How the Advantage Award can enhance your PhD and employability

By Hayfa Sharif, PhD Medicine  During these difficult circumstances we have been going through with the pandemic, my research and life was put on hold. This is where I realised how the Nottingham Advantage Award can help change your life.  Joining my third Award module – COVID-19 student volunteers – gave me a reason to keep working and made things feel ‘normal’ again.  …

How the Advantage Award showed me the world through a new perspective

By Cara Chambers, BA Hons Geography Throughout my Geography degree I have been encouraged to gain as much experience of the world as possible.  The Award has helped me achieve this by providing opportunities to consolidate skills that are vital before and after graduation. It opens doors to learn about different world perspectives and to …

How the Advantage Award helped me as a Science student

By Diya Nakrani, MSci Hons Natural Sciences For those of you on vocational degrees, your next steps following your degree may be obvious. That is not always the case for science students.   After a science degree, what is the next step? Pursuing a PhD and researching? Maybe something that is not scientific at all?   I chose to do the Nottingham Advantage …

My Medicine and Health Sciences student journey on the Advantage Award

By Hollie Hyde, BSc Hons Nursing (Adult) The Nottingham Advantage Award enhances your employability skills whilst gaining valuable experience outside your field of study. You can gain recognition for the extra work you do on top of your degree. Any modules that you do will be evidenced. You can pick a total of three modules throughout …

Enhancing the Engineering student experience through the Advantage Award

By Ada Taylor-Pearce, MEng Hons Architectural Environment Engineering  I was immediately attracted to the mentoring and buddying schemes the Award modules had to offer. During my first year, I did not have any form of guidance and struggled settling in. I believed that the Nottingham Advantage Award would help boost and develop a range of skills. These would enhance my CV and provide the experiences employers look for.  This …

Five ways the Advantage Award can benefit Arts students

By Vivina Sardo, BA Hons Modern Language Studies I started my university journey with no work experience whatsoever. In addition, I had no idea what made a CV good or bad, what to expect from a job interview or how to impress an employer. Then an alumnus told me about how the Advantage Award gives students …

How to showcase the Advantage Award to employers 

By Matt Lumley, Nottingham Advantage Award officer  The Nottingham Advantage Award gives you recognition for your extra-curricular activities. It is also a great way for you to build your skills and experience.  However, it can be difficult to work out how best to showcase your achievements to an employer. In our modules you will have been introduced to self-reflection …

Why you should join the Nottingham Postgraduate Advantage Award

By Samantha Wilson, MA History  The start of the academic year is a hectic time for postgraduate students. This is true whether you are in the first year of a course or the third. You have to decide which extra-curricular activities to do and how to best to manage your time.  When navigating this challenge, I recommend that you consider the Nottingham Postgraduate Advantage Award.  To complete the scheme, I took two Award modules – French and Experience Heritage – and completed an end-of-year reflection. I chose these two modules to immerse myself in things I enjoy, but could not experience solely through my course.   This article will …

How I developed with the Advantage Award during a pandemic

By Sameer Masurkar, MSc Human Factors and Ergonomics, Postgraduate  I really wanted to complete the Nottingham Advantage Award. However, it was difficult to fit it in around my Masters course. Then came a global pandemic that added to the challenge. In the end, I achieved my goal and here is how I did it.  I decided not …

Five top tips on choosing your Advantage Award modules

By Andrea Fernandes, BSc Hons Economics With over 100 Nottingham Advantage Award modules, making decisions on which one to select can seem confusing, or even daunting. However, the sheer range means there is a module for everyone, including you. If you are struggling with making a decision – much like how I did – read …