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Frequently Asked Questions

Award essentials:

Do I need to attend the Input sessions?
I  can't complete the Award this year, is it going to show on my transcript?

Skills sessions:

Can I attend workshops from outside the School?
Can I attend workshops from other organisations outside of the University?
Can I count academic workshops towards the skills total?
How can I find out how many skills hours I have? Can I get a certificate for the sessions I attended?
I did some professional development workshops last year, can I count this towards the Award?
I can't make a session I signed up for what should I do?
What happens if I don't attend enough sessions?

Impact project:

What should I do for my impact project?
Can you help fund my Impact activity?
I am doing another award somewhere else, can I use the same project for both of the awards?
Can I count my PBD or Fieldwork toward the Impact part of the award?
I volunteer at a charity shop can I use that towards my project?
 

Do I need to attend the Input sessions?
Yes, the Input sessions are an essential part of the Awards Structure so must be attended, if you have a good reason why you cannot attend then we can concider alternative arrangements.

I  can't complete the Award this, is it going to show on my transcript?
No, it will not show up anywhere on your transcript and no one will know you did not complete. If you do stop halfway through, you will still have attended many development sessions and you can still use these on your CV. 
Can I attend workshops from outside the School?
Yes you can, however a minimum of 14 of your 20 hours should be from the SDO offering. The remaining  6 hours can be from sessions delivered from other Departments in the University. You will need to send over evidence of your attendance at these sessions for this to count towards your award as the SDO will not know what you have signed up for with other providers.

Can I attend workshops from other organisations outside of the University?
No, your professional development skill sessions should be hosted by the University of Edinburgh, you can still attend workshops from other organisations but they will not count towards the award. 

Can I count academic workshops towards the skills total?
No, the Award is there to help you develop your professional skills, while there will be some cross over workshops with titles such as Dissertation planning, Academic writing or preparing for exams will not be counted towards the award. If you are unsure if a session will be counted please email us to ask. 
How can I find out how many skills hours I have?
Email ssps.student-development@ed.ac.uk and we can update you with your legged hours or you can pop by the office to find out, it is suggested that you use the reflective journal to also keep a track especially if you attend sessions from other providers. 

Can I get a certificate for the sessions I attended?
Yes, we can provide these upon request. 

I did some professional development last year, can I count this towards the Award?

No, skills workshops will only be counted if you attended them during the Award.

I can't make a session I signed up for what should I do?
Please cancel your place of the session or email to let us know you cannot attend. Many of our workshops become full quite quickly, by cancelling your place you can allow another student to take your place. If you continually dont turn up for sessions, you will recieve an email from us asking why you could not attend. In some areas of the university you will not be allowed to sign up for sessions if you continually fail to attend sessions without cancellation.

What happens if I dont attend enough sessions?
Throughout the Award you will be updated of how many skills hours you have and we will let you know if there are any concerns about being able to achieve the necesarry number of hours to complete the award. If towards the end of the award you are physically unable to attend enough sessons you will be withdrawn from the award. 

What should I do for my impact project?
It depends what Award you choose to do, it should be something you are interested in and feel happy working on for the length of the Award. What you can do also varies a little for each of the awards, if you are stuggling for ideas you can make an appointment with the SDO by emailing: ssps.student-development@ed.ac.uk

Can you help fund my Impact activity?

The SDO has a small amount of budget available to support some events however this is limited and we cannot always guarantee that we can financially support your event. You can also get funding from the GSO is you are a Postgraduate student, there is more information here: www.sps.ed.ac.uk/gradschool/student_development/funding_and_careers

I am doing another award somewhere else, can I use the same project for both of the awards?

No, each Award must be a unique project, we work closely with the central awards team and would know if you were using the same project twice. You must also attend the Input sessions specific to that award.

Can I count my PBD or Fieldwork toward the Impact part of the award?
If you are doing the award in Professionalism in Public Engagement then yes, your work while on placement or in the field can be used as part of your project as you are conducting research which will include sharing information with non academics for example the host organisation, interviewees or perhaps even presenting your work at conference. The academic write up part of your dissertation project cannot be included in the hours however as it is soley academic work.
If you are on the Community Engagement or Digital Content Creation Award you will not be able to use this.

I volunteer at a charity shop can I use that towards my project?
No, your project should be something about knowledge exchange and Impact, while working in a charity shop is rewarding and good for your CV it is not what the project should be based on.

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