9 February 2012

Think-tank report reveals how 'teaching revolution' is delivering employability and social mobility

A new report from the university think-tank million+, Teaching that Matters, will be launched by the Universities and Science Minister, the Rt. Hon. David Willetts MP on Friday 10 February 2012 at the University of Greenwich. The report highlights how a teaching revolution is underway in modern universities with new approaches to teaching increasing employability and improving the social mobility of graduates.

Pam Tatlow, Chief Executive of million+ said: “Modern universities are leading the way in making sure that the teaching and learning in our universities is delivering the knowledge, workplace and professional skills increasingly demanded by employers and by students themselves. Teaching that Matters sets out how student-centred teaching has a transformative impact on students by providing experiences that are interactive and inspirational and provides models of cutting-edge best practice which should be the basis for high quality teaching across universities.

“The report also makes clear that modern universities play a key role in helping people in work and those who do not want to study full-time to gain higher qualifications with 34 per cent of students studying part-time and with many more undertaking sandwich courses, work and professional placements or other flexible learning opportunities. Modern universities have also responded to the changing needs of students and employers through the development of new courses and curricula and collaboration with business, local communities and public service-users on real-life projects. As a result of a willingness to both innovate and expand, these universities have acted as engines of social mobility and growth for the knowledge economy, with more of their graduates moving into higher socio-economic groups.”

Minister for Universities and Science, David Willetts said: “I am delighted to launch this report focussing on the vital issue of teaching quality. We want students to be at the heart of the higher education system. That’s why our reforms help people choose the right course for them and shine a spotlight on the quality of the student experience. There should be clear incentives for institutions to offer the best possible academic experience for their students.”

Professor David Maguire, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Greenwich, said: “The University of Greenwich is leading the way in making sure teaching pushes, excites and stretches our students. Lecturers, tutors and students are all central to ensuring that our graduates contribute to the communities in which they live and work and enhance their prospects of employment. Vice-Chancellors and senior staff need to be serious about investing in and rewarding teaching excellence.”

Notes to editors:

  1. For more information or interviews please contact Tim Blanchard, Communications Management on 07584 170881.
  2. The full Teaching that Matters report can be downloaded here.
  3. Watch and hear from students and staff who are putting innovative teaching at the heart of their universities here.
  4. Teaching that Matters was researched and written by staff at the Centre for Developmental and Applied Research in Education at the University of Wolverhampton. It illustrates the innovations in teaching taking place across modern universities. For example, how students at the University of East London have the opportunity to join the university’s research community; how History undergraduates at the University of Derby learn how to set up and run a conference as well as deliver a paper; how Coventry University has led the way in a whole curriculum approach to developing undergraduates’ employability skills; how health academics at Middlesex University involve health service users and carers in leading seminar discussion groups in order to close the gap between theory and practice; and how students at the University Wolverhampton are appointed as e-champions to help their peers with ICT, leading to higher grades for everyone.
  5. The Minister will launch the report at the Howe Lecture Theatre, Queen Anne Court, University of Greenwich, Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich SE10 9LS at 10.30am on Friday 10.30am. His visit will also include him joining students from the University in an experiential learning session using a virtual management simulator.