Be part of the UK's largest student awards
Organised by NASES (National Association of Student Employment Services), the Student Employee of the Year Awards (SEOTY) recognise and promote the outstanding contributions and achievements of students who effectively combine part-time work (20 hours or less) with their study commitments. In addition the award also recognises student employers, as you can't have amazing student employees without fantastic student employers.
The University of Plymouth is proud to be a member of NASES and welcomes nominations for our students in the SEOTY awards.
Nominations are now closed
Nominations are encouraged from all student employers, both on and off campus. Students can really add something to a business and the growth of SEOTY shows that employers understand this. A SEOTY award can also boost a student's CV and give them the all-important edge they need to succeed.
Speak to your employer about the award and get the recognition you deserve.
Nominations open in February 2019
Above and Beyond
This award recognises an outstanding student making a huge impact working in your organisation going above and beyond on a regular basis. Tell us why you think this student is an exceptional employee. Suggested areas of excellence: communication, commitment, teamwork, innovation, creativity etc.
Step up to Leadership
Commercial Impact Award
This award recognises a student who has made a big commercial impact to your business or organisation. This student will have increased profit, generated new business, developed an enterprising idea, spotted new opportunities, engaged with new audiences or introduced a money saving scheme. Tell us how and why this student has had a commercial impact on your department, organisation or business etc. leadership skills this year etc.
Best TeamThis is a new award for 2019! This award recognises a group of students who have shown excellent team working and communication skills to come together for a shared project.
Students can also nominate their employer as the Student Employer of the Year!
This award recognises excellent student employers who provide students with opportunities to learn and excel in the work place and who build links with education in order to support the next generation of workers.
Learn more about our previous winners
How does it feel to be nominated?
"When I found out I was nominated for a Student Employee of the Year Award, I was overwhelmed and honoured that my hard work was being recognised, especially when there are thousands of students who work part-time across the city. The fact is, if you put the effort in and demonstrate that you can go above and beyond what is expected of you, there is an opportunity for you to be nominated! With whatever skills or interests you have, I recommend talking to Student Jobs in the Careers & Employability Service as they have professionals who are extremely helpful in helping you find whatever kind of part-time job you like, either inside or outside of the University, to fit your needs and enhance your experience here at Plymouth."
MSc Digital and Social Media Marketing
Step up to Leadership National Award Winner 2018
I was so honoured to be nominated for the Step up to Leadership award for the National SEOTY Awards. My nomination was one of the nicest things I've read about myself, it's so nice to see your hard work being recognised by other people.
Medicine student Bhavna won for her outstanding work with the Widening Access to Medical School team.Find out more about the success of Bhavna and other students at the 2018 Student Employee of the Year Awards
Commercial Impact Award winner 2017
How did it feel to be nominated for a SEOTY Award?Valerie Stephens, BSc (Hons) Business Management
I was in complete shock when I found out that I was nominated for a Student Employee of the Year Award. It was just so nice to receive recognition for giving 110 per cent at work, as well as balancing my uni commitments.
How have you found working part time alongside your studies?
I have worked part time throughout my degree so I couldn’t really imagine not doing it now! It has been tough at times but organising yourself properly and having a routine makes it a lot easier.
What employability skills have you developed whilst working part-time?
The ability to manage and prioritise my workload has been the most important skill I have developed. This is something I think will be really important for once I leave the University of Plymouth.
One of our students was a national winner in 2016!
University of Plymouth student Molly Humphreys was presented with the national Student Temp Excellence Award at the 2016 Student Employee of the Year Awards ceremony in Birmingham.
Psychology student Molly won for her outstanding work on a number of projects, including boosting social media presence.Find out how Molly balanced her studies and part-time work