Frequently Asked Questions
What do I have to do to start the Award?
You can sign up here.
Who can do the Award?
The Award is open to all undergraduates with at least 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 The Examined Life 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?
Yes. Simply contact the team at email@example.com about this.
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.
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?
In Colleges, this will primarily be through existing tutor and mentor systems. A small central team of Development Coaches will provide coaching for the Students’ Union, Experience Durham and any Colleges that require additional capacity.
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.
I’ve already taken part in my College Award or the old Durham Award—can I take part in the Durham Inspired Award?
We will consider this on a case-by-case basis: get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you still have questions, get in touch at email@example.com.