The Birmingham Award information for staff

The Birmingham Award (formerly the Personal Skills Award) is the University of Birmingham's optional employability award for undergraduate students.

The Personal Skills Award (PSA) re-launched as The Birmingham Award in 2023/24. After a period of consultation with students, staff and employers, The Birmingham Award has been designed to increase flexibility for students and to recognise a broader spectrum of activities to better reflect the diversity of experiences of students. 

Supported by a range of employers, The Birmingham Award enables undergraduate students to develop, recognise and articulate their skills effectively in preparation for the graduate employment market.

About The Birmingham Award

The award is open for undergraduate students to participate in from their first year to their final year. The Birmingham Award offers a gateway to engage in, and be formally recognised for, over 200 on-campus extra-curricular activities.

To complete The Birmingham Award, students must declare their participation in 4 extra-curricular activities, submit a CV or LinkedIn profile and complete a competency-based question. Students complete the award through a Pathway on Careers Connect. 

Working with you

The Birmingham Award recognises extra-curricular activities that take place across campus, including those that take place within departments such as department mentors and department event organisers. If you have an activity that you would like recognised please contact the team via

The Birmingham Award team can supply marketing resources for your activity or department. If you would like some resources please contact the team.

Contact The Birmingham Award Team

For further information about The Birmingham Award or for guidance on how to promote the award within your college or programme, please contact the team via


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