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University students could use 'corporate skills' to gain extra marks

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Mon Jan 03 2011

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(From telegraph.co.uk) Giving a good presentation or running a workshop could be enough to earn additional credits on all undergraduate courses under proposals drawn up at the University of Leicester.

Paul Jackson, director of student support and development, said the university was "looking closely at how to embed corporate skills into the curriculum at the undergraduate stage".

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University College London is understood to be examining ways of translating job skills into degree credits, while Durham University could also give students additional marks for work experience.

Karen Barnard, head of careers at UCL, said the university's council was "quite keen" on the idea of "some form or skills accreditation", while Professor Anthony Forster, pro-vice-chancellor for education at Durham, said the university was considering awarding academic credit "for student employment or short-term community and work-based placements that have involved the application or development of academic knowledge and skills."

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