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The Lancaster Award
At Lancaster we not only value your academic accomplishments, but also recognise the importance of those activities you engage with outside your programme of study. The student experience is enhanced by including extra-curricular activities and, with more graduates than ever before and increasing competition for jobs upon leaving University, these are vital to your future prospects. We want to encourage you to make the very most of your University experience and to leave Lancaster as a well-rounded graduate. We have a wealth of opportunities to get involved in with initiatives such as work placements, volunteering, extracurricular courses, societies and sports. The Lancaster Award aims to encourage you to complete such activities, help you to pull them together in one place and then be recognised for your accomplishments. We want you to stand out from the crowd - the Lancaster Award will help you to do this.
How does the Award work?
The Lancaster Award recognises your extra-curricular achievements and can be taken alongside your degree programme. To achieve the Award you are required to undertake activities in four areas:
As soon as you have completed sufficient activity in each area, you will be asked to fill in a standard job application form where you will need to describe what you have done and what you have gotten out of it. You will then be asked to have a short practice interview with a panel comprised of university staff and employers. They will decide whether you are ready to receive the Award.
Why should I get involved?
When you leave Lancaster it will be important that you can demonstrate and communicate all your skills, both academic and non-academic. The Lancaster Award will help you to reflect on these skills and articulate them in a meaningful way, which in turn will help you when you come to preparing job applications. The Award will help you structure a record of all your experiences at Lancaster in one handy reference place, so when you come to apply for a job you will already have done a lot of the hard work. The Lancaster award tells an employer that you are a well-rounded graduate, with a wealth of experiences and diverse range of skills and abilities.
Many major graduate employers have endorsed the Lancaster Award :
Ok, so I want to get involved- what next?
If you are a 1st year, you will be told more about the Lancaster Award in introductory week.
CEEC offers a range of Insight Courses e.g: Insight into Enterprise and Employability, Insight into Project and Event Management, Insight into Business and Management, Insight into Creative and Media Careers.
As part of the Lancaster Award you are required to participate in one of these courses. To find out more about these courses please call into CEEC.
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