This is useful resource as Alasdair Blair clearly identifies how he successfully covers the UKPSF criteria in terms: of initiating programme changes; placing student needs at the centre of these changes; using appropriate technology as a tool; using scholarly support for these initiatives and having an impact on colleagues.
He has embedded work placements and employability into the Politics curriculum, thus integrating scholarly activity with its practical application. This module has enhanced both the scholarly learning process and skills for future employment. The research- led placements allow scholarly engagement and reflective learning, as found by the US Boyer Commission. Real-life simulations led to student assessment of academic and reflective writing, but also to the development of the softer skills like self confidence that lead to enhanced employment opportunities.
Technology is used in the communication of ideas and discussions between the students as well as dissemination of knowledge, through the use of blogging.
Professor Alasdair Blair
Head of Department of Politics and Public Policy and Jean Monnet Professor of International Relations
Business and Law
Department of Politics & Public Policy
De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, UK, LE1 9BH.
T: +44 (0)116 257 7209