What employers say about the Exeter Award

The Exeter Award is an excellent initiative. It cannot but help students in a difficult employment market by enhancing individual skills, raising self-awareness, adding substance to a CV and giving guidance for the job application and interview process.


Having the Exeter award would certainly look favourable on any candidates application form in terms of improving their employability. Employers are looking for so much more than just academics in such a competitive market place now. We want candidates who have started to develop other skills, such as leadership, and have got involved in non-academic activities to support this. The Exeter award could be that difference for a candidate in terms of making them stand out from the rest.'

John Lewis Partnership

The Exeter Award is a fantastic scheme benefitting both students and employers. Experience gained working towards the Exeter Award will help you to stand out from the crowd, and enhance your own skills & development. As an employer, we benefit from recruiting well-rounded individuals who have boosted their employability because of the Exeter Award.


Aspiring to work for an SME (Small or Medium sized Enterprise) is becoming increasingly popular with graduates, as they recognise the direct impact they can make to a business and the breadth of work experience that can be gained. In this competitive market, the Exeter Award and Exeter Leader’s Award are excellent tools to help students develop the skills they need to become the enterprising employees that today’s small businesses require.

Colin Fribbens
Chairman of the Exeter Federation of Small Businesses

The Exeter Award is a great way for students to showcase their skills to future employers. It shows a commitment to hard work and a desire to stand out from the crowd; these are qualities that employers are keen to see on their application forms.

Norton Rose Fulbright LLP

The Exeter Award is a fantastic opportunity for students to gain the hard and soft skills they need to move into graduate employment. It’s about setting themselves apart from the next candidate - having the Exeter Award on their CV demonstrates key skills and competencies that employers look for, such as work experience, teamwork skills and practical interview skills, which will help deliver better interviews for us the employers.

Martyn Flynn
Talent Acquisition Manager- South Wales & South West England,
Enterprise Rent-A-Car

The Exeter Award is a fantastic achievement to work towards. As students, you can develop a range of new skills which should help you stand out from the crowd when you start to apply for jobs. It’s great to be able to experience lots of different employer events, to help point you in the right direction for when your studies are finished. Plus, having relevant work experience outside of your course shows prospective employers you’re committed to your career path.

News Associates

We continue to recruit excellent students from Exeter University with strong employability skills and this award will develop these skills further and prepare students for the steps ahead in finding the right job for them after university.


The Exeter Award ensures that students have all the tools they need to give them the very best possible start to their career hunt.


The Exeter award is an amazing opportunity for students to drastically improve their employability skills. This award will be seen as highly valuable by employers across a range of different sectors.

Teach First

The Exeter Award is a really valuable accolade for students wanting to differentiate themselves from their peers. To employers it demonstrates a student's initiative to really make the most of the plethora of opportunities that are available to them at Exeter University and it prepares them for life inside the workplace.

Michelmores LLP

Differentiating yourself in a competitive graduate employment market is essential in taking your next step after university and ‘The Exeter Award’ is one way that students are able to achieve this. As a business The PageGroup looks for commercial, driven and motivated students to join our Internship and Graduate programmes, and students with the Exeter Award have already gone some of the way to proving this to us – the award will be recognised by employers and could open doors for you!


We consider the Exeter Award to be an excellent opportunity for students to develop their employability and career ambitions, by identifying the sector, role and organisation size and structure that they will flourish in, and gain the fullest possible range of experiences in their work placements and wider skills development throughout their studies. The Exeter Award will help students to encounter and articulate a full raft of experiences and develop the full range of skills necessary to thrive at graduate level and beyond.

Thomson Snell & Passmore solicitors

There is no doubt that the graduate recruitment market is becoming increasingly more competitive and academic excellence is no longer enough for most employers. With large volumes of applications being received for graduate schemes every year, we are all looking for ways in which to differentiate the talent and the Exeter Award is a fantastic opportunity for students to do just that. It demonstrates to employers your commitment to developing the employability skills that we all place such a value on and makes you much more rounded candidates which is important to every graduate recruiter.

Bond Dickinson

The Exeter Award is a fantastic opportunity for students to enhance their employability skills. The skills which students will learn by working towards this award are highly valuable for all employers. Graduate positions are highly competitive and this award increases the chance of students standing out of the crowd when applying for graduate positions.

Transport for London

At a time when students need to stand out against the competition, the Exeter Award will demonstrate that participants have developed a broad range of both transferable and specific employability skills. This will be of great benefit to employers as they will be able to recognise students that are committed and driven to enhancing their career prospects.


Being fully recognised for all your achievements at University is valuable to both students and employers. The steps in The Exeter Award are designed so that you are continually building your soft skills, these are core to increasing your employability whilst you are gaining your academic qualifications. The Award will also demonstrate you are motivated to give yourself the best chance of success as you embark on your graduate career.

RM Education

CIMA are delighted to endorse the Exeter Employability award. Anything that students can do to enhance their employability skills will certainly benefit them when it comes to searching for their future Career.  Activities such as this can be the deciding factor at final interview stage so we definitely recommend students to get involved.

CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants)

The NHS Leadership Academy is delighted to work with the University of Exeter and support this excellent initiative. We believe it is an essential that employers and universities work together to ensure that students graduate with an academic qualification combined with practical skills and experience to improve their employability. A degree alone is not a guarantee of a good job and it is important students can clearly demonstrate the wealth of experience and knowledge they have gained during their studies. Putting it simply this is a win win situation for students and employers. Students develop a competitive advantage for their entry into the graduate job market and employers have access to well-rounded individuals.

NHS Leadership Academy

Charityworks are pleased to support The Exeter Award as a great opportunity for students to improve their skills and stand out from the crowd when starting their career. Taking responsibility for your own development is an essential part of any career, and this Award allows students to demonstrate their ability to do that.