Press Release

University to recognise students that go above and beyond

Published on 27 April 2021

After a year like no other, some of the University of Dundee’s most inspiring students are to be honoured at a special event.

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This year’s Dundee Plus Awards will celebrate the work of students who have used their free time to assist their communities and expand their own skillsets, despite the challenges posed by the pandemic.

The ceremony, which will be held online this year, will take place on Wednesday 28 April.

Dundee Plus is a personal skills development programme that recognises the value of activities undertaken by students outwith their course. The initiative helps to identify the transferable skills they are developing, whether it is in the capacity of a community group leader, member of a sports club, or in a role as a carer or guardian.

As well as helping their communities, the Dundee Plus scheme gives students the opportunity to develop their CVs. With the post-pandemic jobs market expected to be particularly competitive, Richard Pool, Employer Engagement Manager at the University’s Career Service, said that experience gained through volunteering and extra-curricular roles can evidence a wide range of skills.

“The jobs market is particularly challenging at the moment and showing potential employers the breadth of a person’s talents is extremely important,” he said.

“Initiatives like Dundee Plus are a fantastic way of helping participants identify the things that they can showcase to prospective employers, while also helping to develop a person’s confidence and experience.

“Every year we are overwhelmed by the dedication and determination of those students that take part in the Dundee Plus scheme, but this year has been truly extraordinary.

“All of our students have been working in exceptional circumstances this year, but those involved in Dundee Plus have achieved amazing things, whether it has been through caring for a loved one or performing work in the community.

“These awards allow us to share these stories and celebrate the work of some of our inspirational students.”

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Jonathan Watson

Media Relations Officer

+44 (0)1382 381489

j.s.watson@dundee.ac.uk