Student-community engagement and graduate employability

Tom Bourner, Juliet Millican

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


This article is about the effects of student-community engagement on the employment prospects of graduates. Its aims are to critically examine the reasons for the belief that student-community engagement enhances graduate employability and to assess the strength of the case for that belief. The article seeks to contribute to the development of a theory of how student-community engagement affects graduate employability. It offers a 'knowledge, skills and attitudes' framework for student-community engagement that can be related to graduate employability. It concludes with lessons to ensure enhance the contribution of that student-community engagement contributes to the employment progression of students when they graduate employability.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)68-85
Number of pages18
JournalWidening Participation and Lifelong Learning
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2011

Bibliographical note

© Millican & Bourner, 2011. The definitive, peer reviewed and edited version of this article is published in Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning, 13, 2, 68-85, 2011,


  • graduate unemployment
  • student-community engagement
  • service learning
  • work-experience
  • student volunteering
  • community-based projects
  • social capital


Dive into the research topics of 'Student-community engagement and graduate employability'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this