Reading Experience and Development Award (RED)

What is the RED Employability Award?

The RED Employability Award recognises the extra-curricular activities Reading students get involved with. It is included on your degree transcript as evidence of the skills you develop outside of your academic studies.

Why complete the RED Employability Award?

The RED Employability Award will help you stand out from the crowd in today’s increasing competitive jobs market.

Over 300,000 students graduate from UK universities each year. Have you thought about how you can differentiate yourself? This scheme is designed to provide you with precisely the examples of self-development that employers are looking for. 

What do I have to do?

You will need to register in order to take part via the RISIS web Portal.

To complete the RED Award you will need to participate in 50 hours of extra-curricular activities outside of your academic studies.

The 50 hours of extra-curricular experiences must include:

  • A minimum of 5 hours training & development
  • A minimum of 10 hours volunteering

The remaining 35 hours can be:

  • More volunteering
  • work experience
  • Internship or summer placement which is not part of your course
  • paid work
  • combination of the above

How easy is it to complete the RED Employability Award?

It couldn’t be easier to complete the RED Employability Award. Any extra-curricular activities you are involved with from your first day at University can count towards the scheme, so you may already be well on your way to achieving the RED Award without even realising it!

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Any questions email the RED Award Officer at or call 0118 378 4213

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