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AGCAS Awards 2015: winners announced

The results of the 2015 AGCAS Awards for Excellence have been announced. Winners were presented with their awards at the AGCAS Annual Conference for HE Careers and Employability Professionals conference dinner and awards ceremony in Warwick.




International students - what do employers think and do?
More details from the PMI survey into the attitudes and practices of UK employers with respect to international students have just been released. A summary of employer comments on the issue of work permits is now available.




AGCAS Awards 2015: shortlists announced

AGCAS is delighted to announce the shortlists for the AGCAS Awards for Excellence 2015. Nominations were received for a wide range of projects and for individuals from AGCAS member services in all parts of the UK.




Nominate an employer for new award

Updated: Nominations for the award outlined below are now closed for 2008. Watch out for news of the shortlist.

AGCAS is seeking nominations for one of GTI's TARGETjobs National Graduate Recruitment Awards.

The AGCAS-supported award is The Award for the Outstanding Contribution to Developing Employability and Skills in the Curriculum and will be awarded to the employer or organisation that has demonstrated best practice in this area, made a real difference to the work of careers services and directly benefited students. The new award reflects the growing interest in employability and the recognition that employers are making a positive contribution to skills development in the curriculum.




Shortlist for the TARGETjobs AGCAS award announced

Six employers have been shortlisted for the 2014 AGCAS Award for Excellence in Careers and Employability Service Engagement. They were all nominated by higher education careers services. The award is one of the prestigious annual TARGETjobs National Graduate Recruitment Awards. The employers have been shortlisted for their commitment and contribution to the careers and employability education, information, advice and guidance offered at each AGCAS member service

 




AGCAS employer awards - cast your vote
AGCAS members are invited to vote for the winners of two new employer awards, part of the 2009 AGCAS Awards for Excellence. The Employer Award for Careers Service Partnership and the Employer Award for Work-related Learning will be awarded to the shortlisted employers securing the highest number of votes in an online poll.




Summary from the AGR Financial Services Focus Group

The AGR Financial Services Focus Group met in February 2013 at a Lloyds Banking Group office in London. The meeting was attended by Graham Philpott, Career Development Consultant at the University of Reading and AGCAS Liaison Officer (ALO) for this group, who also put questions from AGCAS members to the group. There were 15 employers present, including investment banks, universal banks, insurers, professional services and regulators.




AGCAS Awards for Excellence: 2016 shortlists announced

The shortlisted nominations for the AGCAS Awards for Excellence 2016 have been announced. This year saw a high number of entries, with 48 AGCAS member services nominated for a broad range of activities across the full range of HE careers and employability work. The standard of the initiatives submitted has been exceptional. In the end, 23 institutions have been shortlisted for the 8 Service Awards.




Phoenix: June 2015 issue available

The latest issue of Phoenix, the AGCAS journal, is now available.

The June 2015 edition focuses on collaboration, exploring the fantastic array of innovative and inspirational collaborative work taking place in HE careers. In this issue you can read about examples of internal departmental collaboration, external collaboration with industry and collaboration with students.




High-flyers excel in national student business contest

Teams from 12 universities from across the UK recently visited Lancaster University to compete head to head in the prestigious FLUX competition. Their challenge - specifically designed to test business and commercial skills - was set by international construction and engineering group Costain.




Employers engage with diversity

Lizzie Darlington, a member of the AGCAS Diversity Task Group, has been liaising with AGR. She reports that diversity issues are rising up the agenda, with employers receiving recognition for the work they do to encourage and support a diverse workforce.




AGCAS Biennial Conference 2013 - now open for booking

AGCAS Biennial is the premier event in the HE careers calendar. AGCAS Biennial 2013 is a three-day conference at the University of Exeter comprising three stand-alone days. The conference is aimed at anyone interested in careers information, advice and guidance, employability and the graduate labour market. Bookings for the conference are now open.




AGCAS Awards for Excellence shortlists announced

The shortlisted nominations for the AGCAS Awards for Excellence 2011 have been announced. Nominations were received in 15 different categories for a wide range of projects from AGCAS member services in all parts of the UK.




New paper highlights impact of permission to work regulations

A briefing paper analysing the implications of the closure of the Tier 1 Post-Study Work Scheme, and also of the new Tier 2 proposals, on universities and businesses in the UK has been published by Universities UK. The paper, Impact analysis of the closure of Tier 1 Post-Study Work Route, was produced following consultation with the AGCAS Internationalisation Task Group and university departments throughout the country.




Bookings now open for AGCAS Annual Conference 2015

We are delighted to announce that bookings are now open for the second AGCAS Annual HE Careers and Employability Professionals Conference. The conference is taking place in Warwick, at Scarman House, on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd September. Our headline sponsor is Prospects.




Edge Hill University and Enterprise Rent-A-Car's winning partnership

The partnership between Edge Hill University and Enterprise Rent-A-Car (ERAC) has developed over ten years and is grounded in the excellent relationships that exist between the employer and the institution's Careers Centre. Beginning with one-off visits by the employer to careers events, this has now progressed to the integration of ERAC into the curriculum across diverse academic disciplines including sport, geography and business.




Nominations open for TARGETjobs award

For the eighth time, AGCAS has been asked by GTI to judge and present an award at the annual TARGETjobs National Graduate Recruitment Awards to be presented in London in April 2012. AGCAS member services are invited to nominate an employer or organisation for the AGCAS Award for Excellence in Careers Service Engagement.




Case studies highlight award-winning work

A series of case studies has been produced to showcase the winning projects and initiatives recently commended as part of the AGCAS Awards for Excellence 2011.

The case studies have been compiled using the original submissions received from each AGCAS member service. They are intended to encourage and share good practice amongst HE careers professionals to help promote excellence in careers and employability work.




100 companies open up work experience places

One hundred companies have signed up to Nick Clegg's social mobility strategy, pledging their firms will open up opportunities for work experience to try to bring an end to career advancement by 'who you know'.




AGCAS represented at diversity careers events

Percy Ngcobo, a member of the AGCAS Diversity Task Group, attended various LGBT careers events in the autumn of 2011, including the CASS LGBT Society Careers Panel Networking event, the Careers Diversity Show, and the Inside and Out Investment Banking event.




AGCAS members win at NUE Awards

The fifth National Undergraduate Employability Awards (NUE Awards), formerly known as the National Placement and Internship Awards, took place on Friday 7 March in London. The University of the West of England, Aston University and the University of Birmingham were all university award category winners.




