Discover the RED Award

A student wearing a RED Award T-shirt outside the library.

Whether you have been at the University for a few years or you are a new student there is a chance you may have come across the RED Awards but you’re not quite sure what is involved or what you need to do in order to achieve one. Here is some handy information if you would like to find out more:

What are the RED Awards?

The RED Awards are the official Skills Awards at the University. They are here to help you enhance your experience whilst at Reading and develop your skills with the end goal of standing out from the crowd when making applications!

What do I have to do?

Each of our awards requires 40 hours of activity, and there are three different types of RED Award:

  • RED Award: Complete activity to build your experience, this will involve doing things like part-time jobs, internships and volunteering.
  •  RED Sustainable Action Award: Increase awareness of sustainability issues, solutions and opportunities. This will involve learning and taking action in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
  • RED Global Engagement Award: Develop an understanding of other cultures, global issues and opportunities. This will involve learning more about other cultures and undertaking actions with a global link.

Are they recognised?

Yes! When you complete one of the awards you will receive a certificate and it is added so your diploma supplement annex – so it is officially recognised by the university.

Can I use activity previously completed?

Yes – you can backdate any activity you have completed since you started at the university.

How do I sign-up?

If you are interested in finding out more, please take a look at the RED Awards webpages.

If you would like to find out more on how to get started with the awards and finding opportunities to complete them, come along to our online taster session on Monday 27 November.

If you have any questions please email

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