NICE offers students the opportunity to learn about entrepreneurship and intercultural competence as part of a virtual team of students from around Europe, while addressing a real-world Global Challenge and earning University of Edinburgh credit.
On the NICE programme you will:
- Work in a diverse virtual team with students from around Europe.
- Complete interactive online modules focused on intercultural competence and entrepreneurship.
- Develop an innovative business idea in a team to solve a Global Challenge that you have chosen together.
- Attend a week-long virtual summer school to continue building your skills and refining your business idea.
The programme runs from March to the NICE Virtual Summer School in July. There are no fees to participate in NICE. Once you have finished the programme, you will receive a certificate of completion.
To find out more about NICE and apply, please visit the website:
If you’re interested in getting academic credit for your participation in the NICE programme, you can complete the NICE SLICC (Student-Led, Individually-Created Course), which is an independent, reflective learning course focusing on the skills you are learning in the modules.
A SLICC is an independent learning project that allows you to set your own learning goals and to develop your reflective learning abilities. The NICE SLICC will provide you with a supported environment in which you can acquire new knowledge in the areas of intercultural competence and entrepreneurship while developing the reflective skills that will help you succeed in your international team and in your future career.
If you successfully complete a SLICC, you will receive 20 Level 8 SCQF credits, which is equivalent to the 2nd year level of study. Please be aware that the credit awarded would be outside of your core credit courses, for more information please refer to the University of Edinburgh Summer SLICC page. If you would like to do the SLICC, you can indicate this on your programme application.
How does it work?
The NICE SLICC takes place alongside the work you would do in the NICE online modules, helping you to focus on the skills you are developing as you develop them. The NICE team at Edinburgh will support you through the SLICC process. You’ll be assigned a SLICC tutor (an academic member of staff) who will help you through the reflective learning process and provide you with feedback so that you can continue to improve your skills. You’ll also have access to resources through the virtual learning environment PebblePad, which will cover everything you need to know about completing the SLICC successfully.
If you decide to participate in the NICE SLICC, we estimate that you will need to spend an additional three to five hours per week working on the SLICC (e.g. writing reports, blogging, gathering your evidence). Some weeks you may spend less time, but some weeks you may spend more. Please ensure that your existing academic workload will enable you to complete the SLICC successfully.
On the NICE SLICC, you will focus your learning outcomes on the experiences that you have working through the NICE online modules, interacting with your teammates, and investigating your Global Challenge and potential solutions to it. You will learn how to:
- analyse situations
- apply your learning and skills to problems
- recognise skills that need further development
- reflect on your mindset to better understand what you thought, what you think, and how you might think differently about a challenge
- evaluate and reflect critically on your NICE experience, your response to it, and your growth throughout the programme.
There are four parts to the NICE SLICC that are all completed within the virtual learning environment PebblePad. They are as follows:
Proposal (Step 1)
You will write and submit a formal Proposal which:
- includes a title
- describes the personal aims of your NICE learning experience
- explains how you will demonstrate each of the five NICE SLICC learning outcomes
- explains how you will actively reflect on your learning throughout the experience
- doesn’t have an official word count (proposals are generally 600 to 900 words in length)
After submitting your proposal, your assigned tutor will either approve it or communicate the changes that need to be made before it can be accepted.
NICE team-based SLICC commences (Step 2)
Once you proposal is accepted, you will ACTIVELY reflect as your experience progresses by:
- collecting evidence
- blogging once a week (less than 400 words)
Interim reflective report (Step 3)
You will complete an Interim Reflective Report which:
- will not be assessed BUT your tutor will review it and provide feedback
- will act as the first draft of your Final Reflective Report
- doesn’t have an official word count (Interim Reflective Reports are generally 1500 to 2000 words in length)
Final reflective report (Step 4)
You will complete a Final Reflective Report which will:
- be assessed
- incorporate the feedback you received from your Interim Reflective Report
- be graded by NICE SLICC staff
- receive feedback
- be less than 3000 words in length
IMPORTANT: the mark for your Final Reflective Report is not finalised until it has been reviewed by the University of Edinburgh Board of Examiners (usually in August).
The process will be described in more detail once you begin the SLICC, if you decide to participate in this element of the NICE programme. If you’ve read over this page and still have questions, you can get in touch with NICE team.