Our award-winning York Strengths Development Session 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 Sessions are offered to undergraduate first year students.
Summer Term sessions 2023
- Tuesday 30 May, 1pm (Archaeology students only)
- Monday 5 June, 9.30am (Environment & Geography students only)
- Monday 5 June, 2.30pm (Environment & Geography students only)
- Tuesday 6 June, 9am
- Tuesday 6 June, 2pm
- Wednesday 7 June, 9.30am
A Development Session lasts about four hours, and is supported by the content in York Strengths Online.
The Development 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 Session:
All Development Sessions will appear on our events booking system, Handshake from January 2023.
You can see all York Strengths 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 Development Sessions
It's best to book as early 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 email@example.com.
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, and still have to be paid even if you don't attend. That can be a wasted resource that could have been allocated elsewhere if you change your mind and do not attend your Development 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.
The Development Sessions run as morning or afternoon sessions each lasting about four hours.
Read our guest blog from a past participant of how the Development Session helped them.
Photography and video recording may take place during York Strengths Development Sessions, 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.
To get the most out of the session you'll need to access York Strengths Online before attending. This will give you an introduction to the programme, and you'll complete an initial consideration of your strengths.
Please complete all sections at least up to and including completing your York Strengths Grid in the ‘Strengths Discovery’ section. This can normally be completed in less than an hour. Please bring a copy of your completed York Strengths Grid with you to the Development Session.
York Strengths Online and the York Strengths Development Session work together to support you in assessing yourself against the nine York Strengths, and identifying YOUR strengths.
York Strengths Online provides the core content for all students, and the alternative to the Development Session for those who are unable to attend, or for students not in their first year of undergraduate study.
The York Strengths Development Sessions 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.
We are really keen to make sure this event is as accessible as possible, and that everyone has a positive experience when they attend, and are working hard to make this happen.
If you have any questions, concerns or would just like to talk through what's involved, then please email firstname.lastname@example.org before booking.
If you have a disability or health condition we can make reasonable adjustments to help you get the most out of the session. You can notify us of this using the booking form when you register on Handshake for your session. Once you've booked and let us know that you may need some adjustments, a member of the York Strengths team will contact you.
A quiet space is available at the York Strengths Development Session if you need to take a break, and staff are available to offer support if needed.
If there are strong reasons why you believe the York Strengths Development Session isn't appropriate for you or you can't attend, please let us know by emailing the address above and we can explore your reasons and potential alternatives for you.