Reflect on your experiences and strengths and demonstrate your proactive approach to potential employers through the York Award. 

University life is about much more than your degree. There are so many opportunities to develop your strengths and enhance your skills and employability. The York Award is an employability certificate awarded by the University that demonstrates to employers that you have taken a proactive approach to life at university and your own personal development. It recognises and rewards your contribution to college life, societies, volunteering, employer events, work placements and internships. 

There are three levels to the York Award:

York Award

This helps to consolidate your first year undergraduate experiences and your progress through the York Strengths Programme. Applications open at the start of your second year.

York Award Gold 

This has a stronger emphasis on reflective learning, asking you to think about your strengths, your areas of development and your values. York Award Gold is available in your final year. There is also a version available for postgraduate students.

York Leaders

This programme gives you the chance to develop leadership skills alongside employers and alumni through the York Leaders programme. There are 100 available spaces and successful applicants will gain access to an intensive three day training course, working with expert trainers and employers. Applications for York Leaders open in Spring Term of your second year.