How to make your mark in the Advantage Award prize process

By Vishnupriya Prathap, MPharm Pharmacy, fourth year Winner – Contribution to community prize supported by Teach First The Nottingham Advantage Award allows you to develop professional skills. You also get to meet highly motivated students from diverse backgrounds across the University.   I completed modules in volunteering, employability and project management. Following these, I thought why not gain extra recognition by applying for an employer supported prize?    Being awarded the Contribution to community prize supported by Teach First has given me a confidence boost. It has encouraged me to continue pursuing ventures favouring causes …

Five Advantages of applying to our Award prizes

By Matthew Lumley, Nottingham Advantage Award officer Each year we recognise students who have gone above and beyond during their time with the Nottingham Advantage Award. Our prizes reward areas such as personal development, inclusion and work in the community. These are also supported by employers Boots, Capital One, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Mars and Teach First. Applications …

How completing the Advantage Award gave me an edge with employers

By Hannah Edmondson, BA Theology and Religious Studies and MSc in Psychology alumna After finishing my Masters, I spent a year working in a variety of settings to gain experience of different working environments. This included: The Visas and Immigration team on University Park The Education Centre team at the Queen’s Medical Centre As an …

Get a spring in your step with the Advantage Award

By Matthew Lumley, Nottingham Advantage Award officer  The Advantage Award is not just about completing modules. Even if you have already completed the Award, we offer you many other ways to boost your employability and skills.  Read what is coming up this spring.  Find your next module Some spring module applications are closing at the end of …

My employer experience after winning an Advantage Award prize

By Noor Farisan, BA Hons Economics  Winner – Leadership prize supported by Mars  The Nottingham Advantage Award recognises students for their skills and rewards them with prizes sponsored by prestigious employers.   My main motivation for applying for the Leadership Prize was that my values aligned with Mars’ core values. I was interested in finding out how these values could be incorporated …

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 …