Edge Award

Grow your confidence, enhance your skills and develop your career prospects by completing the Ulster EDGE Award

What is the EDGE Award?

The EDGE Award might well be your ticket to graduate success. Employers want and need well rounded, experienced graduates who are committed to their ongoing development. That is exactly what EDGE gives you.

By completing a number of extra-curricular and co-curricular activities that help you enhance your skills, build your confidence and expand your networks you will achieve the Ulster EDGE Award. Many of the activities you will complete are probably activities you are involved in already but EDGE gives you the recognition and credit for those achievements.

Do you volunteer with societies or charities? Are you on the committee of your sports club or completing a placement abroad? Do you dabble in entrepreneurship or have plans to be a course rep? All these activities can count towards the EDGE Award.

Register for EDGE

If you click the link above and it tells you that you are already registered then you can proceed to completing activities. We have listed some suggested online activities below.

*Important update for 2020/21*

In light of the circumstances we are all living in and as we work to streamline and improve the student experience we have decided to reduce the number of activities required to complete the EDGE Award and EDGE Excel Award:

  • To complete the Ulster EDGE Award students will now need to complete 3 EDGE Award activities
  • To complete the Ulster EDGE Excel Award students will now need to complete 5 EDGE Award activities

If you have any questions about this or any aspect of EDGE, please just get in touch.

Try these fully online activities!

The following activities are perfect to get you started with EDGE or to help you continue or complete EDGE at this time. These activities are open to all students, relevant to all year groups and can be completed online.

You can complete any of these 3 to complete the EDGE Award or all 5 to complete EDGE Excel:

  1. Self Awareness & Reflection
  2. Work Experience Skills Builder
  3. Design Your Career Journey
  4. Improve Your Presentation Skills
  5. Skills For Your Future
  • There are 2 levels of the Award
      • EDGE Award – complete 3 activities
      • EDGE Excel Award – complete 5 activities
  • How to complete the EDGE Award

    1. Register

    Register online for your EDGE Award account.

    2. Choose your activities

    Once you register online we will contact you to offer advice on the most suitable activities for your subject area and personal career goals. You can also call into the Employability & Careers Hub for more info.

    We recommend you get started on your first activity in first year so you have enough time to complete the award throughout the duration of your degree. This includes year long placement, volunteering and other extracurricular activities you might get involved in every year.

    Getting activities accredited retrospectively is not permitted, any activity must be finished and signed off by the activity coordinator (listed on the individual activity pages) within the academic year you started it.

    3. Complete and record your activities

    Once you have completed an activity check that it has been recorded. Successful activities will appear on your EDGE online record shortly after completion.

    If you have a query then please get in touch with the co-ordinator for your activity or Employability & Careers.

    4. Apply for the Award

    Before graduation you will complete a short reflection and application in your final Semester.

    This will be available in Blackboard Learn in the early part of Semester 2.

  • Activities you can complete now

    The following activities are perfect to get you started with EDGE or to help you continue or complete EDGE at this time. These activities are open to all students, relevant to all year groups and can be completed online. You can complete any of these 3 to complete the EDGE Award or all 5 to complete EDGE Excel.

    1. Self Awareness & Reflection
    2. Work Experience Skills Builder
    3. Design Your Career Journey
    4. Improve Your Presentation Skills
    5. Skills For Your Future

    Remember you also have the choice of other activities listed in each of the categories below:

    1. Career & Skills Development
    2. Civic Contribution
    3. Work experience, Placements & Internships
    4. Subject Specific Opportunities
    5. Developing a Global Vision
    6. Students Union Activities, Roles & Societies
  • Access your HEAR

    HEAR is the official Ulster University document which provides a record of achievements, both academic and non-academic, gained while studying at Ulster. It is an electronic document available to students on full-time undergraduate degree courses, or integrated Master’s degrees, on the Belfast, Coleraine, Jordanstown or Magee campuses. Find out more and access your HEAR.


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