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The Durham Award

College Award

The College Award recognises the experience and skills you are gaining during your time at Durham. It is necessary to complete the College Award if you wish to apply for the Durham Award.

The College Award is open to all first and second year Durham University students. The Award has been created to help you map the skills you are developing onto those employers are looking for.

There are three steps to completing the College Award:

  1. Complete the Skills Audit. This will help you think about your skills development and identify areas for further development.
  2. Use the activities you are taking part in to demonstrate a minimum of nine areas where you have developed employability skills.
  3. Write a short reflective piece on your skills development.

The College Award is accessed through Pebblepad. To log into Pebblepad:

  1. Click on Pebblepad.
  2. Find Durham University from the list of institutions.
  3. Log in using your Durham username and password.
  4. Click on 'Resources' and then click on the 'College Award' workbook.

Once you begin working on your College Award workbook and save it for the first time, it will become an 'Asset' and be stored in your Asset store.

For more detailed information - Pebblepad: Getting Started Guide.

Who can complete the College Award?

Any first or second year student can complete the College Award. To begin the Award you don't need to have taken part in any activities. Simply complete the Skills Audit section and rate your confidence in the different skills.

After you have completed the Skills Audit, you will need to consider how you want to develop some of the skills mentioned. You may already be taking part in activities that are helping you to develop skills. As you continue to make the most of your time at Durham, consider the skills that you are developing as this will help you fill in the second part of the College Award.

If you feel that you are not taking part in many activities outside of your course that will help you develop skills, go to the Activities page where you will find reccomendations of things that you can get involved in. You can also look at the pages for each skill area to get an idea of how each skill can be developed: Interpersonal Skills, Entrepreneurial Behaviours, Personal Effectiveness and Understanding the World Around You.

When you think you are able to begin demonstrating some of the skills, begin filling out the Activity Log, using an example to show how you used the skill.