To have a clear perception of your personality, thoughts, beliefs, motivations, emotions, as well as strengths and areas for development in relation to knowledge, behaviour and skills.  

Awareness of how these can affect your subsequent decision-making and actions through self-reflection. 


Being self-aware enables us to be more realistic about ourselves and our judgements and in turn, others trust and respect us for this. If we know what our strengths are, we can apply them in the right situations. We can know when to draw on the strengths of others within the teams we are working in, and also understand when we need to seek further self-improvement. 

Developing self-awareness skills is about taking personal responsibility. This is important for learning about yourself and your ambitions for development, and discovering your true capabilities, which may be vital for a successful career and future progression. 

In relation to the workplace, developing self-awareness will help you to understand the impact your emotions may have on others, better able to take on feedback, manage your time better and feel more confident in your abilities.

Key behaviours associated with being self-aware

  • Self-reflection
  • Realisation
  • Perception
  • Personal skills assessment
  • Responding to feedback
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Confidence
  • Experiential learning
  • Strategies for development
  • Critical thinking
  • Honesty
  • Goal setting
  • Decision making
  • Personal responsibility
  • Empathy
  • Motivation

Examples of Outcomes

Students should be able to: 

  • Answer a question with a considered reaction/response 

  • Share and convey their thoughts appropriately when in a classroom/group situation 

  • Respond to and cope with change 

  • Assess and reflect on their own attributes, skills and qualities and identify areas for improvement 

  • Play to strengths and agree roles within a team-based activity 

  • Ask for support when needed 

  • Respect others skills set within the class/group environment 

  • Appraise themselves, evaluate their own performance, receive and respond to feedback 

  • Independently employ techniques to understand their skills and abilities in order to positively engage in personal growth and self-development. 

  • Consider how other responses may adapt or amend one's original response 

Curriculum Design Strategies

Include formative and summative assessments which require students to reflect on their skills, experiences and performance e.g. via self-assessment skills tools, reflective diaries, blogs, vlogs, personal development plans, online portfolios, mock interviews and psychometric tests. 

This attribute is linked to being a ‘Lifelong Learner

Curriculum Delivery Strategies (examples)

  • Skills Audit – Provide opportunities for students to appraise their own skills and how they share with others

  • Critical Self-Reflection – Encourage students to maintain a reflective diary/blog/journal/case studies to record how their contribution in a learning environment impacts on others

  • SWOT Analysis – use a SWOT analysis after the creation of a team project and role assignment to maximise benefit of delivery

  • Goal setting – encourage students to set goals for their degree programme and their future career plan

  • Create a LinkedIn Profile – ask students to set up an online profile which details their experiences and skills to date.  Ask them to consider the gaps, and how they are going to fill them

  • Develop a portfolio – ask students to chart their development and creative process

  • Use of online recording – ask students to develop their self-reflection online, through the use of a vlog/podcast/video 

  • Debates – ask students to debate a topic or viewpoint to aid critical self-reflection and personal position