A new report from Higher education think tank million+ has highlighted how modern universities like Middlesex are using new approaches to teaching, increasing the job prospects and social mobility of their graduates.
The report, launched by Universities Minister David Willetts, highlights how a “teaching revolution” is underway, with universities focussing more than ever on working with employers and teaching professional skills.
Middlesex initiatives highlighted include dance courses which involve professionals and employers in the development of the curriculum and projects which have improved the University’s health courses by consulting service users, patients and carers.
Commenting on the report, Middlesex Deputy Vice-Chancellor Margaret House said: "More than ever we're asking students and employers what they want, putting them at the centre of the way we design our courses and ensuring the skills that will help them get a job are just as important as academic studies.
"Even more of the students joining us this October will have access to mentors from business and industry, and more advice from former students on how to look for and apply for jobs. We’ll also be launching a new mock assessment centre so our students can boost their interview skills and confidence.
"And because of the University's unique expertise in work-based learning, we will offer students the chance to gain real academic credit for the part time work they do whilst studying."
Pam Tatlow, Chief Executive of million+ said: “Modern universities are leading the way in making sure that the teaching and learning in our universities is delivering the knowledge, workplace and professional skills increasingly demanded by employers and by students themselves.
“They have also responded to the changing needs of students and employers through the development of new courses and curricula and collaboration with business, local communities and public service-users on real-life projects. As a result of a willingness to both innovate and expand, these universities have acted as engines of social mobility and growth for the knowledge economy, with more of their graduates moving into higher socio-economic groups.”
Middlesex is looking forward to welcoming the next generation of students following last week’s publication of UCAS national application figures. Middlesex is ahead of the national trend, nearly matching last year's record high, receiving 24,764 applications at the January 15 UCAS deadline. This figure is only -0.7% lower than 2011, whilst across the UK applications are down -8.7% on last year, and in London applications are down -9.8% on average.
The report can be found at www.millionplus.ac.uk/research/teaching-that-matters