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Stuart Norton

Stuart Norton

Senior Adviser (Learning and Teaching),
Advance HE

Stuart is a Senior Adviser (Learning and Teaching) with Advance HE; Advance HE was created in March 2018 through the merger of the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU), the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education (LFHE). Stuart has worked in academia since 2003 where he has undertaken a range of managerial and leadership roles including; Portfolio Lead, Head of Academic Department, and Director of the Institute of Professional Policing at Buckinghamshire New University. A key focus of Stuart’s approach has been on strategies for improving the student experience and fostering a partnership approach to learning. A winner of student led teaching awards, Stuart is passionate about creating learning opportunities that develop and support all students. Since joining Advance HE Stuart has led on a number of learning and teaching projects both in the UK and internationally, with specific employability initiatives undertaken with over a dozen HEIs in addition to projects with the Department of International Trade (Egypt) and the British Council (Sub Saharan Africa).

  • It’s inescapable; employability is a prominent feature of contemporary Higher Education. While employability per se looks set to remain a contested topic, it is evident that it is typically well established in the lexicon of HE providers.
  • With attention now coming to bear on graduate outcomes at a disciplinary level there is an ever-increasing scrutiny around graduate earnings, progression and the ‘inequalities’ of various subjects, often highlighted in various media articles. This ‘value for money’ narrative has created a greater focus on enhancing employability across a plethora of subjects.
  • While this narrative challenges the wider value of higher education,   given the changing topography and urgency around employability, what needs to be the focus going forward?