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Student Experience
Curricular
Embedded in your programme
of study
Co-Curricular
Module you choose to study
Extra-Curricular
Life-wide personal development .
Recognised through the Plymouth
Award scheme
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Curricular
• Embedded in your programme of
study
• Includes employability skills such as:
• Self awareness
• Opportunity awareness
• Teamworking
• Work placements
• Work based learning
• Driven by University in consultation
with students
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Co-Curricular
• Opportunities you choose to
study
• Further enhance your
employability skills
• Range from one-off workshops
to 20-sessions through the year.
• Through theory and practice
learning.
• Driven by University and
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Extra-Curricular
Extra-Curricular
• Life-wide personal development
• Recognised through the Plymouth
Award scheme
• Activities
• Reflection
• Articulation of learning
• Driven by student choice and
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Capturing the
achievements
• Achievements are all captured on the Higher
Education Achievement Report (HEAR).
• Section 4 captures curriculum based
achievements, including work based learning
and placements
• Section 6.1 captures the Plymouth Award and
any co-curricular achievements (eg
leadership development) as well as prizes
and other recognised awards.
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The Plymouth Award
• Why
• How
• Internal structure
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Introduction
• The Plymouth Award is a voluntary ‘extra-curricular’ piece of
accreditation that Plymouth University students can undertake,
many students already make significant contributions to the life of
the University and the communities in which they live and work.
The Plymouth Award is one way of the University recognising the
value of these contributions and to celebrate the learning and
personal growth that students gain from the activities undertaken
outside of the curriculum.
• The Award was piloted across the Plymouth main campus in
academic year 2010/2011 and now has over 1000 students
registered.
• We stress the personal development aspects of the scheme as
well as the enhanced employability.
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5 Steps to completion
STEP ONE
STEP TWO
STEP THREE
STEP FOUR
STEP FIVE
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Activities
• 5 categories, minimum 20 hours in each of 3 chosen
and at least 80 hours overall through undergraduate
life. This aims to be inclusive, stretch the breadth of
experience and not be burdensome.
• Categories:
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working life;
volunteering;
supporting the University Community;
personal health and wellbeing;
cultural and social awareness.
• Students self-monitor hours using a Plymouth Award
tracker application.
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EXAMPLE
Working Life
Volunteering
Supporting the University
Community
Working for Tesco
St Johns Ambulance
Student Ambassador
(4 hours per week for 10 weeks)
(1 hour per month for 5 months)
(6 hours at 4 open days)
School Governor
(1 hour per month for 10 months)
UPSU Beach Clean
(5 hours)
40 hours
20 hours
=84 hours completed
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24 hours
Reflection
• On completion of the activities, students
must complete a reflective portfolio that
articulates the learning they have
achieved.
• The portfolio is evaluated by a team of
trained evaluators (mainly postgraduate
research students) and moderated by the
Award Director.
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Challenges
• The Award works well as the third element of our
employability strategy.
• Raising awareness of the significance of extracurricular achievements for both personal
development and employability remains a
challenge.
• Managing the growth in numbers of portfolios
submitted will become a challenge, but is not
insurmountable. We believe that the reflection on
learning and articulation of that learning are very
important attributes of our model.
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