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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 FAQs

Click commonly asked questions below to view answers

How do I sign up for the award?

To start the award you need to book on to an Induction Event; you can do this by visiting our ‘Events’ page on the website. See Events page

What activities should I choose?

At the Induction you will be introduced to our Online Skills Assessment; completing this will help inform your choices. The Adviser will also discuss options and make recommendations for activities you could complete on the award.

How do I evidence my activities?

You provide evidence of your activities on your digital pathway on CareerLinc. This is where you submit all evidence and can monitor your progress.Visit CareerLinc

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

At your Pathway Assessment the Adviser will advise you on the criteria for Course Related Activities and suggest activities that may be 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 Events 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 submitting through your digital pathway on CareerLinc.

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 visit the Careers Centre, located on the ground floor of the Library and open Monday-Friday, 9am- 4:30pm. 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?

Your digital pathway on CareerLinc will show your progress on the award. Once you have completed the required amount of activities and had all your evidence approved you will be able to book your Pathway Reflection and Assessment Centre on CareerLinc.Visit CareerLinc

What is the Pathway Assessment?

This is the stage where you think about where you are currently and what skills and experiences you would like to develop. At Induction the Adviser will support you to think about your options and provide you with details of relevant activities. You will also be introduced to the Careers & Employability Online Skills Assessment; after Induction this will be your first activity on the award. Completing this will help you identify your strengths and weaknesses. Your results will help you to decide which activities you may like to take up on the award.

What is the Pathway Reflection

Our online Pathway Reflection is a 20 minute live group session; you will be reflecting on your development; the activities you have taken part in and the skills you have gained from these.  You will also be preparing for the Assessment Centre Experience.  The Careers Adviser will use information, reflection techniques and a follow up activity to support you to develop your confidence in demonstrating your skills to employers.  This session will help prepare you for graduate recruitment; focusing on interviews and assessment centres.

What is the Assessment Centre Experience?

The Lincoln Award Assessment Centre is a three hour event which will include a group exercise and a short interview. The experience will be based on what you can expect at most assessment centres and will prepare you for future graduate recruitment. Each assessment centre will be run with an employer so it is as realistic as possible. You will be sent preparation information – this will involve researching the employer but not preparing for any tasks.

How will I be assessed?

You will be scored on all activities and you must meet the pass mark in order to complete the Lincoln Award. Feedback on your performance in all areas will be provided.

What happens if I fail the Assessment?

If you fail the Assessment Centre you will be supported at a one-to-one appointment with an Adviser to discuss your feedback. You will also be able to attend one more Assessment Centre to attempt to pass and complete the Lincoln Award.

Does the Lincoln Award count towards my degree?

No, it doesn’t contribute towards your degree but it does go on your degree transcript as an additional achievement.  As well as providing recognition, by the end of the Lincoln Award you will also have the tools to confidently communicate your skills and experiences to future employers. 

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 Assessment Centre 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 Assessment Centre dates.