Dr Kate Daubney

Kate has been working in higher education for thirty years. She began her career as lecturer in Music at the University of Derby and the University of Leeds, publishing in her original research field of 1930s and 1940s film music. During the 2000s, as part of a portfolio career, she began a shift in professional identity and practice that focused on the intersections between academic practice and student learning experiences in quasi-­­ and non-academic contexts, such as careers and employability and the workplace.

Since 2017, Kate has been working with academics to evolve their understanding and articulation to students of the wider value of academically rigorous curriculum, in particular by surfacing and assessing a richer language of transferable skills and attributes that is innate to all subjects and disciplines. She has developed different approaches to curriculum design and learning gain to achieve this, as well as to building taxonomies of transferable skills suitable for higher education. She has consulted to almost 50 universities around the world on how to apply these approaches in their contexts, and has had the privilege of developing a second research career in education strategy and employability. She has published peer reviewed journal articles and a book on her approach in both HE and pre-18 education, and given keynotes and workshops at international conferences.

Kate has a PGCert in Learning and Teaching from the University of Leeds, and a PGCert in Digital Education from the University of Edinburgh. She is a Principal Fellow of the UK’s Higher Education Academy, and co-author/co-lead of the University of London’s postgraduate module Strategic Approaches to Careers and Employability in Higher Education.