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DEGREEPLUS ANNUAL REPORT
The Executive Summary from the Annual Report for 2016-17 is shown below. To request a copy of the full report, please contact us at email@example.com.
The milestone of over 2000 students completing the DegreePlus Award was reached for the first time in 2016-17 (a growth of 7% on the previous year). 1044 of these received their DegreePlus Certificate at Graduation. In total, there were 14,675 student engagements with DegreePlus publicity events such as workshops; career fair events, induction video and online enquiries.
A total of 130 accredited experiential activities are offered to students across four experiential strands:
· DegreePlus Work Experience
· DegreePlus Global (international experiences)
· DegreePlus Professional (Leadership, Enterprise & Commercial Awareness experiences)
· DegreePlus Citizenship (includes sport, community & volunteering experiences)
The activities within each strand map to some or all of the 12 DegreePlus Skills. Students may undertake more than one activity. During 2016-17, 5 students completed 4 activities and 1 student graduated with 5 activities. Careers, Employability & Skills, the Students’ Union, Queen’s Language Centre, Queen’s Sport and the Learning Development Service are the largest activity providers.
The University continues to develop employer links with the Award. EY joined Santander and NICVA as Corporate Partners of DegreePlus during the year. As well as providing financial support for the award, the corporate partners are also providing accredited activities such as: Discover EY; Santander Internships; Santander Iberian Internships; Santander SME Internship Programme and experiences with NICVA partnered voluntary and community organisations. Corporate Partners were invited also invited to specific events to engage directly with students e.g. the DegreePlus mini-fair and relevant workshops. Other employers/employer groups that provide accredited DegreePlus activities include the Ulster Officer Training Corp, Royal Navy, the Institute of Directors. Students may also apply for gap year jobs and summer work with other organisations, large employers and SMEs and have this recognised via the Award.
DegreePlus Accreditations will populate Section 6.1.2 “Recognised Additional Activities” of the student’s Higher Education Achievement Record (HEAR). This encompasses the Diploma Supplement and will become available for students/graduates to share with employers during 2017-18.
A strategic review of DegreePlus was carried out during the year. Among the developments considered are: greater recognition of student achievement and strengthening of employer partnerships within or across the strands.
NICVA, EY and Santander are corporate partners of Degree Plus
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