Dr Dawn Lees

Career Zone

Senior Fellow SFHEA


Name Dr Dawn Lees
Email D.Lees@exeter.ac.uk
Position Curriculum and Work-related Learning Manager
Division Academic Services

Employability support in learning

As Curriculum and Work-related Learning Manager in Employability and Graduate Development, Dawn Lees manages the team that delivers co-curricular and extra-curricular skills training, through programmes such as the Exeter Award, Leaders Award, the eXFactor and sector specific training.

The Career Zone “supports student employability through a whole array of different activities.” Dawn’s team specifically runs mandatory and voluntary courses, such as the compulsory first year programme eXFactor. It is “a personal and professional development course, where students go through a whole range of activities that will help them to start thinking about their career development, and why career planning is important, from the first year of university.”

Dawn and her team also deliver a variety of other training sessions, such as development in entrepreneurial skills, cultural awareness, time and stress management or project management.

Importance of developing employability

“If students start thinking early about their employability… it makes the whole process a lot easier. If they’re beginning to explore what employers can offer through the employer presentations that we have, if they can start developing their skills in areas that they know they are perhaps weaker in, it all helps and it makes it a less daunting process as they go through university.”

Aim 2: Excellent employment experiences & capabilities
To measure and improve the employability attributes of all students through course, extra-curricular and out-of-term-time activities

Employability development and support

“It’s important for students… so that they can access a full range of opportunities…”