What Activities Count?

Any extra-curricular activity can count – as long as it is something you have been involved in during your time at Hallam. The purpose of the award is for you to gain recognition for activities not already being recognised by your course, this means anything that you are doing as part of your course can’t be used which includes placements both as part of a module or for your Sandwich year unless you are working for yourself.

Below you will find some of the most popular activities mapped to each award level. Sometimes the same kind of activities can be used across each level – you simply need to reflect greater commitment and/or leadership.

Please note that this is not a restrictive list, you are welcome to choose another type of activity as long as you are developing through doing so, if you’ve found your own extra-curricular activity – go for it (as long as it is something you would be happy to talk about in a job interview in future life)! If you’re unsure you can always check-in with one of the Hallam Award Team.

International Experience Activities

Bronze ideas:

  • Volunteer at Conversation Club
  • Become a mentee in the Cultural Connect scheme

Silver ideas:

  • Become a Culture Connect mentor

Gold ideas:

  • Global Citizenship Portfolio


Bronze ideas:

  • Attend a ‘Give it a Go’ event led by a Society
  • Join a Society

Silver ideas:

  • Become a Society committee member

Gold ideas:

  • Take on a leadership role


Bronze ideas:

  • Try a new sports or fitness activity

Silver ideas:

  • Make a regular sports/fitness commitment

Gold ideas:

  • Take part in Varsity
  • Take on a leadership/ coordination/ coaching role

Student Rep

Bronze ideas:

  • Become a course rep and attend Course Rep training

Silver ideas:

  • Regular commitment to being a Course Rep

Gold ideas:

  • Become a department Rep


Bronze ideas:

  • Try a ‘One Off Volunteering’ activity
  • Get involved in an event during Student Volunteer Week

Silver ideas:

  • Commit to regular volunteering

Gold ideas:

  • Volunteering that demonstrates greater commitment, responsibility or leadership


Bronze ideas:

  • Attend a jobs fair and speak to potential employers
  • Apply for work

Silver ideas:

  • Regular commitment to work
  • Apply for internships, work placements

Gold ideas:

  • Demonstrate commitment, responsibility or leadership

What’s more important, activities or attributes?

It’s not so much what you’re doing, it’s what you’re learning.

The Graduate Attributes are the central part of the Hallam Award. That’s why we ask you to focus on two new Attributes at each level. As you progress through the award, you will be developing a wide range of attributes that you will take away with you. It’s not the certificate that’s important (it’s your ability to capture experiences and articulate them in a way that will make you stand out to employers in the future.

A few thoughts on activities:

  • We don’t count how many hours you’ve completed on an activity – spending hundreds of hours on something does not guarantee learning. On the other hand, we don’t think you can develop your graduate attributes in a couple of hours (especially for the higher levels) so use common sense when you choose your activities and how long you commit to them.

Which activities develop which attributes?

Any extra-curricular activity could help you develop any Graduate Attribute.

Learning and development opportunities are everywhere, if you’re open to them.

Think about what you might be developing (that you might otherwise take for granted).

What are Graduate Attributes?

An attribute is a particular feature or quality that can be seen in an individual.

A Graduate Attribute is one that we know employers value.

The Hallam Award enables you to develop your Graduate Attributes through extra-curricular activities. There are 12 to choose from…

The 12 Hallam Graduate Attributes

Going for Gold?  

If you’re going for Gold you’ll select a total of 6 attributes over the course of your Hallam Award journey. Two at Bronze, two at Silver and a final two at Gold.

Not sure which attributes to choose? 

Start by logging in to the Hallam Award section of UniHub and complete the self-assessment questionnaire.  It’s up to you to choose whether you want to reflect on stuff you’ve already done at Hallam or to challenge yourself to develop Attributes that you are less sure of.

Not sure what type of activity would suit you best?

Below, you’ll find more info on each of the Attributes with some ideas for activities at each level to get you thinking. There are many more activities you could take part in, so you are not only restricted to these lists. You may find it helpful to discuss your choice with a member of the Hallam Award Team, a Careers Advisor or Academic Personal Advisor.

What activities count?

Any extra-curricular activity can count from your time at Hallam. Here are some of the most popular activities, mapped to each award level. As you can see, the same types of activities can be used across every level – they simply reflect greater commitment and/or leadership (as described in the Award Levels section).

Activity Bronze Silver Gold
Part time work Casual work Regular work, internships Work demonstrating greater commitment or leadership
Career planning & personal development activities Appointment with an Employability or Enterprise Advisor

Career Impact Level 4

Training courses

Career Mentoring Programme

CV workshop

Hackathons, networking or training courses

Start your own business / Placement Year Enterprise Scholarship


Assessment Centres, Psychometric Tests, Practice Interviews

Volunteering ‘Give It A Go’ one-off volunteering Regular volunteering Volunteering that demonstrates greater commitment, responsibility or leadership
Student Rep roles Course Rep Course Rep/Department Rep Department Rep
Societies ‘Give It A Go’ involvement in societies Society Committee membership Society leadership roles
Self-led activities (including family or caring responsibilities) Attending training courses

Getting involved in new activities – ‘having a go’

Regular commitment

Balancing study with your commitments

Taking on a leadership role
Mentoring programmes Being a mentee (having a mentor)

Casual mentoring

Regular mentoring that demonstrates a commitment Regular mentoring that demonstrates leadership, or PALS (Peer Assisted Learning Schemes)
Family or caring responsibilities Balancing personal commitments with academic commitments Demonstrating achievements while balancing commitments Demonstrating leadership or greater achievements while balancing commitments
University Sport Casual involvement in University sport Regular commitment to University sport Taking on a leadership/coordination/coaching role
International Experience activities Conversation Club volunteering Culture Connect Mentoring GoGlobal Challenge