What is the UEA Award?

The UEA Award helps students and graduates maximise their potential, recognising when a student has developed qualities and attributes valued in the workplace. By being a part of the UEA Award, students gain a greater awareness of the attributes most sought after by business and society, learning to articulate their skills as they go along.

The Award has three levels: bronze, silver, and gold. These levels are underpinned by requirements of set hours and activities within four categories, including: ‘Academic’ ‘Work-Related’, ‘Career Management’, and ‘Campus and Personal’. The UEA Award currently has close to 900 registered students, from all academic schools of study and year groups.

Opportunities for your organisation with the UEA Award

We are looking for organisations who can provide various kinds of opportunities and work-related activities which build skills and attributes in our students, giving them the necessary qualities needed to progress into graduate roles after university.

Examples of these activities include:

  • Hosting volunteering opportunities
  • Work shadowing
  • Short work placements or work experience
  • Part-time and summer jobs
  • Internships
  • Office visits
  • Events or workshops

With your support, we would like to brand these as 'UEA Award approved' opportunities, by working with you to identify the attributes and skills students can develop in these roles and activities.

There is also the possibility of being involved in the UEA Award Employer Panel which enables employer engagement in providing feedback to students on CVs and presentations, as well as on the development of the UEA Award.

What are the benefits to my organisation?

  • Reach students who have shown their commitment to achieving the Award, who can quickly make an impact within your organisation
  • Enables you to be involved in building skills and attributes which employers have identified as being necessary to ensure a graduate is ready for work
  • Have a framework to attract and develop good students, which helps them get the most from the opportunity they undertake with you.

See why other employers are supporting the Award.

Next steps:

To propose opportunities for inclusion into the Award, please contact accessaward.uea.ac.uk. For more information visit www.uea.ac.uk/award.