We want you to succeed in all aspects of your university experience and beyond. We know how good you are, so we want to give you the opportunity to show everyone else. With our Bucks Award you get a record of all of your fantastic achievements in one place.
The Bucks Award is divided into sections with the idea that by the time you leave university you have something in every section – a completely achievable goal thanks to all the free opportunities you have access to. Even if you don't have every element covered, we want you to be able to talk about your experiences in an effective way that can be relatable to the career of your choice.
We will list any role you've had with the Students' Union during your time at Bucks, backing up that you have had the work experience you claim on your CV. Not only do we include your employed roles but we also want to showcase all the hours you have dedicated to volunteering. The Bucks Award will detail the number of volunteering hours you've logged by the type of role – club or society committee role, ambassador role, community or external projects, and Students' Union or internal projects. Being able to talk about your volunteering experiences and relate them to the roles that you apply for will be invaluable.
Whether you’ve been a School Officer or Course Rep, Ambassador or Chair of a Club or Society or Team Leader in our bars, you have had to use leadership skills to perform your role. As a candidate in our elections you will have planned a campaign and influenced people into voting for you thereby demonstrating signs of your leadership skills. Whatever you want to do as a career, leadership skills will be invaluable. Maybe you’ve attended our course specific or generic training sessions or achieved accredited qualifications through us. These will all be listed in your Bucks Award so you can see exactly how much you’ve developed.
Being a member of a club or society is an incredible part of being at university. Any participation in these student groups demonstrates commitment to a sport or interest and the ability to build your own networks and team based skills. If you've recieved an Award at our annual AU Dinner or Union Awards, including any awards you have been shortlisted for, these will also be listed. Being shortlisted, or even winning an award, is a really great achievement and should be recognised.
Anything else you’ve done with us, recreational activities or sport for fun, will also be detailed on your Bucks Award and can be used to demonstrate cultural, social or self awareness.
The Bucks Award can be used as an ongoing reflective tool to identify any areas you feel we can help you develop – maybe you have accrued many volunteering hours but would like to secure a leadership role or maybe you’ve attended lots of skills sessions and would like to use those skills working for us. It can also be a way of showing prospective employers the many activities you have been involved in, thereby demonstrating the transferable skills and experiences you’ve picked up during your time at university.
To find out more, email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will contact you to arrange a meeting or phone conversation.