support meeting.
The COP Internationalising Student Support was recently established to share best practices and provide staff the opportunity to discuss current challenges and opportunities to provide a high quality international student experience.
Led by the University’s International Student Adviser in partnership with RUSU’s elected International Students’ Officer, and supported by the Faculty Director Teaching and Learning (Science), the COP provides opportunities for staff involved with and interested in the development and enhancement of student support and experience in relation to internationalisation to meet.
Today’s meeting was focused on Employability. Em Sowden, Placement and Development Manager for the Careers, Placement and Experience Centre (CPEC), started by informing attendees about recent works carried out by CPEC and different workbooks in preparation for both staffs and students.
Jane Batchelor, Careers Development Advisor the Henley Business School, and Lilly Mae Liddicott, Head of Industrial Training/Industry Liaison for the Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences, highlighted the resources and support available in their departments to improve the employability of all students including international and EU.
Few highlights of interest to us to improve the global appeal of our students in terms of their employability at SBS are as follows:
- Organise student-led events, where previous placement students can talk to current students about their own placement experience and how it has benefitted them.
- Encourage students to take jobs over the summer to increase their skills range, it does not need to be a work related their field of study (check the HE STEM report from our Maths Dept).
- Construct an alumni network, and get the help of alumni to raise employability of the current students e.g. by inviting alumni to deliver seminars or talk to our students on career prospects in particular companies.
Already looking forward to the next 2 meetings for the academic year 2012-13 which will be on:
- Tailoring Support for International Students, 2nd Feb 2013
- Integration and Languages, 24th April 2013