Lancaster Excellence

Lancaster Excellence is a standalone award which rewards students who have achieved Lancaster Award Gold at the first attempt.

Eligible students are given the opportunity to complete for experiential prizes with a range of employers.

Mars experience

Excellence experience at Mars

"I've had such a great experience at Mars! All of the graduates were fantastic hosts - they made sure I kept busy and was looked after every single minute of the day. I had a chance to interact one on one with people from different departments I was interested in, including some of their colleagues that were not Lancaster alumni. I learned so much about their roles and experiences at Mars, it seems like a wonderful place to work at. The office is very modern but the atmosphere of it is very relaxed; its flat, open layout allows for everyone to interact freely without the sense of a hierarchy.

"Later in the afternoon Nicola gave me a tour around the factory, which was definitely one of my highlights of the day! I got to see how Mars, Galaxy, Milkyway and a few more chocolates are produced from A to Z; I will never forget that smell of freshly produced chocolate and caramel! They also gave me so much chocolate that I literally struggled to bring it all home.

"I'd like to say thank you once more for helping with the arrangements of my visit at Mars! I truly hope Lancaster creates more opportunities such as this one, where current students get a chance to connect with our alumni, because there is so much we can learn from them and their experiences! As a recent graduate who's joining a large company next year, I'd myself love to participate in any opportunities/activities as such."- Liucija Padolskyte, Management and Psychology graduate

Here are some examples of what you could win:


  • Hilti

    Hilti Corporation is a Liechtenstein multinational company that develops, manufactures, and markets products for the construction, building maintenance, energy and manufacturing industries, mainly to the professional end-user. In 2018 it was voted one of the 100 best companies to work for according to the The Sunday Times.

    Hilti GB can offer you a day at Hilti GB Headquarters comprising a tour of facilities including the Northern Europe training centre, insight from each support functional department, including HR, Finance, Marketing, Engineering as well as an overview of our Sales divisions. The day would also include a 1-hour social media workshop, a 2-hour individual interactive CV workshop with relevant key stakeholder from the business relevant to students interests and career aspirations.

  • FDM

    FDM work in partnership with clients to help them achieve specific business objectives through the provision of quality IT and business solutions.

    FDM are offering up to six students the opportunity to spend a day at their Leeds office, take part in a hackthaon and meet with key FDM staff over lunch.

  • Mars

    Mars UK offers you an exclusive opportunity to see what it is really like to work at a Global FMCG organisation. This opportunity includes a visit to one of our UK sites in which you will be given the opportunity to meet with current Interns and Graduates to learn about their experience on our Talent Programmes and our unique Mars history and culture! You will also be given the rare opportunity to see our office and factory - home to some of our famous confectionary, food or pet care global brands.

    Come and see for yourself why we are voted number 8 in the UK Best Places to Work. We look forward to meeting you.

  •, the expanding online electronics store are offering you the chance to spend an afternoon in our Financial Services division in Manchester spinningfields and attend training workshops in resilience and goal setting, delivered by our head of training.

  • Enterprise Rent-a-Car

    Enterprise started life as a small business. There are now 10,000+ branches globally, an annual turnover of more than $22.3 billion and the biggest rental car fleet on the planet. If you're interested in a career in management Enterprise are offering you the chance to visit their regional headquarters in Warrington, learn more about their business model and receive and hour interview coaching session with a Talent Acquisition Specialist.

  • EY

    An opportunity to visit the EY Manchester office and receive tips and advice on all elements of an application process. You’ll get a tour of the facilities and the chance to meet one of our graduates who can tell you about their role.

Are you an employer who would like to provide an excellence experience? Get in touch with our Employer Engagement Team.