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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.



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

Social responsibility


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

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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


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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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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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. 

      Download the UG level 1 factsheet

      Information sessions

      Book your place on the Dean's List Information Session for first year undergraduate students, on Wednesday 17 November 2021, at 3pm to find out more about the Challenge.

      Book your place

      Level 2 challenge - second year undergraduates

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

      Download the UG level 2 factsheet

      Information sessions

      Book your place on the Dean's List Information Session for second year undergraduate students, on Tuesday 16 November 2021, at 11am to find out more about the Challenge.

      Book your place

      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.

      Download the UG level 3 factsheet

      Information sessions

      Book your place on the Dean's List Information Session for Undergraduate Level 3 students, on Monday 15 November 2021, at 4pm to find out more about the Award.

      Book your place

      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.

      Download the postgraduate factsheet

      Information sessions

      Book your place on one of the Dean's List Information Sessions for Postgraduate Taught students, on:

      Book your place

      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: