Work-related learning: benefits and challenges

Claire Cornock, Ellen Marshall, Jess Hargreaves


Universities are often criticised for not adequately preparing students for the workplace. In particular, the testing of taught content through examinations does not reflect the open nature of most roles, which require the application of knowledge. The BSc Mathematics course at Sheffield Hallam University embeds employability development and applications throughout the course. In 2018/19 two work-related group assessments were introduced, in which first year students work collaboratively with companies and other students on real-world problems. This paper discusses the implementation and evaluation of the two projects, including the challenges and benefits, as observed by staff, students and clients.


Work-related learning; Employability; Student engagement

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