Author: Jodie Croxall, Ashley Frawley,Rebecca Vaughan, Simeon Smith & Dee Thyer
Session: Presentation

Swansea University is currently 1st in Wales for Employability and 16th in the UK (Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016). One driver in this success has been the SEA Award. It contains a significant focus on self-reflection and aims to help students become effective learners, developing career management skills for their entire working lives. Employability is now a leading agenda across the University, reflected in Step4Excellence and the current University strategy. This collaborative student/staff workshop will draw on the experiences of the first cohort of CHHS undergraduate students to have completed all four levels of the SEA Award with structured, taught involvement from lecturers and SEA staff. Students will reflect on their journey through the SEA Award, from Bronze to Platinum and offer their views on the ways in which their journey through the SEA has influenced their employability mind-set and career planning, while staff, utilising a variety of student and employer data will outline challenges and rewards associated with embedding the SEA Award in their curriculum and teaching.

Learning Outcomes

• Detail how progression in employability and learning look from a student, staff and employers perspective
• Consider the pros and cons of the approach and the logistics needed to replicate the SEA journey to various disciplines across Colleges.
• Examine a range of qualitative and quantitative research data, gathered through a variety of mechanisms over the three year period.