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PSC electronic badges

In order to recognise the achievements of our student who have completed a PSC or PSC+ Award or been part of the PSC Operating Team, successful completers will be awarded an electronic badge.

Here you can find out more about what the badge represents, and the related criteria.

 

Professional Skills Curriculum Award

PSC Award ebadge

Description

The Professional Skills Curriculum is a co-curricular development programme for students at the University of St Andrews. Participants complete a skills analysis to help them identify a number of professional skills areas to develop in, deemed important by graduate employers. The skills are delivered via a mixture of lectures, practical skills sessions and online workshops. Participants are encouraged to apply their learning to their studies, extra-curricular activities and work experience.

Criteria

To gain the Professional Skills Curriculum award, participants have to complete 8 or more skills topics and submit a reflective essay about their learning. The award is jointly given by the Centre of Academic, Professional and Organisational Development at the University of St Andrews, and the University of St Andrews Students' Association. The award is endorsed by the Institute of Leadership and Management, and appears on the student's degree transcript.

 

 

Professional Skills Curriculum Plus Award

PSC Plus Award ebadge

Description

The Professional Skills Curriculum Plus (PSC+) award is a co-curricular development programme for students at the University of St Andrews. Attaining a PSC+ award indicates that a student has already achieved a PSC Award and has actively chosen to further their learning by specialising in a particular skills area.

Skills area options:

PSC + IT Skills: This award draws on a range of topics including developing awareness of digital footprints, dealing with information overload, using apps for learning, and developing Word, PowerPoint and Excel skills.

PSC+ Enterprise Skills: This award focuses on developing a range of enterprise skills including idea generation, selection and development and a resilient attitude. Award holders have demonstrated that they have applied their learning to a real-life enterprise project and critically evaluated their skill development.

PSC+ Negotiation: This award involves workshops focusing on persuasion, mediation and negotiation, delivered by subject matter experts from across the UK. The programme has a significant practical component, involving practising the skills as they are taught.

PSC+ Organisational Psychology: This award indicates that completers have developed their skill set in each of the five areas of Organisational Psychology as set out by the British Psychological Society: Learning training and development; leadership, motivation and engagement; wellbeing at work; psychological assessment at work; work design organisational change and development. In addition to attending lectures in these areas, participants also work through an organisational development case study and engage in small project groups to work on a real life organisational change project.

PSC+ Consultancy: This award focuses involves a range of skills workshops and guest speakers aimed at developing a range of consultancy skills in students. Participants learn about data analysis, market research, IT tools used by consultants, consultancy methodologies and hear from a range of experienced consultants.

PSC+ Communication: This award involves a series of connected workshops, each focusing on developing nuanced communication skills, including clarity in communication, communicating in pressure situations and communicating with difficult people. The sessions are delivered by a communications professional and students are encouraged to supplement their learning with real-life application.

Criteria

To gain a Professional Skills Curriculum Plus award, participants have to complete five out of six workshops and pass the associated assessment (a reflective essay, assessed presentation, or other assessed outputs).  The award is jointly given by the Centre of Academic, Professional and Organisational Development at the University of St Andrews, and the University of St Andrews Students' Association. The award appears on the student's degree transcript.

 

 

Professional Skills Curriculum Operating Team Badge

PSC operating team ebadge

Description

The Professional Skills Curriculum is a co-curricular development programme for students at the University of St Andrews. It aims to develop a range of professional skills, valued by employers. The PSC is supported by student volunteers who form the PSC Operating Team. Each of the Operating Team has a distinct role necessary for the successful running of the PSC and contribute to the ongoing development of the programme at a strategic level. Participation on the team will develop a range of team-working, communication, time and project management skills. Students hold their role for a full academic year, and are selected via a competitive process.

Criteria

To gain a Professional Skills Curriculum Operating Team Badge, participants must have demonstrated a significant degree of commitment to their role, and performed the duties set out in their job description to a high standard. Their performance is assessed by the University staff member who coordinates the PSC programme.

Contact

Catriona Wilson
PSC Coordinator
CAPOD
Phone: (01334) 46 2558
Email: profskills@st-andrews.ac.uk

 


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