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The Exeter Award

The Exeter Award

The Exeter Award

The Exeter Award

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 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. You can sign up any time via the Exeter Award workflow on My Career Zone.

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 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?

It's easy to sign up for the Exeter Award.

  1. Access the Exeter Award checklist by logging in to My Career Zone. To register for the award, click 'Submit Exeter Award Registration Form' in the registration tab at the top of the page.
  2. Use your Exeter Award checklist to see what you've done and what you need to book into. Skill sessions will resume in the Autumn term.
  3. Log in to the session with your full name to ensure you are marked as attended.
  4. You have until the end of the summer term in your final year to complete your Award, but you are advised to plan ahead and complete well before then. All compulsory skill sessions are available every term  (not during vacations) and there will be limited places available on the Interview Experience (the final element of the Award) in the summer term.

If you have any difficulties then please don't hesitate to get in touch with the team by asking a question through My Career Zone.

Before starting the Exeter Award, you might find it useful to complete a Skills Audit. This will help you assess your strengths and weaknesses and figure out what personal development areas might be best for you to work on.

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.


A personal development session

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. You can find all sessions which count on your Exeter Award checklist.


Two elements of your choice

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

You can also access relevant activities through your Award checklist on My Career Zone.


Alternatively you can apply to have other employability activities (that were not booked via My Career Zone) counted towards your Award. See our FAQs for further details. 



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 two 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 Expereince 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. See our FAQs for more information.

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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.