"Teaching works best when the activity engages and inspires students."

Dominic Furniss, UCL Interaction Centre


Unlocking students' talents and skills

Key skills

Key skills such as communication, numeracy and literacy are vital to a good all-round student experience. They help students make the transition from school to university, cope with academic work, enjoy extracurricular activities and enhance their career prospects.

Screen shot of UCL's Personal and Professional Development website

UCL provides a number of resources to develop these skills for taught and research students. A dedicated Personal and Professional Development website has been designed to help taught students and their personal tutors plan and record their skills development in a systematic way. 

For research students, the Graduate School runs a comprehensive Skills Development programme and provides a research student log in which they can record their progress.

The Personal Tutors website also gives staff help on key skills development.

UCL introduced the HEAR system (Higher Education Achievement Record) to new undergraduates in the 2011-12 academic session in order to provide more detailed information about a student's learning and achievement beyond the traditional degree. Activities such as sports participation and leadership of clubs and volunteering will develop students’ key skills and be recorded on their HEAR.

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