At the Hugh Baird University Centre we believe that employability is a central focus within all our higher education programmes and we put the achievement and success of our students at the heart of everything we do.
We aim to give each and every one of our students the best possible chance of joining, and sustaining, their chosen career path. This applies equally to full-time students, and to those on part-time study routes who are already combining work and study.
Our focus on employability begins long before we even enrol our first student. Every one of our new and existing programmes is designed by a team of academic specialists from the College and our Partner Universities, working closely alongside experts from within the profession or industry concerned. That way, students can be sure that the course is academically strong, and meets the needs of the people who may be future employers.
When we plan our foundation and honours degrees we form close and effective working arrangements with local businesses and key employers in the region, liaising with sectors such as the creative industries or the care sector respectively. By designing our programmes in this way, we seek to give independent proof that our courses really are providing exactly what that profession needs. To apply all of this effectively for our students, our team of academic and industry specialists’ work together with employers and a range of groups at the HBUC, to ensure that employability remains at the top of everyone’s agenda.
We develop a wide range of employer led projects and opportunities as well as supporting work-based learning or placements for all our students. During the academic year the course team are constantly working in the background to keep employability at the centre of student learning.
To ensure the day-to-day focus on employability remains strong we involve employers in delivery and assessment in many ways. On some courses, there are key sessions throughout the academic year delivered by industry experts as an integral part of the course team, enabling current updates on the very latest developments. For other courses, we have set up a series of workplace mentors, who act as a link between work and College, helping to ensure delivery of the required knowledge and skills. We organise regular employer events and also bring in guest speakers who have local, national or even international reputations, and a passion for sharing their expertise to maximise employability opportunities.
Our annual exhibition of the work of our art and design students is backed by a number of industry figures, some of whom started out studying here at the Hugh Baird University Centre. Our academic focus on employability is backed by an equally strong emphasis on the practical and pastoral aspects of life at the HBUC. Every one of our students has timetabled tutorial sessions, and the content of these includes practical advice in support of writing CVs, careers guidance and applying for jobs; Course Tutors supply job references, which are targeted firmly upon the skills of the industry professional or industry most values.
These sessions, and the diagnostic testing we complete for all new starters, provide the opportunity to identify any need for extra support in order to give our students an employability edge – and whether that is in Maths, written English or IT, we will provide it.
We are passionate about equality and diversity and we provide comprehensive and personalised support for all students who need it; our specialist Student Support team ensures that students have all the support they need to succeed.
Each course we offer will come under one of the three work-based learning models listed: