Outstanding Award – notes from the Experts!

The Outstanding Award is the perfect platform for students to be recognised and rewarded for making a significant contribution to a project or extracurricular activity.

  • It is the Universities highest employability accolade and acknowledges students who have gone above and beyond in their chosen context.
  • Mirrors a real-life recruitment process.
  • Rewarding outstanding contributions and high level application and interview technique
  • Provides engagement with industry experts on the interview panel.

We asked a few of our experts why they were dedicated to the Outstanding Award process, and here is what they had to say!

‘I’ve always been really impressed by the creativity and innovation of the projects that the students have done, and I’ve been inspired by how they have put their ideas into action in their own time. This is such an important programme for Bristol University, because it’s really helping to develop the leaders, innovators and pioneers of the future.’ James Fortune, Head of Service, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust

‘Achieving the Outstanding Award demonstrates that a student is willing to go above and beyond what is required or expected of them. It shows their capacity to offer meaningful contributions to topics and areas beyond what could be considered a student’s ‘normal sphere of influence’ Leah Eatwell, Community Led Housing Enabler, Ecomotive.

‘Without doubt, at the heart of the Outstanding Awards are the students themselves. Their drive and ambition, their dedication to their projects, and the benefits such endeavours provide for the wider community is truly inspiring.’ Matt Gibbs, WGGB Award nominated writer and editor

If you have already achieved the Bristol PLUS Award and feel that you have made a significant contribution to a project or activity that meets the brief of the Outstanding Award, now is the perfect time to start your application! The deadline for submitting applications if 7th March 2021.

To fully understand the Award process, please visit the Outstanding Award webpage, view the Outstanding Award Introductory Talk video or book your place in an Outstanding Award Live virtual events.

You can gain inspiration on the types of projects used towards the Award and read about last year’s achievers here.

Successful applications will be invited to interview during the week starting 19th April 2021. Our team and this year’s expert panellists very much look forward to meeting you!

Will volunteering really make me stand out to employers?

Student Volunteering Week is a national event, with Higher and Further Education Institutions across the country using the week to celebrate existing student volunteers and to encourage more students to start volunteering. Your Careers Service is using the week (8-14 February 2021) to celebrate your achievements in volunteering over the past year. However, we are also keen to remind you of the employability benefits to be gained!

Will volunteering really make me stand out to employers?

Absolutely! But don’t take our word for it – in this blog some of our Bristol PLUS Award endorsing employers explain exactly how they perceive volunteer work from their applicants, and just why volunteering is so beneficial for both you and the organisation you go on to work for.

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The New Enterprise Competition- Development stage

The world of employment has changed significantly over the last 12 months due to the pandemic. What has felt like months of uncertainty over what the future holds, the prospect of diving into the deep end and starting your own business might seem daunting.  

However, working for yourself and launching a start-up in 2021 can be a great opportunity. Particularly if your enterprise fills a gap in the market, is well researched and it is something you’re passionate about. 

The New Enterprise Competition – Development stage is now open for applications.  This stage of the competition awards up to £1,000 to 10 start-ups. Funds can be used towards developing student and graduate start-ups. Historically winners have ranged between social enterprises combating food waste, to sustainable clothing businesses and much more. 

We spoke to one of last years winners, Fix My Crack- which some of you may know by their previous name Brisfixto find out what winning this stage in the competition meant to them and how they found the process.  (more…)

3 reasons to make the most of the Faculty of Arts Careers Series this February

The pandemic has impacted so much, including the world of work. The ongoing uncertainty can feel de-motivating; it may feel easier to avoid thinking about careers right now and to put it off until later. However, it could be an ideal time for career thinking and looking at what the Faculty of Arts Careers Series has to offer, (more…)

There are still many ways to Achieve!

With restrictions still imposed upon much of society, some of you may be wondering just how achievable the Bristol PLUS Award will be for you this year 

Well, fear notThere are still loads of opportunities out there for you to develop skills and experience to use towards your Award (and your future!) 

Restructured format to support you 

In September 2020, in response to Covid-19 and the new blended student experience, the Bristol PLUS Award was restructured. Meaning we now recognise a wide range of online and virtual experiences – making gaining evidence for your Award totally achievable! (more…)

What’s the fuss with the PLUS for Postgraduate Researchers?

 

The Bristol PLUS Award is the University’s employability Award, open to students across all years of study – including Postgraduate Researchers (PGRs). In fact, PGR achievers speak so highly of the Award process, we thought we’d share highlights from their feedback: (more…)

Calling all Outstanding students!

We have officially launched the Outstanding Award for the 2020/21 academic year! 

The Outstanding Award, the big sister of the PLUS Award, rewards students who have achieved something substantial and significant outside of their studies at Bristol and are up for the challenge of taking their employability skills to the next level. 

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We asked some of last year’s Outstanding Award achievers why they would recommend the experience to their fellow students…

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8 reasons why you should do the Bristol PLUS Award!

As the new academic year starts, we are so excited to welcome you all back and *drumroll pleaseopen the Bristol PLUS Award for registration!  (more…)

‘The Careers Service always felt like a safe space to talk’ – with Kofo Ajala

A photograph of Kofo Ajala at a Careers Fair smiling and talking to someone who is facing away from the camera
Kofo Ajala at Get Hired! 2019

We know that coming to the Careers Service can be a game-changing moment, even if it might feel a bit daunting at first. You may not even be sure what support we can offer to you.  

We also know that the best people to tell you (and us!) about the benefits of using the Careers Service are students who have been in the same position. We caught up with Kofo, BA History graduate 2020, to find out what she had to say about her experience with Careers during her degree.    (more…)

Ways to develop your skills and employability from home – the student experience

At the end of March, we posted a blog about the ways that you can continue to develop your skills and employability from home. As the lockdown has continued, we’ve seen more and more students taking up these remote activities and finding ways to adapt their plans or practices in response to COVID-19.

Read about the experiences of some of these students below.

Carlos Shanka Boissy Diaz – volunteering for the Green Impact Scheme from the Canary IslandsHeadshot of Carlos

I am really passionate about sustainability so I applied to be an auditor with Green Impact in March. However, the lockdown came, and departments had to close their doors, which meant that I would not be able to audit in-person.

Luckily, The Green Impact staff team managed to transfer all our work online and it was extremely successful. I was able to interview the staff in the departments and review the work that they had done throughout the year virtually. It was really fun to have a chat with all of them.

I believe that now more than ever, other students should get involved in these sorts of opportunities. We are in a self-isolation bubble, where our minds are in more need of social interaction and our brains need different stimuli. Also, I feel it’ll be great for my employability, so, if possible, I advise others to stay active with volunteering from home!

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