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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.

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 has agreed that the existing Key Skills framework in the UMF will be replaced with the ChANGE Framework. Transitioning to the new framework will occur over the AQSC-approved 6 year Periodic Subject Review (PSR) period, once the associated work to update the Quality processes and documentation has been completed. However, programme teams wishing to begin to use COGS to update and enhance their Key Skills Learning Outcomes in the meantime can do so as the COGS toolkit is an enhancement to the Key Skills element of the UMF. However, we would recommend that you 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?’ for some support when using the toolkit for the first time.

Version 1.0 of COGS is available for you to download via the link on the right. Both colour and black & white copies are available for Levels 4-6. 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

What happens next?

We are currently working on the following:

  • expanding the toolkit to incorporate the writing of Knowledge and Understanding learning outcomes
  • expanding the toolkit to include wording at Level 3 to reflect the academic starting point for the majority of our undergraduate students
  • expanding the toolkit to include wording at Levels 7 and 8. If you are interested in participating in this development work, please contact Rachel Maxwell.

Any Questions?

Don’t worry – we expect that there will be lots!

In the first instance, please download the toolkit itself and have a look at the information it contains. Many of your questions will be answered there. However, amendments to the UMF have significant implications on all processes and procedures around programme design and approval. As such, they are being incorporated into broader work around the UN assessment structure being conducted under the remit of the Assessment and Feedback Matters working group. Each academic Faculty has around 3 representatives on this group who are the link tutors between academic staff and the working group. Please contact your representative for more details (as shown on the right of this page).

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