Institute for Academic Development

Graduate Attributes

Resources introducing and supporting the role of Graduate Attributes in personal tutoring.

As a fundamental part of students’ success, both now and in the future, Graduate Attributes are central to the Personal Tutor relationship:

  • in reflecting on academic performance;
  • in reflecting on how formal and informal learning contributes to longer-term aspirations;
  • in engaging as a member of a community of learners.

Exploring achievements, challenges, goals and plans in relation to Graduate Attributes can help ensure productive and useful discussions at all stages of University life.


Here are some of the key resources to help Personal Tutors in their discussions with tutees about Graduate Attributes:

Introduction to Graduate Attributes - written both for tutors and tutees, an overview of Graduate Attributes: what they are; how they’re developed; where they’re used; potential discussions in personal tutoring meetings; and where to find out more.

An introduction to graduate attributes (pdf)

Sample session plans - not prescriptive or exhaustive, but some ideas for group sessions to run with tutees on Graduate Attributes.

Developing your Graduate Attributes (MS Word doc)

Developing your Graduate Attributes (PDF)

Risky Business! (Dealing positively with uncertainty) (MS Word doc)

Risky Business! (Dealing positively with uncertainty) (PDF)

Thinking of employability (PowerPoint)

Thinking of employability (Session plan - PDF)

Introducing Graduate Attributes (PowerPoint)

Introducing Graduate Attributes (Session Plan - PDF)

Approaching Problems (PowerPoint)

Approaching Problems (Session Plan - PDF)

Approaching Problems (Student Self-Access Resource - PDF)

Listening (PowerPoint)

Listening (Session Plan - PDF)

Listening (Student Self-Access Resource - PDF)

Questioning and Enquiry (PowerPoint)

Questioning and Enquiry (Session Plan - PDF)

Questioning and Enquiry (Student Self-Access Resource - PDF)

Where can I find out more?

Further background information and resources on Graduate Attributes are available in the staff section of the Employability Initiative website:

Employability Initiative website

The last section of ‘Introduction to Graduate Attributes ’ includes information on resources for students relevant to Graduate Attributes.

The development of students' Graduate Attributes positively impacts on their performance as a student, but is also integral to their employability and future careers. The Careers Service has a web resource specifically for personal tutors to help you to support your tutees in this area.

Guide to the Careers Service for Personal Tutors

Staff who would like to find out more about Graduate Attributes should contact Dr Gavin McCabe at the University’s Employability Consultancy.


Dr Gavin McCabe

Employability Consultancy