I keep hearing about this York Award, but what is it?

York Award. You probably feel like you’re seeing or hearing about this every way you turn. It’s true, but there’s a good reason why we bang on about it so much!

Most students from their first year at University do lots of things besides their academic studies and these can be useful opportunities to develop skills which employers value.  It’s these activities that can be used in a York Award application from.

Why bother?

  • The York Award is an official University award
  • It shows you’re a proactive individual, who’s up for a challenge
  • You could win a place on the new York Futures scheme’s personal development day
  • There’s a chance to apply for an Achieving Excellence Bursary of £2,100
  • Employers are interested in the York Award and what it says about you
  • You can help your college win the  York Award Trophy for the college with the most applicants

The simple application form asks you to give personal evidence of the following skills and qualities.

  • Self-managements
  • Team working
  • Communication
  • Contributing to the university community
  • Employer engagement
  • Problem solving

In the second part of the form you can choose two additional skills to demonstrate from your experience. These are:

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GUEST BLOG: York Award for 1st years

 Guest blog written by Jessica Chatburn, Second Year Archaeology & Heritage student

University is so much than going to classes and getting a degree. It is about developing who you are as a person, experiencing new things, and challenging yourself beyond that of your degree. Not only will you have tonnes of fun doing extra things like joining a society or evening running one, but it will look great on your CV’s to employers and you can even earn an award for it!

The York Award is a great opportunity for you to reflect on your university experience and get recognition for your hard work which is a super self-proud moment. My experience of applying and filling out the York award applications was definitely positive. The form is easy and simple to fill out and doesn’t take up a lot of time. The ability to save and edit the form any time before the deadline was handy as it allows you to complete it in stages and even edit and improve the form if things pop into mind or you gain a better skill example.

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Latest Careers news, Summer Week 5

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Apply now to volunteer in a local school next term
Enroll now with York Students in Schools to volunteer over 8-10 half days in a local school during the Autumn term.
Training sessions are provided by YSIS. Find out more and see what students say on the YSIS website

Internships this summer in York
The Student Internship Bureau are still advertising for lots of exciting paid local vacancies. There are opportunities in Marketing, PR, IT, Public Services and HR.
For a full list of opportunities, see Careers Gateway






Latest Careers news, Summer Week 1

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York Award

Congratulations to those final year students who have successfully passed the York Award. Your application forms and assessor feedback are available for collection from Careers – a useful reference for making job or further study applications.

1st Years – now it’s your turn! Only two weeks to go before the deadline for applications for the new-look York Award. Tell us what you’ve been doing since Autumn and see how this can help you with your future work experience, graduate job or postgraduate study.

Visit the website for the short application form and guidelines for completing it. You can also check out which College is leading on the most applications – Halifax and James are currently neck and neck!

York Students in Schools

Block placements applications now open – valuable experience if you’re considering applying for a PGCE or want to further develop your classroom skills. Apply via Careers Gateway by Sunday Week 1.

Careers latest news – Spring week 10

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Don’t miss out…

  • The York Award application form for first years is now live! The deadline for final submission is 5.00pm on Friday 22 April 2016, week 2 of Summer Term
  • Read real life stories of life after York with York Profiles and Mentors, and make contact with graduates willing to help you with your next steps

CAREERS BLOG: York Award – a new opportunity for 1st Years!

UoY Careers Imagine the possibilities LARGE dark green Careers blog written by Jo Gee, York Award Officer, Careers

Applications for the York Award for first years are now open.

Up until this year only final year students have been able to apply for the York Award.  Now things have changed and we are launching a three stage York Award programme which will offer students in all years the chance to take part and gain official recognition for everything they are doing whilst at University.

So many of us don’t keep track of our achievements and forget what we have done when it comes to applying for jobs.  The York Award will help you record your achievements and see just how far you have come during your time at York.

The application form for first years is a Google form and can be found as a link on the York Award web pages, along with information about application support sessions (follow the route for new starters):


Why apply for the York Award?

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Careers latest news – Spring, Week 1

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Look out for…

2 February – Internships & work experience fair. A chance to meet employers and organisations, get ideas for summer internships, and have your CV reviewed. More details to follow at our What’s on page.

23 February – Working in… Advertising, marketing & PR / Health / Criminal justice. Find out what’s it like to work in these sectors by meeting York alumni and professionals. More info soon on the What’s on page.

Get involved

YSIS Summer Term placement applications open in Week 3 of the Spring Term.

@Work summer projects (for students from Education, English & Related Literature, History of Art, and Politics) open for applications on 1 February.

York Award for those graduating in 2016 – deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 22 January. The application is available to download from the assessment process web page.