AGR invites careers service award nominations

The Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR) is inviting higher education careers and employability services, which are members of AGR, to nominate themselves for a new award. The award, which is called Preparation for Work by Higher Education, recognises the contribution of university careers services in preparing students to succeed in the world of work. It is given to higher education institutions for outstanding commitment to improving the employability and long-term career success of their graduates.




'Graduate labour market holding up' AGCAS survey

More employers are looking for graduates according to university careers and employability professionals. Responding to the regular vacancy survey carried out by the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS), 87.5% of heads of careers services said that in their experience the graduate labour market was more buoyant (50%) or the same (37.5%) in the quarter ending 31 December 2011 compared to the same period in 2010.




Coventry University develops Add+vantage employability programme

Coventry has one of the biggest university employability initiatives in the country, with more than 11,000 students taking one 10-credit employability module in each year of study. The Add+vantage Scheme is centrally coordinated by the Careers and Employability Service and involves all schools, faculties and other departments and employers. 




Employers shortlisted for careers service engagement award

Six employers have been shortlisted for The AGCAS Award for Excellence in Careers Service Engagement. They were all nominated by higher education careers services. The award is one of the prestigious annual TARGETjobs National Graduate Recruitment Awards.




Shell wins TARGETjobs AGCAS award

Shell International has won the AGCAS Award for Excellence in Careers and Employability Service Engagement at the 2014 TARGETjobs National Graduate Recruitment Awards. Shell was nominated by the University of Aberdeen Careers and Employability Service.




Changes to permission to work for international students

From April 2012, the Tier 1 Post-Study Work Scheme will be closed and 'replaced' by a new provision under Tier 2 Sponsored Skilled Workers. Full details have not yet been announced by the UK Border Agency (UKBA) and may not be released until as late as March 2012. The AGCAS Internationaisation Task Group is gathering examples of how all of these proposed changes will affect students, with a view to submitting evidence via Universities UK before April 2012.




TARGETjobs Breakfast News: Employer branding

AGCAS was represented at the February 2012 TARGETjobs’ Breakfast News in London by board member Jane Standley, Director of the Student Employment, Experience and Careers Centre (SEEC) at the University of Reading. The focus this month was on branding.




Graduate employability: Modern universities supporting graduates and meeting the needs of employers

AGCAS has produced a special issue of its e-digest, The Edge, to illustrate how different institutions affiliated to the university thinktank million+ are handling the twin challenges of supporting graduates' employability and meeting the needs of employers.




Business network for SMEs wins AGCAS award

The Norfolk Network was announced as the winner of the AGCAS Award for Excellence in Careers Service Engagement at the 2012 TARGETjobs National Graduate Recruitment Awards ceremony on 4 April.




Graduate labour market improves further, report university careers and employability services

The annual AGCAS graduate labour market survey reveals that the vast majority of the leaders of higher education careers and employability services believe that the graduate labour market improved further in 2015.

More than four in five (81.5%) of respondents to the AGCAS Heads of Service Graduate Market and Student Engagement Survey agree that the graduate labour market was more buoyant in the year to 31 July 2015 than the previous year. 




APD Communications win TARGETjobs AGCAS award

APD Communications was announced as the winner of the AGCAS Award for Excellence in Careers Service Engagement at the 2013 TARGETjobs National Graduate Recruitment Awards ceremony in London on 3 April. APD was nominated by the University of Hull Careers and Employability Service.




AGCAS welcomes University College Utrecht as new member

AGCAS is pleased to welcome University College Utrecht (UCU) as our newest member, joining AGCAS as an International Service Member. UCU is part of Utrecht University in the Netherlands.




Careers service engagement with medium-sized enterprises

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has established a working group to look at HE engagement with medium-sized enterprises (MSEs). An academic from The University of Edinburgh Business School is leading a strand of this work, looking at the talent pipeline for MSEs.




Re-election for AGCAS Vice-President

A record number of votes was received in the recent election for a Vice-President to serve on the AGCAS Board 1 August 2012 - 31 July 2015. We would like to thank all Full Members of AGCAS who voted for your interest and participation. This has resulted in a tie position between Terry Dray and Jenny Owen, who each received an equal number of votes. We now need to ask Full Members to vote again to decide who should be elected.




Careers services respond to Wilson Review

AGCAS welcomes the government's response to the Wilson Review. In its response the government has announced that it will provide some seed corn funding to support AGR and AGCAS to work in partnership on the implementation of the Wilson review recommendations aimed at AGR and AGCAS.




HE careers service wins AGR Blue Ribbon Award

The University of Exeter has scooped two prizes at the 2012 Association of Graduate Recruiters' (AGR) annual awards ceremony. It won the Graduate Development Award and then beat the other category winners to the Blue Ribbon Award, presented to the best entrant overall. Exeter is the first higher education institution to win this prestigious award, which was given in recognition of the university's commitment to preparing students for the demands of working life in the 21st century.




AGR Annual Conference: 2012 report

AGCAS was well represented at this year's Association of Graduate Recruiters' (AGR) Annual Conference at The Celtic Manor Resort in South Wales. The event provides an opportunity for careers and employability professionals to meet and better understand graduate recruiters, and vice versa. For those who weren't lucky enough to get along, we asked a few of the AGCAS delegates what they made of it.




AGCAS welcomes new quality code chapter

AGCAS welcomes the recently-launched revised UK Quality Code for Higher Education Chapter B4: Enabling student development and achievement (QAA, March 2013) and is pleased to have been centrally involved in its production through representation on the chapter's advisory group.




UK's largest employers of graduates revealed

The Complete University Guide has revealed the employers recruiting the greatest number of UK graduates. Analysis of the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey shows that Boots, the Nottingham-based pharmaceutical and retail group, recruited the greatest number of UK graduates in 2009-10, with more than 520 graduates placed in its various divisions.

The National Health Service is the second largest employer, with almost 500 graduates (excluding doctors, dentists and nurses).




Graduate Success Project: AGCAS findings launched

AGCAS has launched two major outputs - a project report and a new website - from the BIS-funded joint AGCAS/AGR Graduate Success Project, which explores how graduates from a range of backgrounds make the transition to the job market.

The aims of the project were to encourage employers to think seriously about social mobility, to investigate graduate and employer perspectives of the graduate employment market and to increase awareness of the Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR) amongst employers - and promote its use as good recruitment practice.

The report presents the project's main findings and highlights important issues that have implications for various stakeholders, including policymakers, HE institutions and careers services, employers, and students and graduates themselves.




