‘Power skills’ for 21st-century academia

How to develop the transferable skills that all academics - whether in leadership, teaching or research - need to master themselves and share with students

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Transferable skills form the heart of university education, linking all disciplines and aspects of academic life. Often undersold as ‘soft skills’, capabilities such as critical thinking and emotional intelligence are even more essential in the 21st century as automation changes the work landscape. This collection of resources looks at how to teach and acquire core skills such as decision-making, communication, teamwork, leadership and stress management, whether it’s in class, online or through extracurricular activities.

Training students in effective teamwork and collaboration

The ability to work effectively as part of a team is a vital life skill. Steven Bateman, Yan Jin and Jie Zhang explain how they support and train students in teamwork

Steven Bateman, Yan Jin, Jie Zhang

Xi'an Jiaotong - Liverpool University 

Effective teamwork

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