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Work-integrated learning

We are committed to providing practice-oriented programmes for all of our students. To help us achieve this, we incorporate work-integrated learning into every course.

We take a structured approach, using our UWE Bristol Graduate Attribute Framework and staff toolkits to identify and meet requirements. This helps us ensure that students are ready and able to go into work on graduation.

Graduate Attribute Framework

The skills our graduates develop in order to be work-ready:

  • Self-reliant and connected
  • Ready and able
  • Enterprising
  • Globally responsible
  • Future-facing

Designing practice-oriented learning

In our 2020 Strategy, we committed to providing a practice-oriented learning experience. So we have created a methodology to help us achieve this.

  1. Using our UWE Bristol Graduate Attribute Framework, we have identified the skills our graduates need in order to achieve successful professional and career progression.
  2. Teaching staff and our Employability and Enterprise Service work together to build work-integrated learning opportunities in to our courses to help students develop these attributes.

    Opportunities are varied and might include:
    • Work-based placements
    • Team-based student consultancy projects or research with 'real-world' tasks set by industry experts
    • Professional simulations or role plays
    • Opportunities to pitch business or other ideas to panels of experts
    • Insight sessions from industry leaders and entrepreneurs
    • Networking opportunities with professionals from a wide range of industries ranging from large multinationals to small businesses and entrepreneurs
  3. We provide toolkits to help teaching staff design and audit practice oriented learning opportunities including models of best practice for the design, management and administration of sandwich placements, short placements and employer focused student project activity. 
  4. The resulting outcomes are fed back annually and programmes regularly assessed against the UWE Bristol Graduate Attribute Framework.

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