We’ve been speaking to the Students’ Union and students, gathering general information to tell you all you need to know about the Beckett Award.
What is the Beckett Award?
The Beckett Award is a formal accreditation for all your hard work, whether this is though leading a society, local volunteering, becoming a course/faculty/student council rep, contributing to the SU’s media groups, fundraising with RAG or running a campaign.
The award has three levels; Bronze, Silver and Gold, and staff will work with you to decide which is the most appropriate for your level of engagement and involvement with a variety of activities.
Speaking to Harry Walters, VP Activities.
Why did you want the Beckett Award to be introduced?
I was interested in seeing the SU develop and implement the Beckett Award as employability has always been something I care about since I started at university. There are so many ways for students to boost their employability skills at Leeds Beckett Students’ Union and having a system like this to help them develop and realise these is fantastic.
How can the award benefit students?
It gives students the chance to lay out in front of them everything they have learnt as a society leader, course rep, council member, volunteer or member of BeMedia. This will be invaluable when writing CVs for when they come to graduate and help them in the interview process. They will be able to come up with a load of examples on the sort of buzz words employers like to use; team working, communication, events etc.
Furthermore that fact that we have a staff member to take the lead on the Beckett Award means that the students, engaging with it, have someone that can support them through the whole process to make sure they are getting the best out of the scheme.
Speaking to Lewis Appleton, BA Hons Accounting and Finance Level 5 Student.
Why did you want to get involved in the Beckett Award?
I wanted to see what it was about. But ultimately I wanted to have something to show to potential employers on my CV that would enhance my employability.
What did you think of the process?
The process was not bad! There was quite a lot to do, although I think we got started with it a bit late. If it was done over the whole year it could be really great!
Has it helped you with your employability since?
I am proud to say I have since taken a role at a data company in Leeds and have even gone on to lead my team with great ideas and initiative!
Would you recommend it to other students?
Absolutely. I think being at university is more than just getting a degree, and considering you’re paying 9k a year you should make the most of it!
To find out more about the Beckett Award, or to register your interest follow this link:
Written and edited by Charlotte Crouch.