1st Edition

Graduate Attributes in Higher Education Attitudes on Attributes from Across the Disciplines

Edited By Carey Normand, Lorraine Anderson Copyright 2017
    214 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    214 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Graduate Attributes in Higher Education illuminates the value of graduate attributes for students, graduates and lecturers in higher education. A coherent, intelligent, subtle and important enhancement to the field, this text guides readers through a theoretical and historical analysis of graduate attributes, using interdisciplinary and interprofessional lenses.

    This unique approach offers pertinent coverage of a wider range of graduate attributes than one usually sees, generating multiple perspectives and discourses that have implications for both theory and practice. Through an open and exploratory analysis, this text asks questions such as the following:

    • Are programmes of study which claim ‘postgraduate’ attributes providing something further, deeper or enhanced in comparison, or just more of the same?

    • Should we be developing continuing professional development attributes for our professional learning programmes of study, or are attributes of this nature established at the undergraduate level?

    • How can we embed graduate attributes in curricula in a wide range of subject discipline-specific and interdisciplinary ways?

    • In a culture of lifelong learning and a cross-disciplinary changing global market, are attributes simply a starting point – a launch pad for future and ongoing development required for a world of increasing complexity?

    Clearly structured and offering a mix of case study and theoretical frameworks to explore each GA, practical guidance is offered at the end of each chapter on how to embed the relevant graduate attribute whilst providing well-researched theoretical underpinning.

    The varied methods applied and methodological attitudes espoused will prove inclusive to a wide range of readers. Bringing together analysis of specific case studies from a wide range of professional and discipline-specific contexts, Graduate Attributes in Higher Education will be a valuable text for educators and professionals focused on curriculum development and professional learning.

    Kate Martin is Programme Leader of the BA Professional Development, a workplace-based distance learning degree at the University of Dundee.

    Sophie Morrison is now in her 10th year of working at the University of Dundee Careers Service as a Senior Careers Adviser with responsibility for credit-bearing careers education in internships.

    Ruth O'Riordan is a Senior Careers Adviser and has worked in the Careers Service at the University of Dundee for 10 years.

    Glynis Gibbs graduated from St Andrew's University with a BSc Botany in 1977.

    Jackie Malcolm graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design (DJCAD) in 1985 with a BA (Hons) first class degree in Graphic Design.

    Dr Linda Walker is Associate Dean within the School of Education, Social Work and Community Education, at the University of Dundee.

    Dr Gaye Manwaring MBE is a Senior Lecturer in Education at the University of Dundee.

    Christine Kingsley is a design educator and researcher in Design Pedagogy at DJCAD, at the University of Dundee.

    Natalie Lafferty is Director of Technology in Learning at the College of Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing at the University of Dundee. 

    Annalisa Manca currently works as an Educational Technologist at Dundee Medical School; her main interest is Medical Education and how teaching and learning can be improved through new technologies, particularly social media.

    Dr Alireza Jalali, MD is the Teaching Chair of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa

    Dr Elizabeth Monk is a Senior Lecturer of Management in the School of Business, at the University of Dundee.

    Michael Ramsay is a lecturer in mental health nursing at the University of Dundee, contributing widely to undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in the field.

    Andy Jackson is Learning & Teaching Librarian at the University of Dundee, and is also the University’s Medical Librarian.

    Dr Patrick O'Donnell has taught in the further education sector for more than two decades and is an aassociated researcher for the Centre for Remote and Rural Studies (CRRS), University of the Highlands and islands and an elected member of the University of the Highlands and Islands Further Education Regional Board, a body established by Scottish Government with delegated powers to act as the regional strategic body for Further Education within the UHI region.

    Dr Bassam Rakhshani has taught in the further and higher education at the University of Manchester and UHI for more than eight years.


    Carey Normand is an independent educational consultant for further (FE) and higher education (HE). Formerly (2004–2014), Carey was Senior Lecturer in Education and Head of Learning and Teaching for the College of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Dundee.

    Lorraine Anderson is Assistant Director of Student Services and Head of the Centre for the enhancement of Academic Skills, Teaching, Learning and Employability (CASTLE) at the University of Dundee.