School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies

Student success at Nottingham Advantage Award Celebration event 2017-18

On 13 June 2018, the annual Nottingham Advantage Award Celebration event took place in the Senate Chamber, Trent Building, University Park. The Advantage Award recognises students’ efforts in developing and reflecting on their employability skills in preparation for their graduate career and beyond. The event celebrates all students who have achieved the Award this year and also awards employer-supported prizes to those students who have demonstrated outstanding achievements. 

The School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies (CLAS) offers the following school-specific Advantage Award modules to its students but there are over 200 modules across all three campuses that students can choose from in order to make up the 30 NAA credits they need to complete the Award: 

  • CLAS Work Placement
  • Career Skills for Linguists
  • CLAS Peer Mentoring
  • CLAS Year Abroad Work Placement 

Find out more about the CLAS Work Placement and Employability Programme.

A special mention goes to three students who were shortlisted, highly commended and winner of two different employer-supported prizes: 

  • Shortlisted for the Professional Development Prize (supported by Boots): Sally Imogen Rose Hirst (BA Hons English and Hispanic Studies finalist).
  • Highly Commended for the Outstanding Female Entrepreneur Prize (supported by Rent-A-Car): Oliwia Kielbowska (BA Hons Management with Chinese Studies year one). Prize awarded = £50 capital bond voucher.
  • Winner of the Outstanding Female Entrepreneur Prize (supported by Rent-A-Car): Ashna Thillainathan (BA Hons Management with Hispanic Studies year 4). Prize awarded = £150 capital bond voucher. 

Many congratulations to all the CLAS students who completed the Advantage Award this year.

Vice-Chancellor Shearer West had the following message for students who completed the Nottingham Advantage Award: 

“I would warmly like to congratulate all of our students who have completed the Nottingham Advantage Award this year. Congratulations also to those who have had their exceptional achievements recognised through the employer supported prizes. The Award is what a Nottingham education is all about. It pushes our students’ thinking further, develops them as individuals and helps prepare them for a successful career when they leave us. 

Early engagement with external organisations is something we have always encouraged here at Nottingham and the Award is an innovative way of inspiring students to do this. With that in mind I would also like to thank the organisations and their staff who have led modules and supported prizes this year for their vital contributions to this award-winning and ever-expanding initiative. Now a distinct element of the Nottingham experience and with the variety of modules convened across our international campuses, the Award continues to be key to how we support our students in developing their global, social and cultural capital.” 

Well done to all of our students on this achievement!

Posted on Tuesday 19th June 2018

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