Graduate Attributes

The University of Edinburgh’s Graduate Attributes

Information about the mindsets and skills that make up the Graduate Attributes Framework

What does it mean to be a University of Edinburgh graduate?

Every student and graduate is unique.  They each have their own experiences, learning and way of approaching life.  The quality, depth and breadth of their experiences while at the University of Edinburgh develop characteristic attributes that set them apart.

University of Edinburgh graduates have:

  • curiosity for learning that makes a positive difference
  • courage to expand and fulfil their potential
  • passion to engage locally and globally

University of Edinburgh graduates are:

  • creative problem solvers and researchers
  • critical and reflective thinkers
  • effective and influential contributors
  • skilled communicators

 

The seven aspects complement each other and different combinations of attributes will be used in different contexts throughout our students' and graduates' lives, both within and outside their career, academia and citizenship.

Shaped by our students' experiences, personalities and academic subjects, these graduate attributes evolve over time.  They divide into two types: mindsets that influence our students’ and graduates’ behaviours, and groups of skills that empower their actions.

 

University of Edinburgh Graduate Attributes: Mindsets

Enquiry and lifelong learning

University of Edinburgh graduates seek personal and academic learning that makes a positive difference to themselves and to the world around them.  Inspired by their exposure to world-leading research, they are innovative and lifelong learners.

More information can be found on the Enquiry and Lifelong Learning webpage

 

Aspiration and personal development

University of Edinburgh graduates draw on their initiative and experience to expand and fulfil their potential.  Making the most of a confident and reflective approach, they take personal responsibility for pursuing their goals and opportunities to grow.

More information can be found on the Aspiration and Personal Development webpage

 

Outlook and engagement

University of Edinburgh graduates draw on the quality, depth and breadth of their experiences to engage with the communities and world around them.  With an informed international perspective, they seek to contribute positively, ethically and respectfully.

More information can be found on the Outlook and Engagement webpage 

 

University of Edinburgh Graduate Attributes: Skill Groups

Research and enquiry

University of Edinburgh graduates use their highly-developed skills in research and enquiry to identify and creatively tackle problems, and to seek out opportunities for learning.

More information and examples of different skills can be found on the Research and Enquiry webpage 

 

Personal and intellectual autonomy

University of Edinburgh graduates use their personal and intellectual autonomy to critically evaluate ideas, evidence and experiences from an open-minded and reasoned perspective.

More information and examples of different skills can be found on the Personal and Intellectual Autonomy webpage 

 

Personal effectiveness

University of Edinburgh graduates are effective and proactive individuals, skilled in influencing positively and adapting to new situations with sensitivity and integrity.

More information and examples of different skills can be found on the Personal Effectiveness webpage 

 

Communication

University of Edinburgh graduates use skilled communication to enhance their understanding of a topic or context and to engage effectively with others.

More information and examples of different skills can be found on the Communication webpage 

A printable Graduate Attributes summary: