The Stirling Graduate Attributes
What are graduate attributes?
Graduate attributes are the high level qualities, skills and understandings that a student should gain as a result of the learning and experiences they engage with, while at university. This ‘graduateness’ is what sets them apart from those without a degree, and is the added value which graduates can enjoy and share with employers and the wider community. They equip students and graduates for life long personal development, learning and to be successful in society.
Do all graduates have these attributes?
All our students are individuals with their own backgrounds and experiences. The University can offer the opportunities for students to develop these skills and qualities but it is up to our students to reflect on their own development needs and to engage with the opportunities that are appropriate for them.
Why are they important?
Our graduates are finding their place in a world, which is complex and fast moving. They face the challenges and opportunities of a digital revolution, which will continue to change the way we work and values the critical thinking and inter-personal skills that graduates have to offer.
Students will be equipped to be active citizens both nationally and globally though gaining an understanding of diverse cultures and perspectives developed here Stirling. This will equip them to contribute to important contemporary challenges, such as helping to create sustainable solutions to the global environmental crisis.
Indeed, by achieving these graduate attributes, our students will have demonstrated the UNESCO key competencies for sustainability.
They have the knowledge, skills and attributes to make their communities and the world a better place.
Stirling Graduate Attributes
Every Stirling graduate is unique and will have their own experiences, approach and voice, but through their degree and the opportunities at the University of Stirling, graduates of the University will be:
- subject specialists, with in‐depth knowledge, understanding, research and other skills associated with their discipline(s)
- innovative and creative in their approach to positive change
- socially intelligent and proactively inclusive, able to effectively navigate complex relationships with others from any background or culture
- digitally literate and
- responsible for their own behaviour, their future and their wellbeing
The Stirling Graduate Attributes Matrix
This matrix breaks down the elements of the graduate attributes so that students can understand how to start to build them, during their time at university. It gives some examples of activities, which might help develop the attributes. This is a not a linear path, it is a matrix which will be developed piece by piece during their time at Stirling.