Students play a critical role in the project and self-reflective learning is central to the student experience. The project aims to contribute to the wider process of developing alternative models of curriculum development and renewal, centred on experiential non-formal learning in a real-world setting, advancing co-created transformative learning that will contribute to enhancing students’ employability in a way that also promotes the wider social responsibility agenda.
The diagram below outlines the student journey through the project, from recruitment to completion of the assessment for the Certificate in Social Responsibility Auditing (EQF Level 6, 5 ECTS credits).
Our formative evaluation, completed alongside the development of the project, has revealed the following experiences amongst the students who have participated in the project so far.
70% feel very confident to act as a social responsibility auditor after completing the auditor training programme (and the remaining 30% feel fairly confident).
93% say that their participation in the project exceeded their original expectations.
100% feel that their university could learn from the approach taken by the project to student learning (i.e. complementing personal learning objectives with course-wide learning objectives, adopting learner-centred methods and encouraging active, participatory learning).
Student auditors also provided feedback on why they think the project, and the concepts it covers are important, along with the impact of their participation:
“This has been the best experience of my university education, the learning approach was practical and very beneficial!”
“My employer will know that I have knowledge about functioning of a big institution and I know what an audit focuses on. I will also know how in many fields strengthen the institution that I work in and make it a great place to work and observe.”
“Working in a multi-lingual group required developing team working skills but also gave a cross-cultural perspective to university, CSR and sustainability which I found highly valuable.”
Photo: Students during one of the Audits: University of Porto, in Portugal.