The Bristol PLUS Award

PLUS Award closed for 2015/2016

The final completion deadline has now passed. Registration reopens in September. If you are a Masters student currently registered on the Award your completion deadline is the 3 of February 2017.

The Bristol PLUS Award provides a framework to help you enhance your CV, develop a variety of employability skills and be more prepared for the interview process. A degree is no longer enough to make you competitive in the recruitment process. The Bristol PLUS Award rewards University of Bristol students who have gained significant skills and experience through activities outside of their studies.

Dates for 2016-17 registration: ‌

Are you a PGT (Masters) student? If so, you have an extended deadline until 2 Feb 2018. You must still register for the award by 10 Feb 2017.

To achieve the Bristol PLUS Award you must complete the following six requirements, starting with an introductory talk:

Once you have completed the Bristol PLUS Award you might like to consider applying for the Outstanding Award. Designed to recognise the achievements of students who have taken their employability skills to an outstanding level, this award will help you learn how to articulate your skills to employers and prepare you for interview process.

The Outstanding Award is currently being redesigned for the 2016/2017 academic year. This page will be updated once more information is finalised.

Why should you do the Bristol PLUS Award?

100% of students who completed the Award in 2015/2016 and provided feedback said they would recommend the Award to others. Here some students explain how they benefitted from completing the Award.

1. Employers value the award

The Careers Service works with a wide range of employers from many sectors to ensure that the award continues to equip students with relevant skills. The Award will also help you understand how to succeed in the recruitment process:

“I learned about the importance of preparation; knowing the company and the role is crucial during an interview. I also learned about the importance of presenting a good first impression. I have gained a place on a graduate scheme thanks to the Bristol PLUS Award and the skills I have learned through the completion of the award.”

3rd year BSc Geography student.

Find out what employers say about the Bristol PLUS Award: ‌Bristol PLUS Award Employer Quotes (PDF, 680kB)

2. Gain skills to complement your degree

“The Bristol PLUS award has been very worthwhile, in both preparing me for the employment world and also helping me develop soft skills that are not available from our academic curriculum. My volunteer work and internship helped me realise the next steps in my career path, complemented by workshops which taught me how these steps could be achieved.”

2nd year Mechanical Engineering (MEng) student.

3. Activities can aid with your career planning

“The workshop on interview skills caused the biggest change in how I’m thinking about my future career. It made me see the strengths and weaknesses not only in my CV and job applications but also in my personality and work ethic. This entirely changed my perspective on the different careers I might suit. Overall, the PLUS Award experience has been invaluable because of this.”

2nd year English BA

4. Rise to a challenge and become more confident

“I used to believe that it would be very unlikely for me to get my dream job because it is competitive and I did not know where to start to prepare for it. However, completing the Bristol PLUS Award has helped me to be more confident and clearly aware of what skills I have and how to improve them.”

2nd year Accounting and Finance (BSc)

5. Have fun while developing professionally

“I thoroughly enjoyed the PLUS Award. It is structured very well and has allowed me to develop personally, socially and academically and given me the confidence and potential to thrive in my future years at University.”

1st year Law and German (LLB)

 

Ideas to build your PLUS experience

There are a wide range of activites on offer at the University and beyond that will qualify as experience for the Bristol PLUS Award. Here are some suggestions to help get you started.

My intensive skills activity is not on the list, can I still use it?

The list provided is not exhaustive and only covers the most common activities. If you believe your activity fulfils the criteria but you cannot find it on the drop-down list in the form on your PLUS Award account, select ‘Other’. You can then submit details of your activity for approval.

My work experience was abroad, is it still valid?

Yes, any work experience gained whilst being a current student at the University of Bristol can be used towards your Bristol PLUS Award. If possible, please provide an email of the referee for contact. If your referee is not English speaking, you can provide a recent payslip as evidence.

My work experience was last year, can I still use it?

Yes, any work experience gained whilst being a current student of the University of Bristol can be used towards the Bristol PLUS Award. However, you cannot use Industry Placements that are part of your course. Work experience must be gained outside of your course.

Can I do both the PLUS Award and Outstanding Award in one year?

It is highly challenging to complete both the PLUS Award and Outstanding Award in one academic year. You would need to have completed your PLUS Award and submitted your Oustanding Award activity before applications close for the Oustanding Award close in February. Therefore we recommend spreading them out over 2 years, so that you have sufficient experiences to use for both Awards, bearing in mind that you must use different activities for each.

How is the Outstanding Award different from the PLUS Award?

The Outstanding Award focuses on the presentation and articulation of skills in a professional situation. You cannot use the same activities that you have used in the PLUS Award. The Outstanding Award is a very unique opportunity to develop these skills, and gives an extra edge to your CV.

What do I do if I still have questions?

If you have any more queries or are unsure about any aspect of the Award, you can email the PLUS Award team here: careers-plusaward@bristol.ac.uk.

The Bristol PLUS Award equips already academically brilliant students with the essential skills required to be successful in the working world outside of their university course.

Gemma Minish, Campus Marketing Manager, Thales