Hull wins AGCAS Award for Employability 2017

13 September 2017

The winner of the 2017 AGCAS Award for Employability is the University of Hull for the implementation of its new institutional strategy.  

Hull has traditionally had a very small central careers team. However, recent investment from the university’s strategy has doubled the number of ‘professional’ level staff in Careers, and introduced £150,000 of funding for internship opportunities each year. This has allowed the department to strengthen all links to the working environment through the creation of employer engagement teams.

A major process of curriculum reform has taken place and employability and graduate attributes are central to this. Students are now more switched on to graduate attributes and are more likely to engage with Careers early in their studies. The number of first year students using the Careers Service has doubled in the last three years. More courses with a year in industry have been introduced; professional practice modules are now delivered to thousands of students; and Academic Support Tutors have been given more time to work with the Careers Service. 

Judges comments  

“I was impressed by the strong emphasis that the university have now placed on employability, but particularly how the careers service has capitalised on that with initiatives that have had real impact on student employment and graduate destinations.”

“An excellent example of embedded practice delivering employability impact. I was impressed by the scale of change at Hull, and how the expanded Careers team has achieved such fantastic gains both inside and outside of the curriculum.”