University to pioneer accessible skills curriculum
University of Leicester has won funding for a flagship initiative to improve
employability opportunities for students with disabilities.
University’s Educational Development and Support Centre (EDSC) has received
a £100,000 grant from the Higher Education Funding Council, England, (HEFCE)
to fund an innovative project to develop key employability skills.
Employability Skills within an
Accessible Curriculum (ESAC) project, which runs for two years, has been
selected as one of 23 second round projects funded under HEFCE’s
‘Improving Provision for Disabled Students’ initiative.
ESAC project is inclusive and aims to develop a key skills curriculum that
will benefit all students in terms
of their future employment, but especially disabled students and students with
specific learning difficulties, such as dyslexia. It uses an innovative
approach to skills building that is grounded in academic content.
core of the project will be a suite of teaching resources for staff based
around the key employability skills, such as oral communication, problem
solving and group work. The resources will offer practical examples of
inclusive skills teaching that draw on subject literature and academic skills,
and will be supported by student guides aimed at helping students develop
their own key skills awareness.
project is designed to support staff in meeting the government initiatives in
widening participation, graduate employability and the recent application of
the Disability Discrimination Act to higher education (SENDA).
a result of these initiatives the sector is expected to change markedly over
the coming years and it is hoped that the ESAC project will help to put the
University of Leicester at the forefront of these developments.
project is looking for partners across the University to assist in the
development of accessible teaching resources. To find out more about the
project, or to register as a partner, contact Dr Michael Reynier (extension
5040, email firstname.lastname@example.org)
Last updated: 28 March 2003 10:55
Created by: Rachel Tunstall
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