Cardiff Award

As we head towards the end of another year…. by Cardiff Award Manager, Leah Doherty

Leah Doherty, Cardiff Award Manager
Leah Doherty, Cardiff Award Manager

A message from Cardiff Award Manager, Leah Doherty…….

It’s hard to believe we are coming to the end of another Cardiff Award programme. Yet again the programme has exceeded expectations and our outgoing cohort of students are our highest achievers yet, with over 300 students completing the programme and we have over 540 currently working through it.

It’s been quite a whirlwind of a semester. Returning from maternity leave to find the programme absolutely blossoming under the leadership of Sharon with fantastic support from Amy and Jon was great. I’ve really enjoyed the workshops and recruitment experiences I have been involved with and catching up with students coming towards the end of the programme as well as meeting those starting this year.

The new online platform, Potential.ly is a great addition to the programme and I’m excited to be a part of how this develops. It feels like there is a genuine buzz of excitement and enthusiasm for the programme both from students and throughout the University and Potential.ly can only strengthen this.

Huge congratulations to those of you who completed this year. I hope you have found it a valuable and worthwhile experience. We would love to hear from you about how you found the programme so if you haven’t yet done so, please do complete our end of programme survey. Don’t forget to add The Award as a certificate to your LinkedIn profile and please do join our LinkedIn group and keep in touch with us. We love to hear about how your career is progressing and are always looking for ways to involve our Alumni in the programme. Again, many congratulations again on a fantastic achievement and I hope to see many of you at the celebration event on 8th May (tickets can be booked through eventbrite).

To our students currently completing the programme through Potential.ly, we still have activities going on this semester for those of you ready to complete workshops and recruitment experiences. Keep an eye on your emails for more information.

I’m sure you are all going to be pretty busy over the summer but don’t forget it’s an ideal time to start gaining experience through extra-curricular activities and counting your hours for the programme. When you are doing this, make sure your activities are meaningful and really think about how they would look on your CV or how you might use them to evidence your skills in an application form or interview. If you can’t see how your activities would work for you in this way, then re-think your activities and make sure they are right for you.

So finally, I just want to say, well done those of you who have completed the programme! Keep going, those of you currently working through it and I look forward to seeing you over the next year and good luck to all of you with your exams this summer.


We have updated our Cardiff Award team profiles on our blog. To find out more about the team, click here


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