Department of Pharmacology
Profile Forms and Meetings with Personal Tutors
UCL is committed to helping you develop skills alongside your formal degree course that can be helpful in your future career, regardless of what path this takes. These skills are called Key Skills or Transferable Skills and will be accumulated throughout your stay at UCL. If you want to know more, try taking a look at the UCL website on Keyskills at http://www.ucl.ac.uk/keyskills/ In order to help you recognise, pursue and keep track of these Skills, we have introduced a Departmental system that is operated through your meetings with your Personal Tutor. The system is called Profiles. It involves a questionnaire that you will have been given during Induction week. Each year at the start of the first and second terms you should fill in a copy as much as possible. You should then take a copy of it with you to your meeting with your Personal Tutor. Your Personal Tutor will contact you to arrange meetings, will discuss the form with you and will keep a copy of the last two pages of the completed form. The Profile form can also be downloaded from the Pharmacology Department WebPages. To locate it, first go to the Pharmacology web page and then click on Degree Programmes, and then Key Skills Profiles. You can print it out and fill it in by hand, or download into WORD, fill it in electronically and then print it out. The form begins with some information on Key Skills and has a page in which you can audit your own Skills if you wish. Your Personal Tutor requires a copy only of the last two pages on which you have filled out your answers to the questions as much as you can. This will form the basis for discussion with your Personal Tutor.
_____________________________________________________ If you are uncertain about any parts of the Profile form, leave these parts blank and discuss them with your Personal Tutor during your meetings.
UCL Student Profile Forms
The set of Profile Forms that you produce at UCL form your personal Profile that is your own property and is for your own benefit. It is designed to: Help you become more aware of your strengths and weaknesses and encourage you to articulate the varied ‘key’ skills that you will acquire in your formal learning, in extra-curricular activities and through part-time and vacation work. Support you in your choice of academic and personal skills development and to help you reflect on your progress throughout your degree programme. Structure regular meetings with your personal tutor - who in supporting your development will then be able to provide the best possible references for you Form the basis of the CV you will need for part-time, vacation and eventual graduate employment or further academic study.
The Profile will enable you to audit your abilities, decide which areas you want to improve, plan your action, implement it and reflect on the results with your tutor. You will recognise the need to take significantly more responsibility for your own development than you might have been expected to at school and make full use of the extensive opportunities provided for students at UCL beyond the curriculum. Many key skills will be learned within the Departmental degree programme. Confidentiality / Keeping the File Safe The Profile forms will only be seen by yourself and your tutor - they will be confidential to the Department and only seen by other authorised staff members when there is a specific need (such as if your tutor is absent and a reference needs to be written). Anything said during meetings with your personal tutor is totally confidential; if an occasion arises when your tutor judges it in your best interests to involve another member of staff, this will be done only with your permission. It is important that you keep this file safe throughout your degree programme. We suggest you file it together with other Personal Information such as your CV etc. Once you are involved in postgraduate learning (whether employed or in academic study) you will be asked to keep a reflective record in a manner similar to this - so this is a useful practice. Evaluation of Personal Key Skills and Selection of Skills to Improve On the next page is a list of possible key skills that you could acquire. You are encouraged to evaluate your own abilities in these by rating each as follows:5 = Fully proficient; 4 = Very Comfortable; 3 = Average/OK; 2 =Needs attention/improvement; 1=Serious lack or Not Applicable This might help you to identify some skills that you would like to try to improve and, by repeating the evaluation each term, can help you to monitor your progress.
