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					STAR THE TREK


          Dr Joy Perkins &
          Peter Fantom
          Careers Service
Why did we introduce the
     STAR Award?

 The Award:

 •   Provides evidence of our Curriculum Reform
     ambitions

 •   Connects strongly to employability and our ongoing
     SFC employability activities

 •   Displays our strategic approach to enhance the
     student experience

 •   Builds upon our own experience as well as existing
     examples of good practice in other HEIs
   What are the STAR Award
   development phases so far?

Since its inception in 2007, the STAR Award has gone through a
number of development phases. These phases are as follows:

• Phase I Initial Desk-based Research (Sept–Dec 2007)
• Phase II Non-Academic Recognition Scheme (Jan–June 2008)
• Phase III STAR Award Pilot (September 2008–August 2009)
• Phase IV Enhanced and Extended STAR Pilot (Sept 2009– July
 2010)
•Phase V   Launch of STAR in conjunction with our reformed
curriculum (Sept 2010- present)
    What does STAR 2010/11
           involve?

•   Attending an introductory session
•   Participating in a specified Students’ Association or
    community volunteering role
•   Selecting a STAR Award level – bronze, silver or gold

•   Participating in two workshops on skills development and
    interview technique

•   Maintaining an ePortfolio-based reflective diary
•   Undertaking an assessed competency-based interview to
    measure achievement of Aberdeen Graduate Attributes
 What are the distinguishing
features of the STAR Award?

            Bespoke
                                     Alignment with
            competency-based
                                     employability-focused
            interviews
                                     Graduate Attributes


Hierarchical
assessment framework                   Employer participation
– bronze, silver and                   throughout the Award
gold awards


                                 Strong partnerships
     ePortfolio use – Record     within and beyond the
     of Activity, skills audit   University
     and reflection
How many students have
participated annually since
its inception?

                            No. of Students Registered for the Award since
                                              Inception
                      250

                                                                       200
    No. of Students




                      200


                                                         135
                      150



                      100


                                            40
                      50
                               22

                       0
                             2007-08       2008-09       2009-10      2010-11

                                         Academic Year
What challenges have we
faced with the Award?


• Challenges identified with the start-up process.

• Challenges associated with up-scaling the Award.
Today’s Task

Discuss in a small group the up-scaling challenges
identified on the cards.
• What do you consider the greatest challenge associated with
  up-scaling a co-curricular (employability) award?
• Are you able to rank the identified challenges? (1 being
  the most challenging)
• Is the Group’s perception based on personal
  experience of managing an Award or just guided by today’s
  discussions?
Take 15 minutes as group to discuss and rank the challenges
on the sticky sheet, making a note on the A1 sheet of your
ranking justification.
Aberdeen’s Rankings


1. Resourcing the Award

2. Assessing the Award

3. Broadening student engagement with the Award
   while retaining perceived distinctiveness of the
   Award.

4. Student completion of the Award

5. Marketing the Award to students, employers and
   university staff.
The End!

				
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