Inspire

This bank of case studies will grow over time to provide insights into a wide range of HE widening participation and social mobility initiatives and activities being led by or delivered by careers services and/or employers.

Please share your examples of successful and less successful initiatives. We all need to learn from one another so that collectively we can optimise our impact and improve experiences and outcomes for all our students and graduates.

Case study template

Please submit case studies to communications@agcas.org.uk

Case Studies

Anonymous Institution - Employer insights and geographic mobility

This case study presents an example of a project that supports WP students to enhance their geographic mobility whilst increasing their social and cultural capital through employer site visits across England. It is also an example of a collaboration between Alumni and Employer Engagement teams.

Brunel University – Summer internships and mentoring scheme

This case study presents an example of using OFS funding to set up schemes that target WP students at different study levels with differentiated activity. It also presents an example of internal collaboration with Employer Engagement and Alumni and highlights how to frame impact measurement using a published policy.

City University – Industry insight days

This case study presents an example of engaging employers to deliver insight days at their sites, not only enhancing the confidence and career readiness of students taking part but also their social and cultural capital. This case study also presents an example of how to recruit students onto a programme.

City University – Micro placements

This case study presents an example of engaging students through short-term placement opportunities designed to improve their career readiness, social and cultural capital. This case study also demonstrates how initiatives can be developed and scaled through integration into the curriculum.

City University – Final year and graduate support

This case study presents an example of a project which engages final year students and graduates in a programme of activity designed to enhance their employability, networks and exposure to recruiters. This programme also showcases ways to use Santander Universities funding.

Coventry University – Campus visit and outreach

This case study presents an example of pre-entry activity designed to increase aspirations and awareness of HE amongst young people that meet multiple WP characteristics. It is also an example of effectively engaging with local authorities and admissions teams to deliver a collaborative project.

Dundee University - Common Purpose Global Experience

This case study provides an example of ways in which careers services can successfully partner with an external organisation to deliver an outward mobility experience for WP students, that build social capital.

Dundee University - Internship Module and Micro-placement

This case study is an example of successfully integrating career development learning and short micro placement into a credit bearing in-curricular module.

Dundee University - Summer School module

This case study provides an example of a collaboration with pre-entry WP teams, in order to develop career thinking and professional skills prior to entering HE via a summer school module.

Durham University – Diversity Matters

This case study presents an example of an innovative whole service responsive approach to develop and embed Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) in the services provided by Durham University Careers and Enterprise Centre (C&E).

King’s College London – Global mobility and internships

This case study presents an example of delivering a fully-funded global internship programme which integrates training, short-term home internships and longer internships abroad.

Kingston University - Employability Coaching

This case study is an example of utilising external professional coaches to work intensively with WP students who have are significantly lacking in confidence or aspiration, with the aim of supporting their career planning and personal development.

Kingston University – Race education for staff

This case study presents an example of a staff training initiative designed to increase cultural intelligence and skills in working with students from diverse backgrounds. This case study also presents an example of collaborative activity between widening participation and careers staff.

Kingston University – SME student consultancy projects

This case study presents an example of a project designed to expand student’s awareness of the graduate labour market, by linking them up with SMEs in multi-disciplinary groups to work on paid consultancy projects.

Kingston University – Student employment opportunities

This case study presents an example of a project designed to engage WP students in a range of flexible and developmental work opportunities, outside the Student Ambassador Scheme, which takes place on campus.

Lancaster University – Internships for Autistic students  

This case study presents an example of a project designed to enhance the employability skills of students with Autism by providing them with paid internships across a range of internal University departments.

Loughborough University – BAME mentoring scheme

This case study presents an example of an alumni-student mentoring scheme specifically targeted towards BAME students.

Nottingham Trent University – Widening Participation (WP) bursaries and financial support

This case study presents an example of engaging WP students in employability related activity, namely work experience, placements and graduate job searching, through multiple streams of financial incentives and bursaries.

UCL – Widening Participation (WP) specific careers and employability provision

This case study presents an example of how to enhance WP student service engagement and career readiness through a specific career and employability provision which includes appointments, events, employer opportunities and bursaries.

University of Lincoln and Keele University - Industry insight visits for rural WP students

A case study example of a collaborative initiative for WP Arts students which exposes them to London-based organisations, develops their cultural capital, employer knowledge and encourages geographic mobility. 

University of Reading – Social justice and career learning

This case study is an example of engaging all students in career learning through the lens of social justice, with the aim of increasing awareness and inspiring action.

University of Westminster – Funded employer insights and employability development

This case study is an example of engaging WP students in employability development and employer insight days through the provision of mentoring and bursaries. It is also an example of using Santander funding.