June 2023 - May 2024
Natasha Kersh (UCL), Kat Emms & Andrea Laczik (Edge Foundation)
The project focuses on the complexities of building bridges between higher education and industry specifically exploring models of practically-based approaches within the landscape of higher education.
The focus of the research identifies and explores characteristics, challenges and implications of practically based and industry engaged HE models. The following questions are explored:
- What are the main features of practically-based/industry engaged HE models and how this contributes to university transformation?
- How can these models support HE graduates skills development and employability?
- What are the processes, strategies and approaches that universities develop when moving their academic provision towards a more work-related provision?
- How can networks of HE institutions and businesses facilitate, support and sustain these models?
- How can the integration of theory and practice in HE support this model? What are the implications for crossing boundaries between education and work?
The project is based on 2-3 case studies of examples of practically based higher education in England. The research draws on semi-structured interviews/focus groups with key stakeholders, for example senior leadership team, lecturers, employers and students.