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There are 12 Million graduates in Britain.


of recent graduates are employed in non-graduate jobs


of recent graduates are employed in non- graduate jobs before the financial crisis.

1992 17%

of the population were graduates

87% 83%

university grads were employed

educated to GCSE level were employed

April - June 2013 2013 38%

of the population were graduates

Media and info grads have an annual average salary of £21,000

Medicine grads have an average annual salary of £46,000

/10 76%

educated to A-level standard were employed

The average annual income for graduates by the age of 38 is


of graduates with a job are working within the banking and finance sector compared

of graduates with a job are working in public admin, education or the health industry

21% 41%

People living in inner London are graduates

people living in inner North East are graduates

/10 per hour

89% 86% £17 £14

male grads employment rate

On average a male graduate earns

female grads employment rate

Compared to a female graduate who earns

per hour I HAVE A DEGREE,

DO I NEED A BADGE? By Michael Swanson

The majority of people attending University do so to attain a degree that will hopefully lead to employment, but do traditional degrees provide evidence of learning to meet that goal? The CBI in collaboration with NUS in a report titled “Working towards your future: Making the most of your time in higher education” list the following skills sought by employers :

• Self-management • Teamworking • Business and customer awareness • Problem solving • Communication and literacy • Application of numeracy • Application of information technology

Digital Badges are gaining momentum as a credential recognising learning and skills, but do graduates with degrees awarded at University need to consider earning badges as well?

Digital (or Open) Badges comprise an Image with a backbone of embedded metadata that record who earned it, who issued it and for what; they are intended to be a means to record and reward (Credentialise) knowledge, abilities and skills; they offer the flexibility to recognise learning that occurs outside mainstream formal education.

The Mozilla Foundation, creators of the Firefox web browser, developed the Open Badge Infrastructure (OBI), rules that suggest how badges are built and how they work; but there is no owner of digital badging and no policing authority. Any Organisation or Individual can issue a digital badge to any other.

So how do they have value? The value is built into the design of the badge itself, each badge links back to the Issuer and criteria that led to it being earned, in this way a recruiter (for example an Employer or a University) can follow a trail that highlights who

issued the badge and determine for themselves if it has worth to them. It is (or will be) the reputation of the badge issuer and the criteria against which the badge was earned that underpin the badge’s value.

The badge holder can display their badges on the web in Mozilla’s Backpack or on a social media site or their own blog and so choose who is able to see what badges. There are issuing and display tools from other providers as well such as Moodle, Credly and Purdue University who have developed “Passport” a badge display app for tablet devices.

Graduates should consider if their degrees (earned or prospective) meet these requirements and provide evidence for employers that they have them. The author’s own degrees have no indication in their titles nor module breakdown that he has any specific competency in many of the above skills; and it is left to the job seeker to prove at interview that they can provide these abilities to an employer.

Susan Anderson, CBI Director for Education & Skills, said “these skills can be gained not just by coursework, but by a whole host of other methods, such as participating in societies, volunteering and doing work experience.” and that “..universities need to explain these skills better and make sure they embed them in teaching.”

Digital Badges can be issued to explicitly recognise these skills and demonstrate to the prospective employer where and how they were gained and thereby provide a competitive edge to the jobseeker who can

LL.M in International Legal Practice

Designed in conjunction with the International Bar Association, this LL.M is a tailored, professional programme for graduates and practising lawyers seeking career-enhancing postgraduate legal qualifi cations. The programme is aimed specifi cally at building cross- border commercial legal knowledge.

The benefi ts of the LL.M in International Legal Practice You choose what to study

• Tailor what you study to your career path and/or practice area

• All modules are practice-led with contributions from leading global law fi rms

You choose how to study • Study your LL.M at a time and place that suits you Full-time LL.M in London

• Starts in September 2014 at our London Moorgate centre • Three workshops per week – 2.5 hours each • Supported by i-Tutorials, online test and feedback exercises and independent learning and research

i-LLM modules

• Start in January or July each year • Online study with one-to-one online supervision from a College tutor • Nine units per module

• We supply an extensive suite of user-friendly, practical course material including electronic learning aids

You choose your pace of learning

• Modular course design enables you to determine your own pace of learning

• S-mode modules start in January and July each year

Register now and take that step for educational and career development


Global Professional Training with the International Bar Association and the University of Law – a career-enhancing commitment to excellence.

Our London campus

As a global commercial and fi nancial centre and home to many of the world’s leading international law fi rms, London is the ideal location to gain your LL.M in International Legal Practice.

First available start date

Business, fi nance and the legal services market January 2014 International intellectual property practice International commercial legal practice International public companies practice

January 2014 January 2014 January 2014

International capital markets and loans practice January 2014 International mergers and acquisitions practice January 2014 International antitrust practice

International business organisations International arbitration practice International joint ventures

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Located in the heart of the City of London fi nancial district, close to leading global law fi rms, our Moorgate campus is the largest specialist corporate law school in the UK. It offers top-class facilities in a purpose- built, corporate-style building.

Further afi eld

The capital’s public transport network of buses and trains – overground and underground – give access to all parts of Greater London. Alternatively, you can use one of the regional transport hubs to go anywhere in the UK. The Eurostar train station at St Pancras provides a link with continental Europe and London is served by Heathrow and Gatwick international airports.


