What is it?

Effective Communicators

Attribute DimensionUniversity of Glasgow graduates...
 Academic  Articulate complex ideas with respect to the needs and abilities of diverse audiences
 Personal  Present their ideas clearly and concisely in high quality written and spoken English
 Transferable  Communicate clearly and confidently, and listen and negotiate effectively with others

How will my degree develop it?

How will my degree develop it?

Communication skills are critical: it’s primarily through listening and talking to others that we learn.

But through your university studies you’ll develop these skills much more actively than ever before – and learn how to make your own contribution to knowledge and understanding by presenting your own ideas and perspectives to others.

Your studies will give you the opportunity to practice effective communication through a variety of written and spoken forms such as essays, reports, presentations, debates, speeches, interviews and more.

You’ll learn to take into account factors such as an audience’s level of understanding, the format style, the level of detail required and the key messages to impart. Time and again you will be expected to distil complex issues and theories down to their core ideas – and that ability to re-package specialist knowledge to match particular needs is always highly in demand.

But it’s not all about being heard. University study encourages you to refine your own ideas through listening and responding to those of your lecturers and peers. In doing so, you are honing your active listening skills – vitally important for effectively negotiating with and influencing others in university and beyond.

How else can I develop it?

How else can I develop it?

Effective communicators make themselves heard wherever they go. Find your voice:

And don't forget that an effective communicator also knows when to listen:

  • Help international students to practise their conversational English through the SRC
  • Lend a sympathetic ear and a reassuring word to your fellow students through the SRC’s Nightline service