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Welcome to the RED Award

  • What is the RED Award?

    The Reading Experience and Development (RED) Award is the official University of Reading Employability Skills Certificate. It is here to help Reading students make the most of the extra-curricular activities and experiences on offer outside of the academic programme.


    The certificate is awarded alongside your degree and will support you to gain experience and stand out from the crowd in an increasingly competitive job market. The RED Award started in 2010/11 and there have been over 7000 students registering for the Award so far.

  • Things you need to know

    • The RED Award is open to all students!

    • We would recommend that you complete the award in the academic year that you sign up for it.

    • You can complete the award once during your time at Reading. You will then be eligible for the Advanced RED Award (Piloting in 2017/8).

    • Core Activity and Volunteering hours can be completed worldwide!

  • What do I have to do?

    There are five steps in order to complete the RED Award:

  • Why do students complete the Award?

    Students who have completed the Award say that the RED Award:


    "Helps to demonstrate commitment, motivation and dedication"


    "Allows you to develop employability skills, examples for discussion at interview and extra information for your CV"


    "Gives you recognition for activities you may already be doing"


    "Provides an opportunity to meet new people and gain new experience"


    "Offers a chance to be more involved in university life and discover opportunities outside your degree"

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