Author: Debbie Jones, Gemma Morgan
In recent years, the profile of employability and student engagement has risen dramatically and now lies at the heart of the delivery of Higher Education (HEFCE, 2011). Within a Welsh context, the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales in partnership with Higher Education Wales, CBI Wales and NUS Wales have developed a vision that supports growth in Wales and further afield by providing highly skilled, quality jobs across Wales alongside of the production of graduates that are able to demonstrate and communicate their value to prospective employers. In line with the changing landscape, Swansea University has developed a policy in relation to employability that recognises its importance to the contribution to the knowledge economy.
This paper seeks to explore how employability has been embedded within the undergraduate curricula for Criminology. It charts the development of a pedagogical approach that utilises innovative teaching strategies that assist, not only student’s academic development, but also enhances the department’s relationship with external agencies and promotes student engagement and experience towards a curricula that equips students with the array of knowledge, skills and experience necessary for a modern day workforce.