Duke of Edinburgh's Award Society Duke of Edinbugh's Award Society in Peaks

• Applied to the Alumni Foundation in February 2014
• Awarded £400

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is a nationally recognised award which aims to provide participants with an enjoyable, challenging and rewarding programme of personal development. There are three levels of the award – bronze, silver and gold.

The University offers students a chance to get involved in gaining their gold award. As a requirement participants must complete two, four day expeditions in wild and adventurous terrain.

The cost of running expeditions in recent years has increased due to the need of mountain leaders and other health and safety training required to provide participants with enough knowledge to undertake an expedition confidently and safely.

In June this year with the help of funding from the Alumni Foundation, the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Society was able to organise and run their first expedition in the Peak District, which involved hiking 80km with full kit, and navigating over many different types of terrain. Using the remaining fundin,g the society is planning on doing their final qualifying expedition in early September this year in the Yorkshire Dales.