Stand Out!

Why take part?

Stand Out! enhances your graduate certificate. Working on the Awards of Excellence will enable you to build a portfolio of essential skills and help you to gain better awareness of your employability upon graduation.

Remember: graduates are not always hired for their subject knowledge. What employers seek is the ability to make cogent arguments, write well, communicate with different stakeholders, manage projects, do excellent research, work in teams and use technology in creative ways. These are the skills that you will build by taking part in Stand Out! and they will be recognised by our Awards of Excellence.

In addition: On graduation, the Awards will be displayed in your Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR), which records successes beyond the classroom.

You will be automatically enrolled in the Plymouth Award, so you can extend your achievements further and demonstrate your personal growth.

How does it work?

You will work on a set of specified tasks that will test your skills in the following areas:

  • project management
  • communication
  • teamwork
  • research
  • digital literacy

A successful completion of the tasks, in combination with attendance at skills workshops and a final report, will result in an Award of Excellence. Start and end dates are flexible and each Award can be won over the period of one semester, full academic year, or the entire degree.

The tasks involved in completing the Awards illuminate the essential graduate attributes you are expected to develop over the course of study. The Awards will allow you to demonstrate your employability in job applications and interviews, improving your professional confidence.


There are three steps involved in gaining your awards:

1. Step one: Choose an award
2. Step two: Attend three skills sessions
3. Step three: Write a report

1. Step one: Choose an award

Effective Project Management Award

Graduate attributes: target-setting; planning; decisionmaking; delivery of action; imagination; willingness to learn; time management; attention to detail; organising ability; independent working; problem solving; professional awareness.

For full details of this award download the Effective Project Management Award PDF.

Successful Collaboration Award

Graduate attributes: team work (engagement, clarity of roles and contributions); networking; interpersonal and interactional skills; problem solving; successful presentation of ideas; adaptability; assumption of responsibility; coordinating; ability to manage others.

For full details of this award download the Successful Collaboration Award PDF.

Digital Competence Award

Graduate attributes: digital literacy; communication and manipulation of information in various forms; identifying and using innovative technology; understanding numerical data; visual literacy; flexibility; entrepreneurship; professional awareness.

For full details of this award download the Digital Competence Award PDF.

Confident Communication Award

Graduate attributes: excellent written and oral communication skills; ability to articulate knowledge to a variety of audiences; ability to stay calm and confident under pressure; energy and engagement (communicating passion for the subject); autonomy; creativity; professional
awareness.

For full details of this award download the Confident Communication Award PDF.

Quality Research Award

Graduate attributes: analytical approach; critical thinking; intellectual curiosity; commitment; attention to detail; source evaluation; synthesising information; imagination; initiative; problem solving; risk taking.

For full details of this award download the Quality Research Award PDF.

2. Step two: Attend three skills sessions

Choose from the following...

3. Step three: Write a report

Your 500-word reflective report will analyse 3 skills developed in the process of completing the project and demonstrate how they enhance your employability.