The Cardiff Award is an employability award that encourages students to undertake work experience or get involved in extra-curricular activities, then recognises and rewards students for their efforts. It takes you through a process that will give you the confidence and skills to be successful in the world of work, after graduation.

“As a student of Cardiff University you will develop many marketable, work related skills and attributes through pursuing your degree scheme and the many extra-curricular opportunities offered by the University and Students Union. In a challenging time for graduate recruitment the Cardiff Award will help you achieve your potential, increase your self awareness, and communicate effectively your strengths to employers. I recommend the Cardiff Award to all our students.” Vice Chancellor, Professor Colin Riordan


The Award process will improve your professionalism and employability, increase self-awareness of your skills and enable you to articulate these effectively to future recruiters. It will also complement your university experience and better equip you for graduate employment.

The Award has been developed by industry. Principal sponsors Ernst and Young have contributed significantly to the content, ensuring it has a real commercial context.

Successful completion of the Award will give you:

  • A good understanding of the graduate recruitment process
  • Something different to put on your CV
  • Improved employability skills and an understanding of the skills demanded by future recruiters
  • Improved self confidence and self awareness
  • Demonstrable commitment
  • Networking opportunities with the Award sponsors and participants
  • Improved interview techniques and presentation skills.


The Award is open to all undergraduates but it is mostly aimed at first and second years.

You will find the Award valuable if:

  • You feel you have weaknesses or gaps in your employability skills and are concerned that you are not ready for the world of work.
  • You are already engaged in extra-curricular activities and would like to gain official recognition from the University for your efforts.
  • You want to gain an insight into industry. Not only do the Cardiff Award partners and sponsors deliver compulsory workshops and sessions, but the Award will also offer you opportunities to network with employers outside of the lecture theatre.

The Award isn’t for all and spaces are limited.

How & when to apply

  • We have allocated 250 spaces for 1st, 2nd and penultimate year students to commence the Award in June 2014
Intake Applications Open Deadline* Commence Award Complete Award
June 2014 1 Jan 2014 6 May 2014 June 2014 April 2015


To apply students must send a CV along with a 1 page A4 covering statement outlining the following to:

  • Course and year of study
  • Why you want to participate and what you hope to get out of it (what is motivating you to complete the Award)
  • How do you intend to complete the Award (what activities will you engage in e.g. societies, volunteering, part time work.  You may be involved in extra-curricular activities already so mention these, if not think about what you could do)

*The deadline for applications is Friday 11th April 2014 but will close early if sufficient quality applications are received.

Information for Staff

Personal tutors and Academic Staff with students signed up for the Cardiff Award are encouraged to read the Staff Guide which outlines the process and highlights the aims of the Award.
Should you wish to find out more please contact Kathryn Foot, Award Manager, Tel: (029) 2087 6945, Email: