| Activity name || 3. Formation of Industrial Liaison Network
| Participants || All Sites
|| Aims Covered: 2
| Timescales || Ongoing
| Background || SET[Roberts02]
recommends that HEIs should develop meaningful links with businesses
and match more closely the educational expectations of industry.
Student employability will be enhanced using industrially scoped (and
supported) problems for project- and group-work activities. The
consortium has long-term links with a variety of IT companies, many of
which have previously provided data or case studies.
| Activity ||
This ongoing exercise will extend existing industrial contacts. The key
to success of this activity is a good communication strategy
demonstrating benefits for all parties. The network will be kept
informed through bulletins and through encouraging industrialists to
interact with students, for instance, by invited presentations and
providing case studies for our students.
| Evaluation ||
- assessing levels of interest in the network;
- whether interest is long term;
- the willingness of parties to provide case studies, data etc.;
- students' perceptions of industrialists' involvement.
| Expected outcomes ||
clearer understanding of what each stakeholder (staff, students,
industrialists) can offer and how this can drive curriculum change.
- A set of case studies and support materials suitable for use by other institutions.
| Risks ||
interest from industrialists - past experience has shown that this is
not a problem as industrialists realise the benefits for recruitment
driving an agenda for their personal gain, for instance expecting
students to do their development work without consideration for
students' education or development - Mitigation: offer varying levels of support; Monitor: TF and site managers