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British Academy Flagship Skills Project: Call for Evidence

To inform the flagship project, the British Academy wishes to establish an evidence base about the skills developed by studying AHSS and the contribution that individuals with those skills make to society and the economy.

 About the Call for Evidence

To inform the flagship project, the British Academy wishes to establish an evidence base about the skills developed by studying AHSS and the contribution that individuals with those skills make to society and the economy. In recent years, the identification and definition of skills and the articulation of their value has been a topic of considerable debate in the general media and among policy makers in higher education and therefore a large body of material addressing the issue already exists.

The British Academy, under the guidance of the project Steering Group, has produced a summary and initial analysis of key evidence on AHSS skills. This document briefly summarises the key sources in this area, and explores the extent to which they provide the evidence which is required for the flagship project. It is structured around six questions:

  • What do we mean by skills?
  • What skills should studying AHSS develop?
  • What skills do individuals who have studied AHSS demonstrate?
  • What contribution do individuals with AHSS skills make to society and the economy?
  • What skills do employers want?
  • What skills are needed for the future?

The Call for Evidence document is available to download here or from the right-hand side of this page.

In responding, we would like you to refer to this summary and bring to our attention other sources which we have not identified which can be used to provide evidence on the issues we have identified, as well as suggesting other areas which we should investigate through the project. We are also interested in learning about comparative studies from other countries. Respondents should not feel limited by the questions posed below: we would welcome any additional thoughts or information. Equally, respondents should answer those questions in which they have an interest and not feel obliged to answer them all. A response form is provided as annex to this document.

Who should respond?

The Academy is seeking the views of a broad range of stakeholders in the education and skills sector, including but not limited to education providers, learned societies, careers advisory services, students, employers and policy-makers. If you do not fall into one of these categories and would like to submit evidence, please do so as you consider appropriate.

How to respond

Please ensure that all responses are in Microsoft Word format (not PDF), and that they include concrete examples wherever possible and are fully referenced where appropriate. Responses should not exceed 3000 words and should be as clear and succinct as possible. Please submit your completed response to skills@britac.ac.uk by Monday 17 April 2017.

What we will do with the responses

Evidence submitted will be analysed by policy staff at the British Academy, and Steering Group members. It will be used to inform the work of the project and its conclusions and recommendations. Unless we receive a clear instruction to the contrary, all written evidence submitted will be published on the British Academy’s project web page when the final report is published. Publication is expected in Autumn 2017.

 

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