Category Archives: Louis Coiffait

HE policy blog: developing ‘graduate attributes’ and ‘employability’

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Current narratives in HE are moving beyond a narrow focus on securing employment for students to include them developing a wider and more holistic set of employability ‘attributes’. This brief presentation summarises this trend and explore some of the challenges and future trends that may result. Tweet

Education Innovation Nation blog #4 – ESIP: Helping East London girls reach their potential

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I first came across Dr Simon Davey through the work he did with Magic Breakfast, a charity supported (and hosted) by Pearson. We had a geeky conversation about education evaluation, I told him about my side project Work&Teach, and he explained that his main project was something called ESIP, the Emerging Scholars Intervention Programme. Since…

Life after levels – presenting some ideas on primary testing


Some of the team recently gave a presentation about the challenges (and potential opportunity) of recent changes to primary school assessment, with press coverage in the Independent. This is a tricky topic and one where feelings are running high amongst the profession. Please let us know your thoughts in the comments below.   Primary school testing…

HE Policy Blog: learning as we teach. e-books, an overview

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I recently had the pleasure of presenting at a Pearson conference on e-books about the opportunities and challenges this emergent technology represents. This presentation covers seven key areas. 1. A little context 2. Caution – emergent technology 3. What are e-books anyway? 4. pro’s & con’s (according to the evidence) 5. e-book features 6. Teaching…

HE Policy Blog: fair access to higher education

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I just had the opportunity of presenting at the inaugural ‘World Congress on Access to Post-Secondary Education’ in Montreal. It was my first attempt at a synthesis of four projects that the Pearson Think Tank is involved in; on rising tuition fees, school-based careers guidance, university admissions and open education data. In different ways all…

HE policy blog: trends in part-time and online provision


I was recently asked to present to both Linking London and the Association of Heads of University Administration about trends in higher education provision. In particular I focused on the issues of part-time learners and online delivery (I argue that MOOCs should just be called ‘courses’). After painting a (pretty bleak) picture of the current context…

HE policy blog: higher education in Asia-Pacific


Its common knowledge that overall this region is seeing high economic growth, driven by large populations of young people and rapidly developing economies. But it is not always clear what’s happening ‘under the bonnet’ when it come to higher education. In this final post based on reflections from visiting the region for the Asia-Pacific edition…

HE policy blog: presenting some ideas about employability

I recently had the pleasure of presenting at a conference about employability in higher education. I was the first speaker of the day, setting the scene and highlighting issues for consideration. Below is the presentation I delivered, with some info about the context we’re in, different approaches to employability, related approaches and key questions to…

HE Policy Blog: higher education in the Kingdom of Thailand


This next blog in the Blue Skies SEAsia series looks at Thailand. Ruled since 1946 by King Rama IX, the world’s longest-serving head of state, it has been a constitutional monarchy since 1932. It is the only South East Asian nation never to be colonised by the West although it did lose some territories to…

HE Policy Blog: higher education in Indonesia

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Indonesia is the second country I visited while promoting the Asia Pacific edition of Blue Skies, with stops in Bali and Jakarta. It is an incredibly big, ambitious and diverse place, comprising an archipelago of over 17,500 islands. It is the fourth most populous country in the world with nearly 250m people, 87% of whom…