The Gold Award is a one-year personal and professional development programme that helps you to reflect on your experiences and develop the skills you are gaining from your co-curricular activities. It focuses on your lifewide skills development.
Your Gold Award activities can include anything from part-time work to volunteering in the community, from running your own business to putting on an exhibition, from being a Students’ Union officer to running a sports team, from mentoring your peers to running a society; basically any activity where you are developing skills.
The Gold Award is open to all UG and PG students (incl. taught and research students).
All UG and PG taught students can record the Gold Award on their Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR).
What you gain from The Gold Award
Completing the Gold Award:
- Increases your self-awareness and understanding of your strengths and weaknesses
- Helps you to improve your attributes and skills, for instance presentation skills, organisation skills and self-confidence
- Enables you to reflect on your experiences and what career you want to do in the future
- Adds something extra to your CV
How it works
To achieve the Gold Award you will need to complete six elements:
1. Your Personal Development Record (PDR) is the main document in which you record your skills/attributes, reflect on your development and career thinking. It is a record of your progress and a space to think about your strengths and weaknesses.
2. The Co-curricular Activities you choose are entirely down to you. You may already have a part-time job, a volunteer position or you may decide to try out something new that will help you to develop your strengths in an area relevant to your career choice. You can do several activities to count towards the minimum 40 hours.
3. You need to attend a minimum of 4 Workshops of your choice (e.g. How to Think and Write Reflectively, Improve Your Time Management, What Makes a Good Leader?, How to Present with Impact, Understand Your Learning Style: How to Be a More Effective Learner).
4. You will be asked to reflect on your learning and development throughout the year in a visual way and use creative practice as a tool for thinking about your career. This Creative Element can include photos, scrapbook, video, blog, shoebox, piece of creative writing, poster, story board, cartoon or piece of music.
5. You will need to complete a LinkedIn Profile so that you can build a professional network and access professional opportunities.
6. Towards the end of the scheme, you will submit a short video reflecting on your Gold Award experience and learning during the programme.
Finally, at the end of the academic year, we will celebrate your success and achievement at the Gold Award Show where we exhibit your Creative Elements.
How to sign-up to the Gold Award
If you are interested to sign up attend one of the Introductory Gold Award workshops running at the beginning of each academic year in October. Dates are published on the Gold Award area on learn.gold.
If you have any questions email the Gold Award Coordinator, Dr Katarina Lezova at goldaward (@gold.ac.uk).