Achieving the Lancaster Award

Employers place great value on the skills you develop through the extra-curricular activities you take part in during your time at university.

How do I achieve the Lancaster Award?

To achieve the Award you will need to source and complete activities to build up points towards the level of Award you are aiming for. The Careers team can suggest where you can find activities that can count towards the Lancaster Award.

Upon completion of the activities, you will then need to complete assessments based on the typical application process for graduate jobs. 

View the Lancaster Award Introductory Session online.

Points and submission for Lancaster Award

Sourcing activities to build up points

Work Experience

With so much competition in the graduate job market it is important you can demonstrate to employers that you have gained some form or work experience.

For the Lancaster Award your work experience can be anything from part time work during term time (perhaps in a bar or a shop) to a summer internship.

You can search for local jobs using TARGETconnect and also by registering with our Employment and Recruitment Service. You can find further support on searching for different types of work here.

Read more about the work experience of previous Lancaster Award participants. 

Campus activity

There are fantastic opportunities to try out new sports and activities. Lancaster University Students' Union (LUSU) have over 170 affiliated societies so there should be something to appeal to everyone.

Being an active member of a society or club will not only expand your friendship networks, and help you grow in confidence, but will also give you the opportunity to develop your transferable skills.

Aside from clubs and societies there are many other ways in which to become involved with campus life. You can become a tour guide, a mentor or a student representative.

Also - why not engage with a mentor on LUMS Connect

Learn more about how this can benefit you.


You may already do valuable work within the community, whether here at Lancaster, at home or even globally.

If you’re unsure where to begin, speak to LUSU Involve who offer students the opportunity to get involved with valuable community projects. Lancaster Arts also advertise for volunteers to help support local art projects.

You can also search for volunteering opportunities on TARGETconnect and by visiting our information page.

Find out more about volunteering activities.

Employability and career development

There are many Career Development opportunities whilst you are at university.

We run a wide range of workshops to help you understand key skills that employers look for in candidates. We also run workshops on CVs, application forms, interviews and assessment centres.

If you’re unsure which workshops can be used to count towards the Lancaster Award, please contact Careers staff who will be happy to advise.

Learn more about eligible employability and career development activities.