Building Your Award Hours

To receive The Cardiff Award, students must complete at least 70 hours of extra-curricular activities in two different roles. There’s a number of activities you can complete that can count towards these hours – for example having an active role in your society or sports club, your part-time work, work experience, or volunteering locally or abroad.

Once you’re accepted on the Award we will provide guidance for extra-curricular activities. We will also regularly post opportunities to our Twitter account (@CardiffAward), so be sure to follow us!

Have a specific question about what extracurricular activities can count towards the Cardiff Award? Please feel free to email us-

There’s also a range of opportunities and services within the University that many previous students have taken part in that can count towards your Award:

Work Experience

The Work Experience Team now has a dedicated space on the online Jobs Board under the placement section where we advertise our full range of opportunities – many of which would be an ideal way for you to complete your 70 hours’ work experience! The team has contacts with a variety of local employers who target Cardiff University students and graduates specifically, so you are in a great position to get some invaluable work experience for your future careers.

You can also talk through your options face-to-face with a member of the team through our Drop-In sessions held once a week between 1pm and 4pm, where one of the Internship Officers will be able to help. Book in person on the day from 12 noon at the Careers & Employability help desk, 51A Park Place.


Twitter: @ExpWorksCU

Facebook: /cardiffunicareers


Global Opportunities

The Global Opportunities (GO) team provides students with advice and support for study, internships and volunteering abroad. They also provide bursaries to help make getting an international experience affordable for all undergraduate students at Cardiff University.

The GO team has worked to develop a wide range of opportunities in locations around the world. Students can go abroad and do something that fits with their degree programme, learn a language, or add something completely different to their skillset. For more information email: or current students can search the intranet for “Spend Time Abroad”.

Twitter: @GlobalOppsCU

Student Mentoring

Becoming a student mentor can help improve your employability and leadership skills whilst doing something worthwhile to help new students.

As a student mentor you will lead a small group of mentees and be part of a dynamic mentor community. For more information, search the intranet for “student mentor” or email

Academic Skills Classes

The Academic Skills and Mentoring Team runs classes on a wide range of topics for all undergraduate students.

These classes are designed for all undergraduate students and are a great way to help improve your grades or enhance essential study skills. For more information, search the intranet for “academic skills” or email

Enterprise and Start-up

Being enterprising means having the confidence and skills to bring your ideas to life. Whether you want to grow a community project, impress an employer, or start a business; we help you unlock your creativity, develop new skills and start something.

  • Skills workshops
  • Hands-on challenges
  • Inspirational guest speakers
  • Competitions
  • 1-2-1 business advice
  • Funding and office space

Find us in the Centre for Skills, Enterprise and Volunteering, 2nd Floor, Students’ Union.

Skills Development Service

The Skills Development Service (SDS) provides a range of courses aimed at building your confidence, improving your transferable skills and increasing your employability potential. Certificates are awarded for successful completion of courses and are highly regarded by employers. For more information, visit their website on the Students’ Union pages.