What is the Student Development Programme (SDP)?
The SDP is a pathway relating to your role as an ENSA volunteer. Through completing the stages in the pathway, you will:
- develop your personal skills
- become a more effective volunteer
- be able to add your voluntary position to you University Higher Education Achievement Report
Who can take part in the SDP?
All ENSA volunteers can take part, including:
- Student Reps
- Sport & Society Office Holders
- Members of the Student Executive
- ENSA Champions
- Duke of Edinburgh's Award Leaders
- ENSA Student Trustees
- ENSA Campaign & Events Volunteers
What do you have to do as part of the SDP?
To complete the SDP pathway for your volunteer role, you undertake 5 stages of learning:
- ENSA induction to your role
- An experiential learning task
- A skills development opportunity
- A second experiential learning task
- Reflective practice
Each role has a defined volunteer pathway, with learning tasks specific to each. You can view the pathway for your role by selecting it from the drop down menu at the top of the page under Student Development Programme.
How do we record progress on the SDP?
ENSA will monitor your attendance at every stage of the process. If you cannot attend a workshop, meeting or induction, you must contact us to arrange an alternative. Your pathway can be flexible though and there will usually be multiple opportunities throughout the year to complete your pathway.
Your reflective practice will be completed using our logging tools. You should set up an account if you haven't already done so, and add your volunteer role. You are expected to reflect on the skills you have developed at every stage of the SDP using our website, and completing reflective practice will be your final task in the pathway.
Skills development courses can be viewed here and you should book your place on the ones you wish to attend.