Call for Phoenix Articles: Academic Alignment

11 March 2019

The June 2019 issue of Phoenix, the AGCAS journal, will focus on AGCAS’s new strategic theme of Academic Alignment.

The arrival of new drivers such as TEF, subject-level TEF, LEO and Graduate Outcomes has, in many ways, enabled and enhanced a cross-institutional strategic approach to graduate employability.  This has provided careers services with opportunities to engage more effectively and meaningfully with academic colleagues.

For the next edition of Phoenix, we are seeking examples of existing and new/innovative practice, across all types of institutions, in relation to:

  • embedding/integrating employability in the curriculum
  • engaging the academic community with employability as a cross-cutting strategic priority

We invite articles from the wide variety of functions within HE careers and employability services, and other stakeholders, to address the areas highlighted below. We are eager to secure contributions from all parts of the UK and from an international perspective. For this next issue, we are particularly interested in hearing the student perspective of curriculum integration.

  • How is your university's employability strategy influencing academic alignment?
  • How is employability pedagogy contributing to academic alignment?
  • How are employers contributing to strategic and cross-institutional employability initiatives?
  • How is data enabling and influencing academic alignment?
  • How do you define academic alignment?
  • How are you articulating the employability value of a degree to academic colleagues?
  • How have you developed partnerships with Faculties and Schools to support delivery in the curriculum/course design?
  • How have you built broader awareness of employability among academic colleagues?
  • How successful have you been in forging a teaching, learning and employability alliance? What are your measures of success?
  • How has your approach to academic engagement/relationship management changed? What areas still need further work?

Case studies outlining your experiences of:

  • Developing strong and productive ongoing relationships with academic departments
  • Working with academic departments that had previously not engaged with the careers service
  • Brokering new collaborative activity with academic colleagues
  • Overcoming challenges to extend the reach of employability within academic departments
  • Long-standing collaboration with trailblazer academics
  • Employability governance structures
  • Creating new academic/employability roles to support academic alignment

How to submit an article

To discuss an idea for a proposed article, please email Gemma Green in the first instance with a brief outline. You will then be allocated an editor from the Phoenix Editorial Group, who will offer full editorial support throughout the process. Articles should be submitted via the Phoenix article submission form, which outlines how to write and construct an article for Phoenix.

The aim of Phoenix is to share best practice and showcase HE careers and employability service delivery across a wide range of areas. We are especially interested in receiving articles that instigate debate, offer views/opinions and outline challenges faced and how you have responded to these/reshaped delivery.

The deadline for article proposals is Monday 8 April 2019.

The deadline for articles is Monday 29 April 2019.

For further information about the next issue, or about writing for Phoenix in general, please contact Gemma Green, Phoenix Editor.