Creative and innovative thinking



Welcome! Click the tabs below for more information about the structure of this course, the authors and contributors, and what you can expect to gain from the course.

When you are ready to begin, please proceed to the 'Introduction' page.

Skills and Attributes for Career Success: Developing an enterprising mindset Creative and innovative thinking


Tom Davie: Lead advisor (1)

Tom Davie has 35 years of experience in the careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) profession.

As Head of Sunderland Futures and the Careers and Employability Service, he was responsible for developing and implementing a unique offer providing students and graduates with support in, 'Getting skills', 'Getting experience' and 'Getting noticed'.

Tom was also Deputy Head at Durham University Careers, Employability and Enterprise Centre. He provided careers advice and guidance to students, early career researchers and staff. He also line-managed careers advisers and other careers professionals.

At Sunderland and Durham, he collaborated with senior academic staff on enhancing skills and attributes within the curriculum.

Tom currently retains his commitment to CEIAG by working part time, advising and guiding students and graduates at the University of Newcastle and supporting colleagues with his delivery of training on AGCAS/University of Warwick Career Education, Information and Guidance in Higher Education courses.


Dr. Jon Howden-Evans: Lead advisor (2)

Dr. Jon Howden-Evans is the Head of Swansea Employability Academy at Swansea University. Jon oversees delivery of employability and enterprise support to undergraduate and postgraduate students, including Engineering, Medicine, Arts and Humanities. The Academy coordinates a central careers service and innovative engagement initiatives between Academic Colleges and the Students' Union.

Jon, a qualified company commercial solicitor, joined Swansea University 12 years ago to develop and teach a professional postgraduate diploma for law graduates wishing to enter practice. As part of this role he worked with employers to inform the skills agenda and placement learning. Jon has taught with the Open University and whilst working for a national law firm, he provided legal compliance and skills training to a range of clients. Jon is an external examiner for other institutions.


Sharron Frammingham: Author

Sharron is Founder and Trainer at 70x7 Ltd. She is passionate about helping people and organisations to fulfil their potential and overcome the obstacles they face. She has worked in schools, universities, businesses, hospitals and prisons pursuing this passion and helping people to achieve their best; including performance training at corporate team away days, growth specialist sessions for sales teams, goal setting with undergraduates and group coaching with people who have been long-term unemployed.


Lindsay Underwood: Reviewer

Lindsay was until recently a Director of M2 Academy, a start-up tertiary education institution (partnering with Australian, British and American Universities) in Singapore, responsible for Employability and Industry Engagement initiatives, Business Development, Operations and Human Resources.

She also held the following roles; Head of Talent Management, Asia Pacific at ABN AMRO (2005–2008); Head of Learning & Development at HSBC Asia Pacific (2003–2005); Global Head of Graduate & MBA Recruitment & Development at HSBC (1997–2003) in London.

Lindsay holds a postgraduate diploma in Psychology from the City University of Hong Kong and a postgraduate diploma in Human Resources from the University of Westminster in London. She is a certified Master Coach and is currently enrolled in INSEADs Executive Masters, Consulting and Coaching for Change.


Wilma Alexander: Accessibility Advisor

Wilma Alexander has recently retired from the University of Edinburgh, where she was part of the central e-learning team for over 15 years. During that time she promoted the importance of usable and accessible digital practice, tutoring on the groundbreaking Master's in Digital Education, developing online staff training on accessible e-learning and online tutoring skills. Since 2007 she has worked with Epigeum, now part of Oxford University Press, on improving the accessibility features of their courses, and on ensuring content emphasises accessibility and usability where appropriate. Wilma is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has a Master's qualification in Human-Computer Interaction and Information Science.

The diagram below explains the chronology of the course.

Course highlights include:

  • Video explaining why employers value creativity and innovation in their organisations
  • A clear process to help students to start thinking more creatively and innovatively
  • An introduction to using 'What if' thinking
  • Examples of creativity and innovation at work in different real-world scenarios.

The Skills and Attributes for Career Success programme has been developed in conjunction with the following institutions:

  • James Cook University
  • Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
  • Ulster University
  • University of Newcastle, Australia
  • University of West London.