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The ncl+ Student Achievement Awards


Barbara Phillips-Kerr

Assistant Director (Information, Advice and Guidance)

Newcastle University Careers Service

King’s Gate, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RU

0191 222 8056



The context - ncl+

ncl+ is a brand name used by the Careers Service, the Students’ Union and other key University providers to promote development opportunities to students. This unique University/Union Society partnership has created an integrated vision which delivers a consistent and coherent message to students. The ncl+ branding of activities and opportunities encourages and promotes skill development.  It is highly inclusive and is not limited in how many students can access its resources and development opportunities. Neither is it expensive to maintain.


In a Nutshell

The ncl+ Student Achievement Awards competition builds on the successful ncl+ initiative. It is a showcase competition which celebrates and rewards the achievements of Newcastle University students in their extra-curricular and society activities. The competition is open to all current Newcastle University students and is sponsored by npower and the University’s Alumni Association.


Key Words

Personal enterprise, skill development, community engagement, extra-curricular activities, Union Society activities.



To promote and recognise personal enterprise, skill development and community engagement through participation in a broad range of extra-curricular and society activities.


What the Award involves

The Award competition is launched in January each year, with a March deadline. In its first year (2009) we received 135 entries, many of which represented large groups of students. The entries, which encourage reflective thinking about personal impact, the impact of the activity and the skills developed, are judged by representatives from the University, the Union Society, the local voluntary sector and the business community.


There are 10 award categories, ranging from sport to culture and the arts, community volunteering to media, environmental impact to academic and peer representation, with an overall winner and a runner-up in each category. In addition, the ‘Vice Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Personal Achievement’ goes to the most outstanding student from across all the categories. The 21 winners and runners up share over £4k of cash prizes.


The shortlisted students in each category, together with their invited guests attend a high profile awards ceremony where the winners are announced. The ceremony is opened by the vice-chancellor and sponsors but is student-led. The glittering evening is compèred by the President of the Union Society and (in 2009) the Athletics Union Officer. Photographs are taken by the University’s Photographic Society, the press corps comprises representatives from the student newspaper and student radio and the music is provided by the University Jazz Band.




For a more detailed version of the poster please see:

NCL+ poster.pdf


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