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There is a range of research occurring in response to the increasing focus on graduate employability and the role higher education institutions have to play in the development of these skills.

eSage Project

Enacting Strategies to Advance Graduate Employability (eSage) responds to growing social and economic demands for graduates who can negotiate rapidly transforming employment contexts. 

The initial project focused on enabling and enacting change within learning and teaching across the performing arts, humanities (writing and journalism), computer science, biotechnology and biomedical science.

We began with a comprehensive review of the literature. This was followed with nation-wide student aspirations survey that attracted responses from a diverse range of students and disciplines, including some students from other countries. We then conducted case study research with graduates, practitioners, educators, senior leaders, and with students transitioning from study to work.

The research informed the development of a work-ready 'toolkit' of resources to enable change within learning and teaching. We see this as ongoing work and welcome additions and comments from colleagues.

In 2015 we will engage a number of key stakeholders in a process of evidence-based change that enables employability skills development. Our engagement includes pilot projects at various institutions together with broad dissemination through symposia and workshops, conference presentations, academic papers and e-resources.

For more information about the eSage project, please contact:

Dr Sarah Richardson
Project Manager
sarah.richardson@acer.edu.au

Professor Dawn Bennett
Project Director
dawn.bennett@curtin.edu.au

Dr Philip MacKinnon
Project Director
philipm@unimelb.edu.au

First Peoples Arts-Based Service Learning Project

The First Peoples Arts-Based Service Learning Project involved programs undertaken in collaboration with Indigenous communities in regional and metropolitan areas. At the heart of the project was the desire to enhance the way in which aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural content is embedded in higher education arts curricula.

Service learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, develop intercultural awareness and strengthen communities. 

To find out more, please utilise the following resources:

For more information about the First Peoples Arts-Based Service Learning Project, please contact: 

Dr Brydie-Leigh Bartleet
Project Leader
b.bartleet@griffith.edu.au

In Semester 1, 2015 four journalism students and five of their screen arts classmates teamed up with community groups that work closely with Aboriginal people in Western Australia. The screen arts students are filming and producing a documentary in partnership with Kinship Connections WA. The journalism students wrote, photographed and produced independent works of Indigenous affairs journalism, which can be found on InkWire.

More Aboriginal Community Engagement stories can be found by clicking on the following:

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eSage Partners

Curtin University 
ACER
University of Sydney
University of Melbourne
Flinders University

First People's Arts-Based Service Learning Partners

Griffith University
Curtin University
University of Western Sydney