Summary report by Professor Levesley
In the acadamic year 2011/12 the Department of Mathematics at Leicester first ran the final year module Employer-Related Project. The running of this module was part of a HESTEM-funded project Identifying Skill Gaps of Employers and Mathematics Undergraduates. The module attracted 20 students, and has been very successful.
There are three key components to the module: (a) the students took part in a business simulation game in Semester 1 (worth 10% of the module mark), run by an external consultant; (b) the students attended an employability workshop, run by the Bizbuilder, the commercial part of the Leicester Chamber of Commerce; (c) all projects had an external client – someone the student has to answer to. The success of (a) and (b) means that we will be running these as part of the same module next year.