TARGETjobs Breakfast News: Engaging talent earlier

The September 2012 TARGETjobs Breakfast News was attended by Jennifer Steven, Careers Consultant at The London School of Economics and Political Science. The focus this month was on engaging talent earlier.




What Do Graduates Do? 2012 edition published

What do Graduates Do? 2012 is now available to download. It is a collaboration between the AGCAS Education Liaison Task Group and HECSU: HECSU provides the facts from the DLHE returns; AGCAS writers provide the expertise and articles to make sense of the figures.




University of Ulster: Employer-led careers module as part of the BSc Accounting degree

The University of Ulster 20 point, level 5 careers module is completed by BSc Hons Accounting students in Semester 1 of Year 2. It was designed and has been delivered by the Career Development Centre for a number of years with significant employer input as a main feature. This is a compulsory, core module delivered over 12 weeks which contributes to the students' overall degree classification.




University of Chester: Integrating an employer event into the curriculum

Inside the Creative Industries is an annual University of Chester event organised by Careers and Employability, the media department and a team of students from a variety of courses, including journalism, graphic design, PR, marketing, TV and English literature. Students put their questions to creative industry professionals to get advice, tips, industry views and the chance to network informally with employers.




AGCAS and AGR Graduate Success Project

AGCAS is currently collaborating with AGR on a joint BIS-funded project implementing recommendations from the Wilson Review related to diversity in graduate recruitment and the Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR). The project's twin aims are to investigate graduate and employer perspectives of the graduate employment market and to raise awareness of the HEAR amongst employers - and promote its use as good recruitment practice. AGCAS is leading on the first of these and AGR on the second.




TARGETjobs Breakfast News: 2:1 or nothing

The focus of the November 2012 TARGETjobs Breakfast News was on how useful a 2:1 degree classification really is when assessing graduates' suitability for a job.




AGCAS' TARGETjobs Award - employer nominations sought

For the ninth time, AGCAS has been invited by GTI to judge an award at the annual TARGETjobs National Graduate Recruitment Awards to be presented at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London on Wednesday 3 April 2013. Once more, the title will be The AGCAS Award for Excellence in Careers Service Engagement.




Graduate labour market 'mixed picture' - AGCAS survey

Heads of higher education careers and employability services believe that the graduate labour market was more buoyant in the fourth quarter of 2012 (September to December) than at the same time last year.




AGCAS announces shortlist for TARGETjobs employer award

Six employers have been shortlisted for The AGCAS Award for Excellence in Careers Service Engagement. They were all nominated by higher education careers services. The award is one of the prestigious annual TARGETjobs National Graduate Recruitment Awards.




TARGETjobs Breakfast News: Getting your message across

AGCAS was represented at February's TARGETjobs Breakfast News in London by Gemma Green, AGCAS Communications Manager. The event included presentations on the changing nature of graduate recruitment, brand values, graduate messaging and campus marketing.




Graduate labour market still on the up

Heads of higher education careers and employability services tend towards believing that the graduate labour market was more buoyant in the first quarter of 2013 (January to March) than at the same time last year. 93.1% of those surveyed by AGCAS reported that, in their experience, the graduate labour market was the same or more buoyant (41.4% better, 51.7% same) compared with 3.4% who believed it was less buoyant. 3.4% said they did not know.




Yorkshire universities celebrate internship project success

The Yorkshire Universities Internship Project was developed in response to the current graduate employment environment. The higher education sector recognised a growing need for graduates with meaningful work experience, and for universities to provide effective employability development and employment opportunities. In response to this, four universities in the Yorkshire region made the decision to run an internship programme of placements within their institutions, in partnership with Yorkshire Universities.




The Bloomberg Aptitude Test (BAT)

The Bloomberg Aptitude Test (BAT) is a financial recruitment tool, developed by Bloomberg and aimed at helping students and recent alumni connect with financial employers worldwide. In the last two years, over 100,000 students and alumni have taken the BAT.




AGCAS Awards for Excellence 2013: Shortlists announced

The shortlisted nominations for the AGCAS Awards for Excellence 2013 have been announced. Nominations were received in 11 different categories for a wide range of projects from AGCAS member services in all parts of the UK.




New guide for employers recruiting international graduates

The AGCAS Internationalisation Task Group has produced a guide to help employers navigate the complexities of recruiting international graduates from UK universities. Recruiting International Graduates - A Guide for Employers provides an overview of the key schemes in place at the time of writing (June 2013).




Bournemouth heads the top ten work experience universities

Research carried out by graduate-jobs.com shows that Bournemouth University tops the list of academic institutions by proportion of graduates having work experience: almost nine out of ten Bournemouth students graduating this year stated on their CV that they have spent time in a workplace.




Diversity Matters published on TARGETjobs

Following the announcement of the official partnership between AGCAS and GTI Media, the AGCAS Publications Team is delighted to announce that the first set of Diversity Matters titles is now live on targetjobs.co.uk.




More Diversity Matters titles published on TARGETjobs

Following the announcement of the official partnership between AGCAS and GTI Media, the AGCAS Publications Team is delighted to announce that the final set of updated Diversity Matters titles is now live on targetjobs.co.uk. 




What Do Graduates Do? 2013 version now available

The 2013 edition of What Do Graduates Do? has been published. What Do Graduates Do? is a collaboration between the AGCAS Education Liaison Task Group and HECSU. The research shows the destinations of 242,285 first degree graduates and 81,650 postgraduates in January 2013 - six months after they had left university. This year's report features unprecedented data on postgraduate destinations.




University of Cape Town announced as new AGCAS member

AGCAS is delighted to welcome the University of Cape Town as its first non-UK and Ireland service member. Head of Service, David Casey, was formerly an AGCAS member at University College Dublin. David and two colleagues, Nawaal Boolay and Shaminie Chetty, attended AGCAS Biennial at the University of Exeter earlier this month. 




AGCAS announces 2013 awards winners

The results of the 2013 AGCAS Awards for Excellence have been announced. Winners were presented with their awards at an official ceremony and dinner as part of the AGCAS Biennial Conference at the University of Exeter, earlier this month. The number of nominations received in each category is evidence of the high-quality, innovative and collaborative work taking place at AGCAS member services across the country.




Smaller business research - project findings 'encouraging'

The preliminary findings of a smaller businesses research project undertaken by GTI Media in partnership with STEP, and with the support of AGCAS, NUS and CIPD, have been released.




AGCAS Country Profiles live on TARGETjobs and TARGETcourses

Following the official partnership between AGCAS and GTI Media, the AGCAS Publications Team is delighted to announce that 20 Country Profiles are now live on the targetjobs.co.uk and targetcourses.co.uk websites.




