Supporting diverse graduate recruitment in an online world

AGCAS and Handshake are collaborating on a webinar for AGCAS Full and Partner members.

This webinar will draw on Handshake’s recent research paper, Netpotism. The research found that, during the pandemic, employers’ reliance on online recruitment practices has increased their dependence on existing networks to identify potential employees, which is having a negative impact on social mobility and diversity.

This 90-minute session will explore what the higher education sector and employers need to do to ensure that employers are able to recruit from the diverse graduate population, and to support students and graduates from a wide range of backgrounds and institutions to access opportunities.

The webinar will include a 45-minute panel discussion looking at how to ensure that the move to online recruitment does not have a negative impact on social mobility. The panel session will be Chaired by Helen Smith, AGCAS Social Mobility Director, and will include:

  • Clare Adams, Head of University Success UK, Handshake
  • Laura Bruce, Director of Programmes and Partnerships, Sutton Trust
  • Professor Graeme Atherton, Head, Centre for Levelling Up and Director, National Education Opportunities Network (NEON)
  • Andrew Bargery, Talent Engagement Senior Manager, PwC
  • Gianina Harvey-Brewin, Head of Careers Service, Royal Holloway, University of London
  • Simon Thompson, Head of Student and Graduate Employability, Sheffield Hallam University

The webinar will also include 45 minutes of facilitated breakout discussions. Any recommendations or follow up actions from these discussions will be reviewed and considered by the AGCAS Social Mobility Working Party. 

The panel session will be recorded and shared with the membership via the AGCAS website. Anonymised reports of the breakout discussions will be included with the recording as a resource.