PG7048 Generic and Transferable Skills Portfolio for CACSSS students

(5 credits)

 This 5 credit module allows PhD students in the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences, to provide a portfolio to illustrate how activities they have carried out over the course of their PhD studies have contributed to the development of key relevant generic and transferable skills folllowed by a reflection and recording of skills acquired.

The 7 areas identified in the Irish Universities’ Graduate Skills Statement are:

  1. Research Skills and Awareness
  2. Ethics and Social Understanding
  3. Communication Skills
  4. Personal Effectiveness and Development
  5. Team Working and Leadership
  6. Career Management
  7. Entrepreneurship and Innovation

To complete this portfolio, you should:

  1. Fill out the PG7048 Application Form with details of workshops, seminars and courses you have undertaken along with other activities such as conference presentations, including the indicative number of hours’ work involved. Work for which you have already received either credit or payment should not be included.
  2. Provide evidence of undertaking each activity (where applicable). This should amount to at least 20 hours of activities.
  3. Submit a reflective portfolio assignment of 1,500-2,000 words of how the activities you have undertaken contribute to your personal and professional development by enhancing your skills in one or more of the seven skills areas identified. The reflective essay should address the following questions:

a)      What were my learning needs when I started my PhD?

b)      How have I addressed these through undertaking the documented activities?

c)      What have I learned from these activities?

 Indicative Activities that can be included in the Portfolio

  • National/International Conference participation
  • Accredited Courses which are less than 5 ECTS credits
  • Attendance at workshops and short courses
  • Participation in University outreach activities such as Open Days
  • Conference or event organisation 


CACSSS students should email the completed portfolio with evidence attached  to for one of the following dates:

  • 3 February
  • 31 March
  • 31 August

The Dean of the Graduate School will consider each portfolio and their recommendation will be sent to the Dean of Graduate Studies for approval. Students and the Graduate Studies Office will be notified that the credits have been awarded and will then be recorded on the student transcript.

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