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University of London, Goldsmiths

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The Gold Award

Adam Cresswell

Manager of The Gold Award 

Goldsmiths University of London


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Aims / Objectives 

The aim of the award is to reward students who are developing their wider transferable skills through extra-curricular activities. Development is recorded in a PDR in which they are required to reflect on their progress.



The Award currently uses a ‘points system’ with students required to attain five points.


Point 1 is obtained by completing a series of PDP exercises located on our VLE:


  • Introductory Self Analysis Statement
  • SWOT Analysis
  • Personal Development Record (PDR) in which they log their progress throughout the award


Points 2-5 are acquired through extra curricular activities including: work experience, volunteering, peer mentoring, student ambassadorships, SU activities, careers and developmental workshops or any other activities in which students can demonstrate enterprise and initiative.


How long it has been running  

1 year pilot


Who can participate  

Undergraduates (although numbers were capped for the first year)


Number of Participants 

100 registered for the pilot and 35% completed their PDP records. We expect 20% will achieve in June.



We will be rolling the award out in full for 10/11 with no cap on student numbers. We are moving away from the ‘points system’ to a ‘modular’ format. With students completing 3 ‘modules’


-          ‘PDP Module’

-          ‘Activity Module’ Students will have to be participating in work experience, volunteer work or Student Ambassadorships

-          ‘Workshop Module’ all will be required to attend a miniprogramme of workshops and to give a presentation.



Despite high drop out rate, we have received much positive feedback, for example:


“It was a pleasure to take part in such an amazing scheme. Thank you for providing us with such a great opportunity, although at times it was very demanding, the feeling after completing a task was immense and very worth every moment”


For a detailed version of poster please see:



Adam Cresswell

Manager of The Gold Award 

Goldsmiths Learning Enhancement Unit

Delivered by Goldsmiths’ Support Services

Goldsmiths, University of London


E: goldaward@gold.ac.uk T: 0207 0785118



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