Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) is a university that works to build “world class professionals” through blending theory and practice in all of our programmes.
We work with a diverse student population, and for our Master’s programmes many of our students are senior practitioners or working towards increasing their employability and status within a wide range of industry sectors.
The MSc in Human Resource Management is part of our suite of postgraduate Master’s programmes. We have two cohorts of students; full time and part time. At the start of both of these programmes, our students undertake a development programme designed to build skills in business leadership to accelerate their theoretical understanding of HRM concepts and assess the impact of theory on real business applications and career success.
The unit that we use Engage within is an applied ‘skills’ unit geared towards complementing the broader topic related areas in other parts of their study programme. Students work to compile a development portfolio and use critical reflective practice to deconstruct their skill application.
Rationale for using ENGAGE
As part of our skill development programme we encourage students to increase their self-awareness and set important development goals and priorities.
We were interested in utilising a tool that captured such reflections and helped participants to make sense of their readiness for development. ENGAGE allowed us to map these important areas, and we saw its utility as a metric for allowing a prioritisation of psychological factors that our students could use as an initial benchmarking of their strengths and development needs.
The Engage tool has provided an innovative approach to exploring self-development and awareness and we find it an invaluable diagnostic through which to examine a range of pertinent indicators of growth and change. It brings to life the concepts that we don’t often give conscious thought to, but are important drivers in raising awareness. Students find the rich resources in terms of tailored tips and detailed accurate descriptions of their development indicators a very useful way of consolidating their understanding about themselves. Moreover, the translation of the psychological dimensions into behavioural consequences is very useful in developing clear and detailed action planning. Overall it is an insightful application of psychological theory to real life skill development.