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About the DCU Engage Student Award

 Your university journey is about more than getting a degree.

 

At DCU, there are lots of opportunities to develop valuable skills for life, outside of your course curriculum. That’s why the DCU Engage Student Award was created - to recognise and reward student extracurricular engagement and achievement.

Our award is endorsed by IBEC & is recognised by Ireland’s top employers. It allows graduates to highlight the additional skills that they have developed at University and is a great way to enhance your CV!

There are 3 levels of the award – Bronze, Silver & Gold (Uaneen). You can start at any level but we recommend starting at Bronze & building towards the final award.

 

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Overview of the Bronze Award:

The prestigious DCU Engage Student Award provides our students with a recognised pathway for developing skills for university and career success.

The Bronze Award encourages incoming students to develop the key skills required for a successful transition to university. These skills have been updated to reflect the particular needs of our students this year and include digital learning, resilience, goal-setting, connecting and belonging, motivation and well-being.

The Bronze Award consists of 3 core programmes – Discover DCU, Digital Edge and Pathways to Success, which, when combined, will give you the academic and life skills to kick-start your university journey.  See your guide to completing the award below.

 

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Step by Step Guide to Completing the Bronze Engage Student Award
  • Register for the award here (before November 1st 2020).
  • Create a Bronze Award learning portfolio on Loop Reflect using this template. Your 3 certificates should be uploaded to this portfolio. For more details on creating your portfolio watch this video.
  • Complete the Discover DCU programme & upload this certificate to your portfolio. Please also upload the Discover badges that you have earned.
  • Complete the online Pathways to Success Programme (all 4 sessions) and upload this certificate of completion to your portfolio.
  • Complete the Digital Edge Programme and upload this certificate of completion to your portfolio.
  • Submit your Bronze learning portfolio on Loop for grading before April 20th 2021. You may submit your portfolio whenever it is fully complete (i.e. when all of the 3 required certificates are uploaded). You are not required to add anything else to your portfolio, although you may choose to add any badges that you earned throughout the year, for example Discover DCU badges.

 

For more information on how to create or submit your Engage portfolio visit the Engage Award Loop homepage.

 

 

Overview of the Silver Award:

The DCU Silver Engage Student Award, aimed at second year, third year and postgraduate students (not final years), encourages the development of practical career-planning skills, in addition to the 21st century skills valued by employers, such as communication, problem solving, critical thinking and leadership. 

Participants in the award will be offered skill sessions on CV building, job search, Linkedin etc, and will also receive recognition for developing their DCU graduate attributes through participation in co-curricular activities. 

The Silver Award consists of 3 core components – the Career Interest Inventory Assessment, the Career Skills series and the Graduate Attributes programme which will give you the edge when it comes to finding and landing the perfect job.

 

Step by Step Guide to Completing the DCU Engage Silver Student Award
  • Register for the award here (before December 13th).
  • Create a Silver Award learning portfolio on Loop Reflect using this template. For more details on creating your portfolio watch this video.
  • Complete the Career Interest Inventory Assessment. You will need to log in to the Profiling for Success website with the details provided to access this assessment. 
  • Complete the online Careers Skills Series (details coming soon) or the DCU Access to the Workplace Programme  (Access students only).
  • Complete the Graduate Attributes Programme - details coming soon.
  • Submit your Silver learning portfolio on Loop for grading before April 20th 2021. You may submit your portfolio whenever it is fully complete.

 

For more information on how to create or submit your Engage portfolio visit the Engage Award Loop homepage.

 

 

The final level of your award is the Uaneen Award, the gold standard in commitment to extra-curricular activity and engagement. This level is for final year students only.

Some students can take this as an integrated part of their studies, others will take it in addition to their studies – either way, it is testament to your commitment to reaching your full potential and enhancing your community.

More information about the Gold (Uaneen) award can be found here.

Bronze Award

"Participating in the DCU Bronze Engage Award gave me the confidence and motivation to break out of my comfort zone." 

DCU Bronze Award Participant (2020)

 

The DCU Engage Student Award has been a great way to get involved in university as a first year. 

DCU Bronze Award Participant (2020)

 

Silver Award

“I found the DCU Silver Engage Award very useful in acquiring new skills that will benefit me in my future career. I took part in workshops and activities that improved my communication, writing and leadership skills. 

DCU Silver Award Participant (2020)

 

“Doing the Engage Award was a great way to learn new skills, improve old ones and be ready for whatever comes in front of me, being exams, careers and life.

DCU Silver Award Participant (2020)

 

 

To register for the DCU Engage Bronze or Silver Award click here.

Please note that registration for Bronze and Silver levels closes on December 13th 2020.

 

What happens after I register?

After submitting the registration form online, you will receive an email confirming your registration. You will then be added to the Engage Award email list, through which you will receive regular information and updates to support you in completing the award. 

You will alsio be given access to the Engage Award homepage on Loop which contains further information and resources. This is where you will submit your Engage learning portfolio for final grading. Once you are added to the Engage Loop homepage 2021, it will appear on your Loop dashboard under 'My Courses'.

 

If you have a query re registration please email engageaward@dcu.ie.

 

Why should I do this award?

Participating in the DCU Engage Student Award will enable you to develop valuable skills that will enhance your life and boost your future career opportunities.

Our Award is endorsed by IBEC & is recognised by Ireland’s top employers, so it will make your CV stand out from the crowd!

Sign up today and invest in future you!

 

What will I need to do to complete the award?

See the process for completing each level of the DCU Engage Student Award above.

 

Who is eligible to apply?

All incoming students can register for the Bronze Award. All second and third (but not final) year students can register for the Silver Award. All final year students can register for the Gold (Uaneen) Award.

 

How do I register for the award?

Register here for the Bronze Award (incoming students) and Silver Award (second and third Years). Please note that the final date for registration is December 13th.

For information on applying for the Gold (Uaneen) Award for final years see here.

 

Can I complete the DCU Engage Award while studying remotely this year?

Yes. The DCU Engage Student Award has been restructured for 20/21 to make it accessible for students who will be studying primarily from home. All activities can be completed remotely. For more information on the new structure for each level please see above.

If you have any questions please email engageward@dcu.ie (Bronze and Silver award participants) or uaneen@dcu.ie (Gold award participants).

If you have any queries relating to the DCU Engage Award (Bronze and Silver  Levels) please email engageaward@dcu.ie.

 

If you have any queries relating to the DCU Gold Engage Award (Uaneen Award) please visit this page or contact uaneen@dcu.ie.
 

 

 

A collaboration between Student Support and Development and the Office of Student Life.

 

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