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University of Northampton pushes ‘employability skills’, only 4 % of its undergraduates unemployed

The University of Northampton is one of England’s younger universities: it only won the status in 2005. But it is also top of the league when it comes to getting its students into work. In 2010-11, six months after leaving the university, only 4 per cent of its former undergraduates were unemployed.

Explaining its success, Nick Petford, vice-chancellor, says: “We spend a lot of time on employability skills, right from the word go.”

It is not, he adds, something that gets “tacked on at the end of the three years”. They do this by thinking about the non-academic skills that employers need.

The aim, he says, is to create a “T-shaped” student: in addition to deep knowledge about their specialism (an “I-shaped” student), they should get an array of broad general problem-solving, project management social and teamwork skills.

They pursue this idea, popular in the US, outside the classroom. Prof Petford says: “Throughout the three years we try to embed skills … through work placements. Also, through volunteering and social enterprise … That is starting to pay dividends.”

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