“Biosciences is a topical, dynamic area continually advancing, contributing important benefits notonly to the wider health and well-being of individuals and the nation, but also to the economicactivity of the UK. To be able to feed ourselves, while working to maintain biodiversity and a stableand sustainable environment requires a deep understanding of biological processes and appreciate the complexity of these processes and our impact on the planet”
QAA Benchmark 2015
Biosciences Core Graduate Competencies
What it means to be a Bioscientist?
During your time of study at the School of Biosciences you will become a professional bioscientist - typically you will specialise in a particular subject – but the defining principles and core graduate skills and competencies that you will achieve apply to all students in the School of Biosciences. The list below aims to help you focus on the competencies that you will achieve during your degree to help you map your skills against those attributes that are often asked for by employers in job applications. The list is not exhaustive and you will be encouraged to think about other skills and competencies that you achieve and to keep a record of these- for use when you apply for placement periods, temporary work and your graduate career.
The NUS and CBI have defined employability skills as
“a set of attributes, skills and knowledge that all labour market participants should possess to ensure they have the capability of being effective in the workplace – to the benefit of themselves, their employer and the wider economy”
CBI/NUS Working towards your future 2011
There are 12 competencies divided into 4 sections (below) and they aim to help you focus on the competencies that you will work towards during your degree, to help you map your skills against those attributes which employers seek. The list is not exhaustive and you will be encouraged to think about other skills and competencies that you achieve and to keep a record of these, for use when you apply for placement periods, temporary work and your graduate career.
In additional to the Careers Service (CES) the School also has appointed staff Employability Champions representing each Division and working together to ensure these competencies are considered in teaching development activities across our courses.