Competitions and awards are a fantastic way to show employers just what you can do.

Whether it's a chance to get an innovative business idea off the ground, study abroad or secure funding for the internship of a lifetime, it's a great way to stand out from the crowd.

Below you will find a selection of various challenges and awards. If you wish to search for further awards or scholarships, please log into JobsLive, click on 'Find a vacancy' and filter the Vacancy type by 'Studentships, scholarships & awards'. 

Competitions, Surveys and Awards

Imperial Award

Want to earn an official extra from Imperial on your graduation transcript? Do you want recognition for your employer-friendly attributes? Then the Imperial Award is for you.

Open to all current students (and designed with input from the Careers Service), the Imperial Award gives you a completely private online portfolio to use as a diary or journal. The interactive journal lets you identify your best evidence to enhance your CV and, if you wish, to back up your claim to the assessors (one page of writing). The assessors give written, individual feedback. Multiple assessment periods are offered.

Why? College wants you to develop and rehearse the reflective self-awareness that employers seek from graduates and College is willing to recognise it, formally.

Simply register by logging in with your College username and password, click on ‘guidance’ to watch the promo video and read the Student Guidance pack [pdf], which contains all the information you need to start working towards the Imperial Award. Once you've registered, you’ll hear from the Award team about upcoming workshops and further guidance to support your progress. 

It is free, has immediate benefits, runs all year and could enhance your official transcript.

Find out more here at the Imperial Award webpage. 

Computer Insight UK Cluster Challenge

This years' Student Cluster Competition, part of the Computing Insight UK (CIUK) conference, will be a hybrid competition with a series of online challenges leading up to the conference followed by physical, hands-on challenges during the conference itself. Successful teams will go on to participate in the International Supercomputing Challenge in May 2024. 


The agenda for the competition is still to be finalised, but the online challenges are expected to begin in October.

Team registration is now open​ and will close on Wednesday 4 October. Travel and accommodation is provided for teams during the conference in Manchester in December.
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Becas Santander Skills | Excel for All 2023

Looking to master Excel VBA and Macros? If so, you should apply for one of the 5,000 scholarships available from Santander Scholarships Excel for All 2023. The online programme, delivered by Udemy, is a flexible course for competent Excel users looking to make their work-life easier. Learn how to leverage Excel functionality with Macros and automate your work with VBA. There are only 5,000 places, so apply early for your chance to be selected!

Applications close on Thursday 31 August 2023. For more information, visit the Excel for All webpage.

L'Oréal Brandstorm 2023

Brandstorm is an international innovation competition organized every year by L'Oréal that has brought together ambitious students from all over the world. The competition gives students the chance to tackle a real business case, gain new skills, exchange with industry experts and have an unforgettable experience.

Sounds cool? Follow the steps and join the challenge:

  1. Build an amazing team of 3 students, register via the official competition website and start your journey.
  2. Come up with the most innovative idea, pitch it during the regional final in you country and win!
  3. Represent your country during the International Final among students from all over the world and have a chance to win it all!

For more information, please visit the official L'Oréal Brandstorm competition website.