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Employability and Enterprise

Developing Enterprise, Entrepreneurship and Employability at Newcastle University.

Employability and Enterprise

The University’s Employability and Enterprise Strategy was written and approved in 2016 and will be updated during 2021/22 as a new Graduate Outcomes Strategy. In the meantime, our interim plan (below) sets out short to medium term goals for the next eighteen months, taking into account factors such as:

  • Economic uncertainty among students, graduates, employers and other key stakeholders
  • Raised competition for jobs which do exist
  • Reduced availability of work experience for students
  • A shift to online for recruitment activities
  • Significant losses of employer income across the sector
  • Increased challenges for graduates starting their own businesses
  • The shift from DLHE to a new Graduate Outcomes Survey (GOS)
  • The University’s performance on the new GOS measure.

Consultation on developing a new three year Gradate Outcomes Strategy will be carried out in the autumn of 2021/22, to be introduced for the start of the 2022/23 academic year.

This will enable wide consultation, internal and external, and for the strategy to be informed by the new post-pandemic normal. The new strategy will be ambitious, scalable and evidence-based, and focussed on the future success of all students, taking account of the key role this will play in University reputation and rankings.

The Covid19 pandemic has created challenges but also opportunities for the way in which we support and prepare students to be successful, whether in securing graduate roles, pursuing postgraduate study, or starting new businesses...

Marc Lintern, Director of Careers Service and Deputy Academic Registrar

Our shared goal is for the University to be ranked highly for Graduate Outcomes, and this starts in our partnerships with students, Schools and with external businesses and organisations.

Marc Lintern, Director of Careers Service and Deputy Academic Registrar

Interim Employability and Enterprise Action Plan

The following six themes are from the University’s current Employability and Enterprise Strategy. The actions identified for each are intended to underpin School Action Plans, drawn up by Academic Leads for Employability and Enterprise.

Continuous Activity

Underpinning all of our priorities the Careers Service continues to;

  • Work closely with the Strategic Planning office, to disseminate and support Schools with appropriate data around employment metrics
  • Disseminate and share best practice, within and beyond the higher education sector
  • Disseminate employability data, including numbers on employability modules, placement numbers, engagement with the Careers Service and volunteering
  • Seek to enhance and improve support in relation to employer engagement, from regional SMEs to national and multinational recruiters, including on-campus recruitment activities and opportunities for student placements.
  • Seek incubation space for students and graduates starting new businesses
  • Develop and enhance the employability and enterprise offer at our Malaysia, Singapore and London campuses.

Graduate Outcomes Strategy

During 2021/22 the Careers Service will consult upon and develop a post-pandemic Graduate Outcomes Strategy (2022–2025), that furthers the aims of the University’s vision and four strategies, and aims to maximise the number of our students progressing into graduate level employment, starting their own business and/or further study.