Royal Holloway Passport Award


The Royal Holloway Passport Award recognises your contributions to the College, and the wider community, through co-curricular activities.

With the Passport Award, you can:

  • Enjoy new opportunities and develop your skill set
  • Make a difference with the College and local community
  • Increase awareness of the skills you posses 
  • Gain formal recognition for your involvement in co-curricular activities
  • Learn to showcase transferable skills to employers
  • Celebrate your achievements at the annual Passport Awards ceremony

How the Passport Award Works  

There are currently 30+ areas within the College offering Passport Points, covering over 200 roles and activities. Each of these allow you to earn points which contribute towards the award. For a full list of activities, look at the points tariff

There’s no need to sign up to the Passport Award. All students are automatically enrolled on the scheme, and you can complete the award at any time during your studies at Royal Holloway.

CampusConnectScreenshotTo complete the Passport Award you need to collect 80 points from activities and a final 20 points by attending a 'Completion Session' with the Careers Service. You will be invited to this once you have accumulated sufficient points to eligible to complete the award. The Completion Session is the only compulsory part of the Passport Award.  If you do not complete, you cannot obtain the award, so make sure you attend a session prior to graduating.

You can check how many points you currently have by logging into Campus Connect and clicking on the RHUL Passport Award tab.

The Passport Gold Award

In 2013/14 we introduced the Passport Gold Award to recognise the achievement and commitment of students who continue to develop themselves after completing the Passport Award.

The Gold Award has been designed to reward innovation and leadership skills, as well as sustained commitment over a prolonged period of time,.

In order to earn a Passport Gold Award, you must:

  • Earn at least 200 Passport points (including the points earned towards the standard Passport Award)
  • Earn points from at least three different activity areas (not including Careers)
  • Attend at least two employability skills or Careers workshops run by the Careers Service, or by departments participating in the Passport Award scheme*.

Why Participate in the Award?

According to a recent CBI NUS Employability report, 82% of graduate employers rank your 'employability skills' as a priority when recruiting.

Throughout your time at Royal Holloway, you will engage in co-curricular activities in which you develop new skills, and very often these can be transferred to the workplace. The Passport Award helps you to identify what skills you have, and think about how you can highlight these to future employers, giving you a competitive edge in the job market!

What our graduates say

"What's great about the Passport Award is that it allowed me to state on my CV that the University had formally recognised the work that I put in to extra-curricular activities and the skills I had gained."
BSc Geography and PIR, 2013

"The co-curricular activities I did at university were a major factor in contributing to me finding work after University, and demonstrated to my employer that I had learned skills beyond my degree."
BA English Literature, 2013

Get 40 Passport points for your placement or internship!

In recognition of the value of placements, work experience and internships we're now offering 40 Passport points for any placement lasting a minimum of 35 hours. To earn your points just download and complete this form, then email it to

Please note: As of 6th May 2015 we have updated the claim form and students are now required to submit written confirmation from the host organisation as evidence that the work experience or internship took place. A form for the employer to complete is included in the updated document. 

For more information

Please see the Passport FAQs.

The Royal Holloway Passport Award is coordinated by the Careers & Employability Service. For enquiries please email or follow @RHULPassport on Twitter.


*If you have undertaken a Careers Skills Workshop within a department, you cannot then count that department as one of your 3 activity areas.  We suggest to keep any departments as one of your activity areas, you either attend further Careers Skills Workshops within the Careers Service or undertake the Careers Moodle courses (each 2 part course counts as 1 Careers Skills Workshop for Passport points).

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