Gaining the certificate provides formal recognition from Lancaster University of your digital skills.

It takes the form of an online badge which you can export to services such as LinkedIn.

If you are a student, it will also be displayed on your HEAR (Higher Education Achievement Report) when you graduate, and can be used to gain points towards your Lancaster Award or iDEA award. If you are a member of staff, it is logged in your Core MyHR Portal and can be used towards the Lancaster Professional Programme.

Frequently asked questions

 How do I complete the certificate?

To gain the Digital Skills Certificate, you must pass at least one assessment from each of five categories:

  • Communication, Collaboration and Participation;
  • Creation and Innovation;
  • Identity and Wellbeing;
  • Information, Data and Media;
  • Learning and Self Development.

These assessments can either be taken after completing online courses or after attending training sessions.

If you are a student, in order for it to appear on your HEAR (Higher Education Achievement Report), you must have completed your final category by no later than week 7 of your final term.

Please note it may take up to 48 hours for the Digital Skills Certificate completion to register in all systems, such as the Portal.

 How do I access online courses?

You can search course topics, or browse the digital skills online course directory.


 What are the benefits of completing the certificate?
  • It's a great way for students to learn new skills for study;
  • It provides a platform for staff to improve their efficiency and effectiveness in the workplace;
  • It proves to potential employers that you have the digital know how to succeed in the modern workplace;
  • It develops your knowledge of a wide range of technologies, not just those things you are already comfortable with;
  • You can learn entirely online, at your own pace from anywhere.

 How does it link with the Lancaster Award, iDEA award and Lancaster Professional Programme?

You can find out more about how to redeem points at Redeem Lancaster award, iDEA award or Lancaster professional programme credit.

For each course students complete, you gain five points that you can use towards the Careers & Employability section of your Lancaster Award (up to a maximum of 20 points).

For each course staff complete, you can use as a learning event in the Lancaster Professional Programme.

iDEA is an international program to help you develop your digital, enterprise and employability skills for free.

iDEA consists of a range of short online courses within different categories of digital skills (citizen, worker, maker and entrepreneur) which you can study at your own pace then gain digital badges and points for successful completion. You can do as many as you like. If you gain 250 points (with at least 50 points from each of the citizen, worker, maker and entrepreneur categories) you achieve a Bronze award and can request a free paper based certificate - which comes from Buckingham Palace.

Lancaster University has a partnership with iDEA and when a student or member of staff completes an online digital skills course they will receive a unique code to redeem at iDEA. Once redeemed you will receive an iDEA digital badge for completing the Lancaster University course, this is 1 point towards the bronze award which is then documented on the iDEA official record of achievement.

 How do I access assessments after training sessions?

If you have previously completed a training session, you may proceed directly to the relevant assessment to complete a section of your Digital Skills Certificate.

If you have yet to study a topic, you should first complete the relevant online course or book a training session.

Direct links to assessment topics can be found below.

 Identity and Wellbeing

 What should I do if I have any questions or issues?