Competitions and Awards
Taking part in competitions and awards provides students and graduates with the opportunity to develop skills, gain experience and knowledge, network with employers and sponsors and win prestigious prizes and accolades. Participation in such activities can support you to highlight your capabilities to prospective employers, and enable you to include relevant achievements on future applications to employment and work experience opportunities. High profile awards and initiatives often feature in national press and on social media channels and provide participants and winners with great publicity!
The theme of undergraduate and graduate competitions can vary greatly, but typically might include a skills, enterprise, employment or innovation focus. In some instances, the topic is related to current industry or sector issues and challenges. Other competitions may have a more academic focus. Some are regional or national, others are global! You may be required to submit a proposal, find a solution to a problem, work as part of a team or to develop an idea, product or campaign.
Competitions may take place on campus or could be hosted by an employer, as part of industry and university engagement activities. Others may be coordinated by the Careers & Enterprise Centre, such as:
Blueprint – Blueprint is a high profile, annual student enterprise competition, supported by Santander Universities.
Summer of Experience– An initiative designed to inspire students to do something meaningful and beneficial to their employability, with their summer vacation. Reflect on your summer activities for the chance to win!
Student Employee of the Year Award - the Durham competition leads into regional and national stages organised by the National Association of Student Employment Services (NASES). The awards aim to recognise and promote the outstanding contributions and achievements of students who combine part-time work with their study commitments. The Student Employer of the Year category offers the opportunity for excellent employers to gain recognition for their contribution.
Examples of major external undergraduate and graduate competitions and awards include:
- Target Jobs Undergraduate of the Year
- STEM Undergraduate Awards
- Adzuna Graduate of the Year
- National Undergraduate Employability (NUE) Awards
- Shell Ideas 360
- Future Legal Mind
- PwC Opportunity Challenge
- Innovation Forum
Browse listings below to identify competitions of interest and search for other opportunities on company and sector websites and their associated social media pages.
Relationwise Content Marketing Challenge
The Relationwise Content Marketing Challenge is an opportunity for you to share your thoughts, knowledge and ideas about business as a young business person. You will get the opportunity to learn about content marketing in a unique, hands-on way. First prize is a trip to San Francisco + Ticket to Saastr Annual Entrepreneur conference + Internship at Relationwise in London.
Closing date 31st October 2018.
Aspiring Solicitors Commercial Awareness Competition
The Commercial Awareness Competition is designed to develop and refine each participant’s awareness of political, economic and current affairs, as well as the commercial impact of these developments. The overriding objective of the Competition is to help entrants secure training contracts.
The Competition will run from October 2018.
ASET Student Competition 2018
Calling all students who have recently completed a placement. Celebrate by sharing your experiences in an inspirational way for a chance to win £400.
Is your placement the “best thing you’ve done so far”? Did you learn about yourself, your strengths, a new industry, how to run projects, work with colleagues or what you want - or definitely don’t want - to do?
The ASET Student Competition 2018 is now open for entries.
Closing date 30th November 2018.