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1 Recognising achievement beyond the curriculum: a survey of sector practice 26 March 2014 Harriet Barnes

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3 Skills Award Task Group

4 B4: Enabling student development and achievement Expectation Higher education providers have in place, monitor and evaluate arrangements and resources which enable students to develop their academic, personal and professional potential.

5 Survey of sector practice  Available July – August 2013  85 responses from 69 higher education providers

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8 Eligibility for award schemes  All award schemes currently running are open to undergraduate students  Nearly three-quarters are open to taught postgraduate students  Just over half to postgraduate research students  Almost one-third of awards are targeted at particular groups of students, such as those in student representative roles.

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11 Who is responsible for coordinating the award?  careers service (61% of responses)  students' union (11% of responses)  learning and teaching unit (or equivalent) (8% of responses)  academic department (3% of responses)  other central services department (3% of responses)  careers service and students' union (9% of responses)

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13 Does the students’ union have involvement in coordinating the award?  responsible for coordinating the scheme  work in partnership with the provider to deliver the award  run union scheme alongside that offered by the provider  identifying activities which count towards the awards and verifying participation  promoting the scheme to students

14 What activities are recognised?

15 Is there a reflective element?  learning journal  portfolio/webfolio  development record  interview and/or application form  reflective statement or essay  skills audit and action plan

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17 How is achievement recognised?  Presentation of award certificates at a specific ceremony (73%)  Included on student’s HEAR (47%)  Included on degree certificate/transcript (not carrying credit) (35%)  List of award winners in graduation programme (14%)  Carries academic credit (6%)

18 Quality assurance and evaluation Two-thirds of awards are overseen by a steering group 57% have some form of quality assurance procedures Two-thirds of awards have been evaluated, in order to: inform future development collect feedback from students, staff and senior management measure whether the award had achieved its aims find out whether student behaviour had changed as a result of participation in the award.

19 The future of awards: prospects and challenges more students more technology more routes and optionsmore links to curriculummore employersmore verification

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