The 2nd Heriot-Watt Learning & Teaching Colloquium: Heriot-Watt Graduate Attributes
In April 2016, the University held its second Learning and Teaching Colloquium with the theme of “Graduate Attributes”. The event was well-attended by some 60 academic staff from across the Edinburgh campus with a video link to colleagues in Dubai. Delegates listened to presentations by keynote speakers from Glasgow University and had an opportunity to discuss their own responses to Heriot-Watt’s Graduate Attributes (GAs).
The Glasgow experience of supporting students’ transitions to the professions through the development of profiles on Linked-in gave much food for thought. Delegates said of the event that it was “a significant start” to the process of engaging staff and students at Heriot-Watt with the University’s GAs .
The speakers and hosts were:
- Prof John Sawkins, Deputy Principal for Learning & Teaching
- Dr Dickon Copsey, College of Social Sciences Employability Officer, University of Glasgow
- Dr Irene Malcolm, Academic Programme Leader, Heriot-Watt University
The aims of the Colloquium were:
- Group discussions to explore challenges and opportunities on communicating and embedding Graduate Attributes at Heriot-Watt University
- Sharing of best practice from Graduate Attribute project, University of Glasgow
- Understanding ELIR recommendations and timescales for implementation
The four Heriot-Watt Graduate Attributes are: