Advantage scheme hits 1,000 mark

March 8th, 2011

Nottingham’s Advantage Award scheme has notched up its 1,000th student.

Pharmacy student Sue Siow Swen, who has come from Nottingham’s Malaysia campus to complete her degree here in the UK, is the 1,000th person to sign up.

The award, which requires students to complete three extra-curricular modules during the course of their degree, is designed to develop student skills, employability and personal and academic development – to help them stand out in an increasingly competitive jobs market.

Sue said: “I am taking part in the Nottingham Advantage Award because I want to know what recruiters will be looking for when I graduate from the School of Pharmacy.

“In the short term I hope that the work experience module will help me to recognise the skills I am going to develop through my summer placement.”

The work experience module is one of 34 that students are able to choose from to help tailor the award to suit them. Other modules include career planning, community work, travelling abroad, mentoring and developing skills for the workplace.

Will Bickford Smith, Education Officer for the Students’ Union, says every student should sign up for the award.

He said: “While having fun and doing well in your course is of central importance for all students at the University, ultimately this means little if you are not prepared for the next stage of your life when you graduate.

“We want University of Nottingham graduates to continue to be amongst the most sought after in the country, and the Nottingham Advantage Award is here to help that happen.”

To find out more about the award, which is now available at the Ningbo campus in China and the Malaysian campus from next semester, please visit

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