Our award-winning York Strengths Development Day enables you to discover your strengths - the things you are good at and you love to do - through enjoyable group activities, and with support and feedback from a trained observer.
York Strengths Development Days are normally offered to undergraduate first year students, and postgraduate taught students. They will be running during weeks 8, 9 and 10 of summer term 2021.
A Development Day session takes about 3 1/2 hours, and is supported by the content in York Strengths Online.
The Development Day sessions build on what you’ll learn in York Strengths Online, giving you the opportunity to work with others, and get feedback in a safe environment. This will give you a broader understanding of your strengths that will support you in your university journey.
Benefits of attending a Development Day session:
All Development Day sessions will appear on our events booking system, Handshake. You can see all York Strengths Development Day sessions open to you and currently available to book by searching 'strengths’ in the events search field in Handshake.
IMPORTANT: Booking is essential for all events.
It's best to book as soon as possible to be sure of a place on your day of choice. Handshake will show the most up to date booking information and which sessions still have places available.
Please do not book onto more than one session, as this takes up a place that might be needed by other students and makes it harder to forecast the numbers likely to actually attend on any particular day.
If you have a specific question, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Development Day sessions run from either 10.00am, 12.30pm, 2.15pm or 4.30pm, all for just over 3.5 hours.
Read our guest blog from a past participant of how the Development Day helped her.
Please note: photography and video recording will take place during York Strengths Development Days, which may be used for marketing purposes by the University of York. If you have any concerns or would prefer not to feature, please email email@example.com
Before attending you'll need to access York Strengths Online for an introduction to the programme, and an initial consideration of your strengths. Please complete all sections up to and including ‘Strengths Discovery’ (section 6, task 2a) before attending. This should normally take no more than 30 minutes. Please bring a copy of your completed York Strengths Grid with you to the Development Day.
The Development Day sessions will be operated in-line with the wider University of York approach for delivery of learning and teaching activities during the pandemic.
The content for the sessions has been substantially redesigned to create an engaging experience while maintaining Covid-safe practices and social distancing (2m). There will be a maximum of four students and one observer in a room (Spring Lane Building). You'll remain with this same group for the whole session.
As the Development Day content is similar to problem based learning, the following specific requirements apply:
York Strengths Online and the York Strengths Development Day work together to support you in assessing yourself against the nine York Strengths, and identifying YOUR strengths.
For the 2020/21 academic year, York Strengths Online will provide the core content for all students, and the alternative to the Development Day for those who are unable or do not wish to attend.
The York Strengths Development Days will provide an added opportunity to explore your strengths in more depth, with feedback from group members and an external observer.
To be recorded as having completed York Strengths, have this added to your student record and receive a certificate you must complete the final submission at the end of York Strengths Online.
It's really important that you make a commitment to attending when you book your place. If you find out you can no longer attend, please cancel your booking via Handshake as soon as you know.
Your place can then be released for another student, who might be on a waiting list for that day.
Observers are assigned for the number of students we are expecting. That can be a wasted resource that could have been allocated elsewhere, if you change your mind, and do not attend your Development Day session without letting us know.
Sometimes sickness or emergencies mean that you won't be able to come along, and won't know that until the morning of the event - that's quite understandable. If this happens to you then it's really helpful if you can email firstname.lastname@example.org on the day to let us know.
If you can't make the day you originally book, please consider rebooking on a different day so you don't miss out.
We are really keen, and working hard to make sure this event is as accessible as possible, and that everyone has a positive experience when they attend.
If you have any questions, concerns or would just like to talk through what's involved, then please email email@example.com before booking.
You can notify us using the booking form if you may need some adjustments to help you get the most out of the day (relating to a disability or health condition). A member of the York Strengths team will be in touch to discuss this further with you.
Staff will be available to offer support on the day if needed.