"Our masters graduates have to compete successfully in the harshest job market for 40 years.  This initiative will enable them to do that to their highest level.  The University of Edinburgh is strongly supportive of this project, which makes bridges with industry and employers, and allows us to help companies and students through useful interaction."

Dr Sue Rigby, Vice Principal Learning and Teaching, University of Edinburgh

Making the Most Masters (MMM) has been embedded within each of the original partners, the universities of Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Stirling. The Scottish Funding Council has supported a legacy project which will build on the learning from MMM and extend its reach with four new partners; the universities of Abertay, Dundee, West of Scotland and Highlands and Islands Enterprise.

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Making the Most of Masters are the winners of the 2013 Times Higher Education Awards Outstanding Employer Engagement Intitiative category.

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Latest MMM News

Supporting Student WBP transitions: QAA international conference 2015

MMM presented at the QAA international conference on Enhancement and Innovation in Higher Education 2015. Making the Most of Masters (MMM) partners, the Universities of Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Stirling presented a joint paper ‘Making the Most of Masters: Supporting Work Based Projects at Three Institutions’ at the recent 2nd International Conference on Enhancement and Innovation in Higher Education conference in Glasgow. The conference focused on the theme of student transitions (the current Scottish Higher Education Enhancement Theme) and drew a wide audience from around the globe.

MMM at Edinburgh Quarterly Newsletter for Staff

This year MMM Edinburgh will support programmes and staff by launching a quarterly newsletter. The newsletter will provide an easy way to keep up to date with the latest developments both in the sector and at Edinburgh along with highlighting relevant local and external events for both staff and students. Please click here for the latest Edinburgh MMM newsletter.

GESA and the School of Geosciences at the University of Edinburgh host their annual practitioner mixer event

For the past three years GESA and the School of Geosciences have hosted a practitioner mixer afternoon. The event offers the opportunity for Masters students, academics and organisations to meet and share ideas. Nearly 130 students attended this academic year from various programmes across the university; such as Climate Management, Sustainable Development, Geographical Information Sciences (GIS) and Ecosystem Services.

MMM at Edinburgh Pilots Workshops and Events for Staff and Students

In addition to the tailored programme support that MMM Edinburgh already provides, this academic year (14/15) MMM is piloting workshops to support students through their WBPS. Workshops will hope to prepare students for making the most out of their WBP experience. 

Making the most of Masters Supporting Employability at Edinburgh

Making the Most of Masters will be assisting the Edinburgh Masters Network with the Supporting Employability at Edinburgh event on the 21st of August 2014.  The event will offer Edinburgh staff interested in employability an opportunity to hear about the University support in this area.

Leith Interventions Exhibition: Tuesday 27th May 2014

Making the Most of Masters is supporting Leith Interventions 2014 Exhibition. The University of Edinburghs MSc in Advanced Sustainable Design students will be exhibiting there final designs for this years Leith Interventions projects, focussed on sites in and around Leith links.

Making the Most of Masters Dissemination Event: Embedding Work Based Projects in Masters Education

Please join us for the Making the Most of Masters Dissemination Event at Stirling Management Centre on the 3rd June 2014. The event will be an opportunity to discuss the MMM model understanding the valuable learning points gained through the process of implementing and embedding across the three partner HEIs.

Leith Interventions 2014: The Links Prospectus

Making the Most of Masters is supporting Leith Interventions 2014. The Masters students from The University of Edinburghs MSc in Advanced Sustainable Design are continuing with the Leith Interventions projects, investigating the development of Leith into a more sustainable area. This year the projects are focussed on sites in and around Leith links.

Preparing Students for Work Based Learning  One Institutions Experience

Preparing students pre, during and post undertaking their work based learning is part of the Universities responsibilities and enriches the educational experience. The Making the Most of Masters scheme is working with the University Of Edinburgh School Of Biological Sciences to develop processes, procedures and documentation to offer work based research projects as part of two programs - the MSc in Biotechnology and MSc in Drug Discovery and Translational Biology.

Making the Most of Masters shortlisted for AGR Development Award 2014

Hot on the heels of winning the Outstanding Employer Engagement Initiative Award at the 2013 Times Higher Education Awards, the Making the Most of Masters project (a joint collaboration between the Universities of Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Stirling) has been short listed for another award.

Innovative Learning Week, MMM supporting School of Geosciences (Edinburgh)

Making the Most of Masters supported the Geosciences Work Based Projects (WBPs) session during Innovative Learning Week 2014. Dr Frances Parry from Making the Most of Masters gave an opening presentation introducing the concept and practicalities of work based projects.

New MMM resources aimed at students

A key component of the Making the Most of Masters (MMM) project is the provision of resources which will ensure students realise the full potential for self and career development offered by their studies and the Work Based Placement (WBP) option. To this end, we are pleased to announce that the following 'quick guides' have been produced by the MMM team to provide relevant information to students.

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