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DkIT Elevate Awards

Elevate yourself, and your CV, by contributing to DkIT life!

Students contribute hugely to the DkIT community in many ways. For example, as Student Ambassadors, Clubs and Societies Officers, Student Representatives and through discipline-specific engagement such as Coder Dojo, H2o Heroes and so on.

The aims of the new DkIT Elevate Awards is to:

    • Recognise and celebrate these contributions,
    • Help students to recognise and evidence the skills they have developed through this engagement, elevating employability.

2020 Elevate Awards Now Open

We are now accepting applications for the 2020 Elevate Awards. The closing date to submit the CV and Elevator pitch is Friday 20th March 2020 at 5 pm.  All engagement activity hours must be completed by the end of March 2020.

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How to be Considered

Step 1

Complete a minimum of 45 hours of eligible engagement activity* over the past 3 academic years. We have new opportunities available for 2020

*Note, we cannot include activities that are compulsory as part of a course, that receive other academic credit or that are paid.

Step 2

Submit a CV and an elevator pitch that evidence the skills. Need help writing your CV and Elevator Pitch?

Types of Engagement Activities

Student Ambassadors

40 hours (training plus induction, additional hours will also be recognised). 

Clubs and Societies Committee members

15 hours per semester.

Class Representatives

12 hours per academic year.

Coder Dojo

Lead – 4 hours per session | Mentor – 3 hours per session | Mega Dojo/Dojo Mor – 5 hours per session


Vex – 5 hours per session | Robocode – 12 hours per competition

H2O Heroes

20 hours (additional hours will be recognised).  

Cell Explorers

20 hours (additional hours will be recognised). 

Pollinators Workshop

2 hours.

Engagement projects

Individual allocations per project.  

New Opportunities 2020

ISSE Ambassador

15 hours (10th February -2nd March). Students are needed to help promote the ISSE survey. 

If you would like to apply to be an ISSE ambassador please contact Moira Maguire ( by Friday 31st January.

Silver Surfers 

20 hours (February and March).  Students are needed to help with a digital skills programme for older people.

If you are interested, please contact Suzanne Smith (

Need help with CV and Elevator Pitch?

Moodle Support

Familiarise yourself with the ‘CV and Elevator Pitch’ guidance on the ‘DkIT Elevate Award’ section of the Careers Moodle page and use the resources in this section to guide your CV and Elevator Pitch preparation.

Visit Support on Moodle

Attend a Workshop

Attend an ‘Elevate Award’ preparation workshop delivered by Careers & Employability Centre to support applicants in preparing their CV and Elevator pitch. To book a place on these workshops log on to Careers Connect and search for events.

Book Your Place

This scheme has been developed, by students and staff, as part of the Partners in Employability project funded by the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning. We gratefully acknowledge the support for the National Forum.