Embedding communication skills: Views concerning the communication skills of graduate employees
Wilkinson, C., Sardo, M. and Bultitude, K. (2011) Embedding communication skills: Views concerning the communication skills of graduate employees. In: STEM Graduates’ Writing Skills Project Conference, University of Bath, UK, 12th September 2011.
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The presentation highlights findings from a nine month project funded via the Higher Education Innovation Fund in 2010-11. Drawing on a questionnaire survey of employers, in addition to interviews with employers and University programme leaders the presentation highlights consensus and conflict points regarding graduate communication skills. There is continued demand from employers for graduates to demonstrate effective communication skills, in scientific and technological subject areas, as well as many others, often encompassing use of new technologies. Concurrently programme leaders are aware of their importance, particularly in specific sectors but also face challenges in attending to some areas of skill development.