We can arrange accommodation options for our international students with some of the UK’s leading student accommodation providers, to ensure you have a safe, comfortable place to live while you’re studying at The College of Law. By staying in College-nominated accommodation, you’ll get to meet students studying at universities across London, as well as live with your fellow College students.

tailor their earned badge display to show badges that meet the advertised employment criteria.

Professor Ian Glover of Sheffield Hallam University undertook research into the potential of Digital Badges in Higher Education and has stated, “There is growing recognition from universities and employers of the importance of learning and personal development that happens outside the formal curriculum. Open Badges are a way for students and graduates to evidence their own unique set of skills and experience, whether it is directly from their studies or

Useful websites:

1 2 3 Mozilla’s Open Badges project Purdue University’s Passport Badge the UK

other activities in which they are involved.”

With graduates facing higher University fees and wanting to enter employment rapidly following graduation, Digital Badges offer a further enhancement to a C.V

demonstrating much sought after skills and abilities not otherwise evidenced; the graduate who has Digital Credentials for these skills may have an advantage over those who do not, depending of course on the credibility that employers give to these new credentials.

On successful completion, you’ll be awarded a fellowship to the International Bar Association, which provides two years

free membership and a free invitation to attend the IBA’s Annual Conference in Tokyo in 2014, after graduation in recognition of your achievement.

Studying international legal practice with us can open up new career opportunities, whether with law fi rms or for anyone aspiring to international legal practice around the globe.

Enrol now at

‘It has exceeded my expectations…this course in its entirety is the best study experience that I have had.’

‘This is a unique Master degree in being, on the one hand, a genuinely practical professional training, and on the other of high academic merit and intellectual depth. The courses are truly international in outlook, especially as examples and exercises are drawn from various jurisdictions.’

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‘We must increase our engagement with members at the same time as putting maximum pressure on the government so that the Lord Chancellor can be in no doubt of the damage his proposals will cause.

‘Council committed to doing just that. There is still time to secure further concessions from government. Our immediate priority is to continue to influence the Ministry of Justice in our members’ interests. We will continue to make it very clear to the Lord Chancellor that we remain opposed to cuts.’

‘The Council insisted that the government reconsider proposals for single fees irrespective of plea, and amend the single national fixed fee for police station work without escape mechanism.

‘There are lessons to be learned from today’s debate and we will reflect on these developments. Ultimately, everyone at today’s SGM is seeking the same outcome in terms of securing a functioning, high-quality criminal justice system with a sustainable body of criminal law solicitors.’

He said:

Law Society Council Heeds Members’ Call for Continued Opposition to Criminal Legal Aid Cuts

The Law Society Council has reaffirmed its vow to continue opposing cuts that will risk the livelihoods of criminal solicitors and jeopardise the quality of criminal defence in England and Wales.

Law Society president Nicholas Fluck addressed a meeting of the Law Society Council following the passing of a motion of no confidence over the Society’s strategy of engagement with the Lord Chancellor to influence the government’s criminal legal aid proposals.

‘The Society lost the vote by the margin of 228 to 213. We have listened closely to our criminal legal aid members and are clear that we mustn’t waste a single day, between now and when the Lord Chancellor makes his final decision. We must press him for more changes for the sake of access to justice, our members and the clients who depend on them.

Greener Practices will lead to Economic Growth, says Legal Sector Alliance

Reducing greenhouse gasses will lead to economic growth, new jobs and improved global living standards, according to the Legal Sector Alliance (LSA).

The LSA, a group of law firms committed to working together to combat climate change, said that there is an urgent need for more effective regulations worldwide

to combat the potentially catastrophic effects of global warming.

In a communiqué to coincide with the current 2013 United Nations Warsaw Climate Change Conference, the LSA stressed the need for mitigation and adaptation programmes to be incorporated as a matter of course into national law.

The communiqué is calling for more effective regulation and secondary legislation.

The LSA believes that by being creative and adopting a proactive approach, governments can support businesses and individuals in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, creating the opportunity for new jobs, economic growth and improved global living standards, through targeted investment and the development of new, smarter technologies.

The communiqué recommends several principles for successful regulation, including the review of legal and regulatory regimes, incentives for investment and deployment of emerging technologies, financial penalties and legal sanctions for non compliance, and consistent international rules.

The LSA has also called upon governments around the world to implement any commitments they make at the Warsaw conference.

Law Society chief executive Desmond Hudson said the legal sector plays a pivotal role in influencing clients on green matters.

‘The UK legal sector, with its position at the top of the global legal services market, is extremely well placed to push for more effective regulation and lawyers, who are increasingly advising their clients on climate change issues and know the implications and requirements of existing legislation, are in a unique position in calling for these changes.’

Sir Nigel Knowles, chairman of the Legal Sector Alliance UK, said:

‘The Warsaw Climate Change conference is a timely opportunity to highlight the importance of sustainability and the business opportunities that exist from adopting greener practices.

‘It is vitally important that we have a collaborative effort from governments internationally, in developed and emerging markets, to deploy effective regulation and to incentivise environmentally sound practices.’

The Legal Sector Alliance is willing to contribute to the formulation of effective regulation in the UK and internationally.

About the Law Society The Law Society is the independent professional body, established for solicitors in 1825, that works globally to support and represent its members, promoting the highest professional standards and the rule of law.


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