STAR Award


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The STAR (Students Taking Active Roles) Award allows you to assess, enhance and gain recognition for the skills you develop through approved roles such as Society/Sports Club Committee Member or Careers Service Ambassador. The Award is delivered by the Careers and Employability Service with input from a wide range of employers.

Why take part?

Taking part in the STAR Award will allow you to:

  • Assess your level of confidence in your skills and identify skills which you would like to improve.
  • Develop your skills through your role, participation in STAR workshops and by networking with employers.
  • Reflect on how participation in the STAR Award contributes to your skills development.
  • Learn how to articulate your skills, and how they can be applied to future roles at university and beyond.

As the STAR Award is structured around five employability-based Aberdeen Graduate Attributes, you can be sure that your learning is directly applicable to your personal development and your future career.


The Graduate Attributes explored through the Award are:

  • An ability to communicate for different purposes and in different contexts
  • An ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • A diverse set of transferable and generic skills
  • A capacity for self-reflection, self-discovery and personal development
  • An awareness of personal strengths and weaknesses

Achievement of the STAR Award is recorded on your Enhanced Transcript, which you can share with employers or postgraduate recruiters when you finish your studies.

What's involved?

To be eligible to take part in the STAR Award, you must hold one of the over fifty recognised roles. Roles are categorised based on their level of responsibility as Bronze, Silver and Gold.


To achieve a STAR Award, you need to:

  • Apply by the deadline. There are two intakes in September and January. You can take part in either the first or second half session, or across the whole academic year, depending on the role you hold. If your role only extends over one semester (for example, class representative), you must take part in the half session during which you hold your role.
  • Attend three Employability Skills Workshops.
  • Complete a reflective written submission which varies by STAR Award level (Gold, Silver or Bronze).

How to apply

Applications for the second half session will be open from Mon, 6 January to Mon, 27 January 2020 at 1pm. During this time, you will be able to access the application form here.


Further Information

For further information about the STAR Award, please visit the website If you still have questions, please email