Tab Content: Work Experience
20 points each, minimum 20 hours
With so much competition in the graduate job market it is important you can demonstrate to employers that you have gained some form of work experience.
Any form of work experience will count towards the Award, including full and part-time work.
If you don't currently have a part-time position but are interested in finding a position we have many resources to help - there are part-time work opportunities available on and off campus, and our on-campus Employment & Recruitment Service can help you find part-time work.
Previous Award participants have undertaken include:
- Industrial placements
- Summer internships
- Bar work
- Retail positions
- Administrative positions
- Help desk roles
- Camp America
If you have any questions about work experience, please contact Careers staff and we can advise you of your options.
Tab Content: Campus Activity
10 points each
The wider your range of experiences and skills the more attractive you will be to potential employers.
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.
The following is a list of activities previous Lancaster Award students have undertaken for the Campus Activity element:
- Student course representative
- Club or Society executive member
- College JCR member
- Active member of student society
- Student Ambassador
- University tour guide
- Mentoring international students
- International society active member
- Organising a Study Development trip over the vacation
Tab Content: Volunteering
15 points each, minimum 15 hours
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 Do-It.org & check our blog on virtual volunteering.
The following is a list of activities previous Lancaster Award students have undertaken for the Volunteering element:
- Charity fundraising
- Mentor at Lancaster Farms
- Volunteering in a charity shop
- International volunteering
- Working at the homeless shelter
- Citizen’s Advice Bureau
- Volunteering for Samaritans
- Volunteering with Animal Care/RSPCA
- Classroom assistant
- Scout/Guide leaders
- Conservation volunteers at Brockholes Nature Reserve
Tab Content: Workshops
5 points each, maximum of 4
There are many career development opportunities whilst you are at university. Careers run a wide range of workshops and employer presentations 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.