University of Exeter: Think it, Try it, Do it

The University of Exeter won the AGCAS Entrepreneurship Award (in association with NCEE) at the AGCAS Biennial Conference 2013 for their innovative strategic approach to the provision of enterprise and entrepreneurship education based around a three-fold 'Think about it', 'Try it' and 'Do it' approach.




UCL Careers Service: Careers and Cultural Management Module

UCL Careers Service, part of The Careers Group, University of London, won the AGCAS Careers Service/Academic Department Partnership Award at the AGCAS Biennial Conference 2013 for successfully delivering a credit bearing professional development module to encourage students to consider their careers in a global context. Since its pilot within the Management Science & Innovation department (MS&I), the programme has seen over 90% of students in employment within three months of graduation.




Liverpool John Moores University: World of Work Certificate

The World of Work Careers Centre at Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) won the AGCAS Technology Award at the AGCAS Biennial Conference 2013 for successfully embedding their World of Work Certificate into every undergraduate degree.




University of Huddersfield: The Employability Challenge, Skills for Life

Crowned AGCAS Awards for Excellence winner in the category of Research, the University of Huddersfield Careers and Employability Service undertook its research project with funding from the PMI2 British Council initiative. The work was carried out in conjunction with the University's School of Education and Professional Development and in partnership with GPNU University in Guangzhou, China.




University of Leeds: Careers Registration scheme

The University of Leeds Careers Centre won the AGCAS Student Engagement Award and the AGCAS Excellence Award - Overall Winner at the AGCAS Biennial Conference 2013 for its Careers Registration scheme, a groundbreaking and new compulsory element to university registration, which connects students to the Careers Centre even before they start at the university.




Student-led engineering employability audit project at UWE

Adele Merrison, Careers Consultant at the University of the West of England (UWE), successfully bid for HE STEM project funding for a student-led employability audit of engineering degrees. The project aims were to demonstrate that capturing the student voice and co-inquiry with learners leads to more meaningful learning and, at the same time, to encourage student input into employability initiatives within the curriculum.




University of Exeter: Partnership with Exeter City Football Club

The University of Exeter won the AGCAS Careers Service/Employer Partnership Award at the AGCAS Biennial Conference 2013 for their strategic partnership with Exeter City Football Club (ECFC) to provide valuable knowledge and expertise to the football club through the creation of work experience for students.




University of Ulster: Internship programmes

Employability and Marketing at the University of Ulster won the AGCAS Award for Employer Engagement (in association with AGR) for engaging employers through two key graduate internship programmes: the Professional Experience Programme (PEP); and Santander supported graduate internships with local SMEs.




AGCAS Awards for Excellence 2013: Winners in focus

The results of the AGCAS Awards for Excellence 2013 were announced at the AGCAS Biennial Conference held at the University of Exeter in September. Here, the winning services provide an overview of their award-winning schemes and offer an insight into the background and challenges they faced in delivering their initiatives and project outcomes.




Football tournament planned for HE careers services and graduate recruiters

Gradcore is organising a six-a-side football tournament, The Gradcore Cup 2014, for university careers services and graduate recruiters. The event is planned for May/June 2014. The tournament is open to all AGCAS members, entering as individuals or whole services, from all regions of the UK.




TARGETjobs Awards 2014: Nominate an employer

Once again, AGCAS has been invited by GTI to judge and present an award at the annual TARGETjobs National Graduate Recruitment Awards to be presented at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London on Thursday 20 March. We have chosen as its title: The AGCAS Award for Excellence in Careers and Employability Service Engagement.




London interns and employers receive royal recognition

HRH The Princess Royal has met graduates and young professionals at the Rewarding Interns event organised by The Careers Group, University of London to award the best interns and employers participating in the London Councils Internship Programme (LCIP) and the Step Internships Scheme.




AGCAS Annual Conference 2014: Bookings now open

We are delighted to announce that bookings are now open for our first AGCAS Annual Conference for HE Careers Professionals, which will take place at The University of Warwick, 8 - 9 September 2014. The theme of this two-day event is Change: Connectivity and Collaboration.




Introducing Eluned Jones, new AGCAS President

Eluned Jones, Director of Student Employability at the University of Birmingham, has taken up her post as AGCAS President. Eluned takes over the role from outgoing president Dr Paul Redmond, whose vision and commitment over the past two years has helped raise the profile of AGCAS and steer the national graduate employability agenda.




AGR survey: Graduate vacancies predicted to rise

The Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR) has published its Graduate Recruitment Summer Survey 2014, providing a detailed insight into the state of the graduate jobs market. Published biannually, the survey also contains: the latest statistics on graduate vacancies and salaries across career areas and regions; graduate selection methods; the availability of student placements and internships; and graduate retention rates and salary progression.




AGCAS to sponsor TARGETjobs award 2015

AGCAS has once again been invited to sponsor one of the main awards at the annual TARGETjobs National Graduate Recruitment Awards 2015. We will be seeking nominations for The AGCAS Award for Careers Service Engagement early in the new year. The awards ceremony, now in its 11th year, will take place at Mayfair's Grosvenor House on 1 April 2015.




PwC scrap UCAS points as entry criteria for graduate jobs

PwC is to scrap the UCAS tariff as an entry criteria for its graduate scheme. Removing UCAS scores as an entry prerequisite follows analysis of applications to the firm from students who have not achieved the normally required A-level grades.




Big drop in early graduate unemployment, reports What Do Graduates Do?

Findings from the latest (2014) edition of What Do Graduates Do? show that graduate unemployment fell from 8.5% to 7.3% year-on-year, marking the biggest drop in early graduate unemployment in 15 years.

This annual publication is a collaboration between the AGCAS Education Liaison Task Group and HECSU: HECSU provides the facts and figures from the DLHE returns and AGCAS members apply their expertise to provide commentary and written articles to help interpret the figures.




AGCAS Awards for Excellence 2016: nominations open

Nominations are now open for the AGCAS Awards for Excellence 2016. Nominations are invited from AGCAS member services, individual members of AGCAS, AGCAS Task Groups or partnerships/groups of AGCAS member services, as appropriate for each award category.




New AGCAS link with ICSA

AGCAS is pleased to announce that Chris Packham, Careers Consultant at the University of Birmingham, is the new AGCAS Liaison Officer (ALO) for ICSA (Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators), the qualifying and membership body for chartered secretaries, many of whom work as company secretaries and in other corporate governance roles. Chris will be liaising with ICSA to ensure that members are kept informed about graduate opportunities in the profession.




