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School of Social and Political Science: Graduate school


Professional Development Awards

The Student Development Office (SDO) offers two different types of Professional Development Award:

To hear more about the Awards attend the Skills for Success session for your level of study. You can find the right session for you here.

Edinburgh Awards

The year-long Edinburgh Award is a series of events and activities designed to strengthen your CV and help you stand out in the job market. The Award recognises and rewards your involvement in activities undertaken alongside the degree programme and aims to enhance and improve the student experience.

SSPS currently offers the following Edinburgh Awards:

  • SSPS Edinburgh Award for Professional Development
  • SSPS Edinburgh Award for Professional Development with Leadership (You must have previously completed the Award for Professional Development.)

Each Award offers four specialisms:

  • Community Engagement
  • Public Engagement
  • Digital Content Creation
  • Coaching Skills

Edinburgh Awards require a time commitment of at least 50 hours over the course of the academic year.

Professional Development Certificates

In 2018/19, the SDO will launch a new series of Professional Development Certificates.  Certificates recognise attendance at Professional Development Workshops but require a shorter time commitment than the Edinburgh Award.  

Three levels of Certificate are available:  

Bronze: 12 hrs skills attendance

Silver: 16 hrs attendance

Gold: 20 hrs attendance

Students must also submit a 500 word reflective summary of their skills development over the course of the Certificate.

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