Getting involved in the national conversation on graduate workers
Dr Miriam Firth is a Senior Lecturer, Director of Teaching and Learning (Strategy) for the Manchester Institute of Education in the Faculty of Humanities’ School of Environment, Education and Development (SEED), and Chairs the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS) Creative Industries Task Group.
Why higher education needs graduate workers’ perspectives
Last month Miriam Firth (Senior Lecturer in SEED) authored a comment piece for WonkHE, the organisation dedicated to briefing about, analysing and debating UK HE policy, on Why higher education needs graduate workers’ perspectives.
Back in November we interviewed Miri for TEA: Teach, Explore, Apply about her experiences as an early adopter of Dual Delivery, ready for the 2022/23 academic year. So it is great to see Miri, as a member of UoM staff, sharing her views on education on a national platform. Using Wonkhe as a call to action to incorporate graduate perspectives into teaching, the piece draws on all aspects of Miri’s academic life: her experience of teaching on the BA Management, Leadership and Leisure, which offers specialisms in sport, tourism and events management; her research (published as a monograph in 2020); her insight as DoTL (Strategy) in SEED; and perspective as her Chair of the AGCAS Creative Industries Task Group.
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- Miriam’s Wonkhe conmment piece, Why higher education needs graduate workers’ perspectives
- Service Encounters in Tourism, Events and Hospitality: Staff Perspectives, Miriam Firth (Channel View Publications, 2020)
- BA Management, Leadership and Leisure Alumni profiles on the School’s YouTube channel
- Good Practice in Teaching Podcast (The University of Manchester), to which Miri has also contributed
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