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University of Warwick

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Warwick Advantage Award; formal recognition for extra-curricular involvement.


Anne Wilson

Warwick Advantage /Graduate Capabilities Manager

Centre for Student Careers and Skills, University of Warwick


The purpose of the Warwick Advantage Award is to formally recognise students’ extra-curricular involvement .By reflecting on their experience and achievements, the skills they have developed and what they have leaned about themselves students are better placed to stand out on application forms and to present and articulate their skills and experiences more confidently to recruiters.  


  1. Students apply for a Main or Gold Award. Main Award students require a minimum of 1 term's experience. Gold Award applicants require at least 1 year and a reference. There is no limit on the number of applicants. 
  2.  Students provide evidence and reflect on their personal learning against 4 headings:

·         Involvement, Interaction and Inclusion

·         Community

·         Team work/Team Leadership

·         Event or Project Management

3.  Online submissions are assessed by the Warwick Advantage Manager and SU Sabbatical Officers. Gold Award winners must also complete a poster.

4.  Winners are notified and invited to attend a celebration event where they receive their University of Warwick endorsed Certificates and a copy of their transcript from the Vice Chancellor. Gold Award winners are required to present their posters to visiting dignitaries.

5. The Award is sponsored by IBM


In practice students are likely to have more than one term’s experience in order to fulfil all 4 categories. In its first year (2009) 130 students achieved awards, of which there were 19 Gold Award winners. Winners included a representative mix of Home, EU and International students and those with a stated disability as well as some PhD and Masters students. We are currently reviewing the timing of Masters’ applications.


Key words:  Extra-curricular achievements, SU partnership, University recognition, employability, employer endorsement, impact, inclusivity


For a detailed version of the poster please see:

Warwick advantage poster3.pdf



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