Accreditation and Workshops



NUSU Employability Workshops - open to all!

A series of 'pick & mix' skills workshops open to any student wanting to improve their chances at interviews/applications for jobs. All the skills are specifically chosen as they are exactly the type of competencies employers demand evidence of when recruiting. Boost your chances of gaining your ideal job by working on these with us!


The Autumn Term workshops will take place on the following days (you can choose to attend as many or as few as you wish):

  • Workshop 1 – Teamwork – Wednesday 18th October 1-2.30pm
  • Workshop 2 - Commercial Awareness  – Monday 23rd October 4-5.30pm
  • Workshop 3 - Influence & Persuasion  - Wednesday 25th October 12.30-2pm
  • Workshop 4 - Emotional Intelligence, Competence & Resilience – Wednesday 25th October 5.30-7      
  • Workshop 5 - Practical Project Management – Wednesday 1st November 5-6.30pm
  • Workshop 6 - Conflict Resolution – Friday 3rd November 12.15-1.15pm


All take place in the History Room, NUSU (first floor). 
BOOK YOUR WORKSHOPS from the beginning of term.

 Please contact Jo Day, Employability & Skills Coordinator with any questions. 


ncl+ award

Did you know that when you do extra-curricular activity, you can get this accredited by the university and put on your university transcript (HEAR)? Plus get advice, guidance and tips on how to use this to your best advantage when applying for jobs in the future?


Being at University is so much more than your course; it’s also about being part of something, playing sports, making friends, volunteering and learning from new experiences. Alongside your degree, these extra-curricular activities and the skills you develop through them help make you more employable.

The ncl+ Award is a way for you to demonstrate these skills to employers. You can also gain recognition and credit on your Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR*) for the time and effort you put in to extra-curricular activities. Whether it’s clubs and societies, volunteering, part time work or an international experience – if you are doing something outside of your course, the ncl+ Award is perfect for you!

Why should I do the ncl+ Award?

Employers are increasingly looking for candidates who stand out from the crowd. They value skills such as:

  • Personal enterprise
  • Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Self-awareness and reflection
  • Planning and organising

You may already be developing these as part of your extra-curricular activities. Through the ncl+ Award, you can reflect on your skills and articulate these when making applications.

The ncl+ Award team will provide support throughout the year to help you make the most of your achievements and skills beyond university.

Being part of the ncl+ Award also gives you access to exclusive opportunities: attend bespoke workshops, meet employers and take part in additional awards such as last year’s ncl+ Advanced Award: Leadership, delivered in partnership with Enterprise Rent-a-Car.

Once you have successfully completed the Award, you’ll be invited to a celebration event where you will receive your ncl+ Award certificate.

Ready to get started?  OPEN FOR 2017/18 -registration closed in December

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ncl+ advanced awards


If you have already completed or are currently completing the ncl+ Award in Newcastle, our Advanced Awards will help you push yourself further, gain valuable skills and knowledge and build key contacts which could help your future career.

ncl+ Advanced Award in Project Management (with NSPCC)

After exploring concepts such as team work, problem solving and project management in the workshops, you will work in groups to run a fundraising project with the support of a mentor from the NSPCC. At the end of the award, you will have the opportunity to present your project to professionals from the charity sector.

You will need to be available for the following workshops:

  • Team Work - 3pm – 5pm, 8 February 2017
  • Problem Solving - 3pm – 5pm, 8 March 2017
  • Introduction to Project Management - 3pm – 5pm, 22 March 2017

There will be drop-in sessions available between March and June to support you with your project.

You will deliver a presentation at the end of your project. Presentations will be delivered on the 6 and 7 June 2017. You will need to be available on at least one of these dates to complete your assessment.

You can apply for this award as a group or as an individual.

Please fill in our online form to apply. REGISTRATION CLOSED FOR 2016/17 - will open again next academic year!


ncl+ Advanced Award in Communication (with Santander)

You will explore the theories behind good communication, networking and personal branding as well as learn how to build a successful career in an organisation like Santander. At the end of the award, you will take part in a mock assessment centre and receive feedback from professionals in the field.

You will need to be available for the following workshops:

  • Communication - 3pm – 5pm, 15 February 2017
  • Collaboration and Networking - 3pm – 5pm, 15th March 2017
  • Personal Branding - 3pm – 5pm, 3rd May (TBC)

The assessment centre for the Award will be held on 7 June 2017 between 3pm and 6pm – you will need to be available to attend the session to gain the award.

Please fill in our online form to apply. REGISTRATION CLOSED FOR 2016/17 - will open again next academic year!


NUSU ncl+ Advanced Programme in Leadership (an ILM endorsed programme)

Already a responsible NUSU volunteer or student representative, you will learn key concepts behind successful leadership and run your own project to consolidate and demonstrate your learning.

At the end of the programme, you will deliver a presentation highlighting key aspects of your project to a panel of professional judges – successful students will receive an endorsement for participation in the programme from the Institute for Leadership and Management (ILM).

This programme is only open to existing NUSU volunteers in a leadership role, including club/society exec, school reps, part time officers and Go Volunteer project leads – please contact Katie Blundell, NUSU Volunteering Manager for more information.

You will need to be available for the following workshops:

  • Introduction to the Institute of Leadership and Management and leadership theories 2pm – 5pm, 1 February 2017
  • Leadership in practice - 3pm – 5pm, 3 May 2017

You will also need to deliver a presentation in a Pecha Kucha format as an assessment for your award. Presentations will take place on 6 and 7 June 2017 and you will need to be available for at least one of those dates to complete your assessment.

Please fill in our online form to apply - REGISTRATION CLOSED FOR 2016/17 - will open again next academic year!