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Celebrating Achievement


The Children's University believes that celebration of achievement plays a key part in raising he aspirations of all children. This celebration is important in itself and is made more eaningful by two central themes of recognition, which all local CU centres will work towards. 


University awards and Graduation ceremonies

Many children will not have encountered a University environment and many will not imagine hat they might one day belong there. To make this real to children, to help them to see that such opportunities are within their grasp, the main celebration of achievement takes the form of award ceremonies in or with a University or Further Education institution near to the children's homes, attended by parents, family and friends.

Graduations currently take place at The University of Greenwich (Medway) campus but will be taking place on two further university sites - Canterbury Christ Church University and The University of Kent.


Children's University certificates

At these ceremonies, children are presented with Children's University certificates that recognise their participation in Children's University activities. These certificates are awarded on the basis of hours of attendance so that they can be gained by all children irrespective of ability. Importantly, the certification follows the same pattern across all CUs, giving a real currency to the children's work. At the same time, it provides a clear record of participation on a cumulative basis that is useful to schools in monitoring children's out of school learning and helps to identify and evaluate the extent of children's involvement.

Children's University certificates can only be awarded to children who have followed courses that have been recognised by the Children's University, through its validation scheme, as providing high quality education. Again, this ensures that the certificates have real meaning.


Awards structure

Children are encouraged to progress through the Children's University certification scheme, based on their number of hours of attendance throughout their involvement with the Children's University. Bronze, silver and gold certificates are awarded at CU Undergraduate, CU Postgraduate and CU Doctorate levels. The hours and expectations associated with these levels are outlined below. Honorary certificates are also awarded for outstanding achievement and commitment.

The certification process also provides a ready means of recognising and monitoring the highest achievers or those who may need encouragement. In turn, this links in to mentoring schemes that operate in local CU centres and which aim to support children and to help them plan the next stages of their involvement.




You can view the awards structure more clearly here.


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