London 2019

Physics-Industry Collaboration: Aligning Student Skills with Local Economic Needs

A joint SEPnet & WRIPA workshop, supported by the Institute of Physics

Institute of Physics, London, Thurs 25th July 2019, 9.30am – 4pm

Chaired by Professor Sir William Wakeham

For programme schedule,directions and to register for this free event, please click here

Contacts: Dr Andrew Hirst (WRIPA), andrew.hirst@york.ac.uk / 01904 322285 or Veronica Benson (SEPnet), v.benson@surrey.ac.uk / 01483 683758

The Office for Students (OfS) focuses on higher education participation, experience, outcomes and value of money.  At the same time, the UK Industrial Strategy identifies ‘Places’ as a key “foundation of productivity” to address poor productivity performance, pronounced regional differences in economic performance and regional disparities in R&D funding. 

To address the twin challenges of graduate outcomes and regional economic prosperity, university physics departments need to consider the extent of ‘place-based’ decision making in student graduate career choices and how to engage with regional employers.

This workshop will engage with those who have embedded work-based learning into curriculum design, formed partnerships with regional employers and embedded entrepreneurialism into student skill training.  It will provide the opportunity to build a wider network of employability focused academic and professional staff. It will consist of presentations and case studies from the Office for Students, Institute of Physics, university physics departments and employers.

The event is for heads of physics departments, academics responsible for employability, programme managers, heads of teaching and learning, industry representatives and representatives with responsibility for developing physics graduates employability skills.