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To meet the criteria for the Dean's List you must demonstrate a progressive approach to growth in your own employability skills, and have made a positive impact on an organisation. The criteria, information and application requirements are explained in detail below.

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Criteria

Expand the boxes below to read the six criteria in detail, along with some helpful examples. 

Social responsibility

SR1

Demonstrating a proactive contribution to the life of the University through engagement in operational activities within the School, with societies, clubs or external charitable organisations.

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SR2

Demonstrating active engagement in the advancement of society through sustainability or social action activities (within or outside of the University).

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SR3

Demonstrating proactive and inclusive engagement with fellow students, by supporting their employability, academic needs or well-being (in an educational or social setting).

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SR Examples

Here are a few examples to help you with this process:

  • Actions or activities that proactively benefit or improve your wider community and/or environment.
  • Supporting other students or others outside of the University.
  • Contributing to the Management School by working in operational, administrative or voluntary roles.
  • Involvement in local community initiatives.
  • Evidence you could use to back-up this criteria include a letter of reference from an organisation you volunteered with, or an email that confirms what activities you were involved with.

Employable students

ES1

Demonstrate an active pursuit of improving own career prospects, resulting in growth in skills and experience likely to be valued by a prospective employer.

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ES2

Demonstrate an active pursuit of improving own interpersonal skills and emotional well-being to prepare for the complexities of working life.

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ES3

Demonstrate a proactive approach to gaining exposure to the world of work in preparation for future employability.

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ES Examples

 Here are a few examples of personal attributes to help you with this process:

  • Creating new opportunities for the employer.
  • Displaying a positive attitude to work, showing how this has made a difference.
  • Using your own initiative to sell or influence new strategies and ideas.
  • Displaying resilience and courage in the face of personal or professional challenges.
  • Making a significant difference to specific projects, campaigns or areas of responsibility in a workplace environment - that has both helped the employer and lead to personal growth.
  • Evidence you could use to back-up this criteria include securing a graduate level role, completing a one-year placement or an internship.​​​

      Information and requirements

      Scroll down to read the separate requirements for each application level, along with the details of any upcoming Information Sessions that you may want to attend.

      Level 1 challenge - first year undergraduates

      Submit a short self-made video to show to your future self in three years' time. 

      Read the UG level 1 factsheet

      Information sessions

      First year undergraduate students are welcome to attend an information session about the Level 1 Pathway Challenge, on Monday 7 November 2022, 10-11am in the Employability Hub at the Management School. 

      Book: Level 1 information session


      Level 2 challenge - second year undergraduates

      Submit your reflective portfolio with evidence addressing the criteria under Socially Responsible and Employable Students. 

      Read the UG level 2 factsheet

      Information sessions

      Second year undergraduate students are welcome to attend an information session about the Level 2 Pathway Challenge, on Monday 7 November 2022, 2.15-3.15pm in the Employability Hub at the Management School.

      Book: Level 2 information session


      Level 3 award - final year undergraduates

      Complete an application that evidences your contribution to the Management School's Mission and Vision. This must address the Employable Students (ES1, ES2, ES3) and Socially Responsible (SR1, SR2, SR3) criteria. You have 350 words for each of the criteria. You do not need to evidence your academic performance as this is verified directly from your student record.

      Read the UG level 3 factsheet

      Information sessions

      Final year undergraduate students are welcome to attend an information session about the Level 3 Undergraduate Award, on Tuesday 15 November 2022, 3-4pm in the Employability Hub at the Management School.

      Book: Level 3 information session


      Postgraduate award - final year taught postgraduates

      Submit two self-reflective case studies demonstrating how you meet the criteria of Employable Students and Socially Responsible. You should use up to 750 words per case study, equating to 1500 words total.

      Read the postgraduate factsheet

      Information sessions

      Final year postgraduate students on full-time, taught programmes are welcome to attend an information session about the Postgraduate Award, on Thursday 24 November 2022, 3-4pm in the Employability Hub at the Management School.

      Book: Postgraduate information session


      Further reading

      You may find the following links useful when you are considering how you will meet the criteria of the Dean's List award: