The programme is aimed at providing the framework for training auditors who will perform audits on social responsibility at universities.
The auditor training programme aims at reaching the following outcomes:
Students participating in the programme also gain "soft" skills: they improve their skills of teamwork, critical thinking, time management, foreign language, and social abilities to work in an international setting and team. Such skills will be valuable for them in the future.
The Auditor Training Programme developed during the project is organised as a process: observe/reflect, explore, act, evaluate and modify.
The Auditor Training Programme comprises the following units: Introduction to the project and main USR concepts; self-introductions and expectations from the training; USR Audit and auditing, auditor skills, team-building; USR Benchmarking criteria; Methods of auditing; Simulation of USR audit; Report writing.
The programme is designed as a three-phase process organised in a blended mode: an online preparatory phase, a face-to-face 6-day (approximately 40 hours) auditor training and individual work carried out by students as a post-course.
The preparatory phase includes desk research of students on:
- ESSA project and USR;
- context of the project;
- country related logistics (information about the institution where the audit will take place);
- profile of students;
- research methods on auditing;
The final phase includes:
- Actual audits in host universities;
- Time management and working rules;
- Audit report writing.
Four cohorts of 6-7 students from each partner university have been trained so far. During the Auditor training programme students write their reflections about their learning process, they fill in pre-and post-training surveys. The Auditor training programme is revised and updated after each training and audit completed.