Soft Skills Strand
Universities should help prepare students for life after they leave university. This means not only providing discipline specific education but also providing support for soft skills. Soft skills help a student’s personal development through improving their confidence, capacity for self-management, critical and reflective thinking, ability to communicate effectively to different audiences, reasoned and logical debate, take the initiative, team work and peer-to-peer interaction. In the most progressive organisations, employers are seeking people who can communicate clearly and openly, solve complex problems, operate within a team, resolve conflicts, and listen and respond empathetically. In today’s society, this also includes all forms of social networking and being able to collaborate with others and influence situations through lateral and more creative thinking. However students do not always see the value of this skill set.
The aim of this strand of the project was to work with the partner universities in the Ukraine to develop a soft skills course that could be delivered to students at each institution. A core team was established comprising two academic members of staff from each Ukrainian university working with the team at Northumbria. This team developed an initial programme that was piloted at each of the four Ukrainian universities. Following student and staff evaluation a final version is being established and dissemination/training of further staff at each institution to embed and further share this good practice.
Soft Skills Course and Associated Resources
Student and Staff Evaluation and Feedback