This project has focussed on graduate skills development in Mathematics, by forming partnerships with those employers who regularly recruit Maths students from the University of Leeds.
The first phase of the project focused on gathering opinion via surveys on skills development in Mathematics degrees from employers, alumni and current students. This intelligence was then used to inform curriculum development to address any skills deficits and augment current provision.
The project has involved working with employers to develop case studies, activities/assessments and mini-projects that encompass these skills. Experience/research has shown that the development of skills is much more effective when they are integral and include employer input. Another successful outcome of the project has been establishing an external advisory board for the school, taking the impact of the project beyond teaching activities and into the research activities of the school.
Margit Messmer and Samantha Pugh