Academic programmes, extra-curricular programmes and activities, part-time employment and work experience, voluntary work in the community - all contribute to the development of students' career potential whilst at University. Students' career plans may be influenced by academic staff in their role both as teacher and as personal tutor, as well as by their peers, parents and other relatives, employers, and professional careers advisers.
The purpose of this policy is:
1. to give greater clarity about the diverse ways in which the University supports the career development of its students, and about the respective roles of academic staff, of the schools, and of the support provided centrally through the Careers and Employability Service.
2. to make clear to students their entitlement to this support, what they can expect, and from whom.
3. to meet the requirement of the QAA Quality Code for Higher Education on Enabling student development and achievement (Chapter B4) that "Higher education providers have in place, monitor and evaluate arrangements and resources which enable students to develop their academic, personal and professional potential".
4. to assist schools in making links with relevant employers, and to identify and make use of employers' needs and opinions to develop the richness and relevance of learning programmes.
It should be read in conjunction with the University's policies on Academic and Pastoral Support, and on collaborative arrangements (see the University's Quality Manual).
Last updated 19 November 2014