The EDGE Award

Give yourself the EDGE

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 6)

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 description

How to Gain Accreditation:

You need to make sure you have registered with us as a Academic 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. School / Department Rep or Faculty Rep (PPD Module - Category 6)

School/Department Reps and Faculty Reps are experienced Course Reps who have taken on the extra responsibility for your whole School/Department or Faculty.  

School/Department Rep - Role description

Faculty Rep - Role description

How to Gain Accreditation:

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


3. UUSU Student Councillor (Category 6)

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:

Student Councillor - Logbook

If you have any questions about this role, or gaining accreditation for this - please contact Emmet: e.doyle@ulster.ac.uk


4. Sports Union Club or Students’ Union Society Committee Member (Category 6)

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.

Sports Union Club  / Student Union Society Committee Member - Role Description

How to Gain Accreditation:

The Committee Member Logbook has been developed to allow you to record your time.

Go to EDGE Activity Logbooks to find downloadable copies of the logbooks for Sports Union Clubs & Student Union Society Committee Members and return to the relevant person by 31 March 2019.

If you have any questions about this role, or gaining accreditation for this activity - please contact your Campus UUSU Sports Development Officer or UUSU Student Activities Coordinators.


5. Volunteering with External Organisations (Category 6)

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 this EDGE Activity

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

Go to EDGE Activity Logbooks to find downloadable copy of the logbook for Volunteering with an External Organisations and return to the Shaunagh Brolly by 31 March 2019.

If you have any questions about this role, or gaining accreditation for this activity - please contact Shaunagh: s.brolly@ulster.ac.uk

If you are interested in other Volunteering Opportunities - why not check out UUSU Volunteer Centre


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

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.

Go to EDGE Activity Logbooks to find downloadable copies of the logbooks for Sports Union Clubs & Student Union Society Committee Members and return to the relevant person by 31 March 2019.

If you have any questions about this role, or gaining accreditation for this activity - please contact your Campus UUSU Sports Development Officer.