Enhancing transferable skills in undergraduate practical laboratories

Equipping undergraduate students with well developed transferable skills is high on the agenda in order to support graduate employability. Dr Christopher Thompson, Associate Dean of Education in the Faculty of Science at Monash University and Russell Kitson, Senior Teaching Fellow, Department of Chemistry at the University of Warwick are working together to achieve this through testing and evaluating different curriculum methods through the design of ‘digital’ badges for transferable skills.

These badges will be added to curriculum material and MLE sites to raise awareness of undergraduates of the learning opportunities presented to them. In Monash University this will be supplemented through the establishment of workshops on reflection and the use of Student Futures to log skills development. At the University of Warwick the badges will be awarded to students through assessment and micro credentialing of threshold skills competencies. These two different approaches will be evaluated and best practice shared between the two institutions.

Principle applicants

Dr Christopher Thompson

Dr Christopher Thompson

Associate Dean Education, Faculty of Science, Monash University

Russell Kitson

Russell Kitson

Senior Teaching Fellow, Department of Chemistry, University of Warwick

Co-applicants

Dr Paolo Coppo
Senior Teaching Fellow, Department of Chemistry, University of Warwick