Did you want to complete your Duke of Edinburgh’s Award at school but never got round to it? Or you’ve already achieved your Bronze or Silver and want to go for Gold? Then get involved with the Duke of Edinburgh’s (D Of E) Award scheme at NSU.

Here at NSU we offer the Bronze and Gold Award. 

Bronze Award


Taking part in some form of sport or fitness programme as part of a healthy, balanced lifestyle


Anything which you consider as a hobby is likely to count for this section. Whether you’re involved in music or drama, arts and crafts, learning a new language or play darts, they’re all skills!


There’s a volunteering opportunity for everyone at NSU! Raising money for charity through NSU/RAG, filming, writing or running your own radio show with NSU/Media or doing something amazing in the community, check out our wide range of opportunities on the NSU/Community page of the website. Or perhaps you volunteer elsewhere, such as with St John’s Ambulance or in a charity shop. These will all count towards your Duke of Edinburgh award.


We’ll send you away in groups of up to seven people where you’ll spend two days and one night trekking and camping in the great outdoors. Expeditions can be tough but you’ll gain so many valuable skills and gain new friends as a result!

Gold Award

You can also complete your Gold Award which consists of the same four sections (plus a Residential – where you need to undertake a shared activity in a residential setting away from home for 5 days and 4 nights.). You will also need to take part in a longer expedition - four days and three nights.

Registration costs £17 for Bronze and £24 for Gold and can be done at NSU’s Welcome Desk. The expedition costs £185 for Bronze and £320 for Gold which covers all equipment hire, training and support from an outdoor activity specialist and campsite fees.

For more information about the award, www.dofe.org or email Graham Park (Campaigns and Representation Coordinator) at graham.park@northumbria.ac.uk

Watch the video below to see what happened when we gave our 2015 Gold expedition group a GoPro camera.