Frequently Asked Questions
Can activities outside of the University, for example part-time work or volunteering, be recognised towards the Award?
Yes. There is no requirement for any of your participation to be with any particular part of the University. Volunteering, caring responsibilities, fundraising, and part-time work outside of the University can also be used.
What do I have to do to start the Award?
You can sign up here.
Who can do the Award?
The Award is normally open to all undergraduates with two years left on their degree programme. This includes part-time students with at least two years of enrollment remaining.
What are the first steps when I have signed up?
Watch an animation from The Argument Clinic, complete your Strengths Profile, and meet with your Development Coach.
What do I have to do to stay on the Award?
Meet with your Development Coach regularly. If you miss two consecutive meetings with your Development Coach without good reason, you will be considered to have left the Award.
What order do I have to do the Award elements in?
You can see our idea of a ‘typical’ route to the Award here, but the Award is flexible and we do not require a specific order. However to activate your enrolment you must watch The Examined Life, complete the Strengths Profile, and meet with your Development Coach.
Is this for me?
Yes. The Award has been carefully designed to be appealing and accessible to all undergraduates at Durham. If you participate in activities through your College, the Students’ Union, or Experience Durham, or a combination of all three. If you are a mature student or are busy with part-time work or other responsibilities. If you have many leadership positions or none. If you are sporty, artistic, political, or none of the above. Everyone has a route to the Durham Inspired Award.
Can you count activities retrospectively?
Yes. You can count activities from before you started the Award. We will consider whether this needs to change in subsequent iterations of the Award.
Can you do the Award in two years?
The Award ideally takes two years plus one term, but you can do it in two years instead.
I’m in my final year. Can you do the Award in a year?
At present you cannot complete the Award in a single year as this does not leave enough time for a full cycle of reflection, planning, and growth. We are considering whether to offer a one-year version of the Award in future.
I’m taking a year out or doing a year abroad. Can you do the Award in non-consecutive years?
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What can I do if things are not going well with my Development Coach?
If you experience a problem you should firstly talk to your Development Coach, to try to move forward positively. However, if things continue not to go well, please contact a member of the Award team.
What can I do if things aren't going well with my Development Coach?
We recommend you speak to your Development Coach first to try to move things forward. If this doesn't resolve the issue, please contact a member of the Award Team.
How do I find activities that count towards Act?
As part of the process of reflection and planning, your Development Coach will be able to suggest relevant activities. Our contacts in Colleges, the Students’ Union and Experience Durham are also able to advise on their area.
How will I be assigned a Development Coach?
Each College, the Students' Union, and Experience Durham will allocate your Development Coach from staff, mentors and tutors who have volunteered to support students through the Award. A small central pool of Development Coaches will provide additional capacity, kindly supported by volunteers from the Staff Coaching Network.
My college doesn’t have a tutor system. How will it work here?
Our central team of Development Coaches will provide the coaching in your college.
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