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As part of the ChANGE project, we have worked closely with academic and professional services staff across the University to consider how best to help staff embed Changemaker and employability within our programmes and modules. In addition to developing the ChANGE Framework of Graduate Attributes we have also drafted COGS – the Changemaker Outcomes for Graduate Success Toolkit to support with the writing of Changemaker and Employability Learning Outcomes across the academic levels.

COGS is licensed under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA licence.

When should you use the toolkit?

In order to offer a meaningful entitlement to all our students to engage with Changemaker and develop their employability skills through their on-programme experience, the University is replacing the existing Key Skills framework in the UMF with the ChANGE Framework. Transitioning to the new framework is taking place for all UG programmes during the 2017-18 academic year, for implementation at all UG levels from September 2018. The work at PG level is taking place over the 2018-19 academic year for implementation from September 2019. Programme teams undertaking this work are encouraged to use COGS to support them in writing assessable learning outcomes that support student progression at each academic level. Support is available from ILT or from the Learning Design team, or staff can attend the C@N-DO Workshop on ‘How the Goalposts Move: What do you look for in assessing Employability or Changemaker Skills within your modules?’ to have a go in a supported context.

Version 2.0 of COGS is available for you to download via the link on the right. Both colour and black & white copies are available for Levels 4-7. The COGS toolkit contains:

  • an explanation of the ChANGE Framework
  • an overview of COGS
  • identified concerns about the toolkit with appropriate mitigation / explanation
  • information about the consequent need to update our quality processes to accommodate these changes and details of some of the mechanisms of achieving this
  • the Toolkit itself!
  • guidance on how to use the toolkit, including an explanation of the different colours

Finally, if you have any remaining questions, please email Rachel Maxwell.