Nominations open for TARGETjobs award 2015

AGCAS has been invited, for the eleventh year, to judge and present the AGCAS Award for Careers Service Engagement at the 2015 TARGETjobs National Graduate Recruitment Awards. The award focuses on employers who develop and sustain good working relationships with higher education careers and employability services. The award recognises those employers who provide outstanding support for careers services' work with students and graduates.




Graduate labour market buoyant, report heads of university careers services

A new survey from the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS) reveals that the vast majority of the heads of careers and employability services believe that the graduate labour market improved further in 2014.




TARGETjobs AGCAS award shortlist announced

Six employers have been shortlisted for the AGCAS Award for Careers Service Engagement 2015. They were all nominated by higher education careers services. The award is one of the prestigious annual TARGETjobs National Graduate Recruitment Awards.




Impact of the closure of the Post Study Work route revealed

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Migration has published an inquiry report into the impact of closing the Post Study Work (PSW) route in 2012, which allowed non-EU graduates to seek employment in the UK for up to two years after their studies.




Win for AGCAS members at NUE Awards

The sixth National Undergraduate Employability Awards (NUE Awards) took place on Friday 6 February 2015 in London. The event was organised by RMP Enterprise, sponsored by PwC and supported by AGCAS and AGR. This year's ceremony was also run in association with The Guardian.




New ALO appointed for SkillsActive

AGCAS is pleased to announce that Charlotte Robinson, Employer Engagement Associate at Loughborough University, is the new AGCAS liaison officer (ALO) for SkillsActive. Charlotte will be liaising with SkillsActive to ensure that all AGCAS members are kept informed about opportunities around the seven main areas they cover: sport, active leisure, hair, beauty, outdoors, play and caravanning.




Phoenix Education Trust wins TARGETjobs AGCAS award

Phoenix Education Trust has won the AGCAS Award for Careers Service Engagement at the 2015 TARGETjobs National Graduate Recruitment Awards. Phoenix Education Trust was nominated by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). The award was presented to Rachel Roberts, Director of the Phoenix Education Trust, by Eluned Jones, AGCAS President and Director of Student Employability at the University of Birmingham, at the awards ceremony in London on 1st April. Also pictured is Graham Storey, CEO of Group GTI.




AGCAS support secures future for legal recruitment code

AGCAS, AGR (Association of Graduate Recruiters) and the JLD (Junior Lawyers Division of the Law Society of England and Wales) have agreed to remain as signatories to the Voluntary Code to Good Practice in the Recruitment of Trainee Solicitors. This follows the recent announcement from the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) that they would be withdrawing as a signatory.




Grant Thornton: two years on from dropping graduate entry requirements

Grant Thornton currently hires over 500 trainees across four programmes and receives over 10,000 applications. Around two years ago they dropped all academic entry requirements for all their programmes, instead focusing on behaviours, shared values and potential. In a sector that traditionally takes a very traditional approach to academic entry requirements, it was a bold move.




Destinations of disabled graduates revealed in new report

The AGCAS Disability Task Group has produced the latest edition of What Happens Next? A Report on the First Destinations of 2013 Disabled Graduates. This annual report compares the employment outcomes of disabled and non-disabled university leavers six months after graduation and draws upon the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey.




New AGCAS President-Elect appointed

AGCAS is pleased to announce that Shelagh Green has been appointed as AGCAS President-Elect. Shelagh will serve as President-Elect for one year, leading to the commencement of a two-year term of office as AGCAS President from 1st August 2016.




AGCAS appoints new ALO for the ICAEW

AGCAS is pleased to announce that Natalie Morris, Employability and Enterprise Officer at UWE, is the new AGCAS liaison officer (ALO) for the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW). Natalie will be liaising with the ICAEW to ensure that members are kept informed about graduate careers in the profession.




Spotlight on the company secretarial profession

The Institute of Chartered Secretaries & Administrators (ICSA) is keen to raise awareness of the company secretarial profession, and that of the chartered secretary, amongst students and careers advisers. Tara Wilson, Business Development Manager at ICSA, has provided an overview of the profession, and of the careers resources available to members, and is working with AGCAS Liaison Officer (ALO) Chris Packham to raise awareness of graduate opportunities.




Art specialist institutions join AGCAS

AGCAS is delighted to welcome art specialists Sotheby's Institute of Art, London and Plymouth College of Art as our latest member services.




Record number of new graduates in work, reports What Do Graduates Do?

Findings from the 2015 edition of What Do Graduates Do? show that a total of 199,810 graduates were known to be working in the UK six months after graduation, up 6% from last year and marking the largest number of new graduate entrants to the UK labour market on record.

Published annually, What Do Graduates Do? is the result of a close collaboration between AGCAS and Prospects, on behalf of the Higher Education Careers Service Unit (HECSU). 




Sue Bennett appointed AGCAS Vice-President

AGCAS is delighted to announce that Sue Bennett, Director of Student Careers and Skills at The University of Warwick, has been appointed to the role of AGCAS Vice-President on the Board of Directors. Sue brings to the role a significant amount of experience in internationalisation. Most recently, this has included creating a contract between AGCAS and the British Council for the supply of IAG and employer engagement training to new careers service staff and their management in Kazakhstan.




Elaine Boyes appointed AGCAS Executive Director

AGCAS is delighted to announce the successful appointment of Elaine Boyes to the position of AGCAS Executive Director. Elaine will be joining AGCAS in early 2016 and will take up a position that is absolutely fundamental to our vision of creating a sustainable and representative professional body, which is recognised more broadly as the 'go-to' organisation in our field




Nominations open for TARGETjobs employer award 2016

Nominations are now open for the AGCAS Award for Careers Service Engagement at the TARGETjobs National Graduate Recruitment Awards 2016. This award recognises employers who provide outstanding support for careers services' work with students and graduates. 




Capturing employer engagement - Phoenix articles wanted

The Phoenix Editorial Team is seeking articles for the next issue of AGCAS's digital journal, which is due to be published in February 2016. The main theme of the next issue will be Employer Engagement. The Editorial Team is interested in receiving examples of good/innovative practice, evidence of research, views or opinion pieces on a range of topics based on recent and/or previous experience of working with all types of employers from all sectors.




AGCAS welcomes Zayed University as latest international member

AGCAS is delighted to welcome Zayed University, Abu Dhabi as our latest new international service member. Based in the United Arab Emirates, Zayed University offers bachelor and master's degrees in arts and sciences, business, education, IT and media.




