The Chester Difference Award Celebration Event

The Chester Difference Award Celebration Event

Last week saw the first joint Celebration Evening held by Careers and Employability and Student Support and Guidance to celebrate the achievements of Chester Difference Award (CDA) participants and those achieving University of Chester Volunteering Awards. The evening was well attended, with in excess of thirty CDA participants receiving their Award certificates for completing various levels of the Award. Certificates were presented by Ian Turner, Sales Academy Manager of TalkTalk Business, the company that endorses The Chester Difference Award. It was the first celebration event that the CDA team was involved in, owing to the fact that the Award is coming to the end of its first full year following its successful pilot. With now over 300 participants signed up to the Award, it has certainly grown in popularity across all campuses, with students being given the opportunity to gain recognition for the extra-curricular activities they have been involved in whilst studying at the University of Chester. One specific highlight of the evening was the speeches delivered by two Chester Difference Excellence

Award recipients, Freya Flindell, a final year Sports Development student, and Katherine Harris, a second year Human Nutrition student, who both spoke eloquently about their experiences of completing the Award. Both students have participated in an assessment centre to complete the Award, which was co-delivered by TalkTalk Business. Freya has since been offered a permanent position with TalkTalk Business which is due to commence this summer upon completion of her degree.

Katherine said of her experience of the Award: “I found The CDA was a great opportunity to gain acknowledgment for all the extra-curricular activities I was taking part in outside of my studies”. Furthermore, Ian Turner commented “We believe The Chester Difference Award can help make a real difference to students’ future employment prospects. By taking advantage of this scheme students are already illustrating to employers that they are willing to go over and above their day-to-day studies in order to stand out from the crowd”.

So how does the Award work?

Extra-curricular activities are given a points value and there are three levels of Award which are outlined below:

Points Gained Award Achieved
10 The Chester Difference Award (CDA)
15 The Chester Difference Plus Award (CDPA)
15 plus final assessment element The Chester Difference Excellence Award (CDEA)

What counts towards the Award?

There are a wide range of activities which you can gain points for, such as being a StAR, completing one of the University’s Volunteering Awards, participating in entrepreneurial activities at the Riverside Innovation Centre and undertaking 50 hours of part-time work to name but a few. For a full list of activities which contribute to the Award, please click here.

Benefits of completing The CDA

This Award will enable you to:

· get involved in a range of extra-curricular activities

· develop a wide range of skills which are useful to employers

· gain recognition for extra activities you do

· meet new people

· enhance your CV

Want to find out more or get involved? Simply visit our website here for more information and to sign up. You can also like our Facebook page (The Chester Difference Award) or follow us on Twitter (@CDA_Team).

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