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Over the next year you will have the opportunity to take part in a number of different enrichment activities.

During your time at Runshaw you will have the opportunity to take part in a number of different enrichment activities. These will increase your enjoyment of your studies and equip you for further success. There are a wide range of exciting enrichment activities available that are designed to enhance your experience and studies. They can provide you with excellent opportunities to develop your interests, extend your skills, try new pursuits and enjoy an extensive range of leisure, recreational and intellectual activities. From music, clubs, societies, media and performing arts, to sport, fitness, volunteering and the student council, Runshaw has something for everyone. Activities may vary depending on your chosen course of study, but can include:

  • day trips to industry and course related exhibitions, museums and events
  • guest speakers and presentations
  • fund raising for a wide range of local and national charities

For more information on our Enrichment Activities please contact your Progress Mentor or the Enrichment Team in Student Services.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

Welcome to the D of E! By doing your D of E, you’re in for an amazing adventure and masses of fun as you take part in a range of activities, all leading to the achievement of an award that’s recognised by universities and employers alike. A D of E programme is a real adventure from beginning to end. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you’re from. You just need to be aged between 14 and 24 and realise there’s more to life than sitting on a sofa watching life pass you by.

Why do your D of E?

Good question! Because, from the first day to the last it’s a real adventure.  Every section gives you something different – that’s the fun of it! You’ll enjoy loads of new experiences, discover talents you never thought you had, challenge yourself and meet loads of people just like you.  Plus you’ll do things you love and get a kick out of.  It’s a real buzz!

Then there’s all the other stuff…

  • achieving an Award will give you skills, confidence and a view on life that everyone is looking for, from employers to colleges and universities.
  • you’re getting recognised for doing things you want to do (and may even be doing already).
  • you’ll make a difference to other people’s lives and your community, be fitter and healthier, make new friends and have memories to last you a lifetime.

And above all, it’s a great laugh – the question should really be why wouldn’t you bother!

Student Services

Levels / Sections

You can do the programmes at three levels, which when completed, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award. You achieve your Award by completing a personal programme of activities in four sections (five if you’re going for Gold) – Volunteering, Physical, Skills, Expedition and for Gold, a Residential. You’ll find yourself helping people or the community, getting fitter, developing skills, going on an expedition and, if Gold, taking part in a residential activity. The best bit is – you get to choose what you do! For more information log on to the Duke of Edinburgh homepage or download our leaflet below. If you like what you’ve read please come and see the Enrichment Team in Student Services and pick up an information booklet or chat to a member of the Team.


The Runshaw Volunteering Programme offers a wide range of worthwhile volunteering opportunities. We aim to help you find a project that suits your individual requirements, so whatever your interests you can enjoy the experience of helping others whilst gaining work experience, building self-confidence, making new friends and having fun. Download our Volunteering booklet below for more information.