AGCAS responds to green paper for HE reform

AGCAS has submitted its response to the government's green paper, Fulfilling our potential: Teaching Excellence, Social Mobility and Student Choice, which sets out proposals to change the HE landscape.




TARGETjobs AGCAS award 2016 shortlist announced

Six employers have been shortlisted for the AGCAS Award for Careers Service Engagement 2016. They were all nominated by AGCAS-member higher education careers services.

One of the prestigious annual TARGETjobs National Graduate Recruitment Awards, the AGCAS award focuses on employers who develop and sustain good working relationships with higher education careers and employability services.




AGCAS Annual Conference 2016 - call for workshops

We are seeking contributors to offer workshops for the AGCAS Annual Conference for HE Careers and Employability Professionals 2016, which takes place at the University of Chester from 6 to 8 September 2016. The theme of the conference is Strategy in action: innovate, influence, impress.

Spread across three full days, the conference is aimed at anyone interested in the graduate labour market, careers information, advice and guidance, employability, working with employers and work experience. 

 




Employer engagement: One size doesn't fit all

Jonathan Bainbridge, Business Development and Employer Engagement Manager at the University of Reading, discusses the different approaches used by Reading to engage with employers.




Capturing the employer engagement agenda: "Just be yourself"

Mona Vadher, Employer Engagement Manager at City University London, discusses the importance of helping students understand who they are and what they have to offer a graduate employer.




Engaging SMEs at the University of Westminster

Frances Gow, Employability Manager at the University of Westminster, explains how they have developed their Talent Bank service, originally set up to give students the opportunity to apply for paid temporary and part-time vacancies on campus, to benefit both students and local small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).




Phoenix: Employer engagement issue now available

The latest edition of Phoenix, the AGCAS journal, is now available. The February 2016 issue focuses on employer engagement, with articles outlining the various ways that HE careers and employability services are working with different types of employers.




Update from CIPFA on graduate opportunities

In March 2016, Justin Richardson, AGCAS Liaison Officer (ALO) for the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA), met with CIPFA representative Victoria Davitt to discuss graduate opportunities and developments.




J. P. Morgan wins TARGETjobs AGCAS award

J.P. Morgan has won the AGCAS Award for Careers Service Engagement at the 2016 TARGETjobs National Graduate Recruitment Awards. J.P. Morgan was nominated by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) for its programme supporting students from low income backgrounds to achieve their full potential.




AGCAS Annual Conference 2016: Bookings now open

Bookings are now open for the AGCAS Annual Conference for HE Careers and Employability Professionals 2016. Returning to a three-day event running from the 6th - 8th September at the University of Chester, the conference theme is Strategy in Action: Innovate, Influence, Impress.

The conference, supported by headline sponsor Prospects, will include a mix of topical keynote presentations, a wide range of workshops, an exhibition, a conference dinner and the AGCAS Awards for Excellence ceremony. The programme is available on the conference web page.




Prospects to headline sponsor 2016 AGCAS Annual Conference

AGCAS is pleased to announce that Prospects is the headline sponsor for the AGCAS Annual Conference for HE Careers and Employability Professionals 2016. We are delighted to be working with Prospects, who have supported AGCAS's flagship conference over many years and helped us to make the Annual Conference the highlight of the HE careers calendar.




From mock interviews to mastering recruitment practice

Calli Amiras, Deputy Director of the Professional Development Centre and Head of Careers at Brunel University, is proud that Brunel was the first university careers service in the UK to use video interviewing. The careers service initially introduced Sonru's video interviewing as an interview preparation tool for students, but in practice its usage has extended far beyond their original intentions.




Developing your Global Career webinar series

In Spring 2016 the Midlands International Group, a consortium of 16 universities, delivered a webinar series consisting of 13 online events targeted at international students. The sessions were supported by funding from UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) and careers professionals from across the region worked with employers and alumni to run a week of online sessions, which were designed to prepare for students for the global job market.




Vacancy for a liaison officer in the construction industry

AGCAS is seeking a new liaison officer (ALO) for CITB, the national training organisation for construction in the UK. CITB has a strategic priority regarding the image and recruitment of the construction industry for professional, management and technical careers. They view the graduate and higher education arena as integral to the success of the sector, as well as providing a variety of opportunities to entrants.




AGCAS research into students' experience of careers fairs

In 2015, the universities of Birmingham, Royal Holloway and Salford took part in a pilot project run by members of the AGCAS Research Group.

The research sought to gain a better understanding of what students gain from careers fairs in terms of information-gathering, opportunities for self-reflection, concrete links to employers, and applications and interview advice.




Nominations open for TARGETjobs AGCAS award 2017

Nominations are now open for the AGCAS Award for Careers Service Engagement, part of the TARGETjobs National Graduate Recruitment Awards 2017. The award recognises those employers who provide outstanding support for careers services' work with students and graduates. AGCAS member services are invited to nominate one employer (of any size and from any sector) who has demonstrated commitment to working collaboratively to ensure that students are equipped with the knowledge, skills and experience that will allow them to enter, thrive in, and gain satisfaction from the world of work.




The British Academy – call for evidence
The British Academy for the humanities and social science has initiated a flagship project on the skills inherent to the study of arts, humanities and social science (AHSS) and the contribution that individuals with those skills make to society and the economy. They have produced a summary and initial analysis of key evidence on AHSS skills.




Shortlist announced for the 2017 AGCAS Award for Careers Service Engagement
Six employers have been shortlisted for the AGCAS Award for Careers Service Engagement 2016 following nominations by AGCAS-member higher education careers services. The award is one of the prestigious annual TARGETjobs National Graduate Recruitment Awards.




Updated AGCAS publications live on Prospects
The latest batch of updated AGCAS publications is live on the Prospects website. Find out below which Job profiles and What can I do with my degree? titles have been researched and fully updated this month.




Apprenticeships predicted to grow 59% this year
The latest report from the Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR) indicates that employers are significantly scaling-up their apprenticeship programmes in 2017 with hiring expected to increase by 59%.




More updated AGCAS publications live on Prospects
The latest updated AGCAS Job Profiles and What Can I Do With My Degree? titles are live on the Prospects website.




Updated AGCAS titles live on Prospects
The latest batch of updated AGCAS publications is live on the Prospects website. Find out below which Job profiles and What can I do with my degree? titles have been researched and fully updated this month.


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Are you ready for the global market?, Birmingham

Mon 08 Mar 2010

A free one-day seminar aimed primarily at employers who are unsure how to recruit international talent.




