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The Exeter Award

The Exeter Award

The Exeter Award

The Exeter Award

The Exeter Award

Exeter Award update September 2022

There has been a minor change to the Development Stage of the Exeter Award. The overall level of activity is the same but you now need to attend two personal development sessions and complete one other activity. Further details below regarding what is required to complete the Award. 

The Exeter Award is available in Handshake.

Click here to go to the information page in Handshake where you can sign up and find out how to complete the Award in Handshake.

Already signed up for the Award? There are now direct links to the Journeys in Handshake. Please use the browser version of Handshake to access Exeter Award Journeys. Journeys not available in the app.

For students who started the Exeter Award in My Career Zone there is information on this page.

The Exeter Award will help you stand out from the crowd and give you the confidence to shout about the experiences you've had at university

The Exeter Award is an extra and co-curricular employability achievement award for current undergraduate and taught postgraduate students. It is for both Exeter and Penryn students and is delivered in partnership with the Students' Guild in Exeter and the Students' Union in Penryn.

Completing the Award will help you make the most of your professional experience. You'll receive training in valuable professional skills, develop vital workplace experience and learn how to optimise your CVs and application forms. 

Students who complete the Exeter Award are more likely to be in a graduate level job six months after graduating (Destination of Leavers of Higher Education data).

The Exeter Award is designed to:

  • enhance your employability and boost your CV;
  • give you recognition from the University of Exeter for the activities you are participating in as part of your studies and outside of your studies;
  • develop a range of skills to take forward into graduate jobs market;
  • demonstrate to employers the skills and attributes that Exeter graduates have.

How to achieve the Exeter Award?

Stages of the Exeter Award


35 hours of volunteering and/or work experience.

This can be any combination of paid work and/or voluntary work, but must have been completed while you were a student at Exeter.

Please ask a senior colleague for their business details, as you will need to cite them as a reference in your application form.


A CV or application form session

Please note: you can attend both sessions if you wish, and we would encourage you to do so, but you only have to attend one for your Award. Click here to find sessions that count for this goal.


Two personal development sessions

93% of personal development session participants would recommend the session they attended to a friend.

You can choose from a huge range of personal development sessions, which will help you develop vital skills for the workplace. Click here to find sessions that count for this goal.


One element of your choice

A huge number of other employability activities run by the University contribute to this section.

Click here to find sessions that count for this goal.



Complete and submit your Exeter Award Application Form

This is a mock graduate-level job application form. It will help you understand how to articulate your skills and meet the kinds of criteria that employers list on job specifications.

You will receive formative feedback on how you could improve your application. If you do not provide sufficient detail, we may ask you to resubmit your form before we approve it.

Please note: it is good practice to compose your answers in word processing software and copy and paste them into the application form when ready. This will help avoid errors like premature submission.

We aim to mark forms within three weeks but at peak times this could take longer.


The Interview Experience

This is the final stage of the Award, consisting of Preparing for the Interview Experience session plus a short mock job interview with an experienced interviewer (normally a University staff member).

Once you have completed the Preparing for the Interview Expereince session you will be able to book onto The Interview Experience where you will be interviewed with up to four other students and you will be expected to provide peer feedback. You will receive comprehensive feedback from your interviewer to help you work on your interview technique.

98% of students said attending the Interview Experience improved their confidence, helped them develop interview skills and helped prepare them for graduate level employment.

The Exeter Leaders Award

Completing The Exeter Award is a pre-requisite for registering for the Exeter Leaders Award. However, there is nothing to stop you attending Leaders Award activities in readiness – they will then show as completed in your Leaders Award profile when you register. 

For more information please see:

NB: The components set out above are to be viewed as an indication of the criteria and level of commitment required to complete The Exeter Award and Leaders Award. The University, Students' Guild and Students' Union reserve the right to change this structure in part or full at any point without prior warning.