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Doug Cole

Head of Student Success, Higher Education Academy

Doug is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport & Physical Activity with over twelve years industry experience and ten years in Higher Education. Doug was recently awarded Honorary Fellowship of the Institute for Enterprise and Entrepreneurs, the highest accolade the institute can award.

Doug joined the Higher Education Academy as their Head of Academic Practice in June 2015, taking on the role of Head of Student Success in October 2017. Prior to joining the HEA Doug was Head of Employability and Enterprise at Northumbria University.

In 2012 Doug developed the concept of a framework for employability to support institutions in developing graduates with the qualities and characteristics that are vital for success, not only in securing employment and developing a career, but more broadly in life too. This framework was developed to support institutions in creating a university wide approach to curriculum design that was more consistent and comprehensive than current approaches observed in the UK sector.

In 2013 Doug went on to develop this work further and co-authored the Higher Education Academy publication Defining & developing your approach to employability: A framework for higher education institutions with Maureen Tibby and both then led on the refresh of this framework in 2015.

Doug regularly delivers keynote presentations on employability in Higher Education both here in the UK and internationally, most recently speaking in Australia, Spain, Thailand and Dubai.

He is currently studying part-time for a PhD with Northumbria University focused on higher education institutional employability policies and practice and is in his final year.