This competency framework has been developed so that Business School academic staff, Student Development teams, and students can map the journey taken as part of a programme of study.

Details of each competency are provided in the table below. It is intended that you, as a student, will be able to demonstrate and evidence all of the competencies by the time you have completed your studies with the Business School.

This is a framework which requires you to engage with not only the curriculum, but also co- and extra-curricular activities, as your graduate experience is formed by a range of factors, of which disciplinary knowledge and application is just one. The framework should be accompanied by a portfolio tool which allows you to record when, where, and how you have achieved a competency.

Each course organiser is required to show where their course introduces, develops, or assesses a competency. It is not expected that a course should address all the competencies.

  • Introduced — aspects of the skill are introduced to students through lectures or seminar activities, but students are not encouraged to reflect upon or apply the skill consistently.
  • Developed — students are required to reflect upon the skill, and apply it a number of contexts, and it may be used as a form of assessment but the skill itself is not being assessed, for example, presentation skills are not mentioned within the learning outcomes.
  • Assessed — the skill is present within the learning outcomes and is formally assessed.
Competencies (C) Graduates should be able to:
C1 Meaningful Interpersonal Interaction Understand how to manage and sustain successful individual and group relationships in order to achieve positive and responsible outcomes, in a range of virtual and face-to-face environments.
C2 Effective Emotional Intelligence Understand oneself and others, through critical reflection, diversity awareness, and empathic development, in order to maximise individual and collective resilience, and personal and professional potential.
C3 Authentic Leadership Act with integrity, honesty, and trust in all business stakeholder relationships, and apply ethical reasoning to effective decision making, problem solving, and change management.
C4 Ethical, Responsible, and Sustainable Business Behaviour Work with a variety of organisations, their stakeholders, and the communities they serve — learning from them, and aiding them to achieve responsible, sustainable, and enterprising solutions to complex problems.
C5 Appropriate Communication Convey meaning and message through a wide range of communication tools, including digital technology and social media. Understanding how to use these tools to communicate in ways that sustain positive and responsible relationships.
C6 Understand and Make Effective Use of Data Critically evaluate and present digital and other sources, research methods, data, and information. Recognise their limitations, accuracy, validity, reliability, and suitability; and apply responsibly in a wide variety of organisational contexts.
C7 Creative and Entrepreneurial Practice Apply creative, innovative, entrepreneurial, sustainable, and responsible business solutions to address social, economic, and environmental global challenges.
C8 Personal and Professional Competence
  • Be self-motivated
  • Curious
  • Show initiative
  • Set, achieve, and surpass goals
  • Demonstrate adaptability
  • Capable of handling complexity and ambiguity
  • A willingness to learn
You should also be able to demonstrate the use of digital and other tools to carry out tasks effectively, productively, and with attention to quality.
C9 Academic Excellence Demonstrate a thorough knowledge and understanding of contemporary organisational disciplines. Comprehend the role of business within the contemporary world. Critically evaluate and synthesise primary and secondary research and sources of evidence in order to make, and present, well informed and transparent organisation-related decisions, which have a positive global impact.
C10 Intellectual Curiosity Identify, define, and analyse theoretical and applied business and management problems, and develop approaches, informed by an understanding of appropriate quantitative and/or qualitative techniques, to explore and solve them responsibly.