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Durham University

Careers & Enterprise Centre

Student Employee of the Year Awards

The Student Employee Of The Year awards aim to recognise and promote the outstanding contributions and achievements of students who combine part-time work with their study commitments. We also recognise excellent employers in our Student Employer Of The Year category.

This is a national competition organised by the National Association of Student Employment Services (NASES) and the winners of the Durham University awards will go on to the regional and hopefully national stages of the competition.

Nominations are currently CLOSED and will reopen in 2020! Durham University had 2 Regional Winners in 2019 and 2 National award winners in 2018, which was fantastic! Hopefully we can do just as well next year!

There are several categories that make up the Student Employee Of The Year awards.

These are divided into On Campus and Off Campus and Employer.

On Campus- nominations are for any student working within their university or college.You can also nominate a team of employees all doing the same job.

Off Campus- nominations are for any student working part time in the local area. You can also nominate a team of employees all doing the same job.

Employer- nominations are for any employer who is deemd to be an exceptional employer for students to work for. This can be a department within the University or an organisation employing students in the local area.

Ask your employer to nominate you!

Why not let your employer know about the awards? Last year Durham University had 2 National Award winners and this is a nationally recognised award so if you win it is something you can add to your CV and talk about in interviews. If you'd prefer we can contact an employer on your behalf - let us know their contact details and we will get in touch with them without mentioning you. To do this drop us an email: ses@durham.ac.uk

What are the categories?

Above & Beyond
Quite literally what it says on the tin! We are looking for exceptional students who consistently go above & beyond for the organisation they work for. This is our most popular category so it’s important to make your nominations stand out. Nominations vary but there is no doubt that these amazing students went above and beyond in their part-time jobs.

Commercial Impact
Now, more than ever organisations are driven by budgets and how money is spent is increasingly important. This category allows you as an employer to recognise a part time work student who positively effects your business’ bottom line. This student will have increased profit, generated new business, developed an enterprising idea spotting new opportunities, engaging with new audiences or introduced a money saving scheme. Nominate them!

Step Up To Leadership
This award aims to identify and recognise the leaders of tomorrow, today. We are looking for nominations from organisations where your part-time student employees have stepped up and demonstrated leadership skills taking responsibility for projects or departments. Perhaps they have been working in your business for a while and have been promoted, supervise other staff or provide training. We want to hear about students using their initiative and displaying accountability and creative thinking when it comes to leadership!

Employer
This is an award to recognise excellent student employers who provide students with opportunities to learn and excel in the work place and who build links with education in order to support the next generation of workers.

Freelancer
New for 2019!!
In the last few years we have seen a huge increase in the amount of students with entrepreneurial spirit! If you are freelancing or working part-time. To make the nomination process fair for others, you can only be nominated by a client you're working with within the employment date highlighted. We are so excited to add this category to our awards and give freelance students the recognition they deserve!

Best Team
In previous years we have seen fantastic teams being nominated so we decided it was time to introduce their own category. Nominations in the past have been centred around groups of part-time students who have shown excellent team working and communication skills to come together for a shared project.

This is a national competition organised by the National Association of Student Employment Services (NASES) and the winners of the Durham University awards will go on to the regional and hopefully national stages of the competition. Find out more about SEOTY!

Nominations are currently CLOSED and will reopen in 2020! Durham University had 2 Regional Winners in 2019 and 2 National award winners in 2018, which was fantastic! Hopefully we can do just as well next year!