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School of Social and Political Science: Undergraduate study


SSPS Edinburgh Awards

Information session 

The Skills for Succes sessions will take in Semester 1, week 3 or 4 and there is a dedicated session for your year of study. (Session dates and times are listed here).

In this session, we will provide further information about the structure of the Awards,  the time commitments required from you and details of the impact project that you will need to complete.

About the Awards

The 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 your degree programme and aims to enhance and improve your experience as a student. 

With so many people competing in the graduate job market every year, just having a degree (even from the University of Edinburgh) is no longer enough. Employers want university graduates who are ready for work - they’ll be investing in you and they want to know they’ll get a return on that investment.

Employers want graduates who:

  • are self-aware
  • capitalise on their strengths
  • will have impact wherever they work
  • are committed to personal development and life-long learning
  • can confidently provide evidence for these claims

And that's where the Edinburgh Award comes in.

The Edinburgh Award is a programme that students can undertake alongside their studies.

We know lots of people are already involved in activities alongside their studies such as volunteering, part-time work and getting involved in the University community.

To help you use these types of activities to stand out from the crowd, the University has established the Edinburgh Award - a programme that wraps around these activities, giving you recognition for your involvement and helping you get the most out of your experiences.  Staff involved in running the different versions are all committed to supporting students in developing and reflecting on their skills. 

SSPS Edinburgh Awards

The Student Development Office runs two SPS-specific Awards with a focus on professional skills development and employability: 

You must complete the Edinburgh Award for Professional Development before you progress to the Edinburgh Award for Professional Development with Leadership.

Who can complete the Awards?

The Awards are open to all undergraduate and postgraduate students within the School.

Award Completion

All students who complete an SSPS Edinburgh Award will receive a certificate from the University to recognise their achievement.  

The Award will also show on your HEAR transcript (Higher Education Achievement Report), which is provided by the University upon completion of your degree.

Other Edinburgh Awards

There are many Awards within the University of Edinburgh that you can undertake during your studies here. 

Full list of Edinburgh Awards

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