What is it and who can participate?

This award is open to any student who is a committee member of a Society and recognises significant achievements by committee members over the year. It encourages students to reflect critically on their progress as committee members, on the skills they have developed, and on the impact they have made on the student community through their role.
 

What’s involved?

Office bearers are required to complete Input 1 online to take part in this Award as well as four of eight skills training sessions, and track their progress via the process discussed in Input 1. Input 1 will cover the Award process and what is expected of you to receive the Award. There are no sessions for Input 2, but you will be required to attend one out of a choice of two sessions in semester 2 (dates to be advised).

In 2017 Input 1 will be online.  Students who have registered their interest for this Award will be enrolled via Learn (the University's virtual learning environment) and further instructions will be emailed to them.

  • - OPENS Monday 3 October
  • - CLOSES Monday 16 October at 5pm
     

2017 Skills sessions:
 

This practical workshop will explore different ways of building and maintaining good working relationships. We will look at how to establish such relationships, so that other people are receptive to your input and willing to consider your contributions. It is a great chance to learn useful tips on how to make the most of your networking situations, thus enhancing your professional image and creating new business opportunities.

By the end of this session you will:

- understand the interpersonal skills needed to network effectively and influence others

- enhance communication skills by using positive language and plain English

- recognise the importance of professionalism, building trust, creating rapport and achieving a mutually beneficial outcome

 

Delivered by Catherine Bowie 

Catherine Bowie, a director of CBTS and Communicate training, 
is acknowledged as one of the leading customer service trainers in Scotland.  Catherine has been training since 1995 and can offer a wealth of experience in training with all sectors, including education, law, retail and hospitality, amongst others. She brings experience and enthusiasm into all her training courses and all participants can expect high energy workshops with a wide mix of learning styles to accommodate each learner. 

This workshop is an opportunity to learn and practice the kind of thinking skills required to solve problems effectively. It is designed to be both fun and informative, introducing ideas that will make a genuine difference in day-to-day practice. In this session, we will explore how to take a step by step approach to problem solving and how to overcome obstacles. By the end of this session, participants will be better able to come up with creative problem solving solutions, encourage group participation in problem solving and decision making, and take a systematic approach to decision making. 

 

Delivered by Ally Brown

Since becoming a freelance learning & development consultant in 2005, Ally has designed and delivered a broad range of managerial skills and behavioural training to customers in a variety of sectors. His specialities include leadership and team development, and communication skills.  Ally’s enthusiastic manner ensures that his students enjoy meaningful and memorable learning from practical, fun experiences supported by appropriate reflection and theory that delivers pragmatic improvement back in the workplace.

This session will look at the key theories and approaches concerning groups and meetings. We will explore the ingredients for a successful meeting, including planning agendas and handling difficult situations. We will also look at how participants can assist the chair to achieve a successful meeting.  Through group exercise and discussion, we will learn how to enhance present meetings and how to create strategies for the future. 

 

Delivered by Richard Ellis 

Richard Ellis runs a training and consultancy business in Edinburgh. He specialises in interpersonal, presentational and written communication and has carried out training for the British Council, NATO and the UN.  He coaches lecturers and conference speakers (TED talks) and has undertaken staff training at a number of universities. He also trains managers in chairing skills and runs leadership programs for the NHS. Richard has jointly published three books on communication and is sole author of three further ones - the latest being Communication Skills for the Professional (Intellect Press).

This session aims to give guidance to student groups on how to effectively plan and implement a marketing strategy. We’ll cover the marketing process, including defining objectives, using the right media channels and measuring success.  Looking at specific examples, we’ll explore attracting new members, marketing events and projects, and how you can market yourself to potential future employers. Although the focus will be primarily on digital channels, we will also look at taking a multi-channel approach, to ensure all your marketing efforts work together.

 

Delivered by Geoff Kennedy 

Account Director with Edinburgh-based digital agency Yard, Geoff has worked in digital marketing for over eight years across a wide range of industries in both agency and client-side roles. After gaining hands-on experience in web development, SEO, PPC and affiliate marketing, Geoff progressed to providing consultancy for the likes of Thomas Cook, Sainsbury’s Bank and VisitScotland. He now specialises in providing multi-channel solutions and marketing strategies for a growing range of clients.

Your personal effectiveness depends largely on how confident you are and how well you can assert yourself.  Your confidence can have a major impact on your personal, social and working life.  When you know how to develop and use it properly, you will find that people change their behaviour, attitudes and outlook to reflect your positive attitude.   Confidence can also help you to communicate more effectively.  This session will incorporate tips on how to become more confident in your abilities and will help to develop interpersonal skills such as assertiveness and how to say no.

 

 

Delivered by Catherine Bowie 

Catherine Bowie, a director of CBTS and Communicate training, 
is acknowledged as one of the leading customer service trainers in Scotland.  Catherine has been training since 1995 and can offer a wealth of experience in training with all sectors, including education, law, retail and hospitality, amongst others. She brings experience and enthusiasm into all her training courses and all participants can expect high energy workshops with a wide mix of learning styles to accommodate each learner. 

This session will look at why finance matters, practical cash management and how to prepare an annual financial report. 

 

Delivered by Jai Adami

Jai Adami has a varied background in human resource management, learning and development, and finance. Jai has held various volunteering posts, including acting as a mentor for business start-ups and as Treasurer for an urban food growing charity. Jai’s style of delivery is informal, interactive and participative. The aim of this session is to show that by following a simple framework managing your society’s money effectively need not be complicated.

This workshop introduces you to practical project management tools & techniques to help you plan and manage your own projects, including: -

  • - Laying the foundations - how to give your project a firm foundation for success by clearly defining ‘why’, ‘what’ and ‘how’
  • - Planning the journey – how to put together a realistic project plan step by step
  • - Right people, right message – how to get the right people engaged in your project and to keep them engaged
  • - Adapt & survive - understanding the importance of considering risk, and what to do when things change or go wrong

 

Delivered by Dawn Holmes

Dawn is a professionally certified project manager working in the IS Applications Division at the University of Edinburgh. Since joining the university in 2009, she has worked on a wide variety of IT related projects, from large inter-College IT rollouts through to small central projects. She also delivers Project Management training to staff, researchers and post-graduates in the University. Prior to joining the University, Dawn worked as a Project Manager in the private sector for over 20 years, delivering IT projects in the UK and Europe for leading companies in the leisure and logistics industries.

This workshop focuses around finding your voice, thinking on your feet and becoming a confident and engaging speaker, no matter the material you are delivering. 

 

Delivered by Susan Morrison 

Come along and learn how to be an effective public speaker from Susan Morrison, a widely recognised comedian and influential public speaking expert. She has worked with various audiences from the Stand Comedy Club to the Scottish Parliament. She has also performed numerous gigs in Scotland and Northern England as well as co-presented and contributed to a number of radio shows, including BBC Radio Scotland. 

 

 

**Please note that if you are doing multiple strands of the Edinburgh Award, you will need to complete the necessary requirements for each individual one in order to recieve the Edinburgh Award - all operate slightly differently.**


Input Sessions
 

We deliver a range of sessions to help Edinburgh Award participants, as well as facilitate self-reflection and evaluation of progress. You must attend all three sessions.

 

Input 1

Opens online via LEARN on Monday 3 October. Closes on Monday 16 October.

 

Input 2

Takes place online.

 

Input 3

Attend one of a choice of two sessions in semester 2. Dates to be advised.



Skills Sessions
 

These sessions are designed to help Edinburgh Award participants develop their skills, get the most out of their experience and articulate the benefits they gained as an office bearer.

Skills Sessions Timetable