Shadow Higher Education Minister commends Kingston University’s work equipping students with workplace skills

Kingston University’s sector-leading work embedding future skills throughout its curriculum has been hailed by Shadow Minister for Higher Education, Matt Western MP.

During a campus visit, Mr Western learned more about the initiative and how the university is rolling out a progressive new model of education designed to equip students with vital, future-proofed graduate attributes to support the country’s economy.

It comes after YouGov research commissioned by the University as part of its Future Skills campaign found problem solving, digital competency and the ability to analyse and think creatively were among the key skills most valued by business leaders. The university has since been championing the importance of skills for innovation and the crucial role they play in driving economic growth.

From September, all undergraduate courses at the University will incorporate self-diagnostic and future skills development sessions within first year modules. During his visit, Mr Western heard from the academic team involved in developing the Future Skills programme and spoke to students about how they have already been benefiting from pilot sessions running in recent months.

He said: “This is a terrific innovation looking at the needs of students and employers, but very much centred around the individual – ensuring they leave the institution with the sorts of skills they will need for the world of work. It was a real privilege to hear first-hand, not just from the staff but the students as well, about how this programme has been developed and how it will be delivered – it’s a very exciting initiative.”