UCL Key Skills List/Audit
1. ACADEMIC SKILLS
Library research Able to research appropriate periodicals, websites, books and other references to draw together the required information. 5 4 3 2 1 Synthesis of data Having located relevant information from a variety of sources, to bring it together and present in a coherent argument. 5 4 3 2 1 Critical thinking Consider issues from a range of perspectives and draw upon appropriate concepts and values in arriving at a critical assessment. 5 4 3 2 1 Active learning Willing to take an active role in learning and recognise personal responsibility for own lifelong learning. 5 4 3 2 1 Problem solving Able to negotiate obstacles in pursuing an objective and develop effective strategies for overcoming them. 5 4 3 2 1 Project management Able to plan, monitor and evaluate using project management tools and techniques to provide workable solutions. 5 4 3 2 1 Creativity/Innovation Able to think laterally and inventively, to develop original approaches in defining and solving problems. 5 4 3 2 1
2. SELF-MANAGEMENT SKILLS
Reflection on learning Able to stand back, review an activity or task, capture its essence and systematically plan the next steps. 5 4 3 2 1 Self awareness/Assessment Able to evaluate own strengths, values, weaknesses, progress and future learning objectives. 5 4 3 2 1 Action planning/Decision making Able to plan, set and meet own objectives and make decisions starting from a variety of possible options. 5 4 3 2 1 Time management/Self discipline Able to prioritise tasks, manage and achieve results on time and within budget and/or other constraints. 5 4 3 2 1 Independence Able to work without supervision in unfamiliar surroundings and make a full contribution. 5 4 3 2 1 Initiative/Proactive approach Able to initiate activities and follow interests without supervision or prompting from others. 5 4 3 2 1 Budgeting Able to budget finances effectively and supplement income from part-time work when appropriate. 5 4 3 2 1
3. COMMUNICATION SKILLS
Written materials Able to construct grammatically correct and well written/spelt essays and reports, using the most appropriate style for the purpose. 5 4 3 2 1 Oral/Visual presentations Able to distil information, present ideas to an audience using visual aids and answer questions to defend a case. 5 4 3 2 1 Active listening Open and able to hear and understand verbal messages without prejudice or assumptions 5 4 3 2 1 Foreign language/s Able to read, speak and understand foreign languages, where and when appropriate. 5 4 3 2 1 Numeracy Able to manipulate numerical data in any context in which you would be expected to participate. 5 4 3 2 1 Information skills Able to seek, store, retrieve, synthesise, use and present information in ways appropriate to the task, including the use of C&IT. 5 4 3 2 1 IT skills Able to use computer applications to the level required and appropriate to the problem in hand. 5 4 3 2 1
4. INTERPERSONAL SKILLS
Groupwork/Teamwork Able to cooperate with others, make a variety of contributions to help the group achieve its goal. 5 4 3 2 1 Understanding/Tolerance of others Recognise and accommodate the fact that others have different needs, feelings and/or behaviour. 5 4 3 2 1 Negotiation Ability to know what is wanted, to negotiate assertively (not aggressively) and to come to a mutually agreed outcome. 5 4 3 2 1 Peer assessment Able to give constructive feedback to student peers and to receive/ accept similar from them. 5 4 3 2 1 Leadership Able to manage, guide or facilitate a group to maximise its success and the contribution of all participants. 5 4 3 2 1 Manage change/Adaptability Able to make / manage change and comfortably face changing circumstances and new challenges. 5 4 3 2 1
UCL Confidential Student Profile
Name ………………………………….. Telephone/Mobile ……………….… Tutor’s Name …………………….…. Degree/Year…………………………… e-mail …………………………………….. Date/Time of Meeting ………………
To be completed and brought to meetings with your Personal Tutor during the first and second terms. Please give any changes of course or addresses to Miss Tracy Boot in the Departmental Office. 1. (For 1st year students in term 1 only). Briefly list educational and other achievements to date including exams, prizes, work experience, year out, voluntary work, and any other responsibilities in clubs or societies or other relevant activity. Please make sure that you list AS and A level results.
2. (not applicable to 1 year students in term 1). Please give grades/marks awarded for pieces of coursework done last term. Mark them NC if not completed or NR if not yet returned.
Course Code Type of Work (essay, practical, problem sheet) Grade/Mark
Please list the courses you are taking this term (course code and title)
Main interests, hobbies and clubs
Details of any part-time employment
6. (not applicable to 1 year students in term 1). At the last meeting the two skills chosen for improvement were: Briefly summarise progress and evidence of extent to which you achieved the goals.
Select two skills that you will try to improve during this term
Action Plan to achieve goal :
The Specific Outcome will be:
As evidenced by: Skill 2
Action Plan to achieve goal:
The Specific Outcome will be:
As evidenced by:
Anything else you would like to ask or discuss with your Tutor ?