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What are the Hull Employability Awards?

Whilst at university, you are gaining skills from every area of your life. You are constantly developing as a person, but do you know how to talk about your knowledge and experience in an interview or how to describe it in a job application? The Hull Employability Awards are here to help!

It is never too early to start thinking ahead to life after your studies and as a University of Hull student you are eligible to start working towards this additional award from the University that endorses your employability and will help you to stand out from the crowd. As well as being a fantastic addition to your CV, working on your Award will help you to articulate the skills you develop on your journey towards becoming a ‘distinctive Hull graduate’.

Choose your award

All of the Award options detailed below help you to prepare for the graduate job recruitment process by learning how to demonstrate your skills on a CV, in a job application and during an interview.

When signing up, you will need to indicate which Award you would like to do (you just choose one). If you are unsure about which is most appropriate, do contact us.

Hull Employability Award

Open to all current students of the University of Hull, on any programme and at any level. Students gain recognition for activities they have undertaken through their studies or through extra-curricular activities and gain vital practice in the job application process.

Award for Postgraduate Researchers

Developed in conjunction with the Graduate School, this Award allows postgraduate researchers to reflect on the skills gained through their research and other experience, and to relate this to career plans in academia or beyond. Researchers can gain recognition for their involvement in academic activities such as giving presentations, organising conferences, publishing their research, and much more.

Award for Education Students

Education students can use the Award to gain recognition for skills gained through school experience and other placements in the sector, as well as through other activities. The option of learning how to tailor a personal statement for applications is available to students (in place of the CV element).

Award for History Students

New for 2021, this Award will give History students recognition for the competencies and experience gained during their degree in areas such as presentation skills, public engagement, work experience and more.

Award for Law Students

Developed in conjunction with local law firms, this Award encourages students to engage in activities which will build skills and experience for a career in the legal sector. Count legal work experience, client interviewing and other extra-curricular experiences towards your Award.

Award for STEM Students

New for 2021! Students of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) subjects or related programmes can gain recognition for the skills and experience gained through activities such as work placements, lab work, simulated practice and field studies, as well as the wide range of extra-curricular activities included in the main award.

Award for Youth Work and Community Development Students

Students can learn how to demonstrate their skills and experience to potential employers in the sector using evidence from professional placements, voluntary experience, and a wide range of other activities.

Who can apply for an Award?

We welcome University of Hull students from all programmes to take part in the Hull Employability Awards! From foundation year to PhD, whether you are undergraduate or postgraduate, full-time or part-time, home or international student – we encourage you to get involved.

Meet some recent Award recipients and see what they have to say about their experience with us:

What do I have to do?

Section 1

Choose any 3 of the following elements to demonstrate your skills development:

  • Attend an appointment with a Careers Consultant
  • Attend 3 employability or skills workshops or webinars (Careers, Library study skills, HUU etc.)
  • Be an academic representative
  • Be a Hull Uni Angel or Wellbeing Champion
  • Be an international student or undertake study abroad
  • Be a PASS leader or peer mentor
  • Be a student ambassador
  • Be a “student partner” in a university project
  • Contribute to a committee, club, society or campaign group
  • Deliver a short presentation (module presentations count!)
  • Participate in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme whilst at university
  • Participate in the Hull University Formula Student team
  • Participate in university e-mentoring
  • Undertake an internship, part-time work or work placement
  • Undertake online psychometric test practice
  • Undertake some volunteering
  • Other activities – e.g. submit a short piece of written work

More options are available in the subject-specific Awards.

You simply need to submit evidence for these on the Awards Canvas site.

Previous experience can count and other activities can be considered, contact us to discuss!

Section 2

Complete the following 3 elements:

  • CV submission (or personal statement option available for Education students)
  • Answer 3 ‘job application’ questions (250-300 words each)
  • Attend a practice interview (book with us when ready!)

You can complete the elements in any order. Our suggestion is that you undertake section 1 followed by section 2. Our only requirement is that you complete the CV (or personal statement) and job application questions before booking your interview.

Want more information on the requirements, feedback provided and support available? Sign up to an introduction session on our JobTeaser platform.


It’s not just about getting your Award – it’s also about how you develop as a person along the way.

Increased Confidence

Many students completing the award report a confidence boost as a result of taking part

Learn New Skills

From being an ambassador to volunteering, we signpost you to a wide range of skills development opportunities

Receive Support

From 1-to-1 appointments to interview feedback, we're here to guide you through the process

Be Reflective

We suggest strategies to enable you to reflect on your university experiences, increasing your self-awareness

Be Career-Ready

Perfect your CV-writing, interview and job application skills by taking part


Be presented with your certificate and meet staff and students at our yearly celebration event

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What are you waiting for? Fill in this short form to get started on your Awards journey!

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Contact us

Have a question? Need advice? Feel free to get in touch – we are here to help!

We’re based in Student Futures (formerly Careers) in Student Central. You can contact us by telephone (01482 462222 – option 2), or through the MyHull portal. Face-to-face, telephone and online appointments via MS Teams are all now available but need to be booked in advance.

Our normal working hours are Monday – Friday, from 9.00am to 5.00pm.