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Dr Doug Cole

Associate Director, Academic


Staff Group(s)
Professional Services


Responsible for managing the School Employability Manager team with a remit for enhancing our approaches to learning and teaching to support employability through the curriculum. With a specific focus on promoting scholarly activity related to this agenda.

Career overview

  • Designing research-informed approaches to employability and student success
  • Developing strategic and scalable approaches to employability and student success
  • Learning and teaching
  • Curriculum Design
  • Staff development
  • Consultancy
  • Designing integrated approaches to support multiple strategic agendas in Higher Education

Research areas

Research Interests

Actively involved in developing and testing research-informed, strategic and integrated approaches to learning to support employability and student success. With an interest in current global approaches to employability, student success and workforce development and the value of the application of conceptual models and frameworks to support more innovative and smarter ways of working at scale.

External activity

Voluntary roles

Creative Director, Lifewide Learning CIC, March 2020 to present day

Assistant Editor, Lifewide Magazine, August 2020 to present day

Editorial Board, Journal of Teaching and Learning for Graduate Employability, June 2020 to present day

Conferences and Events 2019/20

Staff Development Day, University of Reading - Keynote: Developing an approach to employability and student success, May 2019

Human Resources Annual Conference, Nottingham Trent University - Presentation: Lost in translation - Developing a shared narrative between industry and higher education, June 2019

Staff Development Day, Sheffield Hallam University - Presentation: The language of employability, June 2019

Inside Government Employability Conference, London - Keynote: Developing a strategic approach to support employability, June 2019

Westminster Insight Employability Conference, London - Keynote: Re-thinking employability: What exactly are we doing and why? October 2019

International Student Employability Conference, Universities UK, London - Panel session : Employability as a global challenge, February 2020

The Open University Employability Conference, Milton Keynes - Opening keynote: Employability Redefined, March 2020


Cole, D., and Hallett, R. (2019) The language of employability. In Higgs, J., Crisp, G., and Letts, W. (eds.). Education for employability (Volume 1): The employability agenda, Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Brill Sense, pp. 110-130.

Cole, D., and Tibby, M. (2013). Defining and developing your approach to employability: A framework for higher education institutions. York: Higher Education Academy.