Going for Bronze, Silver or Gold?

The Hallam Award has three levels – Bronze, Silver and Gold. Everyone starts on the Bronze Award, but it’s up to you how quickly you progress. You can progress from Bronze through Silver to Gold within one year if you wish.*  

At each level, you choose two of the Hallam Graduate Attributes to develop through your activities. You can reflect on any extra-curricular activity you have undertaken whilst studying at Hallam.

The Attributes

Choose to develop 2, 4 or 6 Attributes through your Hallam Award depending on the level of the Award that you’d like to finish with.

  • Bronze – pick 2 Attributes & show you’re trying things out.
  • Silver – pick 2 further Attributes & show you’re committed to your activities.
  • Gold – pick 2 more Attributes & show commitment and responsibility.

You have 12 Attributes to choose from – for more information and advice on how to select yours check out our Attributes page.

The Levels

BRONZE

  • Trying things out, getting involved, discovering what’s out there.
  • Exploring your University, city and community.
  • Assessing the Attributes you already have (& maybe didn’t even realise you had) and think about those you’d like to develop during your time at Hallam.
  • Reflecting on how your extra-curricular activities have helped you develop two Graduate Attributes.

HOW TO GET YOUR BRONZE

  1. Choose two Attributes you’d like to develop.
  2. Do Stuff! The extra-curricular activity you choose to develop each Attribute is completely up to you. Bronze is not about making a massive time commitment but simply about giving it a go.
  3. Reflect on your experience using the STAR method through the submission process. You’ll be able to try out the STAR technique to see if you can put together specific examples that you could use on job applications and in interviews.
  4. Make your submission through UniHub. 

The Bronze Award is not assessed, but we do monitor submissions for consistency, and may ask you for further information to verify your activities.  If we need to clarify any part of your submission or require further information from you, we’ll let you know within two weeks. You will then be eligible to do the Silver Hallam Award. Just select two more Graduate Attributes to develop, check the activities guide for activity suggestions, and away you go!

For each attribute you’ll be asked:

  1. Tell us which Attribute you’ve developed
  2. Tell us what types of activities you’ve been doing
  3. How have these activities helped you to develop your chosen graduate attribute?

For your Bronze level reflection you’ll be asked:

  1. How are you different today, compared to when you began the Bronze Award?
  2. Select ONE of the Graduate Attributes you have developed for this level.  Tell us about a success you have had in relation to this one attribute, using the STAR method.
  3. Select ONE of the Graduate Attributes you have developed for this level.  Tell us about a challenge you have had in relation to this one attribute, using the STAR method.
  4. How might you go on to develop your 2 Bronze attributes further?

SILVER

  • Growing your skills & stretching yourself.
  • Showing commitment to your activities.
  • Gaining confidence in how your articulate your skills and Attributes.
  • Reflecting on how your extra-curricular activities have helped you develop two further Graduate Attributes.

HOW TO GET YOUR SILVER

  1. Choose two more Attributes to develop.
  2. Do Stuff! Same as before but this time make sure you show us how committed you have been to your activities.
  3. Reflect. Provide specific examples to illustrate how you’ve developed your Attribute using the STAR technique.
  4. Make your submission through UniHub. Submissions are assessed.

For each attribute you’ll be asked:

  1. Tell us which Attribute you’ve developed
  2. Tell us what types of activities you’ve been doing
  3. How have these activities helped you to develop your chosen graduate attribute?

For your Silver Level reflection you’ll be asked:

  1. How are you different today, compared to when you began the Silver Award?
  2. Select ONE of the 2 Graduate Attributes you have developed for this level.  Tell us about a success you have had in relation to this attribute, using the STAR method.
  3. Select ONE of the 2 Graduate Attributes you have developed for this level.  Tell us about a challenge you have had in relation to this attribute, using the STAR method.
  4. How might you go on to develop these Silver attributes further?

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GOLD

  • Where you have challenged yourself.
  • Demonstrating even greater commitment or taking on greater responsibility in your activities.
  • Where you show us you have mastered using the STAR technique to articulate your experience to employers.
  • Reflecting on how your extra-curricular activities have helped you develop 2 more Graduate Attributes.
  • Capturing your best bits!

HOW TO GET YOUR GOLD

  1. Choose two more Attributes to develop.
  2. Do Stuff! At Gold we are looking for types of activity that stretch and challenge you, perhaps taking on a role of responsibility.
  3. Reflect. Provide specific examples to illustrate how you’ve developed your Attribute using the STAR technique.
  4. Make your submission through UniHub. Submissions are assessed. If planning to go from Bronze, to Silver to Gold within one year please see When & How to Make Your Submission below.

For each attribute you’ll be asked:

  1. Tell us which Attribute you’ve developed
  2. Tell us what types of activities you’ve been doing
  3. How have these activities helped you to develop your chosen graduate attribute?

For your Gold Level reflection you’ll be asked:

  1. How are you different today, compared to when you began the Gold Award?
  2. Select one of the Graduate Attributes you have developed for this level.  Tell us about a success you have had in relation to this attribute, using the STAR method.
  3. Select one of the Graduate Attributes you have developed for this level.  Tell us about a challenge you have had in relation to this attribute, using the STAR method.
  4. Thinking about your course and any career plans you may have, how will these attributes be useful to you in the future?

Choosing Your Activities

  • Any extra-curricular activity can count.
  • Make sure you show how you’re increasing your commitment and level of responsibility for the higher levels of the Award (Silver and Gold respectively).
  • Stuck for ideas? You will find some of the most popular activities (roughly mapped to each award level) on our Activities page.
  • Finding the right activities for you. If you’re not sure how to select the right activities for you do make a 1-1 appointment with one of our advisors, or drop in to the Hallam Award Zone, Careers Connect. The Team are always here to help you with your personal development.

You may already have been involved in extra-curricular activities already. In which case you are welcome to reflect on your experiences so far *and how they have developed your Graduate Attributes. *Please note we can only consider reflections on extra-curricular activities you have been involved in since you started at Hallam.

Submission

  • Submissions are made through UniHub.
  • You can make a submission any time between 1 Oct 2018 and 30 June 2019.
  • You need to make a separate submission for each level. You cannot submit all 3 levels at the same time. 
  • You have to pass each level before you can go on to the next one.
  • If you submit for Bronze, Silver & Gold within one year we recommend that you submit by the following dates:

Submit Bronze by: Midnight on Sunday 10th March 2019

Submit Silver by: Midnight on Sunday 7th April 2019

Submit Gold by: Midnight on Sunday 30th June 2019

Getting Started

If you’re a first year student, you will already have been added to the Hallam Award programme. You will receive an email from UniHub inviting you to get started.

If you’re a returning student or post-graduate, you will just need to select ‘Opt-In’ when you follow the link.

When you’re ready to begin, you can go to our home page https://blogs.shu.ac.uk/hallamaward/ and select the ‘Get Started’ button.

Alternatively, you can go directly to the UniHub submission form here. If it’s the first time you’ve been to UniHub, you will be asked a few questions about your preferences for the site. Once you’ve set your preferences, you will be taken to your dashboard. You will see the Hallam Award listed on this page. Click through to get started!

You can download our guide on how to do this from our Resources page.