Embedding Employability in the Business School Curriculum

An interactive online workshop, 10:00-12:30, 5 March

This event is now full. If you are interested in attending a future event, please express your interest to Pritika Pau at pritika.pau@charteredans.org

This practical workshop will help participants to evaluate the importance of developing students’ employability skills and various approaches to embedding development opportunities throughout the student journey.

Employability skills are particularly important at present when the economy is facing a tough recovery and students face an uncertain job market. New and innovative approaches to bridging theory and practice are valuable and bring some of the challenges of the workplace into the classroom.

By the end of the workshop participants will be better able to:

  • Appraise the skills gaps of business school graduates entering the workplace
  • Develop a strategy to support skills acquisition throughout and alongside the curriculum
  • Evaluate the different approaches to fostering skills acquisition within the curriculum
  • Support students in articulating their skills and making good career decisions


About CMBE Events

Our series of CMBE Events are open to all educators. They have been designed with CMBEs in mind, to support them achieve their professional development goals.

By attending this event, CMBEs can claim up to 2.5 units (hours) towards their annual CPD commitment.



10:00 Welcome

Dr Susan Smith, Associate Dean, University of Sussex Business School; Workshop Chair

10:10 Section 1: Why is it important that all students develop their employability skills?
An interactive session that explores the needs of the job market and business school students skills gaps.

Emily Huns, Head of Careers, Employability and Entrepreneurship, University of Sussex

11:05 Break

11:20 Section 2: Planning and embedding employability
An interactive session in which participants self-evaluate their programmes, modules and portfolios. This section will include a case study from the University of Sussex about integrating employability in the student journey.

Dr Paul Cashian, Institutional Lead for Assessment, University of Coventry

12:20 Summation and closing remarks

Dr Susan Smith 

12:30 Close

Fee: £30

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Dr Susan Smith
Associate Dean (Education and Students), University of Sussex Business School.

Susan is a Senior Lecturer in Accounting and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Susan is an elected member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (‘ICAEW’) Council representing the South East and member of the ICAEW Ethical Standards Committee. Prior to joining the University of Sussex, Susan worked in a variety of roles in practice and industry, including as a Director at FitchRatings.

She has contributed to a number of working parties to further professional development including an ICAEW working party which led to the launch of its Essentials CPD programme, a Chartered Association of Business Schools working party leading to the launch of the Certified Management and Business Educator (CMBE) designation in 2019 and was part of a UK AT working party developing professional recognition in academic tutoring during 2020.

Susan serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice and as a trustee of UK AT.


Emily Huns
Head of Careers, Employability & Entrepreneurship, University of Sussex

Emily is Head of Careers, Employability & Entrepreneurship at the University of Sussex, where she leads the Careers and Employability Team. Her team’s mission is to enable and inspire Sussex students from all backgrounds to develop to their full potential through a diverse and engaging range of employability opportunities and support. With embedding employability in the curriculum a strategic goal at Sussex, Emily works in close collaboration with the University of Sussex Business School and the University’s other academic schools to define, integrate and share good practice, and to introduce innovative approaches. Emily is an experienced Higher Education careers manager. Prior to her role at Sussex, she has been Head of Careers and Enterprise at Queen Mary University of London, Head of Careers at SOAS University of London, and a Careers Consultant at UCL and Goldsmiths. She has a degree in Modern Languages and a postgraduate qualification in Careers Education, Information, Advice & Guidance.

Dr Madina Tash
Lecturer in Finance, University of Sussex Business School

Dr Madina Tash is a Lecturer in Finance at the University of Sussex Business School. She convenes UG and PG modules. She has been teaching full-time at the University of Sussex since 2015. She initiated the creation of the Bloomberg Lab in 2018 and became the Director of the lab, widely helping colleagues and students to incorporate experiential learning in their curriculum. Her UG module of Financial Institutions and Markets has a cohort of 475 students, learners can gain   CFA- accredited Bloomberg Market Concepts Certification as part of their assessment on the module. Prior to joining the University of Sussex, she worked for PwC and Grant Thornton specialising in corporate restructuring and financial forensic investigations. Madina has served on the advisory board of Pearson Publishing and currently serves on the finance committee of the East Sussex College Group. She holds PhD in finance from the University of Sussex, Postgraduate Certificate in Education from the Higher Education Academy, and two postgraduate degrees from the University of Sussex and the Cass Business School of City University

Dr. Paul Cashian
Institutional Lead for Assessment, Coventry University

Since February 2020 Paul has been Institutional Lead for Assessment based in Coventry University’s Office of Teaching and Learning. Prior to this Paul had been Associate Dean (Student Experience) for the Faculty of Business and Law having previously been Associate Dean (Student Experience) and Faculty Director for Learning and Teaching for the former Faculty of Business, Environment and Society.  During his time as Associate Dean Paul lead many strategic change projects aimed at enhancing the student experience and curriculum and course development.

Externally Paul served as a member of the Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS) Learning, Teaching and Student Experience Committee for 7 years. Paul was also a member of the Chartered ABS working group that developed the Chartered Business and Management Educators (CMBE) accreditation scheme and served on the CMBE Professional Standards Board. Paul was also a founding member of the UK and Ireland Chapter of the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) and served on the Steering Group for 6 years.

Paul is a Principal Fellow of the HEA and holds a Doctorate in Education from Roehampton University.  His discipline background is Economics with a BA (Hons) in Economics and Music from Keele University and a MA in Economics from the University of Essex. Over the years Paul has held external examiners positions at Manchester Metropolitan, Essex, Gloucestershire, Southampton Solent and Bolton Universities. Paul also spent 10 years as a Governor for North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College.