The Bristol PLUS Award

Challenge yourself to develop a range of skills and experiences to boost your CV and stand out from the crowd. The Bristol PLUS Award helps you maximise your time at university by rewarding you for extra-curricular development alongside your studies.

Our graduate case studies summarise some of the benefits you can expect from completing the Award. Employers support the Award because achieving it demonstrates that you have gone the extra mile to gain skills that they value. Read more about our range of official endorsing employers (PDF, 957kB).

PLUS Award registration is closed and will reopen in September 2019

24 September 2018 Introductory talks begin. 8 February 2019 Registration closes. 14 June 2019 Completion deadline

Are you a postgraduate research student? The PLUS Award is designed for you too! Visit our blog to see how other research students have benefited from taking part.

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

The Outstanding Award rewards students who have achieved something substantial and significant outside of their studies at Bristol. Outstanding Award students should be applying what they have learned from the PLUS Award and relish the challenge of taking their employability skills to a higher level.

To apply for the Outstanding Award you must have already achieved the Bristol PLUS Award. In addition to this you will need to have carried out one extra-curricular activity for a minimum of 20 hours that meets the brief and required skills in your chosen Award category.

The Outstanding Award categories align with the Bristol Futures themes and are:

  • Innovation and Enterprise
  • Global Citizenship
  • Sustainable Futures

You may only apply to one category per activity. Read our Outstanding Award categories and requirements document (PDF, 205kB) for further information.

  1. The first step is a compulsory introductory talk. You can attend an Outstanding Award introductory talk before finishing the Bristol PLUS Award but will not be able to progress further until completion. Introductory talks run from October until February.
  2. After attending the introductory talk, you will be able to apply for your chosen category. The deadline for applications is 10 February 2019.
  3. If your application is successful, you will be invited to interview and required to complete some preparatory interview tasks.
  4. Interviews will take place week commencing 1 April 2019, where the final outcomes of pass or distinction will be decided.

October 2018 Introductory talks begin, Applications open. 10 February 2019 Application deadline. 1 to 5 April 2019 Interviews

If you have further questions about the Outstanding Award please contact us at

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