Associate Professor Wendy Beck

Associate Professor Wendy Beck

2009 | ALTC Teaching Fellow

University of New England | Profile

Improving graduate employability by implementing subject benchmarks

Fellowship years: 2009 - 2012

Abstract: Employability is defined as a set of skills, understandings and personal attributes that graduates should have in order to succeed in their careers. The fellow’s completed ALTC Discipline Study (Benchmarking Archaeology Degrees in Australian Universities 2007-2008) studied one aspect of employability. But how can humanities disciplines improve graduate employability even further? Suggested means to improvement are: a) to jointly develop employability profiles; b) to explore the development of collaborative teaching; and c) to encourage other disciplines in humanities to adopt the subject benchmarking process. This activity is important because it will implement and map cross-institutional approaches to improving employability in archaeology, as well as explicitly disseminating the results to other disciplines, for the first time. The proposed outcomes are: nationally-agreed principles for the provision of collaborative teaching in archaeology; general guidance for the articulation of appropriate employability profiles; and process development for sustainable cross-institutional benchmark development.

Fellowship discipline: Archaeology, Humanities, Social Science