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University of Exeter Employment Awards

University of Exeter Employment Awards

University of Exeter Employment Awards

The University of Exeter Employment Awards celebrate the achievements of students who are employed alongside their studies. The awards provide formal recognition of the hard work, commitment and time management skills required to attain academic success and take active steps towards enhancing employability skills and preparing for the world of work.


Whether employed through one of our managed internship schemes, such as the Student Campus Partnership or Student Business Partnership, a part-time role or an employability programme such as Green Consultants or Professional Pathways, we want as many students as possible who are undertaking meaningful, paid employment whilst studying, to be nominated for an Employment Award.


Also celebrated through the Employment Awards are our graduate interns recruited through our Graduate Business Partnership Scheme, who deliver impactful change, provide fresh insight and improve business process for employers across Devon and Cornwall and beyond.


And of course, none of this would be possible without our network of wonderful employer partners, who are also given recognition and thanks through the Employment Awards, for the opportunities and support they provide for our students and graduates. 



In May 2023 the Awards were relaunched and rebranded to create an exciting event, and The Student Employment Team were honoured to have the university's Vice-Chancellor, Professor Lisa Roberts, open the awards ceremony. It was wonderful to have students, graduates, partner employers of the university, and university colleagues in attendance to celebrate collaboration and individual achievements alike. 


You can take a look at the video highlights from the wonderful 2023 awards ceremony above, as well as checking out the photos here:


University of Exeter Employment Award Sponsors 2023‌

A huge thank you to our sponsors who made such a valuable contribution to the success of the Employment Awards 2023.

We are so grateful for the support, passion and enthusiam that they brought to the awards and have been honoured to have them involved in celebrating the achievements of our students, graduates and partner employers. 

If you are interested in finding out more about our wonderful sponsors, please click on the links below.

Employment Awards 2023 - Award Winners 

A huge congratulations to our 2023 winners! 

  • Business Impact Category winner: Pooja Vijay 
  • Community Category winnerHarry Evans 
  • Leadership Category winner: Beth Fraser 
  • Innovation Category winner: Elizabeth Hedges 
  • Employer winner: Sophie Meadows, University of Exeter 
  • Overall student winner: Laura Daniela Perez Chaparro 
  • Overall graduate winner: Harry Evans

And of course, a special mention goes to our 'highly commended' nominees in each of our student and graduate categories: 

  • Highly commended – Business Impact: Isabel Dally, Jennie Linzell, Finn Horden and Laura Daniela Perez Chaparro 
  • Highly commended – Community: Sam Swinerd, Katelyn Wells, Amelia Grove and Rachel Fearn 
  • Highly commended – Leadership: Marley Pradieu, Pierre De Brosses, Abigail Addai and Abigail Lawrence 
  • Highly commended – Innovation: Olivia Williams, Eleanor Cook, Vishwanath Bhave Ravnishankar and Caitlyn Le Roux  

We are so proud of all of our nominees and winners. Every single one of them is so deserving of their nomination, which speaks volumes as to the contributions they have made to their employers. Well done!‌  

University of Exeter Employment Awards 2024

**Please note, nominations for the 2024 Awards are not open yet. Check back to this page for more information coming soon!**


The university's Employment Awards are an opportunity to celebrate students, graduate business partners, and their employers and recognise the valueable employment partnerships that are formed in the local community.

Guidelines for Employers

Students and graduates who are making an impact in the workplace can be nominated for an award which is a prestigious accolade that can be added to their CV to demonstrate their strengths.

All employers who nominate a student will be invited to the awards ceremony on Friday 24 May 2024 at the Forum on Streatham Campus.

Guidelines for Students and Graduates

If you would like your employer to be recognised for the support they have provided, nominating them for an award is a great way to raise awareness of their brand across Exeter's business community.  This also has the potential to increase future working opportunities for students and graduates.

Below, you can find guidance on how to broach the topic of asking your employer to nominate you for an award.

The closing date for all nominations is midnight on Sunday 31 March 2024

The nominations will be reviewed by a panel of judges and everyone involved is invited to our Awards Ceremony on Friday 24 May 2024 where the results will be revealed.




How do I ask my employer to nominate me?

Your employer can nominate you for an award in one of several categories, which can be found on the nomination form. 

First, consider the category that you think you should be nominated for. Then, put together some points that demonstrate your contribution in this area.

For example, if you would like to be nominated for the ‘community’ category, perhaps you have organised an event that has raised awareness of your organisation and increased engagement within the local community?

If you would like to be nominated for your contribution to ‘business impact,’ can you provide evidence of how you have increased, for example, revenue, followers on social media, or how you have streamlined processes within the company you have been working for?

Next, contact your employer/line manager by email and ask if you could discuss a nomination with them at your next 1:1 meeting or catch up. This way you have already ‘broken the ice’ around the topic which can feel a bit easier than broaching the topic up front.

At the meeting, you can then ask if they would consider nominating you for an award in your chosen category, to recognise the work you did around a specific project, the targets you hit in a certain area, etc.

You may find that a mention in an email will be enough to prompt your employer to nominate you, but if they do wish to discuss it further (most likely just to understand what the awards are and what is expected of them, not because they are questioning whether you deserve an award!) then you will be prepared to do so.

It’s worth bearing in mind that you can nominate your employer for an award too. Many of the nominations we see for the awards are reciprocal, so this is something you can mention to your employer during the conversation too – assuming you intend to nominate them.

If you have any further questions about how to approach the topic of a nomination with your employer, remember you can reach out to the Student Employment Team any time at and we will be more than happy to help!




If you have any queries about the University of Exeter Employment Awards, or paid employment opportunities for University of Exeter students and graduates, please contact Becs Lenthall at