University of Sussex wins the AGCAS Supporting Student and Graduate Employability Award 2021

25 June 2021

Supporting Student and Graduate Employability

The winner of the AGCAS Supporting Student and Graduate Employability Award 2021 is the University of Sussex.

This year, the Placements Team at the University of Sussex employed 14 students, each of whom had recently returned from placement. These 'Student Connectors' worked with the University for the entire academic year, creating high-quality, high-impact and stable student jobs. Connectors were embedded into both the Careers and academic departments to provide dedicated and subject-specific help directly to students who needed it. The University gave their Student Connectors a single aim – to help second-year placement searchers in their department. Connectors could then design a programme of support for students in their departments, with full support from and in collaboration with the staff team and subject tutors.

Judges' comments

"The impact of this outstanding project is strong, with impressive evidence of student voice. The project’s goals are clearly aligned with what is important to students. Placements can be quite anxiety provoking for students, and student connectors are a brilliant idea."

The winner was announced at the AGCAS Awards for Excellence showcase webinar on 25 June 2021.