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food for thought on graduate attributes


The ideas around graduate attributes have been a key theme of the last two QAA enhancement themes (http://www.enhancementthemes.ac.uk/enhancement-themes/completed-enhancement-themes), and Stirling, like all Scottish institutions looked at what attributes its graduates should possess. The current attributes in Stirling’s Learning and Teaching Quality Enhancement Strategy (employable and confident; active global and local citizens; critically and intellectually curious thinkers; knowledgeable and skilled within and between the disciplines) are about to be reviewed and it will be interesting to hear from students, staff and employers on what they think Stirling’s attributes should be, and on how they can be articulated in the curriculum. One of the key components of our Employability Strategy is around embedding graduate attributes into the curriculum.

I just wanted to herald some new resources that I’ve become aware of on graduate attributes. The first one is from Aberdeen University (http://www.abdn.ac.uk/bgatl/ ) and explains well not only what their attributes are, but how they are understood and articulated by students, staff and employers. I would also suggest having a look at the information on the Assuring Graduate Capabilities site, which has some useful insights and suggestions delivered via video snippets (http://boliver.ning.com/page/symposium?xg_source=msg_mes_network).

As ever we are interested to hear your thoughts and comments.

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