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
- Aspiring Solicitors Commercial Awareness Competition
Browse listings below to identify competitions of interest and search for other opportunities on company and sector websites and their associated social media pages.
World Asian Case Competition 2019
The Academy of Asian Business (AAB) is pleased to announce the 2019 World Asian Business Case Competition, “How Asian Brands Soar.” This is the annual case competition organized by AAB that invites college students to write up and present an exciting Asian business case on how it turned its small start into such a tremendous success. Applicants are invited from universities and colleges all around the world.
All winners will receive a global scholarship package.
Closing date 1st April 2019
COINS Grand Challenge
The COINS Grand Challenge is a global competition to uncover ideas that have the power to positively impact the built environment, and our society.
What new and emerging technology will have the greatest impact on business in future years and how might those technologies be applied to the built environment, whether during construction or throughout the built life cycle?
Deadline 12th April 2019
Quotezone Fintech Scholarship
The Quotezone Fintech Scholarship is for students that are currently studying a subject other than finance or computer science. The main aim of the Fintech Scholarship is to encourage students to research the fintech sector and get excited about everything it has to offer.
The successful applicant will be awarded a £1000 bursary.
Deadline is 28th June 2019.
Thousand Films Scriptwriting Competition
Thousand Films and Sid Gentle Films are looking for the best undiscovered television writers in the UK and Ireland in the Thousand Films Scriptwriting Competition.
In our first year our focus is to find female writers for television.
Closing date 30th April 2019.