How can a Personal Tutor include discussion of the Aberdeen Graduate Attributes in PT meetings?

First Year - September meeting:

Initial welcome, introduction to Graduate Attributes

Before the meeting: the students could be asked to look through the Aberdeen Graduate Attributes (www.abdn.ac.uk/graduateattributes) and come prepared to talk about why they think we have them.

At the meeting:

  • Now that you have had time to look at the Aberdeen Graduate Attributes, let’s discuss why we have them
  • Do you have any questions about them?
  • Which skills do you think you might seek to develop during year 1 at University?
  • How can students reflect upon and develop them during their time at University?
  • What is the difference between the curriculum and the co-curriculum?
  • Where can students find resources to support them in recognising and developing these attributes?  ACHIEVE

March meeting:

Focus on assessments, self-reflection of Graduate Attributes, year to date and considerations for next academic year as well as co-curricular opportunities

This meeting might include a recap and discussion of the students’ thoughts on and experience of the Graduate Attributes thus far.

Suggested activity:

DIAMOND NINE

This can be done as an individual exercise, or in pairs or small groups. 

Explore the pack of 19 Aberdeen Graduate Attributes cards.  Arrange your top NINE Aberdeen Graduate Attributes into a diamond hierarchy, in which the top line (only one card) is the most important/relevant, the second line (two cards) features the next most important/relevant, the third line (three cards) the next, and then decrease through two cards to the final one card to complete the diamond.  Each can then discuss why and how decisions were made to select and prioritise the final DIAMOND NINE.

Download: Diamond 9 Quick Guide for Personal Tutors

Download: Graduate Attribute cards - Active Citizenship

               Graduate Attribute cards - Learning and Personal Development

               Graduate Attribute cards - Academic Excellence

               Graduate Attribute cards - Critical Thinking & Effective Communication


Second Year - September meeting

Initial welcome, Graduate Attributes and co-curriculum development

Suggested questions to explore with returning students:                                 

  • Which of the Aberdeen Graduate Attributes seemed most relevant to you in your Year 1 curriculum and/or co-curriculum?  Why?  Can you give examples?
  • With a thought for the future, which of the Aberdeen Graduate Attributes do you think you might seek to develop or enhance during Year 2 at the university?

March meeting:

Focus on assessments, honours entry and self-reflection of progress with Graduate Attributes

Suggested questions to explore:

  • How do you think you have progressed and developed during this academic year? 
  • What challenges have you faced or overcome?
  • Can you give examples to evidence this?

They could also be directed to the Bringing Graduate Attributes to Life website.


Third Year - September meeting

Initial welcome meeting focused on feedback and co-curriculum

Suggested questions to explore:

  • How would you identify and articulate your development of Graduate Attributes to potential placement/internship providers and employers?
  • How could you evidence or provide examples to support what you say?  Remember that the Graduate Attributes will be developed and enhanced through both the curriculum and the co-curriculum

Suggested activity:

Repeat the DIAMOND NINE exercise.  Have your priorities changed since Year 1?  If so, why?

March meeting:

Focus on aspects of employability

Suggested reminder question that could be part of this discussion:

  • In what ways could you identify and articulate your development of Graduate Attributes to potential placement/internship providers and employers?

Fourth Year / Fifth Year - September/January meetings

Initial welcome, Graduate Attributes and employability

Meeting focus on exam reflection and employability (reference prep)

Suggested questions to explore:

  • How do the challenges of final year dissertations/projects draw on your development of the Aberdeen Graduate Attributes?
  • How do the Aberdeen Graduate Attributes relate to the qualities and competencies sought by employers or postgraduate course (academic or professional) recruitment teams?
  • What sort of evidence/examples will you be able to give to support your employment/course applications?