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Completing the Award

This section of the website is devoted to live Q&A sessions with our own advisers or external employers. We will promote the Live Q&A’s in advance and you can also access session archives below.

Lincoln Award Inductions

To sign up for the award you will need to attend an induction event.  The next inductions will be taking place in September and will run twice a week after term has begun. New induction dates will be released soon.


To find out more about the award and register your interest please come in to the Careers and Employability Centre or email

The Careers and Employability Centre is open during term time (Students’ Union, 1st floor);

Monday-Friday 10am-3pm


How do I sign up for the award?

If you would like to begin the award you must visit the Lincoln Award drop-in to book onto an induction event. Drop-in runs daily in the Careers & Employability Centre, upstairs in the Students’ Union.

What activities should I choose?

At the Induction you will be booked onto a Pathway Assessment with an Adviser from the Careers and Employability team. At your Pathway Assessment your Adviser will discuss your options and make recommendations for activities you could complete on the award.

How do I evidence my activities?

When you attend the Lincoln Award Induction you will be given an Evidence Booklet. At the Induction you will be given instructions and guidelines on how to evidence your activities. If you have any problems evidencing an activity, you can visit the Careers and Employability Centre for support.

How do I know what the activities are for my subject?

At your Pathway Assessment the Adviser will advise you on activities that are available for your subject. Suitable activities may include; any employability module, guest lectures, educational field trips, optional workshops, conferences etc. Your subject tutors may also be able to advise you of activities and events for your subject area. If you are unsure if an activity will be suitable for the award, please come to the Careers and Employability Centre or get in touch by email.

How do I book activities?

Details about booking activities and workshops are available on our Activity Dates Page which is updated regularly with new suggestions. You will be shown how to book activities at your Induction.

How do I know if an activity/event can be counted towards the Lincoln Award?

If you are participating in any employability related activity which is not listed you can have this verified by bringing details into the Careers and Employability Centre or getting in touch by email.

What if I have questions during my time completing the award?

If you have questions, booking problems or would like a chat about your progress there is a daily drop-in, which runs from 10am-3pm, Monday-Friday, in the Careers and Employability Centre, upstairs in the Students' Union. You can also email any questions you have to; You will be contacted regularly to update your progress throughout the award.

What do I do when I have finished my activities?

Once you have completed and evidenced all of your activities you will need to bring your Evidence Booklet into drop-in (in the Careers and Employability Centre) for review. At this point you will be booked your Pathway Reflection and your Interview Experience.

What is the Pathway Assessment?

A Pathway Assessment is a 30 minute group session. You will be supported to complete our Skills Assessment which will help you to identify strengths and weaknesses in your skills and attributes. Your results will help you to decide which activities you may like to take up on the award. The Adviser will support you to think about your options and provide you with details of relevant activities.

What is the Pathway Reflection and Interview Preparation?

A Pathway Reflection and Interview Preparation is a 60 minute group session. When you book onto this session you will be sent some preparation to do- this is not time consuming but it is vital you complete this before the session. When you arrive you will be supported to complete a follow up Skills Assessment to review your progress and identify further areas for development. The rest of the session is used to prepare you for the Interview Experience. Using video, information and group activities we will support you in how to demonstrate your skills to employers. You will also receive information on interview preparation and employer expectations.

What is the Interview Experience and Assessment?

The Interview Experience will be a 30 minute appointment; 20 minutes for interview questions and 10 minutes for some general feedback from the employer. A choice of different career route interview experiences are available including: Commercial, Further Study, Teacher Training and Pitch Presentation. When you book your Interview Experience you will be sent a preparation email with full details. The Interview Experience is a valuable exercise in practicing your interview technique with a real employer and gaining useful feedback to build on in future interview situations after graduation. Your Pathway Reflection session will help you prepare for this experience and additional support is available where required.

How will I be assessed?

In your Interview Experience you will be marked on a set of criteria and given a pass or fail mark. You will be given some general feedback at the end of the interview but not informed of your score. You will receive an email with the outcome of your interview within 1 working day.

What happens if I fail the Assessment?

If you fail the Interview Experience you will have one chance to retry after feedback and guidance from an Adviser and completion of recommended activities.

Does the Lincoln Award count towards my degree?

No. The Lincoln Award is recognition of the activities you do over and above your studies. As well as helping you develop employability skills, the Lincoln Award will give you the framework to showcase your achievements and the confidence to communicate your university experiences and successes.

How much does The Lincoln Award cost?

Completing the Lincoln Award is free of charge. There is no fee for any compulsory elements or most of the optional activities. However some optional activities incurs a charge (such as external courses)- full details of any cost will be available on the booking information.

How long do I have to complete the Award?

There is no time restriction to complete the Lincoln Award other than graduating! However the Interview Experience is only available at certain points of the year and there is a cut-off point each year to complete in time for the annual Lincoln Award celebration event which is held in May. You will be given this information when you register and kept up to date with interview dates.

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