EDGE Award

The EDGE Award is open to all full and part time undergraduate students at Ulster. Your Students' Union provides a number of accredited opportunities - details of the activities and how you complete these are below.

In order to obtain this award there are 3 steps you need to complete:

  1. Register for the EDGE
  2. Choose and complete activities (see below)
  3. Apply for the Award once you have completed your activities

Activities Required

There are two levels of the EDGE Award now available to students:

  • EDGE Award: complete 4 activities which are NOT all from the same category
  • EDGE Excel:  complete 6 activities across 3 categories

Full time students can keep track of their activities through their Gradintel account, part time students should contact edge@ulster.ac.uk to track their progress.

Activities open to you through UUSU

Below is a full list of activities which UUSU offer, and importantly, how you gain accreditation (the categories in brackets refer to where this activity fits within the EDGE framework):

Further guidance on what is required within each logbook can be found by clicking on the link and downloading the relevant ones.

1. Course Representative (Category 4)

Course Reps are an important link between the students and staff on your course, find out more about what they do here: Course Rep Role.

How to Gain Accreditation:

You need to make sure you have registered with us as a Course Rep, attended at least one of our training sessions (either on campus or online) and completed the Handover Document.

The template for the Handover Document can be found here and includes all the information you will need:

UUSU Course Rep Handover Document - Download

For more information on the Course Rep role, or the accreditation process, contact Mandy: m.mulholland@uusu.org


2. UUSU Senior Representative (PPD Module - Category 1)

Senior Representatives are experienced Course Reps who have taken on the extra responsibility for your whole School/Department.  The full role description can be found here: Senior Rep Role

How to Gain Accreditation:

In order for you to achieve EDGE accreditation you will need to complete the module - have a look at what this involves:

Skills Development through Student Representation Module Handbook - Download

For more information on the Senior Rep role, or the accreditation process, contact Mandy: m.mulholland@uusu.org


3. UUSU Student Councillor (Category 4)

Student Council is the highest decision making body for all things democratic and political within the Students' Union - find out more about the role here - Student Councillor Role

How to Gain Accreditation:

The Student Councillor Logbook has been developed to allow you to record this activity:

UUSU Student Councillor Logbook - Download

EDGE Overview

If you have any questions about this role, or gaining accreditation for this - please contact Stuart: s.cannell@uusu.org


4. Sports Union Club or Students’ Union Society Committee Member (Category 4)

As a Committee Member for a Sports Union Club or Students’ Union Society, you will have been elected into a leadership role by your peers at an open meeting of your Club or Society.

How to Gain Accreditation:

The Committee Member Logbook has been developed to allow you to record your time.  Please download this and return to ensure you receive your EDGE accreditation:

UUSU Committee Member (Sports or Societies) Logbook - Download

EDGE Overview


5. Volunteering with External Organisations (Category 4)

Many students volunteer externally – with not-for-profit organisations such as a community group or registered charity public sector body.  You must complete at least 30 hours volunteering to qualify for the EDGE Award.

On completion of your volunteering you must submit a Volunteer Logbook detailing your activities and how they have enhanced your employability:

Download Logbook

EDGE Overview


6. Voluntary Sports Coaching in the Community (Category 4)

Voluntary (non paid) sports coaching at a sports club or in partnership with a sporting organisation.

National Governing Body Coaching Qualification

The student must then complete 20 hours as a volunteer coach in that sport for a local club or community association / sports club / sporting organisation.

Option 2

Those students who already have the recognised National Governing Body coaching qualification (as per above details) are required to evidence coaching for at least 30 hours as a volunteer coach in that sport for a local club or community association / sports club / sporting organisation.

EDGE Overview

Download Logbook


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