Graduate Attributes

Our Graduate Attributes encourage you to develop a global outlook, strong academic practice, and the skills, qualities and attitudes needed for success in your future work and life

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At BGU, in addition to developing expertise in specific subject areas, students are also encouraged to develop a global outlook, strong academic practice, and the skills, qualities and attitudes needed for success in their future work and life.  These are described as the BGU Graduate Attributes.

The following pages detail what each Attribute develops in you along with all of the current opportunities the University provides for continual progression and development.

For further information about the BGU Graduate Attributes programme, please email Allison Webb on allison.webb@bishop.ac.uk.

For an overview of all six attributes, including suggested ways individuals can develop their skills in each area, click here. Or, if you are interested in a particular attribute, click below…


Academic Literacies

Academic Literacies covers the range of academic skills that you will develop through undertaking University-level study. Developing these skills will enable you to achieve the highest marks in your assignments, ensure you are well-equipped for entering the graduate job market and prepare you for a successful transition into the professional workplace.

Criticality
Being able to understand, interpret and respond independently to assignments as well as being competent in analysing, critiquing and forming an argument. Purposefully evaluating the worth of specific ideas and arguments in order to draw links and conclusions.

Academic Communication
Being able to employ an objective and formal voice in your academic writing and speaking while also communicating your ideas in a clear and concise manner.

Academic Integrity
Being able to perform research and incorporate the ideas of others in your work with integrity. Understanding and taking responsibility for your own learning goals and knowing when to seek assistance.

Opportunities to develop Academic Literacies

  • Booking weekly drop-in sessions and 1-2-1 tutorials with a Learning Development tutor
  • Attending workshops such as Critical Thinking, Writing your first Essay or Introduction to Referencing along with the Workshop Series: First Assignment and Developing your Writing
  • In-curriculum sessions
  • Organising group tutorials
  • Studying and understanding the handbook for written coursework
  • Utilising the Advice Sheets and Blackboard Resources
  • Undertaking a Study Skills Self-Evaluation
  • Using the Skills4Study e-resource
  • Attending the Research Project and Dissertation Conference

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Global Citizenship

Global Citizenship is about understanding the global context in which you live, study and work.

Community Engagement

This is about understanding service learning, political literacy, civic awareness and social enterprise.

Ethical Literacy
Developing and exploring the themes of professional ethics, social justice and responsibility, and sustainability.

Cultural Fluency
Being aware of one’s own cultural perspective and values, and respecting dignity regardless of another’s Culture or Nationality, Religion or Faith, Sexual Orientation, Cognitive or Physical Differences or Class or Socio-Economic Background. It is about appreciating the world of learning and enterprise in a global context.

Opportunities to develop Global Citizenship

  • Accessing, utilising and fundraising for the BGU Foundation Fund
  • Attending the BGU Global Conference
  • Undertaking the BG Volunteering Award
  • Exploring the Student Union international opportunities
  • Becoming a Student Chaplaincy Worker
  • Utilising BG Futures support with international volunteering opportunities
  • Attending presentations on international opportunities

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Information Literacy

An essential attribute in the 21st century, information literacy is applicable to everyday life in a variety of ways, from planning journeys to finding insurance quotes to preparing for job interviews. In the world of work, information literate employees are valued for their organisational, planning and problem solving skills.Information Literacy is knowing when and why you need information, where to find it, and how to evaluate, use and communicate it in an ethical manner
– The Chartered Institute of Library & Information Professionals  

Research Strategies
It is important to understand why and when information is needed, recognising different types of information and appreciating the different ways information can be accessed and presented. This will help in formulating successful search strategies.

Resource Evaluation
Identifying the best places to locate information and understanding how information and data can be organised and classified can be utilised throughout your time at University. Understanding how to use search tools and resource authentication systems will allow you to assess information for relevance, quality, bias, credibility and currency.

Information Management
Understanding how to record and cite references as well as produce a bibliography will be highly integral to your university and future career. When citing references it is essential to recognise the importance of author attribution and copyright while also appreciating the different ways of communicating information. This will allow you to observing formatting and presentation requirements.

Opportunities to develop Information Literacy

  • Work through the Library’s Information Literacy LibGuide
  • If you’re a new student, attend your library orientation session
  • Book a 1-2-1 library tutorial with one of the Library’s expert staff
  • Make sure you attend any bespoke library training sessions organised by your lecturers
  • Seek referencing support & advice from Learning Development

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Digital Fluency

The skills and practices of using digital technology effectively for learning, working and participating in society.

Media Literacy

Media literacy is the ability to access, analyse, evaluate and create media as well as being able to understand the complex messages in television, radio, internet, newspapers, music and all other forms of media. Click here to view the Media Literacy Project for more information.

ICT Competencies
These are the skills needed to utilise digital devices and systems such as:
• Operating desktop and mobile devices
• Managing files
• Using applications
• Working with data.

