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Abstract Title: Developing Business Acumen and Employability in Physics Undergraduates: What do students really learn?
Abstract: Employers regularly cite a 'lack of commercial awareness' and a lack of other transferable skills in new graduates. To address this issue, we developed an optional Group Industrial Project module for our 3rd year undergraduate students.

Each team of students is assigned to a company, who provides a live project for the students to work on. The projects are varied, but will typically involve surveying the literature and some practical work. Each team of students has regular contact with their designated company.

At the end of the module, students give a group presentation and submit a group-authored report. Students also complete an individual reflective essay on their experiences of the module. The reflective essays for the 2018/19 cohort were analysed to determine: what students found to be good and bad about the experience, what skills they self-identified, and how the module had impacted on their career decision-making.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Session Time: Poster Session III
Poster Number: 3.M2

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Samantha Pugh
University of Leeds
Leeds, LS2 9JT