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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 – Develop

In order to complete the Lincoln Award Develop section, you will need to have completed 40 hours of Experience Activity and achieved 30 points in total from the Employability Activity options.

  • To complete your Develop- Experience activity simply submit some evidence on your digital pathway on CareerLinc. This can be a payslip, volunteer log, email confirmation or any other form of evidence.
  • To complete your Develop- Employability Activity section you need to achieve 30 points.  There are a variety of different activities available worth 5, 10, and 20 points. Your digital pathway will allow you to submit any point combination to have your 30 points verified.

Once you have completed both elements of the Develop section you will have the opportunity to reflect on your experiences. This will allow you to identify the skills you have developed and check back with the action plan from your Skills Map.  Once you have completed this you will be ready to go on to the Apply section to complete the award.

Experience Activities

For this section the opportunity you choose can be part of your course or extra-curricular. 

All hours must be from one type of activity.  However, once you have chosen the type of activity you can use multiple activities to make up your hours.  For example, if you have chosen volunteering as the type of activity you could use 20 hours of volunteering with Oxfam and 20 hours of volunteering as a committee member of a society. 

We can support you in applying for opportunities. Our Skills Advisers are available to support you with all aspects of job search or the recruitment process for any role, part time, placement, work experience or graduate. Visit our Services for Students page for more details. 

If you are looking for opportunities here are some useful places to start:


CareerLinc is our online portal where all vacancies are advertised, part time, placement, work experience and graduate roles.  All students are already set up on the system so simply use your University log-in to get started!CareerLinc

Community Volunteering

The Students’ Union run a Community Volunteering brokerage system where they place students in local volunteering opportunities, varying from one-off to regular roles.

Community Volunteering

The Students’ Union has several different activities that count towards your Develop-Experience element of the Lincoln Award. Click the below button to see these suggested activities that you can get involved in.

Students' Union Activities

Experience Activity Category Definitions

Part time work: Any paid part time job role with an organisation.  You can also use any full-time employment outside of term time.

Volunteering: Any volunteering role with a registered charity or body.

Work Experience: Gaining experience with an organisation through various activities, such as shadowing and internships

Placement: A structured program with an employer, either as part of a course placement module or organised independently.

Employer Project: Participation in a project as part of a module or as an extra-curricular activity, for example our Graduate Skills Builder Projects.

Civic Engagement: Any role or activity which has a benefit to the community.  This must include active participation rather than just attendance.

Student Enterprise Project: A project organised through the Student Enterprise team or independently.  This must include active participation rather than just attendance.

Research Project: This can be any research project related to your course, with the exception of a dissertation which is not eligible.  You can also use involvement in extra-curricular research projects such as UROS or PEARL project.

Develop- Employability Activities

For this section you need to complete activities to achieve 30 points in total. 

Here are some ideas for activities you might like to complete.

20 Points

  • Virtual Work Experience Package – see here for more details
  • Employability Module – if your course has a full employability module you can evidence this on your pathway.
  • Digital Skills Specialist Course – see here for more details
  • SEO London –  Programmes preparing talent students from ethnic minority or low socioeconomic backgrounds for career success. Apply for and complete any of the programmes available.

10 Points

  • Interview Review Tool – this is a great tool to develop your interview skills. Try out as many interviews as you like and receive feedback. Evidence this by uploading a screen shot of your feedback on your digital pathway.
  • Strengths Profile Course – this consists of taking a Strengths Profile and attending a workshop to understand and explore your results. Look out for this opportunity which will be bookable on our events calendar.
    Events Calendar
  • 1 hour project – a great opportunity for students from underrepresented backgrounds to be matched with an industry expert who will share insights in to their profession and offer top tips during  a 1 hour conversation.

5 Points

  • Careers & Employability Workshops– a whole range of workshops are facilitated on a daily basis and covering whole range of topics from skills development to career routes. You can see these on your digital pathway and the first one can be booked there.  For further sessions (attend as many as you like for 5 points each) please evidence on the additional 5 points sections by providing a screen shot of your marked attendance.  All events are bookable via our calendar.Events Calendar
  • Employer or Industry events- Careers & Employability host local, national, and global employers throughout term time, this is an amazing opportunity to hear from employers directly about their opportunities and expectations from candidates. These can be found on our calendar. You can also use an employer event attended through your school or independently.Events Calendar
  • Careers On Demand– Did you know if you miss an event you can watch the recording and this can also count towards your Lincoln Award? You must watch at least 30 minutes of a session to count this activity- please submit details on your digital pathway and we will verify this for you. Click here to watch past Employer Events and recorded Careers & Employability Workshops can be found here.
  • Online Learning- 30 minutes of online learning and a completed reflection sheet is a 5 point Develop- Employability Skills Activity. We have 8 LinkedIn Learning Pathways based on our Skills Assessment.  Alternatively, you can pick from any of our other recommended courses or find your own.  Full details and the reflection sheet can be found here.
  • British Sign Language– online courses are available here for only a small donation. 
  • For students on the Lincoln Award there are also many skills sessions which support you to develop practical skills such as first aid or sign language. You will be updated regularly on all events throughout your time on the award.
  • You can also use any training you might be doing for a 5-point activity- this could be as required for your job or volunteering role e.g. health & safety or food hygiene. If you would like to check eligibility of an activity simply submit it on your pathway or contact us via email. 
  • Lincoln Connect– Would you like to gain valuable insight and make connections with those established in careers you aspire to?  Join Lincoln Connect and start building relationships.  Use the reflection sheet to use this for a 5 point Activity.
    Lincoln Connect Reflection Sheet