Monday, 22 September 2014

FW: Supporting University-Work Transitions? Exploring the Impact of Work Placements and Internships




Supporting University-Work Transitions? Exploring the Impact of Work Placements and Internships

Date - Friday, 24 October 2014: 10.00-16.00

Venue - Dovecot Studios,10 Infirmary St, Edinburgh, UK

Network - Employability, Enterprise and Work-based Learning

Friday, 24 October 2014

The transitions between university and the world of work remain a key concern for policy makers and practitioners across the UK nations and beyond.  Work placements and internships have become an increasingly significant focus of activity, aiming to 'bridge' the gap between study and work.  What different approaches have been taken across the UK nations and by different universities?  What impact do such initiatives have on student learning experiences and skills development, on employment / employability outcomes, and for host employers?

The day-conference will provide an opportunity to share research insights and practice-related learning through a series of conference-style presentations and round table discussions. This event is co-hosted by Third Sector Internships Scotland, Queen Margaret University and The Open University in Scotland.

Keynote speaker: Professor Alice Brown, Chair Scottish Funding Council


Olivia Jones, National Centre for Universities and Business (NCUB)

Tone Cecilie Carlsten, Nordic Institute for Studies in Innovation, Research and Education (NIFU)

Dr Ruth Helyer, Social Futures Institute, Teesside University

Dr Martha Caddell, The Open University in Scotland and Margaret Wallace, Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO),  Third Sector Internships Scotland

Dr Peter Green, University of Ulster

Dr Colin Smith, Edinburgh Napier University,  ePlacement Scotland

Dr David Thompson, University of Wolverhampton

Dr Jon Turner, University of Edinburgh, Making the Most of Masters

If you are currently working on research into any kind of employability, enterprise and work-based learning and would like to share your work at later events, please contact us on

Network Convenors:

Professor Helen E Higson OBE, Professor of Higher Education Learning and Management, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Aston University

Dr Richard Blackwell, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Southampton Solent University

Event Organiser:

Fiona Boyle: Third Sector Internships Scotland


Note: Unless otherwise stated SRHE events are free to members, there is a charge of £60 for non-members.


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