The Society

Our raison d'être.

The University's involvement with the Duke of Edinburgh's Award is almost as old as the award itself, which dates back to 1956. The society's main function is to get you started and then offer help and advice with regard to the different sections of the award. We will keep you informed about the latest volunteering opportunities and residential projects though our mailing list.

Starting your award with us.

It is very simple to get started with the Duke of Edinburgh's Award. You will first need to join the society. We will then forward your details to Cambridgeshire County Council, who will register you with the national award services. A record book will be sent to you, and you can then begin your activities in earnest. To find out more about the award, what it involves, and examples of past activities, please click here. In you wish to speak to us about any aspect of the award please use our contact the relevant committee member (by clicking on their name here).

Already registered for the award?

If you have already registered with the award before coming to university (usually with school or a youth service) it is again quite easy to change to Cambridgeshire Operating Authority. You will still need to join the society, but, in addition, you will also need to fill out the "Change of Operating Authority" form, which can be found on page 27 and 28 of your record book, a copy of which can be downloaded here. Please note that the "Operating Authority Confirmation" section on page 28 is to be completed by your previous Operating Authority, not Cambridgeshire.

Details of where to send the form will be provided when you join the society. If you have already registered with the award but still have yet to receive a record book, this can be ordered when joining.

How to get involved with the society.

If you like what you see and want to get involved with society beyond doing the actual award, we would be really pleased to hear from you. If you have mountaineering experience, and want to gain more, particularly in leading and supervising groups, it would be great to have you along on one of our expeditions.