Restructuring Skills Awards

The AGCAS Skills Award Task Group are running a webinar on Restructuring Skills Awards’ 

The Skills Award Task Group represents the key central functions and staff in HE Institutes that are responsible for coordinating institutional employability and personal development awards. The group informs the wider AGCAS community through the production of materials and the provision of workshops, webinars and events while externally developing collaborative networks with employers and sector bodies for the benefit of the wider community. Our last webinar on Scaling Skills Awards attracted 94 delegates.

The Task Group are hosting a webinar on ‘Restructuring Skills Awards’ on Thursday 26 March from 13:00 to 14:00.

There can be many reasons for restructuring a Skills Award. To meet the evolving needs of students, institutions and the labour market, often balanced with the implications of what is realistic with the resource available.

Two webinars will be presented from institutions which have successfully restructured Awards, followed by a Q&A with the presenters.

University of St Andrews
Bonnie Hacking, and Rebecca Wilson.

The University of St Andrews is a small, research intensive university in Scotland with 9,300 students. The St Andrews Award was introduced in 2010 and run by the Careers Centre. Approximately 100 students embarked on the Award each year, with 20 achieving it. A review in 2015 highlighted the need to increase levels of engagement and decrease the administrative burden while maintaining its impact, quality and rigour. Separately to the Award, the Centre for Academic, Professional and Organisational Development (CAPOD) introduced the Professional Skills Curriculum (PSC) in 2012. The Careers Centre and CAPOD recognised an opportunity to work together to restructure the St Andrews Award. More than 700 students engage with the PSC each year, with 118 successfully achieving the PSC and 30 the PSC Plus in 2018/19. This webinar will give an insight into how the PSC enhanced and developed the original St Andrews Award and addressed issues of engagement and administration.

University of Edinburgh Business School
Andra Paun, Marco Rossi and Steve Norman

The University of Edinburgh’s ‘Edinburgh Award’ seeks to recognise students who take part in activities outside of the curriculum and support them to get as much as they can out of those experiences. With over 60 different versions of the Award currently on offer at the institution, staff across the University are able to design an approach to their Award that is distinct to their students and their setting. The Business School has been engaged with the Award since it’s pilot year in 2011-12, originally wrapping the Award around a non-credit bearing Career Development course for second year students. The approach has been transformed over the past few years, with an increasing number of versions being developed within the School to recognise students at all levels of study taking ownership of their personal and professional development. In this webinar we will cover our approach to restructuring the Business School’s Edinburgh Award offering as well as key successes and challenges that we have faced.



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