Web Literacies
The skills and competencies needed for reading, writing, and participating on the Web can be organised as follows:

CONNECTING
PARTICIPATING ON THE WEB

THIS CAN NORMALLY CONSIST OF:

EXPLORING
READING THE WEB

THIS GROUP USUALLY EXPLORES:

BUILDING
WRITING THE WEB

THIS SECTION LOOKS AT CREATION AND DESIGN INCLUDING:

  • SHARING
    PROVIDING ACCESS TO WEB RESOURCES
  • NAVIGATION

    USING SOFTWARE TOOKS TO BROWSE THE WEB

  • COMPOSING FOR THE WEB

    CREATING AND CURATING CONTENT FOR THE WEB

  • COLLABORATION
    CREATING WEB RESOURCES WITH OTHERS
  • WEB MECHANICS

    UNDERSTANDING THE WEB ECOSYSTEM AND INTERNET STACK

  • REMIXING

    MODIFYING EXISTING WEB RESOURCES TO CREATE SOMETHING NEW

  • COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION

    GETTING INVOLVED IN WEB COMMUNITIES AND UNDERSTANDING THEIR PRACTICES

  • SEARCH

    LOCATING INFORMATION, PEOPLE AND RESOURCES VIA THE WEB

  • DESIGNING FOR THE WEB

    ENHANCING VISUAL AESTHETICS AND USER EXPERIENCES

  • PRIVACY

    EXAMING THE CONSEQUENCES OF SHARING DATA ONLINE

  • CREDIBILITY

    CRITICALLY EVALUATING INFORMATION FOUND ON THE WEB

  • CODING / SCRIPTING

    CREATING INTERACTIVE EXPERIENCES ON THE WEB

  • OPEN PRACTICES

    HELPING TO KEEP THE WEB DEMOCRATIC AND UNIVERSALLY ACCESSIBLE

  • SECURITY

    KEEPING SYSTEMS, IDENTITIES AND CONTENT SAFE

  • ACCESSIBILITY

    COMMUNICATING IN A UNIVERSALLY-RECOGNISABLE WAY TO ENSURE RELEVANCE, QUALITY, BIAS, CREDIBILITY AND CURRENCY

 

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Opportunites to develop Digital Fluency

There are many opportunities available at BGU by working with learning technologies embedded within each academic programme. Training sessions and workshops are regularly provided by the eLearning team and there are a number of great resources available online for both self-study and also in the form of open online courses. It’s important to develop your own Personal Learning Network to support you.

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Employability

Employability is about supporting students to develop the knowledge, skills, behaviours and attitudes which will enable them to be successful in work and life.

Bowden et al (2000) defined employability as a set of graduate attributes: ‘the qualities, skills and understandings a university community agrees its students would desirably develop during their time at the institution and, consequently, shape the contribution they are able to make to their profession and as a citizen.

SELF MANAGEMENT   CAREER MANAGEMENT   PROFESSIONALISM
  • KNOWING OWN STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES – SELF AWARENESS
  • ADAPTING AND BEING FLEXIBLE
  • RECEIVING AND ACTIONING FEEDBACK
  • TIME MANAGEMENT AND THE ABILITY TO WORK TO DEADLINES
  • BEING REFLECTIVE
  • STAYING HEALTHY
  •  CONTINUOUS DEVELOPMENT
  • NETWORKING AND CREATING PROFESSIONAL RELATIONSHIPS
  • CAREER PLANNING FORMULA
  • FINDING AND USING INFORMATION ABOUT LABOUR MARKETS
  • LOCATING AND APPLYING FOR WORK
  • ACTION PLANNING
  •  PRODUCTIVITY AND EFFECTIVE WORK HABITS
  • COMMUNICATION
  • INITIATIVE
  • CONFIDENCE
  • POSITIVE ATTITUDE
  • COMMERCIAL AWARENESS
  • PERSONAL PRESENTATION
  • PREPARATION
  • PERSONAL INTEGRITY, ETHICS AND MORALITY
  • RESILIENCE

Opportunities to develop Employability

  • Attending Careers Education Lectures & Workshops
  • Organising BG Futures Careers Guidance appointments
  • Seeking business start-up advice
  • Employer talks
  • Seeking CV and application assistance
  • Joining the Student Networking Club
  • Receiving mentoring or BG Futures Personal & Business Coaching
  • Exploring the BG Futures tab on Blackboard
  • Utilising the Jobs+ Vacancy Service and the Jobs+ Connect Database
  • Following BG Futures on Facebook & Twitter
  • Taking part in the BG Volunteering Award, and the BG Employability Award
  • Participating in Mock Interviews
  • Attending Careers Conventions
  • Heading to the BG Futures Resource Centre for Careers Information

Being Enterprising

Employers value employees who are enterprising for the fresh thinking and attitudes they have and can bring to the company or business.Being Enterprising can be defined as a set of behaviours, attitudes and skills that allow individuals and groups to create positive change through creativity and innovation, cope with, and utilise higher levels of uncertainty and risk than is the norm and show resilience when things don’t go as planned.

Being Entrepreneurial involves using enterprising skills to bring that new business idea, venture, product or service to life.

OPPORTUNITY SPOTTING  RESOURCEFULNESS RESILIENCE 
  • VISION
  • MANAGING RISK
  • SCANNING THE ENVIRONMENT
  • SOCIAL ENTERPRISE
  • STRATEGIC THINKING
  • CREATIVE PROBLEM SOLVING
  • KNOWING STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES OF SELF AND OTHERS, AND HOW TO BALANCE THESE
  • DECISION MAKING AND ACTION PLANNING
  • PERSUASION AND NEGOTIATION
  • MANAGING PROJECTS
  • CONFIDENCE
  • LEARNING FROM EXPERIENCE, INCLUDING FAILURES
  • GIVING AND RECEIVING FEEDBACK
  • PERSONAL MOTIVATION
  • POSITIVE EMOTIONS
  • PERSISTENCE

Opportunities to develop Being Enterprising

  • Joining BG Networking Club
  • Receiving business start-up advice
  • Attending BG Futures Events and Group Sessions
  • Organising or participating in fundraising activities
  • Occupying the incubation spaces in BG Futures Business & Enterprise Centre for student or graduate business start-ups
  • Taking part in BG Volunteering Award and the BG Employability Award
  • Access to the BGU Foundation Fund
  • Serving as an Student’s Union Officer
  • Developing links to Business & Industry e.g. Internship opportunities
  • Attendance at Women in Rural Enterprise (WiRE) events

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