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. Various combinations of the attributes will be used in different contexts throughout our students' and graduates' lives, within and beyond 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.
Definitions vary, but in general:
- mindsets – our usual ways of thinking about something and our attitudes towards it. Our mindsets evolve and can change with time and experiences, they influence our behaviours, and they are shaped by our individual values
- skills – abilities that allow us to perform a task and enable our actions. Our skills get stronger and more flexible through using and reflecting on them in different experiences.
University of Edinburgh Graduate Attributes: Mindsets
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.
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.
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.
University of Edinburgh Graduate Attributes: Skill groups
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.
University of Edinburgh graduates use their personal and intellectual autonomy to critically evaluate ideas, evidence and experiences from an open-minded and reasoned perspective.
University of Edinburgh graduates are effective and proactive individuals, skilled in influencing positively and adapting to new situations with sensitivity and integrity.
University of Edinburgh graduates use skilled communication to enhance their understanding of a topic or context and to engage effectively with others.
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