Diploma Of Professional Development (DPD) in Leadership
Leadership skills are sought after by many employers; they not only show that you have good interpersonal skills, they also show that you have the ability to co-ordinate, motivate and shape a team. Entitled "Professional Development In Leadership," the Diploma is an "Apprenticeship-type" award for those of you who are in positions of authority for example, student executives, leaders or supervisors.
Diplomas are jointly signed by the University Vice-Chancellor and Students' Union President.
- Attend and actively participate in 5 taught units and short follow up exercises in Leadership Styles, Leadership In Difficult Situations, Problem Solving, Teamwork and Team Briefings.
- Evidence 50 hours volunteering/work experience in an active leadership capacity = PASS; 100 hours in same = MERIT; 200 hours in same = DISTINCTION. Evidence can be back-dated where appropriate to September 2018.
You can mix and match your experiences if appropriate in the above list rather than limiting it to one group of responsibilities. Record your evidence on the downloadable pro forma.
You can view a sample of how to evidence your experiences on the form here. You need to itemise rather than summarise the work you are evidencing. This means listing them as the examples on the form show.
- Attend and actively participate in a session on articulating and reflecting of knowledge, skills and experiences acquired and complete a refllection exercise.
How the evidencing of your experiential learning (criteria 2) is processed:
Sampling of evidence
You are permitted an unlimited number of sampling opportunities. We strongly suggest you make use of sampling i.e. where you can send partially compiled hours on a sheet in. These opportunities can help ensure you are on the right track and that your evidence appears to be correctly listed.
Submission of evidence
a) Complete the evidence recording form as shown in the example on this site, using one sheet per role.
b) When you have finished the number of hours per role add them up. Submit the evidence only when you have the total number of hours for the level you are seeking to achieve e.g. 100 for Merit. Submit the form(s) to Diplomasubmissions@cf.ac.uk
c) You are permitted up to a maximum of three submissions per level so please make sure you adhere to the following assessment criteria when compiling your sheets.
1) indicate each individual date - one date per row
2) list activities in past tense
2) ensure evidence is legible and correctly spelt
3) ensure the number of hours being claimed relates to the number of separate activities being listed (the longer the hours the greater the list)
4) not exceed 8 hours work evidence per day (row)
d) SDS will assess the evidence according to authenticity and validity. If any of the entries appear "weak" or unclear e.g. not enough activities listed against hours shown, the form(s) will be returned to you with appropriate comments for strengthening up to a maximum of three occasions.
e) Once the form(s) are considered authentic and valid we will send them off to your authorised signatories for confirmation that you were in the roles you stated and that they agree that you undertook the work being submitted
f) When we receive the form(s) back we will ratify the hours being submitted and advise you.
How to apply for the DPD
Please register with the Skills Development Service at SDS@cf.ac.uk before commencement. We require your name, ID, role e.g. Lead Volunteer and the level you are aiming to complete. Please note that there are only so many places available on the Diploma scheme so early registration would be strongly recommended.
To enrol on our Diploma programme, please send in a short (300 words max) cover letter to SDS@cf.ac.uk outlining the following:
1) Why you feel you deserve a place on the programme, indicating your key strengths and areas you hope to improve on
2) Your qualifying role(s) since September 2018
3) Your student ID number
4) Intended year of graduation
5) The level of award you are seeking e.g. Pass (50 hours)
The list below is not exhaustive and many candidates will be undertaking suitable roles outside of University and the Students' Union - if in doubt over whether you qualify, check with the Skills Development Service. We reserve the right to decline a role if it is not thought to be in the required category.
View and book at https://www.cardiffstudents.com/whatson/skills/
Bookings open 2 weeks prior to each date