Employer visit to Aldi, Neston (On the Wirral)

Mon 22 Mar 2010

An opportunity to find out about a large successful graduate recruiter.




Are you ready for the global market? London

Wed 02 Mar 2011

This event has been rescheduled from 7th December 2010 to 2nd March 2011 at BPP Business School, Fitzwilliam House, 2 St Mary Axe, London, EC3A 8BF.
Anyone who was originally booked onto this event is being contacted and given the opportunity to carry over their original booking. If you would like to attend this event but have not booked please complete a booking form which you can find at the end of this page and sent it to us by Wednesday 23rd February 2011 10am.

This FREE event is aimed at employers who want to access the UK's untapped international new graduate population and HE careers professsionals who can help them do so. Presentations from leading immigration lawyes and the UK Border Agency will explain how to stay on the right side of the ever-changing law.




Employer Information Fair, Durham

Tue 16 Oct 2012 to Wed 17 Oct 2012

A two-day fair with different exhibitors present each day. There will be a diverse range of employers, large and small, from across all sectors. The fair is a great opportunity for students to find out about a large number of potential career opportunities, and to meet the employers who are particularly keen to recruit Durham students and graduates.




Addressing the gulf between academic, student and employer perspectives on employability, Leeds

Mon 03 Dec 2012

This event is being hosted at the University of Leeds as part of the Higher Education Academy's Workshop and Seminar Series 2012/2013.




Guiding Disabled Students through the Recruitment and Selection Process, Liverpool

Fri 10 Apr 2015

This one-day AGCAS North West regional training course, delivered by the AGCAS Disability Task Group, aims to share good practice in supporting disabled students and graduates through the recruitment and selection process.


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Employers’ briefing – Targeting the postgraduate and researcher market
This joint publication produced by Vitae, AGCAS and AGR highlights the skills and experience of postgraduates and people with a background in academic research.




Working in Edinburgh and the Lothians - A Guide for Graduates

This guide gives a broad picture of the local employment landscape from a graduate's perspective. While it does not cover every possible opportunity in the area, it does focus on the advice of organisations such as Scottish Enterprise (Edinburgh and Lothian) and Edinburgh Brand and uses graduate destination information from HESA (Higher Education Statistical Agency) on some of the main local industry sectors that employ graduates.




Recruiting Researchers - Survey of Employer Practice

This report sets out the findings of research conducted by Vitae into the experiences, attitudes and recruitment practices of employers in relation to doctoral graduates. The research surveyed 104 employers from a diverse mix of sectors and organisation size.




Talent Fishing: What Businesses Want from Postgraduates
This report explores the extent and nature of demand for postgraduates from businesses. The report is based on detailed consultations with senior managers and HR directors in 56 businesses (many of them global recruiters) and indicates there is a high level of demand for, and satisfaction with, higher degrees.




Inside Buzz

Inside Buzz offers students and graduates the opportunity to browse thousands of quotes from actual employees. The website offers an inside view into companies, interviews, salary information and more for the accounting, banking, consulting and law sectors.




PhDs: How to Add Value to your Business (Vitae event report)

This is a short summary of the Vitae event held in September 2010, which looked at how postgraduates can support UK business. The event was designed to raise awareness of the value of PhD holders amongst recruiters.




Starter for Ten: Five facts and five questions on the relationship between universities and city economies

This paper discusses the role of universities in city economies. It examines levels of university-business interaction and raises questions about how universities and cities might work together for mutual economic benefit in the future.




Employers' perceptions of the employability skills of new graduates

This report provides the findings of a study of employers' perceptions of the employability skills of new graduates conducted by The SCRE Centre (University of Glasgow). The research was funded by the Edge Foundation.




A Dynamic Nucleus: Colleges at the Heart of Local Communities

This final report from the Independent Commission on Colleges in their Communities presents a vision of further education colleges as a 'dynamic nucleus' at the centre of their communities, creating links and establishing networks of partnerships.




Employer ownership of skills: Securing a sustainable partnership for the long term

This paper sets out the UK Commission for Employment and Skills' (UKCES) vision for what employer ownership means and how it has the potential to transform skills in England. It outlines why skills matter, the current system, five principles for reform, proposals, benefits and a call to action to employers to come forward with their own propositions for how to step up and take responsibility for employer-based training such as apprenticeships.




Business and Schools: Building the world of work together

This report presents the key findings from research carried out by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) to look at the perceptions and experiences of businesses when working with schools to build the world of work into education. They have focused on how businesses influence the design and delivery of the curriculum, provide work experience and raise awareness of careers.




Tackling unemployment, supporting business and developing careers

This report identifies considerable potential for career guidance to connect employers with jobseekers and for employers to be able to realise business benefits by addressing the career development needs of their staff. It argues that career guidance brings an important perspective and can play a market-shaping role by bringing together employers and jobseekers to support the effective operation of the labour market.




Businesses in Scotland 2012

This publication provides information on the number of enterprises (businesses) operating in Scotland. Its main purpose is to provide an estimate of Scotland's business stock, which is broken down by various dimensions including industry, business size, local authority area, urban/rural area and country of ownership. The publication covers all enterprises that operate in Scotland regardless of where the business is based.




Employers are from Mars, young people are from Venus: Addressing the young people/jobs mismatch

This report explores the mismatch between employers and young people at the recruitment stage. It draws on a range of sources, including employer case studies, focus groups with young jobseekers, a mini-survey of Jobcentre Plus advisers, and interviews with career advisers and training providers.




Graduate Success Project Report: An investigation of graduate transitions, social mobility and the HEAR

The Graduate Success Project was a BIS-funded joint AGCAS/AGR project, which explores how graduates from a range of backgrounds make the transition to the job market. The aims of the project were to encourage employers to think seriously about social mobility, to investigate graduate and employer perspectives of the graduate employment market and to increase awareness of the Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR) amongst employers - and promote its use as good recruitment practice.




Graduate Success - The HEAR and Now: Creating a level playing field in graduate recruitment and selection

This executive summary has been produced by AGCAS and AGR as part of the BIS-funded Graduate Success Project, which explores how graduates from a range of backgrounds make the transition to the job market.




Employer Engagement: Emerging Practice from QAA Reviews

This report provides an overview of emerging practice in relation to the engagement that takes place between higher education providers and employers (employer engagement) in order to support UK higher education providers in enhancing their practice.


