The work of the Employability Enhancement Theme ran from 2004 in parallel with the Flexible Delivery Theme. The Employability Enhancement Theme aimed to:

  • create a clear understanding of what the term employability means
  • raise the profile of employability and its benefits to students, employers and academic staff
  • encourage and provide help to Scottish higher education institutions in developing employability strategies
  • help embed employability within the curriculum
  • devise an employability strategy that worked in parallel with Personal Development Planning, as part of the Effective Learning Framework project.

Theme Overview report


Employability: Overview of the institutional engagement

Publication Date: 20 Jun 2006

This publication provides an overview of the work of the Employability Enhancement Theme for staff, student officers, employers and senior managers. It highlights the main features of the three sets of case studies on innovative practice in Scotland and elsewhere that were commissioned as part of the Theme.

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Author: QAA Scotland
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Size: 164 KB

Other resources



Engaging academic staff


Benchmarking employability: A Scottish perspective 

Publication Date: 12 Sep 2006

This publication is a handbook on Employability for Scottish academics. It has been designed to benefit all those in higher education institutions in Scotland who are concerned with curriculum design and implementation, including those who design student activities and assessments at module level. It is aimed at frontline academics rather than policy-makers. This publication was produced as part of the work for the Employability Enhancement Theme.

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Author: QAA Scotland
Format: PDF
Size: 216 KB

Engaging students


Working together: Enhancing students' employability

Publication Date: 25 Dec 2006

This publication gives a flavour of the activities run by institutions and their students' associations to enhance employability for participating students. Examples have been chosen with the aim of making the link between the activity and employability explicit and are frequently supported with training, recognition or forms of mentoring. This publication was produced as part of the work for the Employability Enhancement Theme.

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Author: QAA Scotland
Format: PDF
Size: 562 KB

Engaging employers


International best practice in engaging employers in the curriculum

Publication Date: 19 Dec 2006

This guide provides a rich resource to aid higher education institutions in engaging employers in the curriculum. It is designed to present an overview of good practice, including 28 case studies that illustrate various effective and sustainable ways of engaging employers in the curriculum. This publications was produced as part of the work of the Employability Enhancement Theme.

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Author: QAA Scotland
Format: PDF
Size: 276 KB

The Skills for Business Network

Publication Date: 20 Jul 2005

This briefing paper discusses how the Sector Skills Council (SSC) network operates in Scotland, and how the respective roles of SSAScot and the Sector Skills Development Agency (SSDA) support it. This paper was produced as part of the work of the Employability Enhancement Theme.

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Author: QAA Scotland
Format: PDF
Size: 214 KB

Effective learning and employability

Publication Date: 14 Sep 2005

This publication summarises the outcomes of the project which explored several facets of the potential linkages between effective learning and employability. It contains a rich array of experiences, materials and suggestions that users can use to facilitate reflective evaluation of approaches, practices and perceptions. This publication was produced as part of the work for the Employability Enhancement Theme.

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Author: QAA Scotland
Format: PDF
Size: 722 KB

Enhancing student employability: Innovative projects across the curriculum

Publication Date: 18 Jan 2006

This publication includes 12 case studies that share innovative curriculum practice across the Scottish education sector. The intention was to share best practice to give readers ideas that can be adapted for their own practice and context. This publications was produced as part of the work of the Employability Enhancement Theme.

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Author: QAA Scotland
Format: PDF
Size: 994 KB