Graduate Attributes

Priority 4: Facilitate students’ development of core values and graduate attributes

Priority 4: Facilitate students’ development of core values and graduate attributes

As a socially-minded, civically-engaged institution, our core values and graduate attributes are the bedrock of our student experience. Graduate attributes refer to the skills, knowledge and abilities of our graduates, beyond disciplinary content knowledge, that are applicable in a range of contexts in their lives. They advance the development of academic, specialist and technical skills. Based on extensive consultation with stakeholders, the following core values and graduate attributes will be prioritised for the lifecycle of this Academic Strategy.

List of graduate values and attributes

The following range of actions are proposed during the lifecycle of this strategy to facilitate students’ development of the selected core values and attributes:

Operational Plan

Lead Sponsor: Head of College of Arts, Celtic Studies & Social Sciences

ActionProgress & Plans
4.1 At annual registration, students will submit a self-assessment to determine the extent to which they have developed these values and attributes through their educational and life experiences. A digital application will generate a spikey profile, or computer-generated graph, that illustrates students’ starting point within each attribute and value. Students will be pointed in the direction of further ways to develop their core values and attributes, as relevant to their performance in the self-assessment.   In preparation  
4.2 Assessment of work placements, field-work, problem-based learning, group-work and other relevant learning activities that are guided by the Connected Curriculum framework will prompt students to explore new ways to further develop values and attributes.  In preparation  
4.3 Learning outcomes will be constructively aligned with the development of graduate attributes, as relevant to the discipline.  In preparation  
4.4 Digital Badges and the Skills Centre will be optimised to facilitate student engagement with a breadth of learning experiences that will expose them to the critical mass of research expertise across all disciplines in UCC. Transdisciplinary approaches will be promoted in these activities, which will be designed to encourage an appreciation of differing disciplinary perspectives on grand societal challenges. In preparation  
4.5 A space for students to reflect and develop their thoughts and ideas will be established. This space will serve as an ideas lab, or house of thought, where students will be supported to advance their curiosity, creativity and critical thinking skills. In preparation  

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