How judging works

How is SEOTY judging structured?

Each student category is judged at four levels: Institutional, Regional, National and Overall Student Employee of the Year

  • Category winners at institutional level are put forward to be judged at Regional level
  • Category winners at regional level are then put forward to be judged for the National competition
  • Then an overall National Student Employee of the Year is selected from amont the National student category winners


This year's categories


Student award categories


There are FOUR categories:

Awards will be given in these categories for both the On Campus and Off Campus divisions:

  • Above and Beyond
  • Step Up to Leadership
  • and Commercial Impact

Plus we have an exclusive NASES members only category in the On Campus division:

  • Job Shop/ Student Temp Excellence Award

This category allows student employment service staff to recognise the students that work for them either as an agency temp or administrator.

This means that there are now seven student awards!

Employer award category

We also recognise employer excellence with the Student Employer of the Year award, but we will award in both the On and Off Campus divisions:

This means that there are now two employer awards!

Institutional judging process

NASES member universities and colleges around the country will receive anonymised nomination forms representing each student or employer entered into the competition from their institution. Representatives from institutional job shops or careers services will then assemble their team of three judges (these will be picked from a variety of sectors including academics, business representatives, careers specialists representatives from Endsleigh Insurance Ltd. and employers). The judges then compare all entries in a particular category and then decide together which nomination they will submit to regional judging. Institutional winners will receive a certificate and be entered to the next stage of the competition.

Regional judging process

The competition is divided into seven regions:

  • London and South East;
  • Midlands;
  • North East; 
  • North West;
  • Scotland and Northern Ireland; 
  • South West;
  • and Wales.

The NASES regional representative from each of these regions will gather together a team of three judges (at this stage we'll be adding some of our SEOTY alumni to our judging panels) and they will again be tasked with selecting the best entry in each category for their region. These nominations will be submitted to the National competition.

National judging process

The judging team will be made up of senior staff from our sponsors, experienced job shop staff, SEOTY Alumni, and a NASES head judge who will meet and spend a day selecting our National winners. This team will take time to pore over the (still anonymous) nominations received from each region. They then meet to select a single winner in each category. From those winners who will all receive a certificate, trophy, £100 cheque and an invitation to the SEOTY awards celebration in July, an overall winner will be chosen to be our next National Student Employee of the Year to join our illustrious list of alumni.


Follow the competition on our social media #seoty

Registered Office

Tel: 01902 321022

NASES Office: University of Wolverhampton
Careers, Enterprise and The Workplace, Wulfruna Street, WV1 1LY



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