Birmingham wins AGCAS Award for Academic Engagement 2017

13 September 2017

The winner of the 2017 AGCAS Award for Academic Engagement is the University of Birmingham for their pioneering second year biomedical science module.  

The course, set up by the Careers Network’s B-Enterprising team, was designed to increase participants’ employability through contextualising practical experience in order to highlight how the subject can be translated into employment. The module created a blueprint enabling Careers Network to grow curricular academic collaborations from 4 to 43 over two years (76% growth) and curricular student reach from 62 to 452 (629% increase). 

The module works with the company RB, who are launching a Medical Science Research & Development Centre of Excellence in the area. Within the module student groups create solutions to ‘live’ RB briefs such as ‘changing the culture of taboo surrounding menopause through education and resources for GPs and communities’. The module culminates with a showcase of groups presenting their solutions to an RB and academic panel and the first year cohort before attending a networking event. 

Their programme was reviewed by the Royal Society of Biology, which stated that the module was an excellent model of best practice in teaching.

Judges comments  

“I was impressed by the level of engagement and the knock on impact this had. It was just such an innovative approach!”

“I was impressed by innovative module-level practice leveraging timely labour market information to collaborate with a growing graduate recruiter to develop solutions to ‘live briefs’.”