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AGCAS Awards for Excellence 2011 Shortlist


AGCAS Employability Award
Sponsored by Gradcore
• Durham University - Making the Most of your Masters

• Northumbria University - Positive Futures

• University of Birmingham - Employability programme


AGCAS Entrepreneurship Award
Sponsored by Skills Hive

• Aston, Birmingham and Birmingham City Universities - BSEEN

• Bangor University - Enterprise by Design

• University of Birmingham - Talent Pool


AGCAS Innovation Award
Sponsored by Barclays Capital

• Northumbria University - Animation to promote careers service

• University of Reading - Career Unlocker

• University of Ulster - EDORT


AGCAS International Award
Sponsored by ACCA

• Newcastle University - Work Experience Opportunities for International
   Services

• University of Central Lancashire - The UK-China Cultural and Business
  Programme

• University of East Anglia - Working with international alumni and their
  employers


AGCAS Marketing Award

• University of Plymouth - 2010/11 Careers Service Marketing

• University of Leeds - Engaging the Unengaged

• The University of Manchester - Recruiting Manchester Graduates


AGCAS Outstanding Newcomer Award

• Marcus Andrews, Birmingham City University

• Sara Whittam, University of Bristol

• Hannah Woolley, The University of Nottingham


AGCAS Research Award

• University of Birmingham - Institutional Employability Research Report

• The University of Edinburgh - Final Destinations of
  Graduates/Under-represented

• University of Leicester - Relationship of Placements to Degree


AGCAS Staff Development Award

• University of Hertfordshire - Training academic staff to
  deliver elements of careers education

• University of Leeds - Frontline training and development with
  staff gaining NVQ3-4 qualifications

• The University of Sheffield - Summer School: information and
  training sessions for careers staff


AGCAS Technology Award
Sponsored by JobSavviGrad

• Birmingham City University - Ask@BCU e-mentoring

• Brunel University - Workglobal

• University of Huddersfield - Graduate Employment Market
  Statistics (GEMS)


AGCAS Website Award

• University of Portsmouth - Purple Door Careers and recruitment

• The University of Manchester - An Academic Career

• The University of Nottingham - Centre for Career Development Website


AGCAS Excellence Award - Overall Winner

To be announced at the AGCAS Biennial Conference in September


AGCAS Employer Award for Careers Service Partnership
Sponsored by The University of Warwick

• The Army

• Enterprise Rent-A-Car

• RBS Global Banking Markets


AGCAS Employer Award for Work-related Learning

• Asidua

• Earthworks

• Unilever


AGCAS Lifetime Achievement Award

To be announced at the Biennial Conference in September


AGCAS John Roberts Memorial Prize

• Rebecca Coleman, The University of Nottingham

• Rachael Collins, University of Liverpool

• Angela Vesey, Nottingham Trent University





AGCAS Awards: Previous Winners

AGCAS Awards for Excellence were introduced in 2005. Most of the awards categories listed below are offered every two years (during Biennial years), while others have been presented in the years in between.

Diversity Award (ran up until 2007)
2007 winner: University of Sussex for Welcome to Your Future
2006 winner: University of Liverpool, Liverpool Hope University and Edge
                      Hill University as part of Merseyside Diversity Mentoring
2005 winner: Yorkshire Universities as part of the Impact Project


Employability Award
2009 winner: The University of Nottingham for Inside Employment
2007 winner: Liverpool Hope University, University of Liverpool, Liverpool
                      John Moores University and the University of Chester as part
                      of Business Bridge
2006 winner: University of Newcastle
2005 winner: The University of Manchester

Employer Award for Careers Service Partnership
2009 winner: PricewaterhouseCoopers for Partnership with City University
                      London


Employer Award for Work-related Learning
2009 winner: GlaxoSmithKline for Chemists of the future


Entrepreneurship Award
2009 winner: Newcastle University for Newcastle University Apprentice
2007 winner: University of Leeds on behalf of Yorkshire Universities for
                      Graduates Yorkshire
2006 winner: University of Lancaster

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2009 winner: The University of Warwick for Enhancing Interactive Careers
                      Planning
2007 winner: University of Strathclyde on behalf of AGCAS (Scotland) for
                      the Shared Vacancy Service
2006 winner: University of Liverpool
2005 winner: Sheffield Hallam University

Innovation Award
2009 winner: Glasgow Caledonian University for Employability Skills for
                      International Students
2007 winner: Brunel University for Doing Business In
2006 winner: London School of Economics and Political Science
2005 winner: Dublin Institute of Technology

International Award
2009 winner: University of Liverpool for International Students Mentoring
                      Programme
2007 winner: The University of Manchester

John Roberts Memorial Prize
2010 winner: Alexandra Langhorn, The University of Manchester
2009 winner: Judith Baines, London School of Economics and Political
                      Science
2008 winner: Eleanor Donoghue, University College Cork
2007 winner: Karen Ferrett, Oxford Brookes University
2006 winner: Rachael Breed, University of East Anglia
2005 winner: Ros Healy, University of Central Lancashire

• Lifetime Achievement Award


Marketing Award
2009 winner: City University for City's marketing approach


Research Award
2009 winner: National University of Ireland, Galway for Examining final year
                      physics students' orientation to the labour market
2007 winner: University of Strathclyde on behalf of the What Do Graduates
                      Do? Scotland Advisory Group
2006 winner: Newcastle University
2005 winner: University of Sussex

Staff Recruitment and Development Award
2009 winner: University of Liverpool for University Talent Team restructure


Website Award
2009 winner: Imperial College London
2008 winners: Open University; University of Bedfordshire
2007 winners: University of Essex; City University
2006 winners: University of Bournemouth; Dublin University, Trinity College
2005 winners: Robert Gordon University; Surrey Institute of Art and Design





Graduate Success

In 2012/13 AGCAS was part of a research collaboration with the Association of Graduate Recruiters(AGR) funded by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) looking to help the Government implement a range of Wilson recommendations on diversity in graduate recruitment and to raise awareness of the Higher Education Achievement Record (HEAR). 

AGCAS lead on the graduate research project which provided students, parents, careers advisers and employers with an in-depth insight into how young people from a variety of social and economic backgrounds made the transition to the graduate job market. 

Prior to that work relatively little was known about the impact of social and cultural factors in the transition to graduate job markets. While the importance of work experience, internships, access to key networks and the influence of parents (and other third parties) was generally acknowledged, much of this knowledge was under-theorised and suffered from a lack of hard data. This project overcame this deficiency.

This was accomplished through the collection of the case studies and discussions with focus groups and resulted in a report into student transitions to the graduate job. 

As well as the research report  a number of national dissemination events took place across the country, supporting and highlighting the student focussed Graduate Success website.

 

Graduate Success Project



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